October 28, 2009

Kenya

Swamibapa close in on NPCA title

Martin Williamson

Defending champions Kanbis A, who have dominated the NPCA Super League of late, maintained their challenge for a sixth straight title with a one-run victory over rivals Stray Lions A, a result which all but ends Lions own ambitions.

Swamibapa A, who have a 14-point lead over Kanbis A, crushed fourth-placed Telca by ten wickets, and with two rounds of matches remaining are favourites to win the league.

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Posted by samad parkar on (November 2, 2009, 18:54 GMT)

After playing cricket in Kenya in the 70s during the hay days of Lakhani,Zuli,Ragu,Jahawir,Charanjive sharma,i wonder how many of these so called international cricketers representing Kenya now would have even got into any of the club sides then.Their was no money then.They played with pride for the country.yes pride.I can not see how Kenya cricket is going to reach the heights again.Something is definately wrong with the setup.They ca not even qualify for the under 19 tournaments. Give it 5 more years & Uganda will surpass Kenya.

Posted by Zoeb Tayebjee on (November 2, 2009, 7:03 GMT)

Kabis have won divison one league six years in a row. There must be something about the players'in the team that has provided a winning formula for so long. I wonder if our selectors'have ever taken pains to watch this great team in action. At the moement Kanbis provide two players'to the National team. Out the two one is always on the bench, and sometimes both. In the good old days the members of selection committee would spread out at various venues to pick talents. From the present committee of four, one doubles up as the team manager whilst the other two, in their mid fifties, still play league cricket for a club every Sundays. This leaves only the Chairman Mr Nasoor Verjee free on Sundays. But the poor guy, all alone, cannot be at one-and-a-half place at any given time. Have a thoughtful day, wont'you?

Posted by Rahul on (November 1, 2009, 15:41 GMT)

I totally understand where Ketan is coming from (since we grew up together back in the "old" days) and would truly love it if Colin's assessment is true that the seeds have been laid for a bright domestic future in Kenya. With that said, I think Kenya needs good competition in all phases of the game at home and internationally; without that we will only be a flash in the pan with Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Namibia, and Afganistan pulling away!

Posted by colin macbeth on (October 31, 2009, 5:01 GMT)

Gone indeed, in many respects; but Swamis are still up there (after a lull). Take a look at kenyacricket.blogspot.com, Ketan, and you'll see some of your old favourites lurking in the nether regions of the NPCA league. What goes up must come down, and unfortunately that has been the case much of Kenyan cricket, particularly at the domestic level. It's a pity Kenya cannot get its act together in the same way as Namibia now is, but at least the seeds - and some willing - appear to be there.

Posted by Ketan Joshi on (October 29, 2009, 12:30 GMT)

Having played domestic cricet in Kenya in the '80s, i was used to seeing teams such as Ruaraka, Gymkhana, Swamibapa, Aga Khan, Sir Ali, Premier, Simba Union, Globe, Ngara etc. I still can't get used to names such as Stray Lions & Telca (i thought it was a brand of powder)...sigh! Where have the good old days gone?

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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