Swamibapa beat Stray Lions to retain Twenty20 title

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 19, 2017
  • Swamibapa beat Stray Lions in two successive matches to win the Twenty20 title. (SNA. File Photo)

Swamibapa successfully defended the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Twenty20 title with a hard fought six wickets win over rivals Stray Lions at Sikh Union on Sunday.

Chasing their first Twenty20 title to double up their Super League success last year, Stray Lions came unstuck against Swamibapa for their second successive loss.

The result was crafted from a match-winning third wicket stand between man of the match Naman Patel and Maurice Ouma.

Chasing 141 to retain the title, Patel and Ouma engineered a Swamibapa win with two overs to spare with a third wicket partnership of 69 runs.

Swamibapa didn't have a start they would have wished for in such a chase when Nicholas Oluoch's stumps were crushed by Shem Obado after misjudging a well left with only four runs on board.

His opening partner Alex Obanda didn't last long as Hiren Varaiya trapped him for three runs trying to play across the line.

With two wickets down in just three overs, Naman Patel and Rakesh Kahar briefly revived the innings with a third wicket stand of 37 runs.

During this time Patel who had been dropped by the wicket keeper Abraham Vadada on three was the more dangerous one picking up boundaries regularly.

In the fifth over he managed four consecutive boundaries off Varaiya to get his side to 36.

Stray Lions made changes

With the run rate rising with the board on 40 after six overs Stray Lions made changes in their bowling and brought in Maurice Odumbe who trapped Kahar on 18 runs with his third delivery.

Patel and Ouma then went on to set up a match winning stand of 69 runs from nine overs.

Patel who hit three sixes and six fours played the spin duo of Varaiya, Obado, Odumbe and Collins Obuya with so much ease picking up boundaries regularly on his way to 78.

He fell in the 16th over when he skied AG Praveen to deep mid wicket trying to get his fourth maximum.

With only a handful of runs required in with 26 balls to play, Ouma hit two consecutive sixes in the 18th over off Odumbe to seal the victory.

Stray Lions will blame themselves for getting in that situation as they failed to capitalize on the last overs after a good start from the top order.

With Manoj Sai having given them a decent start with half a century (71 runs off 76 balls), Stray Lions were all set to get a decent score with the board on 110 with six overs to play.

After his departure when he was trapped LBW by Elijah Otieno, the middle order batsmen struggled making only 24 from 17 balls that were remaining after his dismissal.

Tight fielding

Sai endured 15 overs after tight fielding and bowling from Swamibapa bowlers to score 11 boundaries and a six from 46 balls.

He put on a second wicket stand of 53 runs from five overs with Shyam Sunddar after they had been reduced to 7 for 1 with the dismissal of Vadada for three.

After Sundar was bowled playing across, Sai and Neil Narvekar added on 25 before Saumil Patel trapped Narvekar in the 11th over. Obuya followed immediately on five after adding on 20 with Sai.

After Obuya was running out, Sai added another 20 with Obado before he was trapped to open up a middle order collapse.

Nehemiah Odhiambo and Saumil were Swamibapa top bowlers with two wickets each.