Kenya overcome Uganda, Namibia unbeaten in ICC World Cricket Div 2 League

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 21, 2022
  • Elijah Otieno picked two of Uganda\'s top order batters to get Kenya on driving seat. (Courtesy ICC)

Kenya won their first match at ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament by beating Uganda by five wickets in Windhoek, Namibia.

Before this win, Kenya lost her opening two matches to hosts Namibia and Canada. They were set a modest target of 130 after Uganda reached 129 all out. Kenya achieved the target with 101 balls to spare.

Spinner Shem Ngoche Ngoche was the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets for 17 runs from 10 overs.

Arthur Kyobe top scored for Uganda with 24 runs with 38 balls before Alex Obanda led the way for Kenya with 32 from 45.

Uganda got off to a steady start with openers Arthur Kyobe (24) and Abram Mutyagaba (14) putting 44 on the board before the first wicket fell. Uganda then lost four wickets for 17 runs.

In the 11th over, two wickets fell from two balls as Shem Ngoche got Mutyagaba and Roger Mukasa, both LBW. Frank Nsubuga (21) and Patrick Ochan (14) added some runs to the total, but Uganda only managed 129 all out in 43.2 overs.

Nelson ‘Mandela’ Odhiambo returned two for 28, while Elijah Otieno, Lucas Oluoch and James Ngoche picked one wicket each.

Late flurry of wickets

Kenya’s batting line up all contributed to the win. Obanda (32), Irfan Karim (26) and Narenda Patel (27) all took the game away from Uganda. Even with a late flurry of wickets, its total was not enough to defend as Collins Obuya 28 not out led Kenya to its first victory of the tournament.

In another match, Wanderers Affies saw the most runs scored by one team in the tournament so far as Namibia posted 314 for nine in its 50 overs and winning by 188 runs as it made it three out of three for the tournament.

The top order all got runs for Namibia with opener Stephen Baard scoring 41, before Gerrie Synman (72, including 10 fours and one six) and second player of the match performance for Merwe Erasmus who scored 91, including five fours and three sixes.

Craig Williams (26) and Sarel Burger (32) kept the run rate up and the total growing, as did a late 20 runs by captain Nicolaas Scholtz, before the Dutch grabbed some lower order wickets. Ashan Malik (3-49) and Mudassar Bukhari (3-50) were the pick of the Dutch bowlers.

Namibia’s bowlers were not to be left out as they bowled the Dutch out for 126 in 28.1 overs. Louis Klazinga took 3 wickets for 19 runs, as the Dutch wickets continuosly fell leaving it unable to get a foothold in the match.

Michael Rippon (26), Stephan Myburgh (24) and Ben Cooper (17) contributed some runs, but with such a big total to chase it was going to Namibia’s day and the hosts cruised to a 188-run victory.

Namibia bowling attack rip Canada

In the other match, Nepal’s bowling attack ripped through Canada’s top order at Wanderers. Canada were left reeling on 22 for 5 wickets.

KC Karan took three of his five wickets in the first 11.4 overs of play, before Canadian captain Amarbir Hansra stemmed the flow of wickets scoring 22 runs from 103 balls and contributions from Satsimranjit Dhindsa (25 not out) and Nikhil Dutta (20) took Canada to 114 all out in 49.2 overs.

The stand-out bowler of the day was KC Karan, who took five wickets for 26 runs from 10 overs, put Nepal in the driving seat.

Taking two wickets in two balls in the second over, Canada bowler Dhindsa (2-29) might have thought his team was starting a comeback, but it was short-lived as Nepal captain Paras Khadha (77, featuring 11 fours and three sixes) helped seal the match for Nepal.

Gyanendra Malla (32 not out) brought the Nepalese home for victory as it won by six wickets.