Swamis send Stray Lions back to cage

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 15, 2021
  • Himashu Dixit scored 53 runs for Stray Lions against Swamibapa but his team lost by 26 runs. This was the third time Swamis defeated Stray Lions.

Naveen Sharma and Himashu Dixit’s half tons' contribution were in vain as Stray Lions suffered their third consecutive defeat by 26 runs at the hands of Swamibapa in the quarter finals of the NPCA 40 Overs Knockout at Nairobi Jafferys on Sunday.

In reply to the Swamibapa’s score of 236 all out, Stray Lions were bundled out for 210 runs despite brilliant efforts by Sharma (73) and Dixit (53).

At one stage the visitors were cruising to victory at 187 for 6, but they lost lost four wickets for 23 runs.

Although opener Praveen Kumar (14), Bilal Habib (15) and Jay Mehta (11) also provided some resistance to their side, none of the batsmen managed to reach double figures.

Elijah Otieno was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. He bagged four wickets which included the wickets of siblings David and Collins Obuya. Otieno was well supported by Lameck Onyango and Nehemiah Odhiambo who bagged two wickets each, while James Ngoche also chipped in with a wicket.

Kumar fell to a run out from Nicholas Oluoch after facing 51 balls while Dixit was bowled by Onyango after he had faced 53 balls.

Earlier, opting to bat first, Swamibapa posted a target of 237 runs, thanks to opener Alex Obanda’s 51 balls 60 and Odhiambo’s significant 54. Opener Oluoch (20), Emmanuel Bundi (21), Otieno (29) and Onyango (23) also chipped in with the bat to lead their side to the total.

Former national team skipper Jimmy Kamande was the pick of Stray Lions bowlers with four wickets. The loss was the third in less than two months that Stray Lions were suffered at the hands of Swamibapa.

Swamibapa beat the Peponi School-based side twice in the T20 tournament which was eventually won by Swamibapa.

At Nairobi Gymkhana, the home team booked a place to the last four after registering a 157 runs win over Ruaraka.

Electing to bat, Nairobi Gymkhana posted 233 runs for the loss of five wickets before tossing out their visitors for 76 run in 28 overs. Abdul Najmi and Harsh Patel were the star performers with the bat for the home side with 56 and 79 runs respectively.

Karan Kaul (20), Rushab Patel (23) and Nikul Patel (20) aided the two top scorers with some useful contribution with the bat. Ruaraka’s chase never took off as they lost wicket regularly before folding on 76 runs.

Peterson Kamau, Raj Savaala and Vinit Shikotra were the architects of Ruaraka’s poor batting display with three wickets each. The other wicket was picked up by Lucas Oluoch.

Kongonis also booked a place in the semi finals after beating Cutchi Leva by six wickets at the Nairobi Club.