By Richard Mwangi
Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association 40-overs defending champions Swamibapa will host arch-rivals Stray Lions in one of the quarter-finals at Nairobi Jaffreys ground on Sunday.
The match will be highlight of the day and the atmosphere is expected to be charged as the fans of the two sides appear to be sworn enemies.
Last month there was a near fistfight during the NPCA Twenty20 play-off at the Nairobi Gymkhana after Swamibapa won the match.
Swamibapa cleared their first 40-overs hurdle last Sunday when they beat Premier Club, who were at home by eight wickets in one of the play-offs. The side has a well-balanced squad with formidable bowlers and batsmen.
Their fielding has also shown remarkable improvement with fewer dropped catches. Alex Obanda is likely to open batting with Lucas Oluoch. Other key batsmen in the side include team captain, Morris Ouma and Saumil Patel.
Nehemiah Odhiambo is likely to spearhead Bowling attack with Elijah Otieno bowling from the opposite end. The other bowlers in the team include two Odhiambo brothers, Lameck Onyango and Shem Ngoche.
As for the Lions, their performance will depend on the form of Collins Obuya who has been doing well with both bat and ball. His elder brother, David, who is the team’s wicket keeper is also doing well with the bat.
The Lions’ dependable bowlers are Hiren Varaiya, Sagar Muley and Bilal Habib.
This is one game the winner will only be known when the last ball has been released.
Elsewhere, Nairobi Gymkhana who took part in the other play off which they beat Sikh Union by five wickets will host Ruaraka Sports Club and at Nairobi Club, Kongonis will be home to Cutchi Leva while at Eastleigh Secondary School Kanbis will face Sir Ali Muslim Club.
The winners of the quarter-finals will fight it out in the semi-finals set for next Sunday.
Source: All Africa