Wprld Cup qualifiers: Kenya vs. Ireland

Kenya came into this game looking for tyhe win that would guarantee their progression to the 2011 World cup against a team that had already guaranteed their own safe passage in the previuos round. Peter Ongondo and Nehemiah Odhiambo returned to the XI inplace of Seren Waters and Elijah Otieno. A defeat on the other hand would leave Kenya sweating on the other results on the day to preserve even their ODI status.

ist innings

Ireland, fielding quite a few reserve players inpreparationfor the WCQ Final, won the toss and chose to bat fast. they were confronted by a seam attack that was fire. Peter Ongondo and Thomas Odoyo quicky had three batsmen back in the pavilion with only 38 runs on the board. Ireland generally struggled to cope with these two as well as Nehemiah Odiambo and with Tikolo’s four overs of finger-spin adding three wikets to their 4. Ireland hobbled to 204/9 off their 50 overs.

2nd innings

Kenya set off on their pusrduit on amarkedy quiet note, and given the sad batting performances of the past two games, caution would undoubtedly have been the watchword. Given the much smaller target that the Irish had set, they also had less pressure on their shoulders to get the job done withing the match itself. So when Kenya lost their first wicket for 17 and their second for 45 it did not reslult in the disintergration that had marked the previuos games as the Scorecard continued to rumble on at just less than 4 runs an over. When kenya they took the last powerplay they needed to score at close to 8 runs an over to see them selves home with Collins Obuya and Thomas Odoyo at the crease. But the two proved that they had more than enough musle to see Kenya home with 12 deliveries to spare.

Kenya just miss out of aplace in the final of this tournament by the slimmest of margins. They now face The Netherlands in a mostly meaningless 3rd/4th place playoff on the 19th of April
In cricket terms Kenya book their place in the 2011 World Cup, but They also secure an automatic qualification for the Intercontinental Cup and ODI status for the next four years. It means they have the privilege to continue asking full members Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Australia India et al) fully recognised One Day internationals (whether they respond positively is a whole nother matter). They also become one of 6 nations to participate in the World Cricket League Division 1, (date and venue to be confirmed) . In finacial terms they have earned a 3ook USD grant for being one of the ICC’s HPP nations, and an extra 300k USD to prepare for the next World Cup.



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