Ruaraka A secured their first-ever Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super Division 50-Overs League title by defeating the home team Sikh Union by a commanding margin of 168 runs.
The unstoppable Ruaraka A team was led by the brilliant performances of Chandresh Hirani, who scored 101 runs from just 67 balls, the formidable Sachin Gill, who contributed 79 runs from 97 deliveries, and Maxwell Swaminathan, who added 62 runs from 54 balls. These outstanding players propelled Ruaraka A to a total of 48 points, sealing their dominant run in the league.
It’s worth noting that Ruaraka A, previously known as Kathiawar Sports Club, had clinched the KCA title in the past, with legendary names like Suresh Joshi, Anil Lakhani, and Harish Sumaria associated with the club.
For Ruaraka A, winning their first NPCA title was a momentous achievement, reflecting their resilience and newfound winning prowess.
Sachin Gill, the star batsman for Ruaraka, expressed his joy after the team’s historic victory. He also earned the accolade of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the league season, outshining teammate Pushkar Sharma.
In another notable match, Kanbis secured a resounding 200-run victory over Stray Lions at their home ground, Eastleigh High School. This win propelled Kanbis to second place in the competition with a total of 44 points, while Stray Lions settled for third place with 40 points.
Obuya Academy A created a major upset in the second leg of the league when they defeated Swamibapa A by a 31-run margin at the latter’s home ground in Nairobi Jaffery’s. Despite this victory, Obuya Academy A finished fourth in the league standings with 28 points, trailing behind Swamibapa A.
Kanbis maintained their impeccable home record throughout the league season and ended on a high note with their last fixture. Their skipper, Dhiren Gondaria, commended the team’s performance and the progress they had made, especially after a challenging previous round.
Meanwhile, Shubham Jadhav of Stray Lions narrowly missed the milestone of scoring 1000 runs from 14 innings, ending with a total of 966 runs. Although he emerged as the highest run-scorer in the league, he couldn’t lead Stray Lions to a second-place finish. Pushkar Sharma secured the second position in the run-scoring charts with 730 runs, followed by Sachin with 692 runs, and Rakep Patel of Kanbis with 633 runs. Rakep also concluded the league with an impressive century, scoring 116 runs from 82 deliveries.
Lastly, the home team Samaj A secured an eight-wicket victory against Nairobi Gymkhana, concluding the league season in fifth place with a total of 24 points.