Swamibapa keep the pres­sure on Stray Lions

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY DUN OKINYO/

For­mer league cham­pi­ons Swamibapa con­tin­ued to mount pres­sure on lead­ers Stray Lions over the week­end with a huge win over hosts Ruaraka Sports Club at Ruaraka. Mau­rice Ouma gave Swamibapa a good start with the bat scor­ing his sec­ond ton of the sea­son be­fore Ja­davji Bhimji and Sau­mil Pa­tel fin­ished off the work by shar­ing nine wick­ets be­tween them.

The for­mer na­tional team skip­per Ouma scored 143 and Na­man Pa­tel missed his maiden sea­son ton by eight runs as Swamibapa posted 356 with eight balls to play be­fore Bhimji and Sau­mil picked up all but one wicket to bowl out the hosts for 226 runs.

Ouma faced 123 balls that in­cluded 13 bound­aries and five sixes be­fore he was stumped.

He shared im­por­tant stands with Na­man (92 off 111 balls) and Rakesh Ka­har (63 off 33 balls) to give his side a com­fort­able score.

But af­ter the dis­missal of the three, Swamibapa’s mid­dle and lower or­der crum­bled with only Em­manuel Bundi get­ting into dou­ble dig­its with 16 runs.

In re­ply Ja­davji and Sau­mil de­stroyed all hope for the home side stop­ping their vis­i­tors with nine wick­ets be­tween them.

Af­ter open­ers Ne­hemiah Od­hi­ambo and Eli­jah Otieno had once again failed to give their side a good start, Lameck Onyango gave them a break­through with the board on 33.

But af­ter that, it was Ja­davji and Sau­mil all the way with wick­ets fall­ing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.


Bats­man Mau­rice Ouma of Swamibapa dur­ing their Kenya Cricket Union Premier League match

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