Vadada 'returns' to Gymkhana with a bang

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 07, 2015
  • Abraham Vadada came back to haunt his old club Nairobi Gymkhana.

When Abraham Vadada moved from Stray Lions to Nairobi Gymkhana last year, he played a vital role in Gymkhana’s splendid performance in the NPCA season as his former club put on a poor show and finished mid table.

At the end of the season, Vadada was among the top five batsmen in the league and the only none national team player in the list.

To try and put on a better show this season and even win the league for the first time, Stray Lions sought to beef up their squad and among the players that they went for his signature was Vadada. And,  since his return to Peponi School, Vadada has lived up to the expectations of his employers and has been among the top performers at the club despite his side’s inconsistent show in the league.

Among his outstanding performance was a century in the big loss to Kanbis three weeks ago followed by a half ton in their win over Cutchi Leva.

On Sunday when he made a return to Nairobi Gymkhana, Vadada continued his good performance with the bat leading his side to an eight wickets with unbeaten 82 runs.

Chasing 150 runs to win, Vadada proved to the Nairobi Gymkhana fans that he still poses the same vigor that he had at the club when he hit seven fours and five fours to lead his side to victory with 23 overs to spare.

The wicket keeper put on an opening stand of 63 with David Obuya in 13.2 overs before the stand was broken by Raj Savala who had Obuya caught on 23 from 54 balls. A ball later, Stray Lions were two wickets down when Praveen Kumar was bowled for a golden duck.

But, an unbeaten 89 stand for the third wicket between Vadada and Collins Obuya (44 not out) saw them through in 27.1 overs.

Vadada was happy with his contribution in the win saying it was due his hard work. “I am enjoying my form. I am grateful with my contribution which in the end is helping my side get back to the winning run,” Vadada said.

Harrison Ambani had picked three wickets for 16 runs in 6.4 overs to help the visitors bowl out their hosts for 151 in 48.2 overs. Things didn’t go well for the Nairobi Gymkhana from the beginning as they lost the first two wickets for 13 runs before finding themselves at 58 for 4 after 16 overs.

They then lost two wickets for seven runs to stand at 65 for 6 before Harsh Patel (20) and Lucas Oluoch lifted them to 96 for 7. Taaha Suleimanje and Savala saw them to the total with 20 and 18 runs. MR Srinivas, Hiren Varaiya and Kumar picked up two wickets each.

Third consecutive half century

Naman Patel also continued his good run in the league with his third consecutive half century as Swamibapa beat hosts Premier Club by eight wickets. Patel who missed a double century by two runs last week top scored with 73 from 49 balls as Swamibapa reached the target of 151 runs in 18.5 overs.

After losing Alex Obanda for four with the board on only five runs, Patel put on 105 for the second wicket with Maurice Ouma in 15 overs. After Patel was caught off Vijay Patel, Ouma and Dilip Rathod saw them through with unbeaten 45 and 25 runs.

Patel had earlier picked up four wickets for 33 runs in ten overs as Premier were bowled out in 43.4 overs. Patel was aided by James Ngoche who picked up three wickets and Elijah Otieno’s two wickets.

Ankit Patel and Vijay Patel were Premier Club's top scorers with 27 and 24 runs respectively.

At Eastleigh High School, defending league champions Kanbis maintained their unbeaten run with another heavy win over Ruaraka. The home side registered a 314 runs win after bowling out the visitors for 91 in their quest for 405.

Aezaz Kothariya was the top scorer for Kanbis with 94 runs off 86 balls. His knock included 12 fours and two sixes. Narendra Kalyan was also instrumental with the bat for the home side with 72 runs that included 12 boundaries and two sixes off 67 balls.

The other contributor with the bat that led to the huge score was Vinod Rabadia who scored unbeaten 70 from 34 balls.

In defense, Pushpak Kerai continued from where he left in their win over Kongonis last weekend with five wickets for 14 runs off 4.2 overs.

At Sikh Union, hosts Sikh Union narrowly beat Cutchi Leva by two a tensed match. Chasing 230 runs, Cutchi Leva were restricted for 228 after some good comeback by the hosts bowling attack that picked up wickets at crucial time.

Needing 50 off seven overs with five wickets in hand, Cutchi Leva were in the driving seat until  Gurdeep Singh picked up two wickets of Vishal Bhowjani and Shyam Rabadia in one over to leave them at 226 for 9.

And with Nadeem Ahmed adding on a wicket in the next over the visitors were left on the losing end once again. Rabadia and Kaushik Hirani were Cutchi Leva top scorers with 63 and 40 runs respectively.

Sikh Union reached their total of 230 with contributions from all their top batsmen who put on double figures. Ahmed was the top scorer with 50 with man Gandi (20), Gurmajot Singh (21), Parth Dixit (20), Gurdeep Singh (25), Manoj Sai (31) and Tarandeep Singh (29) all contributing.

At Sir Ali Muslim Club, Kongonis registered their first win in five matches with an 84 runs win over Sir Ali. Shem Obado’s 145 and Chris Child’s 74 led the visitors to 336 before Dolla Aballa, Dominic Wesonga and Martin Okoth’s three wickets each helped them bowl out their hosts to 250.

Scores

Nairobi Gymkhana (151 all out) lost Stray Lions (152 for 2) by 8 wickets,

Kanbis (405 all out) beat Ruaraka (91 all out) by 314 runs,

Premier Club (150 all out) lost Swamibapa (151 for 2) by 8 wickets,

Sikh Union (230 all out) beat Cutchi Leva (228 all out) by 2 runs,

Sir Ali (250 all out) lost Kongonis (336 for 5) by 84 runs