National team captain records his second double ton to steer Kanbis to victory
National team skipper Rakep Patel scored his second double ton in the NPCA Super League to lead Kanbis to a second spot finish of the 2016 season.
Rakep scored 238 runs that saw former champions Kanbis post an overwhelming 420 and helped them outclass Kongonis by a comfortable 219 runs win at Eastleigh High School.
Rakep’s score which was brought up in the last over was two runs shy of his highest individual score of 240, which he scored against Stray Lions at the same venue last year.
Kongonis walked back to the pavilion still unsure of what might have hit them in the inning after having left the home in trouble at 47 for 5.
Kongonis were confident of pulling an upset and register their third win of the season when they left Kanbis struggling at 47 for 5 but the dream quickly melted with Rakep’s onslaught on their bowling
Rakep often sent balls sailing into the hills beyond the boundary and over the school fence on way to posting the highest individual score in the league this season.
His score which came off 165 balls and included 23 boundaries and 14 sixes outclassed Alex Obanda’s score of 200 against Cutchi Leva in August.
A target of 420 was always going to be a steep target for Kongonis and when David Waters, Chris Childs and Paul Anjere had succumbed in the early reckoning, it became a case of damage limitation that saw them struggle to 201 for nine from their 50 overs. Dominic Wesonga ( 54 ) and Dolla Abala ( 42 ) were the only batsmen to show some fight.
It had all looked so different when Martin Okoth and Eugene Maneno snapped up five wickets to reduce the home team to 47 for 5.
Rakep shared a sixth wicket stand of 154 with Vinod Rabadia that got them to 201. After Rabadia was caught on 57, Patel went on to share a huge seventh wicket stand of 242 runs with skipper Rajesh Bhudia, who scored an unbeaten 80. Rakep’s long inning came in the last over when he was caught off Maneno.
With his knock, Rakep became the only batsman with two double tons in one season and the second one to score two double tons in the NPCA league