November 9, 2009

Kenya

Swamibapa secure Super League title

Martin Williamson

Swamibapa A have won the NPCA Super League title, ending five years of domination by Kanbis A.

Needing only maximum points from their final game, Swamibapa A easily beat Stray Lions A, bowling them out for 108 after setting a target of 216 to win. Kanbis A finished second after a well-fought last-day win over SCLYL.

The problems facing Kenyan cricket were summed up by the newspaper coverage of the final round of games. While Sofapaka secured Kenyan football’s Premier League title in front of 10,000 spectators, and gained a full page of coverage in the Sunday Nation, Swamibapa’s achievement didn’t even warrant a mention.

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Posted by Anil on (January 22, 2010, 15:02 GMT)

Whatever happened to "NAIROBI NOOKERS"

Posted by bipin bhai on (November 14, 2009, 23:57 GMT)

is Swamibapa team got anything to do with the Swaminarayan Temple in Nairobi?

Posted by andruid on (November 12, 2009, 8:37 GMT)

The Nation was too busy obsessing about how Kennedy Obuya, and Maurice Odumbe (players both who have fallen foul with Cricket Kenya) were doing to remember the small detail of which team proved itself the best in Kenya. Too much politics in cricket journalism in Kenya for cricket journalism's good health. All in all it was atypical Richard Mwangi piece

Posted by colin macbeth on (November 10, 2009, 11:08 GMT)

Yet I can remember how when Swamibapa won the cup in 1993 they warranted a page splash and big pic on the back of the East African Standard, the Daily Nation's main rival. Now why was that, I wonder?! 'Topspinner'

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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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