The Kenya Cup defending Champions KCB ended Kabras’ unbeaten run at the Impala Grounds beating them 44-20.
Philip Wokorach and Darwin Mukidza exchanged a penalty kick each in the first ten minutes of the encounter. Ephraim Oduor landed the first try of the match giving the Cane Cutters a 8-3 lead as Wokorach missed the conversion. Four minutes later, Mukidza drilled in a penalty kick after Kabras were penalized for being offside. The Bankers extended their lead to 13-8 after Oscar Simiyu scored a try and Mukidza’s converted. A skillful offload by Logan Basso set up Kabras to score their second try with the conversion sailing wide. Half time scores read 16-13 in favour of the Bankers.
Second half, a dummy by KCB’s Mickey Wanjala split Kabras’ defense wide open allowing him to sprint to the try line and score under the posts, Kennedy Moseti added the conversion. Hilary Odhiambo’s try followed by a Wokorach conversion saw Kabras trailing by three points as the scores now read 23-20 in favour of the Bankers. The last fifteen minutes of the matchh saw KCB score a clean 21 points as Brian Omondi, Peter Kilonzo and Griffin Musila score a try each with Kenya Under 20, Samuel Asati adding the conversions.
Captain Curtis Lilako: “We stuck together as brothers, we carried the ball well, denied them many chances. We lapsed a bit on the defense and they picked up a number of points. We knew they’d come hard since they are very good ball carriers and they have the skill set at the backline. We just worked harder on our defense, denied them the chances and we maximized on the chances we got.”
Earlier in the day, Resolution Impala Saracens beat the Menengai Cream Homeboyz 36-27. Impala were leading 23-8 at half time. In the second half, Homeboyz’ attempt at making a come back was futile as the clock was not in their favour as they scored 19 points while Impala scored 13 points. Top Fry Nakuru beat Stanbic Mwamba 29-15 at the NAC.
Nondies and Blakblad had drawn 7 points a piece but an infringement by Blakblad resulted in Nondies kicking in a penalty kick that awarded them the 10-7 win at the Polo Grounds. Felix Nangole of Nondies was first on the scoreboard with a try as Fildel Sinei added the conversion and the eventual penalty kick that gave the red lions a win. Blakblad’s try and conversion came from Givens Onyango and Lionel Ajeliti.
Collated #KenyaCup Week eleven FT scores.
Resolution Impala Saracens 36 – Menengai Cream Homeboyz 27
KCB 44 – Kabras Sugar 20
Top Fry Nakuru 29 – Stanbic Mwamba 15
Nondies 10 – Blakblad 7
Mean Machine 15 -Menengai Oilers 36
In the Eric Shirley Shield, KCB remain unbeaten having survived a last minutes scare from Kabras. The Bankers were leading Kabras 37-30 but the Cane Cutters resilience saw them score a try at the corner. The conversion that was to level up the scores sailed wide to KCB’s relief awarding the Bankers the win that sees them remain unbeaten in the league.FT scores, KCB 37- Kabras 35.
Nondies beat Blakblad 36-12. The hosts landed 19 points in the first half while Blakblad were scored none. In the second half, Nondies landed 17 points bringing their total points to 36 while Blakblad scored 12 points.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz beat the Resolution Impala Saracens 18-17, Menengai Oilers thrashed the Mean Machine 38-7. Top Fry Nakuru were not leaving anything to chance as they beat Stanbic Mwamba 35-7 at the Nakuru Athletics Club.
Collated #ESS Week eleven FT scores.
Resolution Impala Saracens 17 – Menengai Cream Homeboyz 18
KCB 37 – Kabras Sugar 35
Top Fry Nakuru 35 – Stanbic Mwamba 7
Nondies 36 – Blakblad 12
Mean Machine 7 -Menengai Oilers 38