Rakep im­presses

Na­tional team cap­tain records his se­cond dou­ble ton to steer Kan­bis to vic­tory

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY DUN OKINYO @okiny­o_­dun

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

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