Big win needed to take title
With all team equal on points going into the last round of the Sahara elite League 50 Over competition, the title will be decided on run rate between today's victors. All teams have so far played two matches, winning one and losing one.
On paper, the favourites look like Eastern Aces who beat the southern stars by 5 wickets last week and were also the champions of the 20-20 competition. In reality though, all teams have players in form and if a couple of them can fire for one side, it may be enough to take their side to a win. One thing is for certain and that is with Ksh 150 000 up for grabs in prize money, all teams will be giving it their all.
Eastern Aces v Western Chiefs:
In what looks like being the closer of the two matches, the Western Chiefs take on the Eastern Aces. Both teams had convincing wins last week and both have players that have maintained their form at club level as well. For the Aces, their strength in batting lies in the formidable batting line up of Tikolo, Obanda and Mepani, though young wicket-keeper Mansukh Naran also impressed against the Stars. Chiefs senior bowlers will need to be at the top of their game to keep them contained, but in Ongondo, Suji and Moses Otieno, they certainly have the capability to do so.
In the reverse innings, much rests on the Chiefs top order and whether they can deal with the combination of the experienced Lameck Onyango, who is in great form and the young duo of Elijah Otieno and Nelson Odhiambo. Much depends on the top order with a lot of pressure on the ever improving David Maina and the two Jeshanis. If they can set up a good platform as against the Nomads, the tail has several players capable of swinging the bat for quick runs.
Aces to win by 2 wickets or 15 runs.
Southern Stars v northern Nomads:
On paper, this should go to the Nomads, especially with Thomas Odoyo hitting his blistering best with the bat. Both teams lost last week, but know that a big win can still steal them the title. Shashikant Sanghani has looked solid for the most part for Nomads, despite last week's slip up and David Obuya is due a big score. Gore, Odoyo and Kamande are all beginning to look dangerous and this could be their chance. Stars bowling attack is also coming good however and Kennedy Obuya will be confident that Hiren Varaiya can continue to wreak havoc in the middle overs. A slight question rests over the opening bowlers with Nehemiah Odhiambo really needing to step up to his potential and provide Rajesh Bhudia with the support he needs.
Batting wise, Stars are very heavily reliant on Obuya and this could yet again be their undoing unless he recieves some overdue support from the likes of Peter Kituku. Nomads have a potentially devastating bowling attack with all of Odoyo, Luseno, Ababu, Wesonga and Obado doing their bit so far. Obuya has the class to get on top of them, but if he doesn't it could be a very tough day in the office for the Stars.
Nomads to win by 5 wickets or 45 runs.