Kenya's drop to division three imminent

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 22, 2022
  • Irfan Karim missed half a century. (Photo Courtesy ICC)

  • Narendra Patel was Kenya\'s top scorer with 48 as Kenya lost its third match. (Photo Courtesy ICC)

A year after losing their 14-year One Day status, Kenya cricket is headed for another step down the rungs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking.

Kenya, which dropped two places to ICC Division One after the completion of the 2015 World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand last year lost their third match of the ongoing ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament to Netherlands by five wickets at Wanderers Cricket Club in Windhoek.

With the loss, Kenya are placed fifth in the six-team table with only one win. They are yet to play second-placed Nepal.

On Wednesday, Kenya lost the toss and scored 212 for 9 with Narendra Patel top scoring with 48 and Irfan Karim adding on 43 runs.

After losing Alex Obanda early with the board on six, Kenya put on a 75-run second-wicket partnership between Karim (43) and Narendra Patel (48, three fours, two sixes) that got the scores to 81 before Narendra Patel was bowled by Matthjis Schelven.

After that, Kenya lost wickets at regular intervals with skipper Rakep Patel adding 28 at number five. Nehemiah Odhiambo had a late surge with the bat scoring 36 runs not out including four fours and one six, to finish on 212 for nine.

Ashan Malik was the pick of the Dutch bowlers taking three wickets for 27 runs.

Netherlands’ top order was clinical in its chase with player of the match Stephan Myburgh scoring 95 runs including 11 fours and three sixes. Myburgh put on an opening stand of 63 with Rahil Ahmed (7).

Ben Cooper (35) then got the scores to 138 with Myburgh before the opener was caught off James Ngoche in the 20th over. Michael Rippon chipped in with 20 in the chase, before captain Peter Borren (28 not out, including three fours and two sixes) hit the winning runs in style; winning by five wickets.

Ngoche was the pick of Kenya’s bowling with four for 52.

Canada hit a big total

In another match, Canada hit a big total at Wanderers Affies with the first century of the tournament coming from Nitish Kumar in Canada’s 111-run win over Uganda.

Player of the match Kumar hit 104 runs from 106 balls including ten fours and one six, to put the Canadians in control achieving 293 runs for six wickets in its 50 overs.

Captain Amarbir Hansra (63 not out, including five fours, three sixes) and opener Rizwan Cheema (36) both contributed building the total to 293 for six from its 50 overs.

It was a big total for Uganda to reach and even with Phillemon Mukobe’s 70 including eight fours and one six, the total always appeared beyond Uganda's reach. Roger Mukasa (24) and Jonathan Sebanja (22) also contributed, but Cecil Pervez (4-23) and Nikhil Dutta (4-52) led the Canadians to victory by 111 runs.

At United, the top-of-the-table clash between hosts Namibia and Nepal was on show as the Nepalese won by three wickets with 73 balls remaining. This was the first defeat for Namibia.