Mukasa unbeaten, Swamibaba bounce back

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 22, 2017
  • Swamibapa bounced back to beat Nairobi Gymkhana by 53 runs. (SNA. File Photo)

Roger Mukasa scored an unbeaten half century as Stray Lions won their second match of the NPCA Twenty20, beating Cutchi Leva by nine wickets.

Swamibapa bounced back with a morale boosting 53 runs win over Nairobi Gymkhana.

The matches were played even though the umpires and scorers boycotted officiating because of unpaid dues. In their absence, NPCA officials led by Chairman Tom Tikolo took umpiring roles.

Mukasa’s 60 not out saw Stray Lions surpass Cutchi Leva’s 105 all out in 10 overs. The Ugandan national team opening batsman smashed four sixes and seven fours from just 29 balls.

The all rounder thoroughly dominated a 74-run opening stand with Jay Mehta, who struck four boundaries in his 36-ball knock of 29 runs before he fell in the eighth over to Hiten Vekaria. Shyam Rabadia scored only three as he remained unbeaten with Mukasa.

In comparison, Stray Lions' bowling attack fired on all cylinders from the very first ball when Charles Waiswa dismissed Chiraq Pindoria when he got the ball to nick the edge of the batsman into the safe gloves of wicketkeeper Abraham Vadada.

Shehal Bhuva followed soon after with a duck too when he was run out by Abishek Chidambraman with no run scored. And despite a third-wicket stand worth 20- runs between Rahul Nathani and Shyam Rabadia, they caved in the middle with three wickets falling to leave them on 20 for 6 from 20 for 2.

Rallied back

They rallied back with a 67 runs stand for the seventh wicket between Hitesh Vekaria and Ravindra Vekaria that got them to 87 runs.

Hitesh was the architect of the recovery with 45 runs off 46 balls with Ravindra helping off with 29 from 22 balls.

With the dismissal of Hitesh to a stumping off Collins Obuya the home team’s inning was dead and buried as the other batsmen could only see them to 104 runs with three balls to play.

At Nairobi Gymkhana, NPCA Chairman Tom Tikolo was the main umpire as defending champions Swamibapa bounced back from their opening loss to Sikh Union with a 53 runs win over the hosts.

Electing to bat, Swamibapa posted 142 for 8 after yet another poor batting display from the champions. Sitting comfortably at 69 for 2 after 10 overs, Swamibapa’s middle order crumbled yet again losing six wickets for 73 runs.

Naman Patel (42) and Maurice Ouma (24) put on a second wicket stand of 65 in 8.4 overs after they had lost opener Alex Obanda for one run.

With Naman and Ouma in the middle Swamibapa were sedt for a huge score but as soon as Bhavya Thakkar had Naman caught and Abdul Najmi run out Ouma, the visitors struggled to maintain the tempo-losing wickets regularly before finally ending on 143.

Rakesh Kahar and Emmanuel Bundi added on 18 and 15 respectively as Swamibapa struggled in the middle. In the chase, the home side were on course for reaching the score when skipper Karan Kaul (48) and Harsh Patel (15) put on 54 for the third wicket.

But when the two fell, the home side struggled and were all out on 89 with two balls to play.