Friday, April 26, 2013

Obuya: Kenya can floor Scotland

By RICHARD MWANGI [email protected] com

Kenya’s national cricket team captain Collins Obuya reckons his team can beat Scotland in their ICC World Cricket League match in July should the squad play like it did in the Twenty20 quadrangular tournament in Namibia.

During the team’s tour of Namibia, Kenyan bowlers were frustrated by the hosts’ batsmen in a thrilling final won by the hosts by five wickets on Wednesday. The team, which returned on Friday, has improved greatly.

“If we play against Scotland the same way we did against Namibia, we can beat them and enhance our chances of reaching the World Cup,” Obuya said. The match is part of the qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup.

Assistant team coach Thomas Odoyo echoed Obuya’s sentiments, saying: “The confidence of the players is high and the boys now believe in themselves. We are in the right direction, although fielding blunders cost as victory against Namibia in the final.”

Namibia had won the toss and put Kenya in to bat first. Kenya set a target of 188 runs in their allotted 20 overs, with Tanmay Mishra’s contribution of 68 being the best score for the side.

Kenya started their innings on a high note when their openers, Alex Obanda (30) and Mishra put on an opening a stand of 73.  Misharahad two impressive partnerships, sharing a second wicket stand of 57 with Morris Ouma (29). Namibia’s wicket takers were Craig Williams (2/33), Louis Vander Westhuizen (2/44) and  TobiasVerwey (1/32)  who had Ragheb Aga caught by Johannes Smit for a golden duck.

In reply, Namibia reached the target of 188 with the last ball of the last over. PikkyYa France top-scored for Namibia with 54. Raymond van Schoor (38), Williams (42) and Sarel Burge with unbeaten 30 did well with the bat. Kenya’s wicket takers were Shem Ngoche (2/38(, James Ngoche (1/34), Nelson Odhiambo (1/20) and Hirenvaraiya (1/40). Kenya had earlier beaten the Netherlands 2-0 and South Africa Emerging Players 1-0.

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