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Kanbis Sports Club steamrollered rivals Stray Lions by seven wickets yesterday to clinch the 2018 Twenty20 final at Nairobi Gymkhana. Lions won the toss and selected to bat in the opening innings and set out a score target of 135/7 in their allotted overs.
Collins Obuya (39 runs off 55 balls) top scored for the Lions before being ejected by Rakep Patel’s catch off Rajesh Bhudia’s lovely delivery. Kanbis bowlers restricted most of the Lions players to lower digit numbers.
Opening batsmen Nadeem Khana and Roger Mukasa barely got to 10 runs altogether after being bowled out by the deadly Sachin Bhudia who got help from Patel who had a stellar game himself.
Charles Waiswa (35 off 69 balls) was second highest run getter for his Lions team was the only batsman not to be dismissed just before the innings ended.
Lions grand total at close was 126 on the board plus an extra nine balls courtesy of three leg-byes, five wide balls and a bye. In the second innings, Kanbis who have had the heartbreak of losing three consecutive times in recent times ably chased the target with a score of 137/2 in only 13 overs. Captain Rakep Patel (57 off 63 balls) was the only player to post half-a-century score.
He was later to be caught leg before wicket by Charles Waiswa to hit the showers. Narendra Patel (49 0ff 70 balls) and Vinod Rabadia (10 off 18 balls) batted all through setting Kanbis on course for their second 20/20 Championship title in two years.
Siblings Nehemiah Odhiambo and Shem Ngoche orchestrated the fall of Dhiren Gondaria who had opened the batting for Kanbis. Odhiambo’s pace behind the ball made it difficult for the young Kenyan prodigy to get a good hit thereby being dismissed by Ngoche’s catch.