Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association U-19 50 Overs season set for 14 April


The eagerly awaited start of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) U-19 50 Overs season initially programmed for Sunday, 7 April, has now been moved to next weekend due to inclement weather.

NPCA fixtures secretary Vishal Bhojani in a message to all clubs, confirmed the postponement of match day 1 to Sunday, 14 April, following heavy rains which have been pounding the country lately.

SCLPS Youth League’s opener Darsh Panchani who will open the innings for the Cutchi Leva in the forthcoming NPCA Under-19 League scheduled to toss-off this weekend.

“After reviewing the conditions of the grounds due to adverse weather conditions in the past few days with the home team representatives, we have no choice but to postpone the start of the eagerly awaited U19 league to next week,” said Vishal.

He continued: “Rest be assured, we are fully committed to ensuring this league is played and completed as planned.”

Vishal also clarified that the April 7 fixtures will be rescheduled to a later date and the league will start on 14th April as per the fixtures released earlier.

Nairobi Gymkhana’s under 19 bowler Vishil Patel in action during a past NPCA League game. Vishil is a top class spinner who also represents The Kenya national team.

The opening fixtures will see Ruaraka and Swamibapa face off in Group B’s top of the bill match at Jamhuri. In another Group B match, Obuya Academy U19 have a date with Cricket Kenya U19 at Lenana grounds.

Group A has Nairobi Gymkhana U19 taking on hosts Kongonis at Nairobi Club ground whilst Sikh Union U19 locks horns with Goan Institute (better known as GI) at Sikh Union.

The Gymkhana brigade is as good as the Kenya National Under19 team, as most of those players represent Kenya Under 19.

Kanbis under-19 spin bowler Harshin Varsani in action during a past NPCA league match.

Yash Talati is the overaged player on Gymkhana’s team list while Kenya Under-19 members Yash Gohil, Stian Smith and Dhir Patel are also in the mix.

Divided into two Groups of A and B, the Under-19 competition has attracted a total of 10 teams; but not all will play next weekend.
Cutchi Leva and Kanbis U19s have byes and as such will be keenly watching as week 1 proceedings unfold.

The opening fixtures remain are as follows:

Nairobi Gymkhana U19 vs Kongonis NAIROBI CLUB
Siku Union U19 vs Goan Institute -GI U19 SIKH UNION
Kanbis BYE

Obuya Academy U19 vs Cricket Kenya U19 LENANA
Ruaraka vs Swamibapa JAMHURI

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