9 November 2012

Kenya: NPCA Now Focus On the 50 - Over Show After a Succesful Twenty20 Series

After successful completion of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Twenty20 tournament, action now shifts to the 50 over knock-out competition. A total of 34 teams will take part in the event which will bowl off on Sunday at various venues within the city.

Ten teams will play in the Super Division while Division One, Two and Three will have eight teams each. In the Super Division, Kanbis will square it out with their perennial rivals Swamibapa at Eastleigh High School.

The winner of the match will face newly crowned T20 champions Simba Union. Simba received a bye to the next round alongside Nairobi Gymkhana, who face the winner between Kenya Kongonis and Cutchi Leva. Other matches in the division will see Stray Lions take on Nairobi Nookers and Premier Club battling out with Sir Ali.

Speaking during the draws, NPCA chairman Tom Tikolo, stressed on the importance of discipline during the event. He said they will not tolerate incidents like the one witnessed during the T20 final between Simba Union and Premier Club, where a player engaged a group of fans in a scuffle.

Tikolo insisted that umpires will be strict and NPCA will take appropriate actions against any team found guilty of misconduct. He said cricket requires dedication and concentration, and success can't be achieved without discipline. The Kenya Ladies team will also take part in the event and open their campaign against hosts Peponi School.

Captain Emily Ruto said the tournament will give them the much needed exposure ahead of the Twenty20 Africa women's World qualifiers in Tanzania next month.

"We will take any event that comes our way very seriously. We want to get used to playing tough cricket before the qualifiers and that is why we welcome the move to play in the knockout tournament," Ruto said.

The tournament is likely to witness tough competition with the availability of the national team players who are expected to turn up for their clubs.

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