Kenya v. Bermuda Intercontinental cup

Following a 3-0 series whitewash in the ODI series the Kenyans came into this game looking to seal a relatively easy 20 points to take them to the top of the Intercontinental cup log going into the new year which would see them take on their main rivals for the trophy Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands. Bermuda on the other hand had already played two matches and lost both by an innings and came into the match rooted to the bottom of the table without a point to their name and trying to salvage some pride from a tour that had seen them hit new lows when they lost to Uganda in one of their warm up matches.

Despite the late withdrawal of Alex Obanda due to an ankle injury Kenya were still the favourites to warp up the match and when, having been put in to bat, Bermuda’s top order began its now almost customary collapse staggering to 5/2 but 2 dropped catches meant they could have been in even worse trouble when the skies opened and it began to rain with the score reading 24/2. However unlike last year’s encounter when rain ultimately saved Bermuda on this occasion play was resumed and with it Bermuda’s efforts at rebuilding their innings. Having been dropped on 0 Bermuda’s David Hemp using his more than 10 years of experience in the English County Championships to anchor the Bermuda innings working with a succesion of partners and some below par catching by the Kenyans to see Bermuda to 232/6 with himself being just 5 runs short of a century when play was called off for the day due to bad light.

Day 2 saw Bermuda bowled out for 281 with Varaiya polishing off the tail to collect his first 5 for of the tournament and though Hemp was unfortunate not to get his century (being removed by Peter Ongondo on 97) he had been more than instrumental in seeing Bermuda to a useful 1st innings total. Kenya’s reply began and almost as soon as they got going Bermuda turned to their most dangerous bowler Dwayne Leverock who responded by claiming the wickets of Maurice Ouma, David Obuya(who had played well for his 53), and Tony Suji to leave Kenya in a somewhat precarious position and when captain Steve Tikolo lost his off stump to a beauty of a delivery from Kevin Hurdle a few overs later Kenya were starting to quibble but 50’s from Collins Obuya and Thomas Odoyo ensured saw Kenya safely to thend of day’s play at 242/5 and some big hitting form the tail early on day three just about saw Kenya past Bermuda’s first innings total to 302 all out.

If Bermuda had been lucky in their first innings then their second innings was anything but and although Hemp continued where he had left off in the first innings scoring a solid unbeaten 68 there was virtually no support with the next highest scoer being Hurdle’s dogged 30 in a desparate 9th wickets stand worth 55. After Peter Ongondo ha removed both openers cheaply, the spinners Jimmy Kamande and Hiren Varaiya, then accounted for the rest of the wickets each bowling marathon 20+ over spell s to get 3 and 5 wickets respectively and leave Kenya needing 158 to seal the win with just over a day and 16 overs left in the match. Kenya’s openers set about the job at a frenetic pace and by the end of the day had already knocked off half the required runs with Ouma on 49 and Obuya on 29. The following day’s play was pretty much a formality as the balance of runs was won with only the loss of two wickets to hand Kenya an easy win and leadership of the Intercontinental cup group with Bermuda’s match against the UAE the only match left on this years itinerary.

Match Scorecard (cricinfo)

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