Two wins, one loss for Kenya at Africa Sixes

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 06, 2014
  • Collins Obuya was the star performer against Tanzania. He claimed one wicket, conceded two but scored30 runs. (Picture by Shutterspeed)

Kenya registered mixed results on the opening day of the Africa Cricket Sixes tournament which started on Saturday at Super Sport Park Centurion in South Africa.

The team which consists of Rakep Patel, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Shem Ngoche, Nelson Mandela and little known Narendra Patel opened their campaign with wins over Namibia and Tanzania before going down to Zimbabwe in their last match of the day.

In the first match, Narendra Patel who was surprisingly drafted into the team at the expense of one of the seasoned players, Maurice Ouma led Kenya to a 4 wickets win over Namibia.

Narendra Patel claimed two wickets in his last over to help Kenya bowl out Namibia for 72 before he scored unbeaten 18 to see Kenya to victory with two balls to spare.

Rakep Patel, the team's captain also remained unbeaten on 33 after Obanda had been caught out on 18.

Kenya started the match well with Odhiambo conceding only 5 runs in the first over thanks to some decent work in the field by the side. However Rakep went for 19 runs in the second over to see Namibia to 24 for 0.

Obuya's third over saw the Namibians get to 46 for 0 and were at 62 for 0 at the end of the fourth over bowled by Ngoche.

Slow deliveries

Namibia were set for a good finish but slow deliveries by Narendra changed things for them as he claimed the wickets of Gerrie Snyman for 22 and Scholtz for 11 to set up a 73 runs target for Kenya.

Kenya lost Obuya on the fourth ball of the inning to leave Kenya at 12 for 1 and Obanda who had given Kenya a good start followed three balls later on 18.

With Kenya at 23 for 2, a big partnership was needed and this came from the two Patels from Kanbis. The two right handers put on unbeaten stand of 50 to see Kenya home.

With 12 balls to play, Kenya required 30 runs and the two accelerated the chase to hand Kenya the opening win.

In the second match, Obuya was the star, claiming a wicket for only two runs in his over before scoring 32 as Kenya reached the set target of 50 by Tanzania. Tanzania inning started sourly as they lost the first wicket with scores on 5 after three balls before finishing it on 13.

Obuya then bagged a wicket and conceeded 2 runs in the third over as Tanzania were at 37 for 2. Tanzania lost the third wicket in the third over with the boards reading  43 for 3 before adding on seven in the last over to finish on 50.

Obanda and Obuya got Kenya to 14 for 0 after one over before adding on 24 in the second over. The two batsmen then got the required 13 off the first two balls of the third over to register the big win that could favor them when it comes to net run rate.

Superb run

However Kenya's superb run in the event was jolted when they went down by 12 runs to Zimbabwe in the early afternoon match.

After losing the toss, the South African side made 80 for the loss of 3 wickets before restricting Kenya for 68 for 1. Zimbabwe made a solid start to their innings making 20 for 0.

But Ngoche put on a good show in the second over claiming two wickets. Zimbabwe lost their second wicket when Malcolm Waller was caught on the boundary having made 15 with scores on 43 after 2 overs.

They moved to 52 for 2 in an over bowled by the captain. After 4 overs, Zimbabwe were on 69 for 2 before adding 11 in the last over.

Zimbabwe had the best start-restricting Obuya and Obanda to just 4 runs in the first over. After two overs, Kenya were on 24 for 0 and only added 13 in the third over.

Tight spot

This put Kenya in a tight spot of requiring 44 from 12 balls. Obuya retired on 33. The last over required 21 runs and Rakep departed on 18 after some good bowling from Roy Kaia who only conceded 2 runs from 4 balls before dismissing the skipper. Kenya's good fight ended on 68 for 1.

East Africa other representatives Uganda also had a good show when they beat Tanzania by 4 wickets before beating Zimbabwe by 1 run in a last ball thriller. They however went down by 3 wickets to the hosts in the last match of the day.

Hosts South Africa who will play Kenya in the first match of the day are on top with six points while Kenya are second with four points same as Uganda but with a better net run rate.

After playing against the hosts, Kenya will renew their rivalry with Uganda in match that will determine which side makes it in the final.