Obuya Academy win second match by beating Sir. Ali Muslim Club

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 09, 2017
  • David Obuya of Obuya Academy who scored 31 (not out) bats against Sir. Ali Muslim Sports Club. (Photo by Shutterspeed).

  • Simba Union Joseph Owino bowled by Nairobi Gymkhana's Nilay Thaker. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Mujib Ashraf of Sir. Ali Muslim Sports Club bowls against Obuya Academy. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

New kids on the block, Obuya Academy defeated fellow promoted side Sir Ali Muslim Club by eight wickets to achieve their second victory from nine matches in a Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League at Sir Ali Muslim Club on Sunday.

Chasing 114 after the bowlers led by Charles Obuya (3 for 21) had bowled out the home team in 31 overs, they reached the target for the loss of two wickets in 14.4 overs of the allotted 50 overs.

The main scorers for Obuya Academy were Aveet Desai (36 not out) and David Obuya (31 not out). The only wickets to fall in the chase were of openers Kevin Kimutai and Tom Ochieng who scored 15 and 19 runs respectively.

David Obuya and Desai linked up after the home team had reduced them to 45 for 2.

Earlier, Obuya Academy bowlers showed no mercy to their hosts skittling them easily to the low score with over 120 balls to play.

Charles Obuya, with assistance from Steve Biko (1 for 21), helped to reduce their opponents to 31 for 2 before the hosts had a brief recovery that got them to 54. But the loss of three wickets in quick succession reduced them to 61 for 6.

Youthful bowling unit

George Owino and Zahid Abbas held up the inning with 35 and 24 runs respectively as the rest of the batting line up failed to cope with the youthful bowling unit.

At Nairobi Club, leaders Kanbis once again proved to be too strong to their opponents with a 212 runs win over Kongonis.

Under 19 skipper Sachin Bhudia was the star with the bat for the immediate former champions with a patient 71 that helped propel his side to 330 all out.

Ramesh Mepani and Rakesh Kahar were also impressive with the bat with 62 runs each.

In reply, Kongonis never got the good start they would have wished for in such a big chase losing two wickets for 21 runs.

After Chris Childs (21) and Emmanuel Opura (24) had been dismissed with the board on 67, Kongonis never recovered and were all out on 118 with Hischey Kerai finishing with 4 for 38.

Elsewhere, Stray Lions and Swamibapa failed to bag maximum points in their wins over Cutchi Leva and Ruaraka.

Batting first after winning the toss the two sides failed to bag all the batting points thus giving Kanbis an edge for the league title.

Three batting points

Stray Lions managed three batting points for the second time in a row after they were restricted to 266 for 9 at home.

In reply, Nikhil Date bagged six wickets to lead his side in restricting Cutchi Leva for 56 Swamibapa could only contend with two batting points of the possible four when they were all out for 226 at Ruaraka.

Jadavji Bhimji (4 for 27) and Lameck Onyango (4 for 26) then took all but two wickets as the home team was bowled out for 84 in 28.5 overs.

At Sikh Union, Sandip Adole scored the only century of the day as Sikh Union Nairobi beat Nairobi Gymkhana by 44 runs.

After winning the toss, Sikh Union posted 302 for nine with Adole scoring 144. In reply, the visitors could only manage 258 for 9 with Dominic Wesonga scoring 82 from 55 balls.

Results

Stray Lions (266 for 9) beat Cutchi Leva (56 all out) by 170 runs.

Ruaraka Sports Club (84 all out) lost to Swamibapa (226 all out) by 142 runs.

Kongonis (118 all out) lost to Kanbis (330 all out) by 212 runs.

Sir Ali (114 all out) lost to Obuya Academy (116 for 2) by eight wickets.

Sikh Union Nairobi (302 for 9) beat Nairobi Gymkhana (258 for 9) by 44 runs.