Champions Stray Lions visit Swamibapa in what is expected to be a tough match in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Super League at the Nairobi Jaffreys ground on Sunday.
Lions, second on the standings 15 points ahead of Swamibapa who are third with 153 points, will be seeking to pile pressure on leaders Kanbis.
Both teams are well represented in the national team with Lion’s Collins Obuya enjoying good form as he knocked two half centuries against the Dutch in South Africa in the ICC World Cricket League Championship match last week. Shem Ngoche, the other national team player in the Lions side, shone well with the ball.
Both openers for Kenya, Irfan Karim and Alex Obanda, play the same role for Swamibapa. Even though they both failed to click in South Africa, they are capable of raising for the occasion n Sunday.
On paper, Swamibapa appear the stronger of the two sides, with other current and former national team players in the likes of Morris Ouma, Lameck Onyango, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Emmanuel Bundi, Elijah Otieno and Jadavji Bhimji all set to play.
Swamibapa will be out to curtail the rampant Lions to move to second place.
Commenting on Sunday’s game, Lions’ captain, Hiren Varaiya said: “ It will be a good game, but it would not be an easy one. We have beat them in the previous two 50 -0ver outings. We, however hope for the best as Nehemiah (Odhiambo) will be facing his former team.”
The Swamibapa skipper Morris Ouma said: “It will be a big game for us, a match we must win as we have prepared well for it. With the national team players back in the squad, it is a big bonus for us.”
KANBIS IN ACTION
Elsewhere, runaway leaders Kanbis, with 174 points, will host Sir Ali Muslim Club (71) at Eastleigh Secondary School in a match that the 2015 champions starts as favourites.
Kenya’s skipper Rakep Patel and Nelson Odhiambo are Kanbis' match winners, although Dhiren Gondaria has also regained his form as he also scored two half centuries against the Dutch in South Africa.
At Park Road, Obuya Academy will host Sikh Union (118) at the Sir Ali Muslim Club ground in what is expected to be a tough encounter. In the other matches, Cutch Leva (40) will play Nairobi Gymkhana (72) at Nairobi West and Ruaraka (78) will be home to Kongonis (45).