Can Swami delay Stray lions planned title celebrations on Sunday?

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 08, 2021
  • Swamibapa will be looking to stop Stray Lions from bagging the NPCA league title on Sunday.(Photo:SNA File)

The 2015 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super league could be decided this Sunday if everything goes the right way for Stray Lions.

With two matches to go, Stray Lions are topping the league with 212 points followed by their closest challengers Swamibapa who have 194 points.

The two sides are set to meet  on Sunday at the Nairobi Jaffery, a match that could see the winner decieded with a match to play.

For Stray Lions to bag the title for the first time, they will have to beat their hosts who are also in chase for a league title after previous unsuccessful attempts.

The Peponi School based school will be hoping that after their 12th win in the league their batting will be able to collect all the batting points and the bowlers will get all the bowling points.

If that happens, Stray Lions will move their tally to 232-a tally that will be way too far their main challengers even if they happen to lose their last match to Ruaraka Sports Club.

But incase Swamibapa manage to stop Stray Lions and revenge their first leg loss, then the league will go down to the wire withn Kanbis also having a shot at the title.

With only four point separating Swamibapa and Kanbis, a win for Swamibapa over Stray Lions could reduce Stray Lions' lead to less than five points thus making the last days crucial.

A loss for Stray could throw back Kanbis in race title

The last time Swamibapa and Stray Lions clashed, the latter mauled Swamibapa beating them by nine wickets.

Fans who had expected a mouth-watering clash boosted by the experienced Yusuf Pathan in the match were left disappointed after Swamibapa were all bowled out for 129.

It is Swamibapas’s fans hope that their top batsmen will have a formula to play Wilkin Mota, the man of the match on that day, with four top order wickets.

Mota's spell saw him send Maurice Ouma, Alex Obanda, Naman Patel and Nicholas Oluoc back in the pavilion with barely 15 overs played.

Ouma has been in good form since then and is expected to play a key role in the match alongside Patel who scored 92 last weekend against Ruaraka.

Both captains Lameck Onyango and Hiren Varaiya expect a different approach from both teams in the match.

“We don’t expect a repeat of the first leg, I am sure Swamibapa will come a better side than last time. They will try to amend their approach from last match. We will also keep that in mind and go out with a lot of expectations from them,” Varaiya said.

On his part Onyango who was the highest scorer in the first leg, said his players know what is required of them and thus they will need to lift their game.

“Stray Lions will not be easy on us. They know the title is there’s to loss and they will have to do whatever is needed to win. So we will have to up our game,” he said.

Fresh from their second centuries, Abraham Vadada and Manoj Sai will be the main men in Stray Lions camp.

The two alongside Tanmay Mishra should be the players the visitors will look up to get over Swami’s seam attack that has failed to sparkle.

Swamibapa success has been due to some good performance from their spinners led by Saumil Patel, Rakesh Kahar and Jadavji Bhimji.

At Eastleigh, other title favourites Kanbis will be up against fourth placed Sikh Union.

Fixtures Sunday 9th October: Swamibapa v Stray Lions (Nairobi Jafferys), Kanbis v Sikh Union (Eastleigh High School), Kongonis v Ruaraka (Nairobi Club), Nairobi Gymkhana v Cutchi Leva (Nairobi Gymkhana). All matches begin at 9.30 AM.