Stray Lions unbeaten in NPCA Twenty20 league

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 06, 2017
  • Abraham Vadada of Stray Lions runs against Kanbis in a previous match. Stray Lions finished the league unbeaten. (SNA. File Photo).

Stray Lions maintained their unbeaten run by beating Kanbis in the 2017 NPCA Twenty20 match on Sunday at Peponi School.

This was the last match of league stage in which Stray Lions dominated Kanbis. They first restricted Kanbis for 93 for 8 after losing the toss and then went on to chase the target in 18.2 overs, snatching a five wickets victory.

The win saw Stray Lions top the table ahead of defending champions Swamibapa, Kanbis and Nairobi Gymkhana.

At Peponi School, Stray Lions spinners were once again the main architects of the win as they ran through Kanbis’ batting line up with ease.

Hiren Varaiya, Roger Mukasa and Abisheikh Chidambraman all bagged two wickets as Kanbis batsmen once again struggled against spin.

Kanbis had a poor start when their key batsman Narendra Kalyan was dismissed early with the only one run on board to Varaiya .

Rajesh Bhudia and Sachin Bhudia then added 38 before Rajesh Bhudia fell to Chidambaran on 16 runs.

His dismissal brought on a middle order collapse in Kanbis' camp as they lost Sachin Bhudia (23) and danger man Vinod Rabadia for seven runs to leave them for 46 for 4.

Ramesh Mepani also failed to stay on for long as he was back to the pavilion for five with the board on 54. Gautam Bhudia and Dhiren Vekaria got the scores to 90 in a 25 runs stand for the seventh wicket.

Stray Lions innings also began on a false start when they lost Jay Mehta for a duck with no runs on the board. Shyam Sungar and Roger Mukasa were also back to the pavilion in quick succession to leave the home team on 19 for 3 after six overs.

However Neil Narvekar and Abraham Vadada provided Stray Lions with a good comeback, bringing up 73 runs on the board. Vadada departed scoring 35 while Narvekar remained unbeaten even after losing Harrison Ambani with only four required.

Stray Lions esily beat Nairobi Gymkhana

On Saturday, Stray Lions easily beat Nairobi Gymkhana by six wickets.

Chasing 77 runs, Stray Lions won the match with six overs to spare. The leaders had a slow chase of the target losing four wickets on the way and scoring at less than five runs an over.

None of the six batsmen that Stray Lions used in the chase were able to get past the twenty runs mark with Vadada top scoring with 18 off 20 balls.

Others to get to the double figures were opener Narvekar and Charles Waiswa who scored 14 each. Sungar failed to sparkle in the inning managing six from 20 balls before falling to Bhavya Thakkar who also dismissed Vadada with 27 runs to win to finish with 2 for 11.

Mukasa also had a poor day in the middle managing only nine from six balls. Mukasa had earlier led his side in restricting the hosts for 76 for 9 with three wickets.

Mukasa dismissed Nairobi Gymkhana’s top scorer Murtaza Abbas before clearing the lower order with two more wickets to finish with 3 for 8.

Murtaza scored 26 from 43 balls and shared a third wicket stand of 30 runs with Harsh Patel after they had found themselves in danger at 2 for 2 after two overs.

Chidambaram who has been enjoying his inclusion in the team with some good performances once again continued the good run by claiming 2 for 16 with Nairobi Gymkhana's second top scorer Raj Savala one of his scalps.

His other scalp was that of Ravikant Khetani whom he had caught on five from eight balls.