Stray Lions stalking Ruaraka Sports Club at Peponi

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 24, 2017
  • Stray Lions welcome Ruaraka Sports Club at Peponi on Saturday. (SNA. File Photo)

Stray Lions, who are on top of the 2017 NPCA Twenty20 league could consolidate their spot when Ruaraka Sports Club come to Peponi on Saturday.

Ruaraka third from the bottom with 12 points from 11 matches, a complete contrast to Stray Lions who have 49 points from the same number of matches.

The last time the two teams met, Stray Lions won by six wickets. Then, Ruaraka were yet to win a match but have since won three.

Ruaraka’s confidence has been boosted by a 38 runs win over Cutchi Leva last weekend. They defended 157 to register their third win.

It will be interesting to see how Ruaraka, a side which is full of young but inexperienced players handle an experienced side that is yet to lose any match. 

Indian import Neil Narvekar alongside Ugandan Roger Mukasa and Shyam Sungar have been key to Stray Lions' success with a solid start at the top of the order. On a good day, they set the stage for successfula chases.

Sanjay Varsani and Hitesh Varsani have been key in Ruaraka’s bowling while Stray Lions have Collins Obuya and Jay Mehta.

Impressive spinners

In bowling, the spinners trio of Shem Obado, Maurice Odumbe, Hiren Varaiya and youngster Abisheikh Chidambaran have been impressive.

Ruaraka skipper Mansukh Hirani told Sports News Arena that even though Stray Lions is more experienced and in good form, his side will not go down without fight.

“We know that Stray Lions are the team to beat but we will have to fight to the end. We will have to give them a run for their money,” Hirani said.

The other match of the day will be between fourth-placed Nairobi Gymkhana who will cross the Forest Road to Sikh Union to play against the hosts.

With the players and management tussle that has rocked the club for the third week yet to be resolved, Sikh Union are expected to field their second string team again.

The team consisting of players who play in the lower division was assembled to replace the players who have downed their tools. They have heavily lost to Stray Lions and Kanbis.

A win by Nairobi Gymkhana will cement their fourth spot.

On Sunday, Kongonis welcome Sikh Union at Nairobi Club. Second-placed Swamibapa could leapfrog former champions Kanbis when they travel to Samaj School to play bottom-placed Cutchi Leva.

Fixtures

Saturday, February 25: Stray Lions v Ruaraka (Peponi School), Sikh Union v Nairobi Gymkhana (Sikh Union). All matches start at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 25: Kongonis v Sikh Union (Nairobi Club), Nairobi Gymkhana v Ruaraka (Nairobi Gymkhana), Cutchi Leva v Swamibapa (Samaj School). All matches start at 2:00 p.m.