Daima and Karura emerge winners in Nairobi Junior cricket show

posted on Mar 30, 2014

Daima and Karura Primary Schools reclaimed the Nairobi Mini Cricket titles after edging out their opponents on a day that was filled with fun at Ruaraka Sports Club on Saturday. 

The event organized by Cricket Kenya Development Program saw 24 teams compete in a long day event that was witnessed by current and former national team players.

Daima-based in the heart of Huruma slums won the girls title while Karura situated along the Kiambu Road won the boys title. 

Karura were aiming for a double on the day but their girls’ team fell to Daima side that got into the tournament as underdogs after losing most of its players by 2 wickets.

Winning the toss Daima chose to field first and restricted their opponents for 35 for 3 with Jacqueline Nyambura picking 2 wickets for 5 runs.

In reply, Daima reached the target with three balls to spare and two wickets in hand thanks to 15 runs from Nyambura.

Elspeth Waruguru's 2 for 2 proved not to be enough for Karura to reclaim the title they won in November. 

Daima qualified for the finals after beating Mariakani by 5 wickets while Karura beat much improved Baba Dogo by 11 runs to make it to their third straight final. 

In the boy's final, Evans Makau and Willis Omondi starred with the bat to steer Karura to their third title in five years by beating debutants Mathare 4A by 11 runs in a entertaining match. 

Makau ad Omondi scored 15 and 16 runs respectively as Karura made 56 for 2. 

Karura later went on to put a splendid show in the field bowling out their Mathare 4A for 45 with five balls to play. 

Belington Munene was the main destroyer for Mathare 4A claiming three wickets for three runs. Thomas Ngau was Mathare 4 A top scorer with 14 runs. 

Karura qualified for the finals by beating Daima by 7 wickets while Mathare 4A had beaten Roysambu by 5 wickets. 

Hezron Maina (Daima) and Alex Ouma (Mathare 4A) were voted the best players in the boy’s category while Dorcas Nekesa (Mariakani) and Imelda Musiokeshi (Daima) were the best in the girl’s category. 

The national team players that were part of the event were national team captain Rakep Patel, former captains Maurice Ouma and Collins Obuya.

Others were Shem Obado and Hiren Varaiya.

All this players were involved in umpiring and coaching the kids who looked delighted by their presence.

Another former captain Asif Karim- father to the national team opener Irfan Karim was also present

After the event 40 players were selected for the introduction to hard ball cricket camps that will be held over the school holidays