Kenya beat Netherlands, revive qualification chances

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 08, 2017
  • Shem Obado took four wickets against the Netherlands. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya bounced back from their opening loss of their ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) encounters with Netherlands on Friday with a tense two wickets win on Sunday.

With the win which came after some impressive all round show with both bat and ball, Kenya revived their chances of qualifying for next year’s ICC World Cup qualifiers.

Kenya climbed up to fourth place behind leaders Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Scotland.

Spinner Shem Obado claimed four wickets to restrict the leaders to 224 for nine after Kenya had won the toss at the Buffalo Park, East London in South Africa.

Former skipper Collins Obuya then anchored a tense chase with an unbeaten 56 from 101 balls as Kenya dislodged Hong Kong from the fourth place with three balls to spare.

Dhiren Gondaria top-scored with a fluent 63 from 82 balls to get Kenya back into the game after they had been reduced to 43 for 2 in eight overs.

Irfan Karim (6) and Alex Obanda (19) fell to Netherlands openers early in the chase before the Kanbis duo of Gondaria and Rakep Patel put on 45 runs in 12.2 overs.

The dismissal of Rakep on 17 runs paved way to what was to be Kenya’s most needed partnership between Gondaria and Obuya but the stand could only last three overs yielding 17 runs.

Rushab Patel linked up with Obuya

Rushab Patel then linked up with Obuya and the two put up a stand of 36 runs before Reolof van der Merwe (2 for 35) broke it with the dismissal of the Nairobi Gymkhana player.

Nelson Mandela added on 25 from 31 balls to get Kenya to 198 with six overs to go. His dismissal paved way to Gurdeep Singh who only made eight runs.

Gurdeep’s dismissal with 10 required, brought some tension in Kenya’s inning as another wicket-Nehemiah Odhiambo fell immediately, but with Obuya having settled for over 27 overs, it was too late for the European side to salvage anything from the match.

It was a tale of two halves in Netherlands innings as the rushed to 120 for no loss in after 20 overs but lost eight wickets for 104.

Openers Stephen Myburgh and Wesley Baresi had a positive scoring half centuries in their 123 balls stand that produced 120 runs.

Barresi was the top score with 69 from 84 balls before falling to Ngoche.

After Barresi’s dismissal, Netherlands lost three other wickets in quick succession to stay on 134 for 4 thanks mainly to Ngoche who bagged two more.

Despite losing wickets on one end, Peter Seelar held up one end of the wicket scoring half a century that was crucial in leading his side to the final total of 224 for eight.

Obuya and Rakep were also impressive with the ball with two wickets each.