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Current Kenya captain joins legend Steve Tikolo in the Double Century ranks

National captain Rakep Patel became the second batsman to score double hundred in the NPCA cricket league as defending champions Kanbis crashed Stray Lions by 188 runs at Eastleigh High School Sunday.

The Kenyan international scored 240 runs as Kanbis scored another huge score of442 for four. The score proved to be an uphill task for the visitors as they only managed to score 254 despite Abraham Vadada’s century.

Batting at number four, Patel scored his runs from 124 balls, with 27 fours and 13 sixes. By reaching the double ton, he joined Steve Tikolo who scored three double centuries 242, 240 and 220 in 1996.

Stray Lion rotated all eight bowlers at their disposal but they all found it difficult to put the brake on Patel’s scoring. Kanbis began their inning well with openers Aizaz Kothariya and Narendra Kalyan putting on a good start until when Kalyan retired on 50.

Kothariya (48) then got the scores to 108 with Chiraq Sisodia (23) before Kothariya was dismissed to pave way for Patel who didn’t take long to settle. He got the scores to 168 with Sisodia before Kothariya was caught in the 24th over.

Nelson Mandela (9), Rajesh Varsani (29) and Ramesh Mepani (14 not out) were all this time reduced to spectators in the middle as Patel made history. Harrison Ambani was the most expensive bowler, conceding 80 runs in six overs.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling to be fair, getting the score is a good achievement and I am happy I was able to bat the way I batted,” Patel said. In reply, Vadada was the only batsman who was able to give Kanbis bowlers something to ponder about in their chase with 103 runs as Pushpak Kerai picked 4 for 49.

At Nairobi Jafferys, hosts Swamibapa extended their unbeaten run this year with a win over a determined Kenya Kongonis side. Chasing 313, Kongonis batsmen put on a good fight with almost every batsman contributing but the score proved to be too high for them falling 34 runs short.

Martin Okoth was Kongonis top scorer with 42 with Dominic Wesonga (33) Paul Anjere (38), Shem Obado (32) and Emmanuel Opura (33) chipping in.

Openers Elijah Otieno and Nehemiah Odhiambo all picked up three wickets Naman Patel top scored for Swamibapa with 73 from 91 balls before Nehemiah Odhiambo got them past the 300 mark with a quick 53.

Patel and Alex Obanda put on an opening stand of 56 before the stand was broken in the 11th over by Okoth paving way for a second wicket stand of 63 between Patel and Maurice Ouma that got them to 116.

After Ouma was stumped Swamibapa lost three quick wickets but were brought back to control the game with Odhiambo’s half ton from 30 balls before they finally ended on 312 all out.

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