Kenya came into this match needing a solid performance to bury the ghosts of Saturday’s shocking implosion with the bat against Canada. Even so, none of the batsmen involved in the deabacle was dropped as Kenya opted to keep the faith in their batting line up. In the bowling department. Elijah Otieno came in in plce of Peter Ongondo.
Having won the toss, Kenya chose to tempt fate by batting first and though This time their openers were mare cautious guiding Kenya to 30/0 after 6 overs, thing started to take a worryingly familiar turn when they promptly lost 4 wickets in the space of four overs with only 19 runs scored. Once again it was down to kenya’s middle and lower order to stop the rot. Collins Obuya (32 off 66 balls), Thomas Odoyo (26 of 72 balls) and James Kamande (18 of 29) once again reprising what must now be the annoyingly familiar role of digging Kenya out of yet another hole. Kenya being at 49/4 when the first of them went in to bat and 129/7 when Odoyo was the last of the three to depart. Kenya eventually manages 177 all out with Hiren Varaiya, and Nemi Odhiambo providing late entertainemnt each scoring 20.
Scotland’s innings started on a rather quiet not with Odoyo and Otieno bowling tidily at the start. But given the low target they were chasing Scottish were under no pressure to score quickly. Nonethelss Keny’a bowler’s stuck to their task and soon were rewarded whe Odoyo bowled Gavin Hamilton for 17. and soon after Kenya got a second wicket when Maurice Ouma was sharp enough to effect a stumping off a wide Lameck Onyango delivery. Then Scotland started to unravel. First, their captain Ryan Watson (1) was trapped infront of his crease by a Lameck Onyango delivery, then Colin Smith getting himself run out (9) and then Nehemiah Odhiambo getting an lbw decision to get rid of kyle Coetzer for 16 to leave Scotland at 65/5. Odhiambo struck again to leave the score 82/6. Nontheless Scotland battled on with Jan Stander nagging the tail onwards with Craig Wright offering support carrying the score to 130 before losing his wicket to leave Scotland needing 47 runs off their last three wickets to win the game. Stander was the next to go , with the Scots at 138. The Scots finally took their last powerplay with 5 overs left and just 30 for the win but promptly lost their last two wickets to Lameck Onyango.
Kenya’s batting suffred again but on this occasion the bowling stood up to be counted withe the Ngoche brothers (Lameck and Nehemiah) picking up 6 wickets to see Kenya home and just about hanging on to one of four World Cup places. (They are third on 6 points only ahead of the Dutch on Net run Rate and Scotland in 5th by 2 points). Their final two matches are against namibia (2 points) and group leaders Ireland