Timely wake up call for Nairobi Gymkhana

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 21, 2017
  • Nairobi Gymkhana got a timely wake up call after losing to Sikh Union. They have a daunting task against leaders Swamibapa. (SNA. File Photo)

Karan Kaul, the Nairobi Gymkhana captain were given a timely wake-up call when they lost to Sikh Union in NPCA Super League match last Sunday.

After easily beating Ruaraka in the opening match, the Forest Road-based side had their first speedbump of the season after being outplayed by Sikh Union.

Boasting of three national team players, the home team was bowled out for 80 runs to with only Kaul and Harsh Patel getting into double digits.

And as they host table toppers Swamibapa on Sunday, Kaul believes that the loss was a big wake up call for his team and that they will have to do a lot to compete fully.

"It was a bit of a wake-up call – a few now realize that wins are not just going to happen, they have to be earned," asserted Kaul.

"It wasn’t a good display from us. We failed terribly especially with the bat. None of us was able to rise up and if we are to compete at this top level then we will have to lift our game. We cannot afford to play that way again."

"Swamibapa has always been a strong team and we do expect them to be equally strong on Sunday. We will have to bat and bowl well if we are to stand any chance against them,” Kaul told Sports News Arena.

Swamibapa have made a solid start to the season with comprehensive wins against Cutchi Leva and Ruaraka.

Eased to success

Last week they eased to a 273-run success with Maurice Ouma (109) and Babu Katukala (80) playing key roles with the bat.

"It's great to have Maurice score a century in his second game. He is such a dependable player that we expect he will play a key role for us this season,” Swamibapa skipper Lameck Onyango said.

He continued: "We're in decent shape this season and after the disappointment of last year (losing out on the title to Stray Lions) we've started well."

"We don't have any fixed ideas of where we will be, we just want to quietly go about our business and if we do what we have done in our two wins then we will certainly be in the mix."

Defending champions Stray Lions play at home for the first time this season when they welcome another struggling side Kongonis at Peponi School.

Their two opening wins have been convincingly compared to their opponents who yet to win any match.

Kanbis will also have an away fixture for the first time when they head to Thika Road to play winless Ruaraka Sports Club.

Sikh Union, Nairobi will be seeking to extend their hundred percent record when they host Sir Ali while winless Cutchi Leva and Obuya Academy will battle it out at Sir Ali.

Fixtures, July 23, 2017

Nairobi Gymkhana v Swamibapa (Nairobi Gymkhana), Stray Lions v Kongonis (Peponi School), Ruaraka v Kanbis (Ruaraka Sports Club), Sikh Union Nairobi v Sir Ali (Sikh Union), Obuya Academy v Cutchi Leva (Sir Ali).