Rakep Patel cracks 200 as Kanbis overran Ruaraka Sports Club

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 25, 2017
  • Rakep patel of Kanbis was one of the players who scored a century at the weekend in the NPCA League. (SNA. File Photo)

Six centuries were struck as the NPCA Super League action entered the third round in Nairobi on Sunday.

National team skipper Rakep Patel achieved the top score of the run feast day when he cracked 200 as Kanbis demolished Ruaraka at home.

Vinod Rabadia added on to his first day century when he scored an unbeaten 108 in the same inning.

Divendra Poriya was not left out on the centuries list scoring 102 runs as Ruaraka fell by 216 runs in their pursuit for 443 runs.

Collins Obuya was the man of the match as his 124 led defending champions Stray Lions beat Kongonis by 180 runs.

The last ton of the day was scored at Sikh Union, when Gurdeep Singh’s 102 led the home team to 90 run win over Sir Ali.

A second wicket stand of 103 between Rakep and Dhiren Gondaria (52) and a third one of 154 with Rabadia set the tone for Kanbis’ second total of the 400 plus in just three matches at Eastleigh High School.

Rakep hit 15 fours and 13 sixes from 120 balls while Rabadia remained unbeaten after cracking seven fours and five sixes from 66 balls.

Poriya went berserk

In pursuit of the big total, Ruaraka who are one of the two winless sides in the league after round three lost their wicket at an alarming rate to stand at 70 for 7, before Poriya went berserk on Kanbis bowlers with eight sixes and four boundaries before he fell short of partners with the board on 227.

Poriya received a crucial stand from Varunesh Sharma with whom whom they moved the scores to 127 from 70.

Another notable performance occurred at Peponi School where the defending champions Stray Lions made it three wins in three with aby beating a struggling Kongonis.

After winning the toss, Obuya anchored the home to 310 for 6 with a 115 balls 124. After finding themselves on 58 for 2 after 12.1 overs, Obuya and Obado put on 127 for the third wicket.

After Obado had been bowled by his nephew Tony Ochieng on 52, Obuya got the scores to 253 with Ashwin Hebbar (48).

Obuya finally fell with seven balls to play when he was caught off Eugene Maneno with the board on 302.

In reply, Kongonis struggled from the beginning to the end of the inning with only three batsmen getting to double figures. Abhishek Chidambaran was the toast of Stray Lions bowling with 4 for 20 from 6.5 overs.

In a wonderful individual effort, Sikh Union batsman Gurdeep hit a century on his third match since his return at the club and did so off 112 balls as the home team capitalized on poor show in the field by Sir Ali to post 275 for 7.

Second consecutive century

Gurdeep survived three drop catches before hitting his second consecutive century against Sir Ali.

Joseph Owino picked up three wickets as Sir Ali were bowled out for 185 with four balls to play. Ken Owino and Thomas Odoyo were the top scorer for Sir Ali with 37 and 34 runs respectively.

At Nairobi Gymkhana, Swamibapa had to go through some torrid moments in the middle before scrapping to an eight wicket win.

Chasing 182, Swamibapa were reduced to 32 for 2 and then 77 for 4 before bouncing back to 156 for 5.

But three quick wickets for 19 runs brought back some tension in the Swamibapa pavilion before Lameck Onyango and Emmanuel Bundi saw them home with 9.5 overs to play.

At Sir Ali Muslim Club, Obuya Academy registered their maiden win of the Super League with a 124 runs win over Cutchi Leva.

Obuya’s inning saw former national team wicket keeper Kennedy Obuya miss a century by only two runs as his side posted 193 for 6.

Results

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nairobi Gymkhana (181 all out) lost Swamibapa (182 for 8) by 2 wickets

Obuya Academy (193 for 6) beat Cutchi Leva (69 all out) by 124 runs

Kanbis (443 for 6) beat Ruaraka (227 all out) by 216 runs

Stray Lions (310 for 6) beat Kongonis (130 all out) by 180 runs.

Sikh Union (275 for 7) beat Sir Ali (185 all out) by 90 runs