The Star (Nairobi)

23 July 2013

Kenya: Sikhs March On

Sikh Union continued their NPCA Super League dominance with a comfortable 94 runs victory over Cutchi Leva, extending their lead at the top to 16 points.

Leading wicket taker Waqas Aslam took 5-35 to help bowl out Cutchi Leva for 167 inside 37 overs after national U-19 opener Gurdeep Singh and Maninder Singh had made 70 and 67 runs to steer Sikh Union to 261 for 7.

" To be honest, It was a very convincing win against one of unpredictable sides in the league," said Gurdeep, who was also impressive with figures of 2 for 56.

Aslam got the wickets of--Mahendra Siyani (4), Mukesh Rabadia (32), Jay Ragwani (2), Vishwal Borgwami (4) and Manoj Kerai (8)-- to best another impressive performance in the league. Gurmajot Singh and Zaid Abbas added on 32 and 37 runs for the visitors despite 3 for 39 from Ragwani.

At Sir Ali Muslim Club, Alfred Luseno destroyed Kongonis with seven wickets haul to steer the hosts to a 135 runs win.

Luseno picked career best 7 for 18 as Kongonis strong batting could only make 48 in their pursuit for 183.

Thomas Odoyo had earlier scored the third century of the league this season with an unbeaten 104. With the win--their second in four matches--Sir Ali moved up to position seven with 41 points while Kongonis dropped to fourth place with 43 points.

Stray Lions maintained their second place after a 5 wickets win over struggling Swamibapa.

Batting first, Swamibapa made 193 in 45.2 overs before Maurice Ouma and Irfan Karim scored half centuries to steer their team to victory with 15 overs to play.

Emmanuel Bundi and Steve Tikolo's had picked 4 for 53 and 3 for 25 as Stray Lions bowled out their visitors for 193. Ashish Butt top-scored for Swamibapa with 86.

Defending champions Kanbis moved four places up to fifth place--thanks to a hard fought 33 runs win over determined Nairobi Gymkhana.

Narendra Kerai led Kanbis to 250 with 64. Kanbis looked set to defend the total but quick fire half tons from Lucas Oluoch (57) and Tanmay Mishra (55) almost gave the visitors their second win until four wickets from Rajesh Bhudia turned things back into Kanbis favour--bowling out their opponents for 217.

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