Friday, July 28, 2006

NPCA Preview - 2006 Week 1

Fixtures for the weekend are as follows, with my tips in bold. With Jaffery withdrawn, there will only be one Super Division match. Considering the top 13 players in the country are away on national duty, perhaps not such a bad thing.
Super Division:
Kanbis Sports Club 'A'
versus Kongonis Cricket Club 'A' at Eastleigh Sec Sch
Nbi Gymkhana Sports Club 'A' Bye
Aga Khan Sports Center 'A' Bye
As defending champions, Kanbis would normally be expected to win. However, they will be without their main players who are in Canada for the National team, so Kongonis have their greatest chance to pull off an upset.
Kongonis Cricket Club 'B'
versus Parklands Sports Club at Rhinos Nairobi Club
Ngara Sports Club versus Premier Club at Ngara S.C.
Swamibapa Cricket Club 'B' versus Shree Cutchi Leva Youth League at Pindolia Academy
Ruaraka Sports Club 'A' versus Kanbis Sports Club 'B' at Ruaraka S.C
Not knowing the team lists makes predictions hard, but I have simply gone on last years form. I chose Kongonis over newly promoted Parklands as they played Div 1 last year, though the latter may be looking to jump another division by next season. Similarly with Kanbis over Ruaraka, though again the latter may be on a charge after their promotion.
Aga Khan Sports Center 'B' versus Nbi Gymkhana Sports Club 'B' at Aga Khan S.C.
Qutbis Sports Club 'A' versus Nbi Institute at Seifee Park
Stray Lions Cricket Club 'A' versus Nairobi Nookers Cricket Club at Simba Union
Again, I have slected the expected winners from last years positions on the table.
Golden XI versus Ruaraka Sports Club 'B' at Highridge Pr Sch
Telca Cricket Club versus Nbi Jaffery Sports Club 'B' at Nairobi School
Parklands Sports Club - Ndovu versus Oshwal XI at Parklands S.C.
Sir Ali Muslim Club 'B' versus Stray Lions 'B' at Sir Ali Muslim Club
Difficult to pick, especially with the new teams coming in.
All matches will start at 10:00am on Sunday July 30th.

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