Kenya win Africa Cricket Cup

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 14, 2014
  • Kenya beat Tanzania by nine wickets to win the Africa Cricket Cup in South Africa. (SNA File Photo)

Kenya cricket team crushed Tanzania by nine wickets to win the Africa Cricket Cup in South Africa.

Spinner James Ngoche set up the tone bowling a career best 4 for 2 and opener Alex Obanda finished up the job with an unbeaten half ton. With the win Kenya finished top of the six team’s event with three wins, one tie and a loss thus emerging the winners.

Ngoche and his brother Nehemiah Odhiambo shared seven wickets between them as Tanzania failed to recover from 26 for 0 to end up with 91 all out after 27.3 overs. Kenya reached the target in 10.2 overs with Obanda scoring 72 from 43 balls.

Obanda put on a an unbeaten second wicket stand of 73 with Gurdeep Singh after Dhiren Gondaria was run out in the fourth over on 3 from 4 balls. Singh finished on 17 off 18 balls.

"It was a very tough day,” Tanzania captain Hamisi Abdalla said. "Kenya has out skilled us, bowled better, batted better and fielded better."

Delighted Kenya captain Rakep Patel said his side had played a "perfect game again", with Obanda and James putting some good skills with the bat and the ball. "We're getting better and that's very important," Patel said.

"It was a good toss to win and the fast bowlers made it slightly easier for the spinners. We rely a lot on our openers so it was good to see Alex batting well once again. I'm very glad he got a big score once again,” Patel added.

Plenty to cheer

The fans who came to witness the last day of the one week Africa show plenty to cheer with a blizzard of boundaries at the start of their run-chase. Obanda hit four sixes and eight fours to register a strike rate of 167.44. Singh hit a four from 18 balls he faced.

Tanzania made 26 in six overs before Odhiambo bowled Said Abdul for seven from 23 balls. Odhiambo made it 29 for 2 in the ninth over when he had Lazaro Ng’anga caught behind on one from 12 balls.

He made it three four himself by having Abeed Patwa caught by Singh on 14. Abdalla and Khalil Rehemtulla put on 17 for the fourth wicket before Lucas Oluoch struck by having Rehemtullah caught on 7.

Kassim Mussa was run out a ball after the dismissal of Rehemtullah to pave way for Riziki Kiseto. Kiseto and Abdalla only put on one run before Nelson Mandela had him caught by Obanda.

Kiseto and Benson Nyakini got the scores to 85 before James Ngoche struck before breaking Kiseto’s stumps. Ngoche continued and cleaned up the tail with three wickets at Tanzania lost their last three wickets for only three runs.