Swamibapa out to halt Sikh Union's momentum

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 29, 2017
  • Swamibapa in a previous match against Kanbis. They face Sikh Union on Sunday. (SNA. File Photo)

Gurdeep Singh’s team Sikh Union, Nairobi hope to halt Lameck Onyango’s Swamibapa's winning run when the teams meet in a NPCA Super League match on Sunday.

Sikh Union have found great momentum at this early stage of the league with three consecutive wins that have placed them on top of the table with 58 points.

Swamibapa are three places behind. Both the teams hope to cement their place in the top four of the league with a win. In their last meeting, in January, Sikh Union beat Swamibapa by seven wickets.

While Gurdeep’s brilliant 102 in their last match against Sir Ali guided Sikh Union to a win last weekend, he is expected to come good on Sunday too.

But unlike in the Sunday fixture where he came up against a relatively ‘easy’ bowling unit, this time, he will face he a strong bowling side that is full of experience.

Sikh Union’s bowling too, led by Pratik Challare, has been disciplined and need to perform on Sunday to be able to stop Swamibapa's batting.

Challare has been the destroyer in chief of all the batting line up that has come up against Sikh Union this season.

“Our bowling has been impressive. The bowlers have really backed up the batsmen very well. Even though we are coming up against a much stronger side we are confident that they will do the work,” Gurdeep assured.

Even though Swamibapa top order failed in the win on last Sunday against Nairobi Gymkhana, the batting lineup they have is capable of winning the match for them under any condition.

“Even though we won, we didn’t bat as expected. We lost wickets at crucial stages and we also failed to build solid partnerships at the top. If we can do that on Sunday, we will have a good chance of a much better show,” Swamibapa skipper told Sports News Arena.

Stray Lions host Ruaraka

Defending champions Stray Lions and former champions Kanbis will also be hoping to extend their winning run when they host Ruaraka and Nairobi Gymkhana respectively.

The two sides are enjoying a good run and if the performance of their opponents in their last three matches is anything go by, then they have a better chance of maintain their hundred percent record.

In only three innings, Kanbis have scored over 1000 runs with six centuries having been scored in two innings.

With this kind of form, Nairobi Gymkhana’s bowlers will be hoping that all the chances that will come their way will be taken.

“We will have to work harder. We cannot afford any chance that will come our way to slip. We don’t want to start cursing and regretting after the last bowl. We will need to be at the best in the whole match,” Nairobi Gymkhana opening bowler Lucas Oluoch said.

Ruaraka are still winless.

League debutants Obuya Academy who shocked Cutchi Leva last Sunday to register their maiden NPCA Super League win will hope to make it two wins out of two when they play against Kongonis at Nairobi Club.

Sir Ali will be back at home to welcome Cutchi Leva who are also searching for their first win.

Fixtures

Sunday, July 30: Sikh Union Nairobi v Swamibapa (Sikh Union Nairobi), Kanbis v Nairobi Gymkhana (Eastleigh High School), Stray Lions v Ruaraka (Peponi School), Kongonis v Obuya Academy (Nairobi Club), Sir Ali v Cutchi Leva (Sir Ali Muslim Club).