17 September 2013

Kenya: Lions Cornered

Star-studded Stray Lions' chances of winning their maiden Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association League title received a major blow when they lost to defending champions Kanbis at Peponi on Sunday.

The day also saw leaders Sikh Union maintain their lead at the summit after emphatic win over Kanbis Yellow at Eastleigh High School.

Nairobi Gymkhana also moved out of the relegation zone after beating visitors Premier Club at Gymkhana.

At Peponi, hosts Stray Lions who had lost two matches ahead of their date with Kanbis lost by 16 runs to their visitors. After bowling out their visitors for 267, Stray Lions were set to win the match easily after Maurice Ouma and David Obuya put on an opening stand of 140 that got them to full control of the match.

Ouma made 102 before he was caught by Rakep Patel off Jadavji Bhimji while Obuya, who has had a poor season with the club made 84 before he was caught by Ramesh Mepani off Bhimji. But after the dismissal of the two, Stray Lions batting order wobbled yet again and lost eight wickets for only 69 runs to set up the win for Kanbis, who now sit in second place.

Apart from the two openers, Abraham Vadada was the only batsman to get into double digits with 22. Man of the Match, Vinod Rabadia, cleaned up the tail to finish with 4 for 21. Rabadia had earlier scored a swashbuckling 74 to steer his team to the huge total. He was aided by Arvind Halai and Mansukh Jesani who made 68 and 43 runs respectively as Kanbis made 267 for the loss of six wickets.

At Eastleigh, Maninder Singh made 81 to steer Sikh Union to a hard fought six wickets win over Kanbis Yellow. Batting first Kanbis Yellow made 150 for nine with Gopal Vekaria making 51. Gangadeep Singh and Tarandeep Singh picked up 3 and 2 wickets each for the league leaders.

In reply, Sikh Union lost six wickets on their way to their sixth win of the season with Maninder being the outstanding batsman. Zaid Abbas chipped in with a hard fought 43.

At Gymkhana, Tanmay Mishra and Karan Kaul steered Gymkhana to a morale boosting eight wickets win over Premier.

After Premier had made 231 all out, Mishra scored 101 and Kaul made 96 not out. The loss was sad for Bansi Patel who had made 114 for Premier. Raj Savala was the star bowler for Gymkhana with 4 for 31.

At Cutchi Leva, Alex Obanda made 83 to lead Kongonis to a six wickets win over Cutchi Leva. Chasing 209, Kongonis reached the target for the loss of four wickets with Obanda and Dominic Wesonga standing out with the bat. Wesonga made 40. Ashwin Rabadia had top scored with 66 for Cutchi Leva.

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