Stray Lions maul Sir Ali Muslim Club despite Malik's maiden century

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 02, 2017
  • Simba Union's Tarandeep Singh bowls watched by Umpire Asgar Ali. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Nairobi Gymkhana's Vinit Shikotra bats against Ruaraka. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Eugene Ochieng iof Kongonis bats against n Simba Union. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Hamza Malik’s maiden century in three seasons was not enough for Sir Ali Muslim Club who lost by 80 runs to defending champions Stray Lions in an NPCA Super League match at Peponi School on Sunday.

It was also a good day for Ruaraka who stunned Nairobi Gymkhana by four wickets while leaders Kanbis, Swamibapa and Sikh Union Nairobi also grabbed victories.

Malik cracked eight boundaries and a six on his way to 105 which was however not enough to help his side reach the set target of 262.

The visitors ended on 181 with Malik who came in at number four and skipper Mujib Ashraf the outstanding batsmen in the side.

After being reduced to 67 for 5, Malik and Ashraf put on a sixth wicket stand of 93 runs before they were all out on 181 with an over to go.

“It’s long since I batted well. Everything went on well for me and I am happy with my performance but disappointed we were not able to get the required target,” Malik said.

Hiren Varaiya was once again the main destroyer of the opponents' innings with another five-wickets haul. Varaiya who bagged three of the top batsmen including Malik with five overs to play ended on 5 for 41 from 9.3 overs.

Stray Lions recover

Earlier, Stray Lions recovered from 96 for 6 to post 262 thanks to half centuries from Nikhil Date (68) and Abisheikh Chidambaran (53).

After finding themselves in an unfamiliar spot after 18 overs, Date and Chidambaran put on 63 for the seventh wicket to revive the inning before ending on the final score of 262.

Under 19 opening batsman Aman Gandhi was the bowling star for Sir Ali with 3 for 34 which included Manoj Sai (47) and Date.

Hosts Ruaraka capitalized on the absence of Nairobi Gymkhana’s key seven players by beating them by four wickets.

Batting first, the visitors were all out in 43.3 overs for 149 runs a target that the host team reached in 30.1 overs. Varunesh Sharma and Sagar Shah were the top scorers in the chase with 58 and 51 runs respectively.

Shamya Shrivastar was the chief destroyer of Gymkhana with 4 for 50.

Kanbis continued their stay at the top of the league after 126 run win over Obuya Academy at Sir Ali Muslim Club Ramesh Mepani, Nelson Odhiambo and Ajay Vacheta scoring half centuries.

Mepani scored 81 runs including seven fours and a six as Kanbis posted 321 for 7. Odhiambo and Vacheta added on 67 and 55 runs respectively.

In reply, Obuya Academy never truly threatened their target, managing only 195 for 7 with David Obuya scoring 76 from 80 balls.

Sikh Union win by four wickets

Sikh Union inflicted another defeat on Kongonis at home, winning by four wickets. Electing to bat, Kongonis posted 235 runs with Tony Ochieng scoring 80 off 87 balls.

Angad Kohli and Paul Anjere also chipped in with 43 and 29 runs respectively as Sandip Adole, Gagandeep Singh and Tarandeep Singh shared seven wickets.

In reply, Sukdeep Singh missed a century by only four runs as the home team, cruised to win with four wickets in hand. Sukdeep's 96 came off 89 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

Ochieng’s uncle Joseph Owino was also impressive with the bat with 56 off 67 balls.

At Cutchi Leva, siblings Lameck Onyango and James Ngoche bagged three wickets each to lead Swamibapa in routing the hosts for 59 runs on their way to 10 wickets win.

Onyango claimed 3 for 9 and Ngoche bagged 3 for 26 as the hosts folded in 23 runs. Swamibapa needed only 45 balls to seal the match.

Results

Stray Lions (262 for 9) beat Sir Ali (181 all out) by 80 runs.

Obuya Academy (197 for 7) lost to Kanbis (321 for 7) by 126 runs

Cutchi Leva (59 all out) lost to Swamibapa (61 for 0) by 10 wickets

Sikh Union (236 for 6) beat Kongonis (235 all out) by 4 wickets

Ruaraka (150 for 6) beat Nairobi Gymkhana (149 all out) by 4 wickets.