Obuya, Gondaria guide Kenya past the Dutch

Sunday October 8 2017

Kenya’s Collins Obuya (right) bats as wicketkeeper Inayat Saeed of Saudi Arabia looks on during their Four-Nation ODI Quadrangular Series final at the Nairobi Jaffery’s on September 24, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Kenya’s Collins Obuya (right) bats as wicketkeeper Inayat Saeed of Saudi Arabia looks on during their Four-Nation ODI Quadrangular Series final at the Nairobi Jaffery’s on September 24, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By RICHARD MWANGI
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Collins Obuya on Sunday knocked an unbeaten half a century to guide Kenya to a two wickets win over the Dutch bin their in their ICC World Cricket League Championship match at Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa.

The win pushed Kenya to fourth position on the table with 12 points.

The Dutch top the table with 18 points followed by Papua New Guinea (16), Scotland (15), Honk Kong (11), Nepal (8), Namibia (6) and UAE (6).

The eight team are fighting for the four slots reserved for the group in next year’s 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

Obuya’s 56 came off 80 deliveries with four boundaries. However, Dhiren Gondaria was Kenya’s highest runs getter with 63 that came off 61 balls with eight boundaries and a six.

Kenya won the  toss and put the Dutch in to bat first and they set a target  of 225 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

The Dutch started their innings on a promising note when their opening pair of Stephane Myburgh (50 off 58 balls with four boundaries) and Wesley Barresi (69 off 74 balls with nine boundaries) put on an opening stand of 120.

The partnership was broken when Barresi was clean bowled by Shem Ngoche, a slow left-arm orthodox bowler.

Michael Rippon was the other Dutch batsman who knocked half a century, 51 that came off 75 deliveries with a boundary. Sikander Zulfiquar (11) and Tim Gugsten (11) were the other batsmen who posted double digit figures on the scoreboard.

Ngoche was Dutch’s main executioner taking four wickets for 33.

Ngoche cleaned bowled Peter Borren for a six, trapped Ben Cooper for one and had Peter Seelaar caught by wicketkeeper, Irfan Karim, for nine. Rakep Patel (2/37), Obuya (2/25) and Nehemiah Odhiambo (1/26) were the other wicket takers.