When a pride of Lions went astray

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 05, 2015
  • Kanbis lead the NPCA Super League which enters the second leg this weekend.

When Stray Lions signed over seven new players, the aim was to have a good shoot at the NPCA Super League title.

This is still a dream after a dismal performance in the first leg when they won four matches from seven outings. The second leg does not promise to be easier when the Peponi-based side play against Nairobi Gymkhana at the start of the second leg.

Such is the gap between Stray Lions and league leaders Kanbis that bridging the 53-point difference appears to be a pipe dream. They will come up against Nairobi Gymkhana whose five players they landed.

The slots left by the departing players at nairobi Gymkhana have been filled by young players. Contrary to expectations, the new charges have proved their mettle.

At the end of the first leg, the two sides are only separated with eight points making this Sunday’s meeting a big one for both the teams.

Karan Kaul, the Nairobi Gymkhana captain is looking forward to the match. “We have been waiting for this match. There is a lot at stake and we will be looking at putting on a great show,” Kaul said.

The first meeting between the two sides at Peponi School was washed out.  Then, Nairobi Gymkhana were without Kaul and Lucas Oluoch-two of their top players. With their availability, Kaul believes has a chance of winning.

“I feel we are better than what we were then. We have gelled well as a team and everyone is contributing,” Kaul added.

Inconsistent cowling attack

Stray Lions have had the most inconsistent bowling attack among the top five sides in the league and their bowling will once again come under a big test when they come up against the batting line up that has hungry young players.

Together with their skipper, Abdul Najmi, Rushap Patel and Oluoch have been major contributors for the hosts with the bat.

Abraham Vadada has been the only player in Stray Lions who has been impressive with the bat.

Former national team opening batsman David Obuya and Collins Obuya have remained in the shadows of Vadada. They have not made a major contribution with the bat.

Across the road at Premier Club, second-placed Swamibapa are likely to exert pressure on Kanbis when they play second-placed Premier Club. Led by Naman Patel who scored a century last weekend, Swamibapa are confident.

The last time these sides met, Alex Obanda hit a century. With Premier Club still struggling, Swamibapa have a good chance.

Kanbis, the league leaders have a match against Ruaraka at Eastleigh School. They won the first leg. It has not been a good season for Ruaraka who require an uplifting performance.

Sikh Union welcome Cutchi Leva. The last time the two sides met, Sikh Union managed to scrap a win after two opening losses.

Since beating Cutchi Leva, Sikh Union went unbeaten until last weekend when they lost to Swamibapa by five wickets.

Kongonis who were crushed by Kanbis by nine wickets last weekend will also have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on struggling Sir Ali Muslim Club at Sir Ali.

Fixtures

Sunday 8 Sept: Ruaraka v Kanbis (Eastleigh High School), Stray Lions v Nairobi Gymkhana (Nairobi Gymkhana), Swamibapa v Premier (Premier Club), Cutchi Leva v Sikh Union (Sikh Union). Sir Ali v Kongonis (Sir Ali Muslim Club). All matches begin at 9:30 a.m.