Unbeaten Kanbis and Swamibapa face off at Nairobi Jaffereys

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 23, 2017
  • Stray Lions and Kanbis are two of the three unbeaten sides which are in action this weekend. (SNA. File Photo)

Unbeaten Kanbis and Swamibapa hope to continue their winning momentum when they face off in an NPCA Super league match at Nairobi Jafferys on Sunday.

This is a match between two of the three unbeaten sides in the league. The other unbeaten side Stray Lions travel to Sikh Union, Nairobi.

It will be a battle of two top all rounded sides of the league and current leaders where Kanbis are keen to settle an old score after losing at the same venue last year.

From six matches, Kanbis sit on top of the table with 116 points - six ahead of third-placed Swamibapa. Both teams boast of strong batting and bowling line ups.

Maurice Ouma, the Swamibapa opening batsman singled out his team and Kanbis as the ones to watch out for this year.

“Both teams seems to be enjoying a good run. But I believe this will be the major test for both teams. This could be a preview of what we should expect at the end of the season,” Ouma predicted.

Both teams head into the match after a big wins last weekend with some good batting show from their key batsmen.

“It’s going to be a different sort of test for us but we’re keen to get into it and see what the match will offer. I believe it will a tough match, a match not for the faint hearted,” Ouma stated.

Dhiren Gondaria scored a century against Cutchi Leva while Irfan Karim - playing his first match for Swamibapa - also hit a ton. The two will be key in their clubs' quests for a victory.

Rakep Patel who is expected to make a comeback in Kanbis line-up after missing the clash against Cutchi Leva will also be a key figure in side's batting which also has Vinod Rabadia.

The match will also see Rakesh Kahar came up against his former club for the first time. Kahar joined Kanbis this season from Swamibapa and has been one of the sides top bowlers.

The home team will rely on the batting trio of Alex Obanda, Naman Patel and Ouma against a side that boosts of a good bowling unit.

With Swamibapa also boasting a superb pace-cum-spin attack in Lameck Onyango, Emmanuel Bundi and Jadavji Bhimji, it promises to be a nice contest between the bat and ball.

At Sikh Union, Stray Lions are gunning for their straight seventh win.

Last Sunday, the defending champions was weakened by the absence of their key players against Obuya Academy. But coming up against a strong Sikh Union unit, they hope that the players will be available for selection.

Fixtures, Sunday September 24: Swamibapa v Kanbis (Nairobi Jaffery), Sikh Union v Stray Lions (Sikh Union), Nairobi Gymkhana v Obuya Academy (Nairobi Gymkhana), Ruaraka v Cutchi Leva (Ruaraka), Sir Ali v Kongonis (Sir Ali).