Obado believes Kongonis will stop Kanbis

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 28, 2021
  • Kanbis and Kongonis face off at nairobi Club in the top match of the NPCA Super League. (SNA: File Photo)

Kongonis captain Shem Obado predicts Kanbis will have a tough time on the Nairobi Club wicket when the two sides clash in the top-of-the bill match of the NPCA Super League match on Sunday.

Obado recalled many sides that have visited their Nairobi Club home ground have found it difficult to put on huge scores and that Kanbis will not be an exception.

“It has not been that easy for any team that has come to Nairobi Club. Each team has found it difficult to be that dominant with the bat because of the wicket. We expect that to happen when Kanbis come calling this Sunday,” Obado said.

He added: “No team has scored over 250 with us at home for almost a year now and even those totals that have been scored, we have been able to get close to the target if not winning."

Kanbis have had a good run in the league this year scoring over 300 runs thrice with the latest being the 442 runs against Stray Lions. Obado said he expects Kanbis to come with the same mentality of another free scoring match but they will have to dig harder to get that.

“Yes they will come hard on us and look to post a huge score if they happen to win the toss. But if they happen to chase the target they will be forced to change their approach but as it is, they will come hard on us but we will not let it easy for them,” Obado told sportsnewsarena.com.

Last Sunday, Rakep Patel led Kanbis to a huge total with a double century and Kongonis are expected to be wary of his form. “Rako is currently in a good form and the whole team will be expecting him to perform with bat once again but that won’t play for anything in the match. We will put our best foot into the match and take all our chances,” Obado said.

No big names

Unlike Kanbis, Kongonis don’t have a big name as far as batting is concerned in their line up but they do have a line up line up of players that can contribute with meaningful scores.

Last week Obado, Dominic Wesonga and Paul Anjere had a good show with the bat in their loss to Swamibapa. If they can put on a similar or a better show against the league leaders, then will give their visitors a run for their money.

At Nairobi Jafferys, Swamibapa intend to exert pressure on Kanbis when they take on Sikh Union. Since their two consecutive losses to Kanbis and Kongonis in the league opening matches, Sikh Union have not lost any match.

Each team that has come against them has left the pitch on the losing end and it will be interesting to see if they will carry the same rhythm against Swamibapa which enjoys the best bowling attack in the league.

Last week, Sikh Union easily saw off Nairobi Gymkhana after contributions from their batsman and they will be hoping that will be the case when they take on Swamibapa. Swamibapa were stretched in their win last weekend with their bowlers not looking dangerous as expected.

Nairobi Gymkhana will have a chase to bounce back from straight defeats when they travel to Samaj School to take on host Cutchi Leva while Sir Ali will be looking for a second successive win when they play Stray Lions at Peponi School.

Premier who lost to Sir Ali last weekend will travel to Ruaraka to take on winless Ruaraka Sports Club.