Brilliant century by Rakep Patel steers Kanbis to a win over Swamibapa

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 25, 2021
  • Narendra Kalyan bowls against Swamibapa. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Swamibapa Alex Obanda bats against Kanbis' Ajay Vachetta. Photo by Shutterspeed)

Rakep Patel struck a brilliant century before the bowlers dished out a disciplined show as Kanbis beat Swamibapa by 52 runs in an NPCA Super league match at Nairobi Jaffery on Sunday.

Put into bat, Kanbis piled on 326, riding on Rakep’s 148 off 111 balls before the bowlers took over to restrict the hosts to 264 for 9 despite a second successive ton from Irfan Karim.

Swamibapa were into the run rate and poised to dislodge Kanbis at the top of the league table but as soon as Karim was dismissed, they found the asking rate to too high and just went through their motions and batted out the remaining overs.

For Kanbis, the bowlers bowled an impeccable line and length with skipper Rajesh Bhudia with 3 for 35 being the most successful.

Nelson Odhiambo, Narendra Kalyan and Pushpak Kerai had a fine bowling spell with a wicket each which included that of Karim.

Kalyan (2 for 58) had a fine seam bowling spell as he rocked the hosts run chase by grabbing the first wicket by the sixth over with the board on 30. He removed Naman Patel (25) with his first delivery and then Ravi Kumar (9) in the dying periods of the chase.

Second wicket stand

After the dismissal of Naman, Swamibapa appeared set to get the target with a second wicket stand of 62 in 15 overs between Karim and Alex Obanda.

After Obanda fell to Kerai on 44, Maurice Ouma looked poised to give Karim the much required stand until he was caught on the boundary trying to get the maximum off Bhudia with the board on 118 in 29 overs.

Krishna Babu also failed to get his team closer when he was easily dismissed by Odhiambo on nine.

With five wickets down and on a hundred already, Karim opted to go for the big shots just to get his new club closer to their seventh win but was cut short by Vinod Rabadia who had him caught after hitting 10 boundaries and six maximums.

There was a brief period of some fight by the home side when Emmanuel Bundi (20) and Mitesh Sangani (10) had a 30-run stand for the seventh wicket but once that partnership was snapped, Swamibapa threw in the towel and were happy to bat out their innings.

Earlier, Rakep smashed his third hundred of the season as Kanbis produced a dominating batting display to pile on 326 with two overs to spare.

Erratic home side bowlers

Electing to bat, Kanbis dashed Swamibapa’s hopes of any early breakthrough on a damp-looking pitch as they negotiated the initial overs without losing any wicket before launching on the erratic home side bowlers to post a big total.

Openers Kalyan and Dhiren Gondaria put on 63 for the first wicket before Rakep and Odhiambo laid a strong foundation with a third wicket stand of 135 runs.

Despite a bit of a wobble in the middle overs, Kanbis went past 300. Rakep who was dropped on four with Ouma hit 18 boundaries and two sixes to maintain the top spot in the batting chart.

At Sikh Union, Abraham Vadada scored a century too as defending champions Stray Lions beat Sikh Union Nairobi by 44 runs.

Vadada hit 121 not out to lead Stray Lions to 239 before Shem Ngoche and Hiren Varaiya each bagged three wickets to help Stray Lions bowl out the home team to 197 in 45.4 overs.

Nairobi Gymkhana’s captain Karan Kaul was also a centurion on the day when he hit 117 as Obuya Academy went down by five wickets.

Results Sunday September 24

Swamibapa (264 for 9) lost Kanbis (325 all out) by 52 runs.

Nairobi Gymkhana (215 for 5) beat Obuya Academy (214 all out) by five wickets.

Stray Lions (239 all out) beat Sikh Union Nairobi (197 all out) by 44 runs.

Sir Ali (272 all out) beat Kongonis (178 all out) by 94 runs.