As I haven’t been able to keep interested readers up to date with the regular blow by blow account of the rather fascinating three match ODI series between Kenya and Bermuda that came to a conclusion earlier on Sunday this post will look at general the general performance of the teams over the entire OD series. Having seen of Canada in two identical 4 wicket wins the Kenyans were brimming with confidence going into the series against opponents who not were not only looking out of their depth against Associates teams with ODI status but had managed to lose even to Uganda in their one of their warm-up games.
First up the batting. While this as been a relatively low scoring series with the highest total being a rather meagre 187/7 racked up by the Kenyans in pursuit of Bermuda’s 183 all out in the second ODI. Although Kenya wound up sealing a 3-0 series white wash there were quite a few occasions when they took their collective eye off the ball and but for the ease at which the Bermudan top order kept collapsing to leave the Kenyans for the most part chasing small totals then the series might have been a lot closer. Despite the absence of Tanmay Mishra who is away in University the first game saw a clinical half century from Obanda get Kenya home with few worries and many overs to spare but his absence apparently to injury from the batting line-up in the subsequent two matches and the resultant near-collapses that followed since may have exposed a certain lack of cover in the middle order. The Bermudans on the other hand never really got going with the bat often losing their first 5 wickets with little added to the scorecard and only being saved from complete obliteration by their captain Irving Romaine and young wicketkeeper Jekon Edness in the last game and going into their Intercontinental cup clash later this week both teams will no doubtedly have a few things to iron out in the batting department.
With the series being low scoring as it was it goes without saying that the bowlers particularly those of the art of spin generally had a good outings all around. Bermuda’s rock Dwayne ‘Big Daddy’ Leverock was the pick of the Bermudan bowling if not the entire series as his ability to take advantage of the spin on offer from the Gymkhana pitch more than tested Kenya’s batsmen and on two occasions almost wrestlked victory from the jaws of defeat, another special mention goes out Rodney Trott a young off spinner who marked his second ODI by bagging the wicket Of Steven Tikolo and then going on to take 4 wicket in the third match of the series and almost win Bermuda that game. As far Kenya’s spinners go there was a welcome return to form for Hiren Varaiya who earned figures of 3/10 (and the position as Kenya’s leading wicket taker for the series with 6) as well as good performances for Kamande and Tikolo. As far as the seam bowling goes where Bermuda’s bowlers tended to be rather wayward and inconsistent Kenya’s seam bowlers generally to the man bowled with accuracy and discipline with Peter Ongondo being the pick of the bowlers.
With the ODI series completed both teams will now reset their focus on the core business at hand, their Intercontinental Cup clash on Thursday with Bermuda desperate to halt a run of two huge innings defeats while Kenya who will probably be sweating on the fitness of Alex Obanda,on the other hand can go top of the table with a maximum points win