World Cup Qualifiers: Kenya vs Namibia

Following two less than sub-par batting performances, Kenya finally brought down the axe to strengthen the batting. However, it was bowling allrounder, Nehemiah Odhiambo, who found himself tossed into the cold to make space for Seren Waters. aside from that there were bo other changes as Elijah Otieno’s performance with the ball was good enough to keep him in the XI ahead of the veteran Peter Ongondo.

1st innings

Kenya won the toss again and this time opted to field first. However it seems that the demons that had plagued the batting had moved on to Kenya’s bowling as Namibia’s opening batsmen steamrolled their way to 191 before some sharp work behind the stumps from Maurice Ouma of Lameck Onyango’s bowling saw the end of JB Burger. Burger left having scored an audaciuos 125 runs from 96 deliveries. The next four wickets came in far quicker as the namibian innings began to deflate and the spectre of Kenya chasing a 300+ began to fade. 2 run outs and wickets for hiren Varaiya and Thomas Odoyo reduced Namibia to 243/5 with 7 overs left in their innings. Namibia nevertheless rallied late on to 305 all out, setting Kenya a target of 306 to win

2nd innings

Kenya were immediately off to the races piling on the runs and despite the early loss of Kennedy Otieno, 27 runs off the first three overs, but Kenya’s familiar batting woes would not go away as both Waters and Obanda ere out cheaply to leave Kenya 35/3 and from there it was all down hill as Kenya sunk to 104 all out to hand Namibia a enourmous 201 run victory. Only three batsmen, Maurice Ouma, Collins Obuya and Thomas Odoyo made it into double figures aand in the end the innings was over in 30 overs.

implications

The size of Kenya’s defeat effectively wipes out the advantage of NRR that they had coming into the match leaves them in a perilous tied with two other teams (Netherlands, UAE) on 6 points fighting for that last qualifying place for the World Cup, ahead of their match against Ireland on the 17th.

Scorecard

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