Kanbis and Swamibapa keep a clean sheet in NPCA Twenty20

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 17, 2022
  • Swamibapa won their second NPCA Tewnty20 match and so did Kanbis the defending champions.

A second consecutive half century by Rakep Patel steered defending champions Kanbis to their second victory of the NPCA Twenty20 tournament as Swamibapa also made it two wins out of two.

Patel’s 57 from 43 balls led hosts Kanbis to 154 runs a target that visitors Kongonis fell by 24 runs after managing 130 runs from the allotted 20 overs at Eastleigh High School. Patel’s score which included seven fours and two sixes came less than a week after his 63 that led his side to opening win over Ruaraka at the same venue.

After electing to bat, Kanbis started on the wrong foot when they lost their openers Dhiren Gondaria and Narendra Kalyan in quick succession. But the home team’s inning was steadied by Patel who shared two crucial stands with Vinod Rabadia and Gautam Bhudia. 

The former national team skipper shared 41 runs stand for the fourth with Rabadia that got their side to 87 runs. After the dismissal of Rabadia who was caught off Shem Obado’s bowling, Patel then got the scores to 130 with Bhudia before he also fell to Obado’s spin.

Bhudia continued with his onslaught on the Nairobi Club side before ending on 42 runs that included a six and five fours. Obado ended his four overs spell with three wickets for 27 runs.

Veteran Ramesh Mepani was Kongonis' tormentor chief in their chase with three wickets. After the opening bowlers had also put Kongonis in trouble with loss of three quick wickets, Mepani routed the middle order picking up wickets when Kongonis looked set to chase the total.

Dominic Wesonga was the top scorer for the visitors-missing half a century by a run.

Swamibapa inflicted second loss

At Ruaraka Sports Club, Swamibapa inflicted the second loss to hosts Ruaraka Sports Club by winning with four wickets.

Batting first the home side posted 88 runs with the visitors reaching the target in 12.5 overs for the loss of six wickets. James Ngoche bagged three wickets as his side restricted the home side for 88 for 8 wickets.
Openers Narendra Mepani (25) and Charendra Hirani (20) had given Ruaraka a promising start with a first wicket stand of 44 runs before Ngoche broke it by dismissing Mepani. Hirani followed immediately when he was also dismissed by Ngoche leaving the board reading 51 for 2.

Ruaraka was at 51 for 3 and then 63 for 6 when Ngoche and Jadavji Bhimji combined in picking the wickets.

In reply, Swamibapa batsmen failed to put up any worthy performance with the bat but somehow managed to get home with over 40 balls to play.

Nehemiah Odhiambo top scored with 12 runs with Alex Obanda adding on 11 as the rest of the batters failed to get to double digits. Purshautam Vekaria was Ruaraka outstanding bowler with three wickets.