Swamibapa are desperate for an end to the hoodoo of Jaffreys Grounds in Lavington Sunday when they host Nairobi Gymkhana in a Super League encounter. Third-placed Swami and on 169 points fell to big rivals Kanbis a month ago at their own backyard in embarrassing fashion and will need a convincing win.
As the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) top tier enters round 12, Peter Ongondo’s side are eager to come good and close the gap at the apex now standing at 27 points.
There is a fine cast that includes skipper Maurice Ouma, Lameck Onyango and Hiren Varaiya which could test the limit of fifth placed Gymkhana who have lost six matches this season.
Regulars Gymkhana will be no pushovers given their experience but recent falls to mid-table candidates and neighbours Sikh Union just shows their soft underbelly.
They will rely on national team fringe batsman Karan Kaul to help stage an unprecedented conquest against the 2016 Twenty20 Champions who also has national team opening partnership of Alex Obanda and wicketkeeper Irfan Karim.
On the other end, highflying table toppers Kanbis will be hosting lowly Ruaraka at their Eastleigh School home turf. They currently are on 196 points and yet to lose a match so far.
With a batting line-up consisting red hot trio Rakep Patel, Dhiren Gondaria and Narendra Kalyan to hit the runs if the weather holds. Patel who is also the national team skipper has already four centuries to his name thus far and in his element is unstoppable.
Defending champions will be visitors at Nairobi Club where they will be facing bottom-placed Kongonis in another encounter. The hosts have only won once in 10 meetings and this duel could not have come at a worse time.
The Lions who are second and four points adrift of Kanbis have the gallant force of evergreen Collins Obuya and the Ngoche siblings Nehemiah and Shem.