Swamibapa clinch NPCA Twenty20 Premier League title

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 21, 2021
  • Swamibapa players celebrate after a past match.Swamibapa won the NPCA Twenty20 Premier League on Sunday.(Photo:SNA File)

Swamibapa produced a breathtaking performance to clinch the NPCA Twenty20 Premier League title as they outclassed defending champions Kanbis by 28 runs in the final on Sunday at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

Swamibapa posted an imposing 178 for six as openers Nicholas Oluoch (52) and Alex Obanda (37) stitched a 69-run stand for the first wicket.

Rakep Patel’s 61 later on proved not enough as Kanbis fell on 120 runs.

Swamibapa bowlers complimented the good work of the batsmen as they took the fizz out off the Kanbis’ chase with a very disciplined effort.

They strangled Kanbis batsmen, bowling them out for 120 runs as seasoned spinner James Ngoche took six wickets to bowl Swamibapa to the title.

Chasing the huge target, Kanbis opted to have it easy and concentrated on building a platform after losing Narendra Kalynan early for a duck.

Dhiren Gondaria looked to consolidate but could only manage 23 runs after putting on 84 with top scorer Rakep Patel.

The stand had given the defending champions the hopes of reaching the target until when Ngoche bagged his fist wicket, caught and bowled by Gondaria.

Patel completed his half-century in 27 balls but only to be caught off Ngoche. Having made a great breakthrough in succession, Ngoche added on the wicket of another danger man Vinod Rabadia by having him caught too on 10.

Nelson Odhiambo was the fourth wicket to fall when he was also caught this time off Saumil Patel to leave Kanbis on 108 for 4.

Oluoch hit 52 from 41 balls

Ngoche added three more wickets before ending his four overs to dim Kanbis chances of lifting the title. He finished with 6 for 12. Electing to bat, Swamibapa had a good start with the openers putting on 69.

Oluoch ended what has been a good tournament on a sound note hitting 52 from 41 balls.

The stand which was slowly looking threatening with the way Obanda was stroking the ball was brought to an end when Harish Varsani had Obanda caught on 37 from 31 balls after 9.1 overs.

Oluoch and his brother Maurice Ouma raced to 26 in 5 overs to get their side to 95 for 2. Ouma was dismissed when he was caught off Rajesh Bhudia on 12 runs.

Swamibapa lost two wickets of Rakesh Kahar (6) and Nehemiah Odhiambo (7) in quick succession to leave their side on 126 for 4 after 17.3 overs.

Oluoch was finally dismissed in the 18th over when he was caught off Bhudia with the board on 128. Saumil Patel chipped in with 19 runs as Swamibapa ended on 148 runs.