In a thrilling encounter in the NPCA Super Division 50 Overs League 2023, Ruaraka A Team emerged victorious with a dominant performance against Stray Lions A Team. The match, held at the Ruaraka Sports Club Ground in Nairobi, was a limited-overs contest that showcased the true spirit of cricket.
The Battle Unfolds
After winning the toss, Ruaraka A Team elected to field first, a decision that would prove to be pivotal in the outcome of the game. Stray Lions A Team started their innings with Irfan Karim and Shubham Jadhav at the crease. Karim’s innings was cut short by an lbw delivery from Pushkar Sharma, but Jadhav anchored the innings with a brilliant century.
Shubham Jadhav’s impressive knock of 112 runs from 117 balls included 11 boundaries and 2 sixes, providing Stray Lions A Team with a solid platform. Neil Mugabe (40) and others chipped in, but the Stray Lions ultimately posted a total of 245 runs, losing all their wickets in 49.4 overs.
Ruaraka A Team’s Dominant Reply
In reply, Ruaraka A Team displayed exceptional batting prowess, led by Pushkar Sharma (103 not out) and Sachin Gill (90 not out). They forged an unbeaten partnership of 240 runs, ensuring victory for their team.
Pushkar Sharma’s century came off 122 deliveries, while Sachin Gill’s 90 runs were scored off 120 balls. Their partnership was characterized by exquisite strokeplay and intelligent running between the wickets.
The Stray Lions A Team bowlers, including Francis Mutua and Shem Ngoche, found it challenging to break this formidable partnership. Sharma and Gill’s partnership ensured Ruaraka A Team reached the target of 246 runs with ease, crossing the finish line in just 45.1 overs.
– Best Batsman: Shubham Jadhav (Stray Lions A Team)
– Batting: 112 runs from 117 balls, 11 boundaries, 2 sixes, SR of 95.73
– Best Bowler: Maxwell Swaminathan (Ruaraka A Team)
– Bowling: 10.0 overs, 47 runs, 3 wickets, economy of 4.70
Ruaraka A Team’s dominant performance with both bat and ball secured a convincing 9-wicket victory over Stray Lions A Team. Their bowlers effectively restricted Stray Lions to 245 runs, while the Ruaraka batsmen chased down the target comfortably, with Pushkar Sharma and Sachin Gill leading the way.
This victory will undoubtedly boost Ruaraka A Team’s confidence in the NPCA Super Division 50 Overs League 2023 as they continue their campaign in pursuit of the championship.
Written by – Mr. Raghavendra A. Jangam