Monday, October 26, 2009

Swamibapa closing on title after thrashing Telca

Swamibapa A are one step closer to the Premier Division title after handing fellow title hopefuls Telca a 10 wicket thrashing that has effectively removed the latter from contention, for this year at least.

Telca won the toss and elected to bat first at the Ngara ground in a match officiated by International umpire Subhash Modi and Shanti Patel.

Peter Ongondo(1 wicket for 1 run) made a statement to the national selectors who left him out of many of the recent games in Zimbabwe with a masterclass of new-ball bowling and Nehemiah Odhiambo impressed with 3 wickets for 13 runs as Swamibapa sent Telca packing for just 72 runs. Lameck Onyango also picked up 2 wickets while tony Suji, Shem Obado and Elijah Otieno too 1 each. Maurice Ouma also impressed behind the stumps. Telca's innings lasted just 29.2 overs with fast bowler, Alfred Luseno top scoring with 25 runs.

Swamibapa's opening batsmen, Maurice Ouma(41 not out) and Francis Otieno (26 not out) batted well with a fine unbeaten and match winning partnership of 73 runs to give Swamibapa an emphatic and timely victory. With Stray Lions dropping points due to their match last week vs the struggling Sir Ali washed out, the title race is still very much open to the top 3 sides. All will be hoping that weather and international duty allow cricket to decide who will emerge 2009 champions.

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