After a bye in the opening week of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 Overs League, Swamibapa A will kick- start their title campaign away to Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ this Sunday.
Champions Kanbis A have a date with hosts SCLPS (Cutchi Leva) ‘A’ while Nairobi Gymkhana ‘A’ will play host to Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ outfit.
Elsewhere, Ngara Sports Club ‘A’ side will be taking full advantage of their home turf in a tricky duel against in form Stray Lions ‘A’.
Having already taken an impressive 169 -run scalp from Ruaraka at their Peponi backyard last Sunday, the Stray Lions can no longer be taken lightly. ‘Lions’ are the ‘Kings of the Jungle”, but Stray Lions ‘A’ are determined to attest to their insatiable hunger for success and indeed establish a 2021/22 season reputation as the ‘undisputed Kings of the crease’.
Whatever is up their sleeves will be known this Sunday when four Super Division fixtures get underway this weekend at various Nairobi cricket grounds.
Sikh Union ‘A’ have a bye this weekend and will not be eying any fours or sixes after losing to Kanbis ‘A’ last weekend. Nevertheless, the Sikhs, also known as “Simbas” will definitely return as ‘wounded Lions’ in their next fixture, hoping to make amends with verve and vigor.
Kanbis international player Rakep Patel believes an away match to SCLPS Cutchi Leva should be another thriller in their success story.
Said Rakep: “SCLPS will surely be on a high after beating Sir Ali over the weekend. So we just look to do our basics right now, bowl and bat well.
We bowled really well against Sikh Union with Debutant Emmanuel Bundi striking early. Then we got the spinners bowling well, Mikunj Pindolia taking 4 wickets in 5 overs. It was outstanding performance from the bowlers side.
“From the batting end. I thought we lost 4 more wickets where we would have loved to chase the target for 2 or 1 down. We depend on our batting a lot so that is the only weakness we had in the game looking to improve in the next game. Sikh Union were a good bunch of youngsters who showed lots of potential on the pitch. They’re just lacking a little bit of experience which I feel they will learn by playing more games.”
WEEK 1 ACTION
Meanwhile, it’s turning out to be one of the most pulsating seasons of cricket with Match Day 1 serving up great moments ahead for cricket lovers. Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Chairman Kanti Rabadia believes the weekend showdown is the beginning of great thing to come.
“We we’re at most of the venues to check on the progress of games and the level of enthusiasm in the revived League is a clear indication that cricket is returning to where it was a few years back. We expect some good matches this weekend with losers hoping to make up for their week 1 quagmire and winners seeking to maintain their winning ways,” Kanti said, when interviewed at the Stray Lions home ground at Peponi School, while in the company of other NPCA Committee members.
“All in all thrills and spills are guaranteed. As NPCA we will strive to ensure cricket returns to its familiar ground. Let’s enjoy our good sport and take it to the next level.”
SUMMARIZED RESULTS WEEK 1. NPCA Super League 50 Overs 2021 -11 – Jul – 2021
Kanbis ‘A’ 135/6 (26.0 overs) beat Sikh Union ‘A’ 134/ All Out (37.0 overs) KANBIS WON BY 4 WICKETS
Stray Lions ‘A’ 263/8 (50.0 overs) beat Ruaraka ‘A’ 94/ All Out (44.0 overs)- STRAY LIONS WIN BY 169 RUNS
SCLPS ‘A’ 159/7 (35.3 overs) beat Sir Ali ‘A’ 158/ All Out (35.4 overs) SCLPS WON BY 3 WICKETS.Nairobi Gymkhana ‘A’ 108/ All Out (31.0 overs) lost to Ngara SC ‘A’ 201/All Out (50.0 overs) NGARA WON BY 93 RUNS.