Kan­bis suc­cumb to Stray Lions in the Har­i­lal Shah show

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

A ma­jor bat­ting col­lapse con­demned de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kan­bis Sports Club to a five-run de­feat at the hands of newly crowned league cham­pi­ons Stray Lions in the Har­i­lal Shah Me­mo­rial tour­na­ment on Sun­day.

Chas­ing 176 for vic­tory at Nairobi Gymkhana, Kan­bis were sail­ing at 82 for no in the 5th over be­fore the col­lapse gates opened to bring up a shock­ing loss for the cham­pi­ons.

Kan­bis re­quired 12 runs off the fi­nal over, but came up short as Mau­rice Odumbe con­ceded only eight runs and picked up the wicket of skip­per Ra­jesh Bhu­dia ( 1 5 ) to deny Kan­bis the win.

Rakep Pa­tel and Dhiren Gon­daria had given Kan­bis a fly­ing start, scor­ing over 16 runs an over. In the ab­sence of Wilkin Mota and AG Praveen, Stray Lions opened the bowl­ing with Jay Chan­darana and skip­per Hiren Varaiya. From two overs, Chan­darana had licked 31 overs with Varaiya’s first overs pro­duc­ing 13 runs.

A change to bring Shem Obado for Varaiya for the third over wors­ened mat­ters for Stray Lions as Rakep and Gon­daria didn’t spare him nei­ther pro­duc­ing 21 runs off his only over of the match. It was in this over by Obado that Rakep scored his 50 off 20 balls. But that was how far he could go as he was bowled off the first ball of the sixth over by Varaiya. He hit five sixes and four bound­aries. San­ti­lal Ragh­wani and Gon­daria’s stand for the sec­ond wicket pro­duced 10 runs be­fore Varaiya picked his sec­ond by bowl­ing out Ragh­wani on four.

Odumbe an­nounced his pres­ence in the match when he had Gon­daria caught off his sec­ond ball on 44 from 24 balls that con­sisted three sixes and five bound­aries with the board at 106. Nel­son Od­hi­ambo was the fifth wicket to fall af­ter be­ing trapped lbw on eight off Collins Obuya. Ramesh Mepani and Vinod Raba­dia got the scores to 127 in 15.1 overs be­fore Chan­darana bagged his first wicket with the first ball of his sec­ond spell.

Raba­dia and Bhu­dia got the scores to 154 be­fore Bhu­dia was bowled by Obuya. Af­ter the dis­missal of the skip­per, Sachin Bhu­dia and Gaut­man Bhu­dia were all run out on two, leav­ing Kan­bis star­ring at a loss. When Varaiya got the wick­ets of Raba­dia and Har­ish Varsani it was all over for Kan­bis.

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