Kanbis to face off with Uganda Under 19 in the final of Hayer Star Field at Nairobi Gymkhana

By Robin Toskin: Friday, August 24th 2018 at 18:56 GMT +3 | Cricket
Starfield's Wicket Keeper Sharon Juma (left) appeals after batsman Esther Wangare of Nakuru Pirates missed the ball during Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League match at Ruaraka Sports Club on Friday August 24, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Defending champions Kanbis and Uganda U19 Select side will today battle it out in the finals of the Hayer One Star Field Cricket tournament at Nairobi Gymkhana.

The two sides booked a place of what will be a rematch of their group match after seeing off Mombasa Simba Club and Ruaraka Sports Club in their respective semifinals match.

In the first match of the day, Uganda easily disposed Ruaraka for 66 runs on their way to 102 runs win.

Zephania Arinaitwe, Perry Wazombe and Ronald Opio all had a good show with the bat to lead their side to 168 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Arinaitwe top scored with 42 runs with Wazombe and Opio adding on 37 and 36 runs.

The opening stand of Arinaitwe and Wazombe put on 63 in 7/3 overs before Wazombe and Opio got the scores to 119 in only 6.2 overs.

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Kweyuta Cosmas added 23 in the middle of the inning to get the favourites to a comfortable total despite losing a couple of wickets in between.

Miyagi Juma was Ruaraka’s chief destroyer with 5 for 6 as Ruaraka managed only 66 for 9.

In the afternoon match, Kanbis defended their 137 runs by restricting Mombasa Simba for 99 for 7.

It was a good win for the defending champions who had been restricted for 24 for 4 in 3.4 overs.

Sachin Bhudia (45) and Santish Hirani (37) revived the inning with a fifth wicket stand of 63 runs in 11.2 overs.

After the dismissal of Bhudia to a run out, Hirani got a hand from Abisheikh Chidambaran who scored 20.

In the ladies matches, Nairobi Star Field Ladies XI and Nakuru Select sides will battle it out in the finals.

The two booked a place in the final after easily edging out Nairobi Select in their final group matches played at Ruaraka Sports Club yesterday afternoon.

Nairobi Star Field easily beat Nairobi Select by 31 runs in the first match of the day.

Nairobi Select yet again suffered the second loss of the day when they went down heavily to Nakuru side by 86 runs.

Star Field Ladies side lost only one wicket as they posted 102 runs in the first match with Ruth Mwihaki top scoring with 45 runs.

In defence, Penina Kithome bagged two wickets in only one over for four runs as Nairobi Select were restricted for 61 runs.

In the second match, Nakuru proved too strong for the Nairobi side when they bowled them out for 49 in pursuit 135.