Kongonis would like to erase memories of the past weekend quickly after they were hammered by Kanbis, losing by nine wickets as the Nairobi Province Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League picked momentum at different venues.
Playing at Nairobi Club, Pushpak Kerai took a hat-trick as Kanbis stamped their authority over their opponents, with Kongoni’s failing to take home ground advantage, being bowled out for just 95 runs in 31 overs before the defending champions secured yet another resounding win in just 13.2 overs.
After being reduced to 31 runs for three wickets by the seamers, Kanbis spinners cleared the middle and the tail for 64 runs before the batsmen delivered the win easily.
Paul Anjere, Martin Okoth and Emmanuel Opura were all the victims of Kerai’s hat-trick as they all tumbled in quick succession, being dismissed by three consecutive balls.
Shem Obado was the top scorer for the home team with 34 runs before he became the first victim of Kerai. Aizaz Kothariya and Chiraq Sisodia remained unbeaten on 37 and 25 runs respectively in a 57 runs stand after Dhiren Gondaria had been caught on 27 runs.
At Nairobi Jafferys, Naman Patel narrowly fell short of a magnificent double century with two runs as Swamibapa maintained their unbeaten run in the league with a five- wicket win over Sikh Union.
Opening for Swamibapa, Patel was out for 198 (150 balls 20 x 4, 8 x 6) as Swamibapa reached Sikh’s target of 309 with five wickets and three balls to spare.
Patel was cruelly denied the milestone when he was caught at the boundary with only seven runs needed. On the boundary, Swamibapa’s loyal fans were waiting to give him a standing ovation for the contribution.
Manoj Sai had led Sikh Union to the total of 308 with 150 runs from 160 balls before Patel’s 198 saw Swamibapa end Sikh Union’s five match winning streak.
Patel shared an opening stand of 170 with Nicholas Oluoch that gave Swamibapa an upper hand in the match before Oluoch was caught off by Zaheed Abbas on 56.
By the time the stand was broken Patel was on 112 runs. Patel then added 74 runs for the second wicket with veteran Maurice Ouma before Ouma was trapped lbw on 17 runs. Patel then moved the scores to 295 with Dilip Rathod (19) before Rathod was caught.
By the time of Rathod’s dismissal, Patel was only four runs of a double century and after couple of singles between him and international Nehemiah Odhiambo, he went for a big shot but was caught at the long off boundary by Nsubuga with only two runs short of a double century.