A review of Kenya’s World Cricket league Tour of Namibia


Unfortunately iIhave left this blog to wither a bit and first things its to apologize for that. Sorry.

Anyway, this post is to share some thoughts on Kenya’s World Cricket league matches against Namibia, in Namibia. It is not every day that a team marches into such an assignment with so much acrimony any yet comes out the other end so successful. That is what happened here.

Kenya team set out to Namibia on the back of a player protest to remove the legendary Steve Tikolo as coach of the team, Kenya found themselves heading to Namibia with an interim captain (who had been out of the team for over a year) and an interim coach, that was actually the outgoing captain.

They came back having beaten Namibia twice and sitting  joint top of a WCL Division 1 group they are only a part of because of the International Cricket Council Being the International Cricket Council.

The victories featured a swashbuckling 80 (off 58 deliveries) from Rakep Patel in the first game, and an amazing team bowling effort in the second in which Namibia folded to 123 all out.

Rakep Patel cuts loose in his 80 against Namibia (source: espncricinfo)

On a certain level this series vindicates the players (mostly the same bunch who have struggled to match Namibia on the field in the recent past) in their complaints regarding the kind of coaching they had been getting from preceding Cricket Kenya appointed staff.

It should also give the players a stronger hand  if the promised ‘review’ of national team management will go ahead. Hopefully it will allow for a level of dialogue that will finally put some of these cyclical tugs-of-war between board and players to bed.*

 

With Scotland, Netherlands,  Hong Kong,  Papua New Guinea,  and Nepal still to go, there is still a lot of cricket to play. And if they come through that gauntlet, they and one other team will proceed to another World Cup Qualifying tournament, in which they will play the bottom 6 teams in the ICC’s ODI rankings, for the opportunity to feature in the 2019 World Cup in England.

  • NB: I am an unabashed optimist

East Africa #Cricket Leagues: Week 4 Review.


When it rains it pours. Such was the weekend for Kenya’s franchises generally and Kanbis Tigers in particular, this weekend. Both teams facing Ugandan opposition lost both their matches, whilst the all Kenyan face off between the Tigers and Pekee, succumb to their first 0-2 weekend of their short history in the tournament. The weekend started reasonably well enough for the Tigers. An aggressive 41 of 25 from Ashwin Rabadia gave them a reasonably defendable 138 in the T20 match. At least that was until Irfan Karim, very much the find of the season, hit 50, in Coast Pekee’s chase to guide his team to a 8 wicket win. It was the 50 over East Africa Cup however, where the Tigers really lost their way however. 7 wickets from Nehemiah Odhiambo and their innings folded for a measly 64, which Coast proceeded to chase down in under 15 overs. Over in Nakuru the Rift Valley Rhinos were not having it much better. Struggling to 93/7 in their Premier League Match against Nile Knights, their valiant bowling (Hiren Varaiya posting figures of 4-2-5-1) ultimately not enough to prevent the Knights winning by 5 wickets. The cup game saw Rift’s batting struggles continue as they found themselves 129 all out. The Nile Knights losing 6 wickets chasin down that total, perhaps indicative of how much more the batsmen could have helped the Rhino cause. At the Nairobi Club, Steve Tikolo was once again on hand to show that He’s still got it. His 58 (part of the Rwenzori Warriors total of 160) earning them a 14 run victory over Kongonis, who had Alex Obanda’s 52 to thank for keeping them a chance to win the T20 game. The East Africa Cup match, was more one sided as the Warriors swept to a 66 run (Duckworth-Lewis) win. Next week is th final round of group games and it sees Coast Pekee hosting the Nile Knights needing to win to be sure of getting into the semifinals of the either competition. They sit third in the Premier league 4 on 8 points (4 shy of Kanbis), and tied at the top with the Warriors in the Cup. The Tigers face the daunting mission of taking on Rwenzori in Kampala, needing to beat the hosts to be absolutely sure of both of their semifinals spots. They are 2nd in the Premier league and 3rd in the Cup. After winning the Cup last year it looks like the jig is up for Kongonis. Too far adrift to defend the Cup. (they stand tied for 5th with the Knights). They are also 6 points off the last semifinal slot in the Premier League. Again tied with the Knights. Together with the Rhinos, whom they host, these three teams have nothing to lose.