Stray Lions maul Swamibapa at Jaffery

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 14, 2015

Stray Lions batsmen put up a spirited fight in the middle to end Swamibapa’s unbeaten run in the NPCA Super League with a four wickets win at Nairobi Jaffery on Sunday.

Although none of their batsmen got past the 50 runs mark in their quest for the 263 target, Stray Lions batsmen were able to conjure a win with 21 balls to spare for the loss of six wickets.

After setting up 262 courtesy of a century from Maurice Ouma, Stray Lions openers Abraham Vadada and David Obuya gave their side a good start with 77 runs before spinner James Ngoche broke the stand by trapping Obuya lbw in 10.3 overs.

Jadavji Bhimji got the second wicket after 20 runs were added on the board when he bowled Praveen Kumar for nine runs to leave the visitors on 97 for 2 after 16 overs.

Swamibapa finally got the big breakthrough in the 19th over when Nehemiah Odhiambo had Vadada caught on 49 from 51 balls with the board on 118 runs. He had hit eight boundaries before he was brilliantly caught by Mitesh Sangani at long on.

But Stray Lions managed to get to get their rhythm back with a stand of 66 runs between Collins Obuya and Jay Mehta. The two piled up runs in 15 overs before Sangani ended the stand by re-arranging the younger Obuya’s stumps after he had scored 47 runs from 50 balls.

Few overs later, the visitors were six wickets down when Jimmy Kamande was caught behind on 10 runs. Mehta followed Kamande two overs later when he was also trapped by Ngoche on 28 runs.

The two wickets gave the home team hopes of recovering and win the match but there hopes were dented by a stand between Bilal Habib and Sushant Ashok who scored 33 and 32 runs respectively to give their sides victory.

Earlier Maurice Ouma had led his side to the total of 262 for 9 with 124 off 151 balls. Obuya put on vital stands with his colleagues that saw him reach his maiden century of the season.

After losing Naman Patel for a duck, Ouma put on 42 for the second wicket with Alex Obanda (32) before Ashok trapped Obanda in the tenth over.

After the loss of Obanda, Ouma and his younger brother Nicholas Oluoch (16) got them to 70 runs before veteran Maurice Odumbe got his first wicket by clean bowling Oluoch.

Odumbe got two more wickets in span of five overs with the wickets of Dilip Rathod and Nehemiah Odhiambo to leave them at 112 for 6. Sangani was the seventh wicket to fall to leave Swamibapa at 123 for 7.

Ouma caught by Ambani

Ouma was finally dismissed in the 47th over when he was caught by Harrison Ambani off Collins Obuya after facing 151 balls that had nine fours and six sixes. Ngoche and Jitesh Bhimji ended the inning with an unbeaten stand of 22 runs.

Odumbe was the pick of Stray Lions bowlers with 3 for 36 with Obuya adding on2 for 43 runs.

At Eastleigh High School, Dhiren Gondaria made his return to his club with a match winning century as Kanbis beat Nairobi Gymkhana by 248 runs to maintain their unbeaten run.

Gondaria who has been out of action for the better part of the year since breaking his arm in a motorbike accident in India in January scored 101 to lead his side to 358 runs before they bowled out their visitors for 110 in 23.1 overs.

This was the 10th win for the defending champions in 10 matches and thus maintained their lead in the standings.

After electing to bat, openers Aezaz Kotharia and Narendra Kalyan put on a stand of 57 before the stand was broken by Thomas Odoyo who trapped Kalyan.

Kotharia went to score 79 in a 112 runs stand for the second wicket with Gondaria before Kotharia was run out. Rakep Patel and Gondaria then got the scores to 231 before Patel was trapped on 35 runs.

Gondaria’s inning came to an end when he was caught by Karan Kaul off Lucas Oluoch after facing 83 balls that included seven fours and two sixes with the board on 231 runs.

Vinod Rabadia saw his team past the 300 runs with his third straight half ton. In reply, the home team lost wickets at regular intervals with only Odoyo (31) and Kaul (37).

Jadgish Khetani and Pushpak Kerai were the top wicket takers with three each.