Kongonis Cricket Club bounced back to beat Nairobi Buffaloes by 49 runs in a Crown Berger East Africa Premier League (T20) match at the Nairobi Gymkhana on Sunday.
This was Kongonis’ second win after their loss to Rwenzori Warriors in both the Crown Berger EAPL and East Africa Cup (50 overs) in Kampala two weeks ago, and in the EAPL at their home ground at Nairobi Club last Saturday.
Last Sunday, they turned the tables on the visitors in the EAC.
Saturday’s match was televised live by SuperSport with crowds finally trickling back into the Gymkhana.
With more live cricket and sponsorship of the domestic game, Kenyan cricket is most likely going to bounce back to the dizzy heights of the late 1990s.
In Saturday’s match, Kongonis sailed to a comfortable 49-run win over the hapless Nairobi Buffaloes who managed only 117 for the loss of eight wickets in their allocated 20 overs.
Kongonis, who batted first, lost five wickets. Seren Waters, who managed only 17 runs, fell to Lameck Onyango, Gordon Brown fell to Gangadeep Singh and Rajesh Budhia’s scalp was claimed by Collins Obuya, the national team’s skipped who conceded 27 runs and took only one wicket.
Two of their wickets were run outs. Rakep Patel top scored for Kongonis with 86 before he was run out in the 19th over. In the bowling department, he took two wickets and conceded 26 runs.
Nairobi Buffaloes’ highest run getter was Collins Obuya who managed 57 before he was caught by Ken Owino off Abdul Rehman, who took three wickets and conceded 19 runs.
Before Saturday’s win, Kongonis were placed fifth in the EAPL table, with eight points from two wins in six matches played.
Sponsors Crown Berger’s CEO Rakesh Rao was among the fans at the Nairbi Gymkhana on Saturday.
Saturday’s game between hosts Coast Pekee and Uganda’s Rwenzori was called off by the umpires Kutub Gulamabbas and Subhash Modi in agreement with both the captains Sagar Karia (Coast Pekee) and Lawrence Samatimba (Rwenzori Warriors) due to a waterlogged square at the Coast Gymkhana.
“It was dangerous and unreasonable for play to commence,” Modi said.
Reserve umpire was Hemant Desai and the scorer was Umesh Vekaria.
“The groundsmen worked very hard to dry the square but the rains again came from 1.45pm. We had several inspections and decided to call off the match as there was no possiblility of starting the match,” Modi added.
The Nile Knights vs Rift Valley Rhinos EAPL game was also washed out after a heavy down without a ball being bowled in Kampala.