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September 21, 2018

Stray Lions eye revival against leaders Kanbis

Stray Lions in a past match/COURTESY
Stray Lions in a past match/COURTESY
Defending champions Stray Lions are seeking redemption as they confront leaders Kanbis Sports Club tomorrow away at Eastleigh High School.
Both the teams will come in with a hope of getting two vital points as the league enters the second leg.
A win for either side will boost their chances of either reclaiming the league title or retaining it.
After the first round matches of the NPCA Elite Super League, hosts Kanbis sit top of the table with 24 points, five above second-placed Stray Lions
The last time the two teams met, Kanbis emerged victorious. This time round, they will look to extract a similar result in front of their home fans.
For the Stray Lions, a win over the defending champions will not only reduce Kanbis lead by only a point, but will also make them the only team to have beaten the opponents.
From five matches of the NPCA top tier league competition, Kanbis are yet to lose and will be looking to continue their good run with both bat and ball.
The home side have had a good run so far, thanks to their impressive batting that has seen them topple sides with so much ease. Dhiren Gondaria’s second ton in two matches last Sunday was a clear indication that the national team opening batsman is in good form and will be the man to watch in tomorrow’s battle.
Rakep Patel’s bat hasn’t produced runs as it was the case in the last two seasons and Kanbis will be hoping he rediscover his form. It will also be a good chance for the national junior team captain Sachin Bhudia to step up against a strong bowling side. He has so far scored 166 runs from five innings and is fifth on the log. The youngster has taken the opportunity in the senior side well and his confidence could be improved when he comes up against bowlers of Nikhil Date, Shem Obado and his age-mate Abisheikh Chidambaran. The three were architects of Swamibapa’s poor show last weekend. Stray Lions will equally be seeking to extend their winning streak to five.
Stray Lions have been dependent on their top order of Abraham Vadada and Sandip Kunchikor. However, if they fail to provide a strong start, Kanbis will have a chance to expose Stray Lions’ middle order. The visitors will be hoping bowler Nehemiah Odhiambo is available for the match.
Third placed Swamibapa, who will be away to Ruaraka Sports Club, are hoping that opener Alex Obanda will be available for the match. At Samaj School, bottom-placed Cutchi Leva will welcome Nairobi Gymkhana.
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