Blistering ton by Obuya steers Kenya XI win over Oman

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 14, 2017
  • Former national team skipper Collins Obuya his long drought of an international century with a blistering ton against Oman as at Nairobi Gymkhana on Sunday afternoon. Chasing 234, Obuya scored 11 bou

Former national team skipper Collins Obuya ended his long drought of an international century with a blistering ton against Oman at Nairobi Gymkhana on Sunday afternoon.

Chasing 234, Obuya scored 11 boundaries and two sixes as he razed to an unbeaten 111 when Kenya XI beat Oman by two wickets with five balls to play.

Earlier, the visitors who are using the matches for the upcoming ICC World Cricket Division 3 tournament in Uganda had scored 233 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs thanks to Zeeshan Maqsood's 82.

Obuya who had received a lot of criticism after Kenya’s 4-0 thrashing in Uganda put on a solid show that has not been witnessed from him on Kenyan soil as he snatched the game away from the determined visitors.

"It was good to take advantage of what was a pretty good pitch today. It was important to start well. It's something that going forward will give us a lot of confidence and hopefully will give the rest of the guys around us confidence as well," Obuya told Sports News Arena.

Commenting about his batting, Obuya added: "I just tried to work on my defence and make sure that was as solid as it could be. I did the hard yards and was confident to go out and play my natural game. I am really pleased that my hard work has paid off."

After Kenya XI had found themselves on 67 for 3, the Stray Lions all rounder shared crucial stands that gave him a platform for his morale boosting ton and an opening win for Kenya XI.

He shared a fourth wicket stand of 40 runs with Gurdeep Singh (12) that got the scores to 106 before the latter was caught after skiing Maqsood’s delivery.

Odhiambo came in handy

Nelson Odhiambo came in handy in the fifth wicket stand and the two got Kenya XI to 167 with a stand of 61 before being trapped lbw on 22 from 36 balls.

After Shem Obado was dismissed by Khawar Ali on one, Kenya XI found a platform in a seventh wicket stand of 46 with returnee Hiren Varaiya.

Varaiya looked set and settled to see Kenya XI past the finish line but was caught behind on 15 from 34 balls with two overs to play.

Obuya who was left stranded on 98 as Kenya XI lost their seventh wicket, finally brought an end to his long drought of a century on the international scene with a pull to mid wicket.

Obuya ended the match with a huge six off Maqsood to give the Thomas Odoyo and Josephat Irungu led side win with five balls to play.

Dhiren Gondaria (30) and Abraham Vadada (17) had earlier given Kenya XI a good start with an opening stand of 49.

Ansari was the top wicket taker for Oman with 3 for 30 with Maqsood who conceded 35 runs picking up two wickets.

Maqsood troubled Kenya XI bowlers

Maqsood had earlier troubled Kenya XI bowlers with a well crafted 82 that included eight boundaries and three sixes.

After a good start that had seen Elijah Otieno and Peter Koech reduce Oman to 25 for 2, Maqsood managed to get hand from his team mates as he single handedly punished the Kenyan bowlers.

Ahmed Ali and Nester Dhanbha added on 42 not out and 32 runs respectively.

At Sikh Union Nairobi, Malaysia beat Kenya’s second team Kenya Select by nine wickets.

After bowling out the hosts for 165 in 49.1 overs, Malaysia reached the score in 31.2 overs thanks to half centuries from Anwar Arudin (73) and Ahmad Faiz (66).

The two shared an unbeaten stand of 134 runs to hand their side the huge victory. They both scored nine boundaries in their knock.

Alex Obanda was Kenya Select top scorer with 32 runs with Nicholas Oluoch adding on 29.