Kenya fall to Zimbabwe in Africa Cricket Cup Challenge

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 12, 2014
  • Maurice Ouma scored 30 runs against Zimbabwe in the Africa Cricket Cup At Sahara Park in Willmore, South Africa. Kenya lost by 43 runs. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya lost their last six wickets for 46 runs to slump to a 43-run loss to Zimbabwe in the Africa Cricket Cup at Sahara Park Willmore in South Africa.

Chasing 248 for victory, Kenya looked to be cruising at 158 for 5 in 35 overs. Charles Kunje then took a sharp catch to get rid of Captain Rakep Patel for 30 after which the chase lost momentum.

The last four wickets fell for 39 with the tail providing scant resistance. Alex Obanda top-scored with 36 and Maurice Ouma added 30.

Earlier in the day, Malcolm Waller top-scored for the South African side with 71 in Zimbabwe’s total of 247 all out.

Waller combined with all-rounder Timycen Maruma (21) in a fifth-wicket stand of 69 after the top order had failed with only opener Roy Kaia making 38. Waller's controlled innings came from 54 balls before he was trapped off James Ngoche in the 41st over with scores on 216.

Kaia had fell in the 21 over with scores on 88. Ngoche was the outstanding bowler for the Kenyans with 3 for 22 and his brother Shem Ngoche finishing with 2 for 49. Elijah Otieno had picked up two of the top order batsmen to finish with 2 for 32 from 10 overs.

Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Mandela and Narendra Patel picked a wicket each. Kenya started their chase well with Obanda putting on an opening stand of 43 with Gurdeep Singh before Singh was trapped lbw in the seventh over on 13.

Narendra and Obanda then pushed the scores to 70 in 6.3 overs before Narendra was also trapped by Carl Mumba on 20 from 26 balls.

Kenya lost their third wicket when Collins Obuya was bowled on seven. As wickets continued to fall, Obanda was left helpless and opted to play unusual inning where he looked for singles and rotating strikes with his colleagues.

He finally fell in the 20th over when he was bowled by Steve Chimhamhiwa with the scores on 94. Rakep and Maurice Ouma then put on 64 for the fifth wicket in 16 overs before Kaia had Rakep caught on 30 from 49 balls.

Ouma followed two overs later and it’s from here that Kenyan ship sunk to fall by 43 runs.