Netherlands beat Kenya by six wickets

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 07, 2017
  • Nelson Odhiambo in a previous match against Malaysia. He picked one wicket against the Netherlands. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya chances of qualifying to the ICC World Cup Qualifiers received a major blow on Friday when they went down by six wickets to Netherlands in their first of their two ICC World Cricket League Championship match at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.

The leaders rode on an unbeaten 129-run fifth-wicket stand between skipper Peter Borren and Michael Rippon to hand Kenya a big blow in their quest to the second round of the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Netherlands win was built on the back of a fine all-round performance by Rippon, who took 3 for 30 in 10 overs and then hit 56 not out Peter Borren, who made 86 not out off just 98 balls in pursuit of Kenya’s 226 for 7.

The duo come together with Netherlands on 98 for 4 in the 26th over, and never allowed Kenya to make any further inroads reaching the target with seven balls to spare.

Opting to field, Netherlands was under some pressure early on as Kenya’s batsmen put on a compact show in the middle despite losing their openers early.

However, the Netherlands bowlers were able to keep a check on the acceleration at the end, restricting Kenya to a manageable total.

Netherlands then showcased it’s professionalism with a clinical batting performance.

The top three of Wesley Barresi (25 off 49), Stephan Myburgh (21 off 34) and Ben Cooper (24 off 25) all got starts but couldn’t carry on.

Second victim

When Roelof van der Merwe too fell cheaply, becoming Shem Ngoche’s (2 for 47) second victim, Netherlands was in some strife.

But the Borren-Rippon alliance ensured there were no further hiccups to make it eight wins in 11 games for Netherlands.

Earlier, Netherlands’ decision to win the toss and field first proved a wise gamble as Kenya lost both its openers with only 18 runs on the board in the seventh over.

There was a period of resistance as Dhiren Gondaria and Rakep Patel put together an 81-run partnership for the third wicket.

But Kenya’s healthiest phase came when Gondaria and Collins Obuya got together.

Gondaria compiled a cracking 60-ball 53, while Obuya stayed on till the end, eventually falling for a 77-ball 72 that had two fours and four sixes in the final over.

Towards the end, Nelson Odhiambo’s 39 turned out to be a blessing for Kenya as it put up a competitive target.

For Netherlands, Rippon had the best figures while Time van der Gugten took 2 for 58 in 10 overs.

But where Netherland’s bowlers could rein in the total, Kenya’s were less fortunate, running into Borren and Rippon in form.

Ngoche apart, Nelson Odhiambo picked up one wicket while Pushpak Kerai, making his List A debut, also tasted success with the scalp of Cooper.

The two sides play the second match on Sunday at the same venue.