Chiefs look to the North to extend dominance
Having brushed aside the Southern Stars in their first encounter of the newly formed Sahara Elite League, Western Chiefs will be looking to consolidate their claim for the title against a Northern Nomads team that was themselves dealt a harsh lesson by the Eastern Aces. Nomads for their part will be looking to bounce back with a surprise win after their 9 wicket loss in the first game.
Key for Chiefs last week was a strong bowling attack and this will be crucial again against a Nomads team that is potentially devastating with the bat. All the Chiefs bowlers performed well against the Stars, but it was surely the spell from Tony Suji that knocked the stuffing out of their opposition. Captain Peter Ongondo will once again look to lead from the front and will be ably supported by the in-form Mose Otieno.
From a batting perspective, Chiefs were hardly tested last week as openers Maurice Ouma and Jadavji Jesani took them to the brink of victory before the first and only wicket fell. Both players have been in good form during the NPCA 45 over competition as well and will be a key wickets for Northerns if they are to make inroads to what is an untested middle order. Should early wickets fall, Chiefs batting line up is inexperienced though talented.
A bowling attack featuring both Thomas Odoyo and Alfred Luseno should be expected to make inroads into any team's top order and this will be Nomad's main hope. Early wickets will expose players such as Ken Migai and Pritesh Lalji for the first time in the competition and that might be all the pressure Northerns need. Odoyo is a fierce competitor and will still be smarting from last weekend's defeat, expect his bowlers to come out all guns blazing.
Despite falling a good fifty runs short of testing the Aces last week, Odoyo still heads a formidable looking batting line up. Shashikant Sanghani set the team up well last week and any one of Odoyo, David Obuya or Jimmy Kamande is capable of turning a match on its head with their aggressive brand of batting. 20-20 should be the prime format of the game for Nomads and the match against Chiefs could well be the game that gets the ball rolling for this side.
Going on the first two matches, much rests on the toss (last week both winning teams bowled first after winning the toss). On form, it is hard to pick against the Chiefs, but Nomads should have the firepower to put them away: Nomads to win by 3 wickets or 25 runs.
Best form from Game 1:
Tony Suji: 3-1-3-2
Jadavji Jesani 31*
Alfred Luseno 2-0-21-1
Sashikant Sanghani 37
Chiefs: Moses Otieno
Nomads: Thomas Odoyo
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