Nairobi Titans beat Silver Cheetahs to register first win as NPCA Women’s Cricket League kicks off


Nairobi Titans defeated Silver Cheetahs to become the first team to win a match in the inaugural Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Women’s League which got underway at Ruaraka Sports Club over the weekend.

Buoyed by Sajni Shah, Mirali Fof and Yesha Desai, the Titans beat Silver Cheetahs by eight wickets in the opening match of the weekend as teams took to the crease for the association’s maiden women’s league which has attracted ladies from 8 teams.

Despite their loss to the Titans, Silver Cheetahs produced the most valuable player (MVP) in Nisha Kerai (not out) who was also the match’s top scorer with 33 runs off 31 deliveries.

The Cheetahs won the toss and opted to bat first, scoring 84 for 1 in 20.0 overs. In reply, the Titans carried the day with 85 for 2 in only 8.0 overs.

But Titan’s Captain and opener Akshi Shah could only manage 9 runs off 9 balls before being caught out by Anshi Bhanderi. Fof, on the other hand, scored 13 runs off 21 balls before being caught out by Dhrum Rabadia.

Silver Cheetahs batswoman and match Most Valuable Player Nisha Kerai after their loss to Nairobi Titans in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

After the match Titan’s batter Sajni Shah said: “It was a good pitch. We batted second and won, the ball was not hitting the boundaries though, so we tried to get as many runs as possible. We got a couple of wides, but overall, it was a good game. It feels good to start the league with a win and we hope to keep that energy going for the future matches as well.”

Asked what the team’s strategy will be going forward, Sajni continued: “We really have to work on our bowling; I honestly feel we gave away many wides, so will we try, especially in the next few games, to remedy the undoing. We’ll try working on our batting, get a few boundaries; I think there were none in this game, but yes, we keep the same
spirit moving forward.”

Most Valuable player, Nisha Kerai on her part said: “Unfortunately, we didn’t do good bowling, it was very hard, but then again, you live to fight another day. We will have to improve on our bowling and fielding, very important for the team.”

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