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Obanda crafts Kenya’s repeat victory over Namibia ‘A’ in Windhoek

Skipper Rakep Patel joins Obanda yet again to steady the ship with a 66-run partnership before being caught off Tiaan Snyman's bowling for 22 runs


KENYA beat Namibia ‘A’ by four runs in a thrilling 50-over cricket encounter at Affies Park, Windhoek, on Friday.

Kenya batted first and were all out for 240 runs off 49 overs.

Namibia ‘A’s’ run chase went down to the wire and with one over remaining they needed eight runs to win. They however lost two wickets in the final over as Kenya wrapped up a dramatic four-run victory with one ball remaining.

Shone

In Kenya’s innings, Alex Obanda was their stand-out player, scoring a fine century, while Namibia’s recalled bowlers Louis Klazinga and Bjorn Kotze both shone with the ball.

JP Kotze was Namibia’s top scorer with 73 runs, while spinner James Ngoche took three wickets for Kenya.

The Kenyans got off to a brisk start as Obanda and Dhiren Gondaria put on 65 off 9 overs before Gondaria was caught off Klazinga’s bowling for 15. It was Klazinga’s first match after a long lay-off due to a knee injury and he showed no ill effects as he bowled with pace and precision.

Immediate

Kotze, making a return to competitive cricket four years after he last played for Namibia, made an immediate impact when he was introduced into the bowling attack.

Kai Dasaja was run out for a duck by a direct hit from Malan Kruger off Kotze’s third ball, and then two balls later, Kotze caught and bowled Nelson Odhiambo for 2 to reduce Kenya to 70 for three wickets.

Steadied ship

Kotze wasn’t finished, as he trapped Shem Ngoche LBW for 7 and then had Maurice Ouma caught for one, as Kenya crashed to 89 for five wickets.

Kenya captain Rakep Patel joined Obanda and steadied the ship with a 66-run partnership before Patel was caught off Tiaan Snyman’s bowling for 22 runs.

Bowling

Obanda went on to reach his century but was caught off MP Delport’s bowling soon after for 107, which came off 131 balls and included 14 fours and two sixes.

Further down the order Eugene Ochieng’ scored 22 and Lucas Oluoch 24 not out before Kenya were all out for 240 off 49 overs.

Kotze was Namibia’s best bowler, taking four wickets for 30 runs off 10 overs, Klazinga took two for 58 off 9 overs, and Tiaan Snyman, MP Delport and Christopher Coombe each took one wicket.

Dismissed

In Namibia’s innings, Xander Pitchers was dismissed early for 3 off Oluoch’s bowling, while Wessel Myburgh was out for 25 with the total at 52.

JP Kotze and Michau du Preez put on 78 runs for the third wicket before Du Preez was dismissed by Shem Ngoche for 18.

Ngoche also dismissed Kotze LBW shortly after for a top score of 73 which came off 68 balls and included 10 fours.

Revival

Namibia’s middle order failed to make an impact as Pikky Ya France was out for 7 and Bjorn Kotze for 4, to leave Namibia in trouble at 170 for seven wickets.

Louis Klazinga and Christopher Coombe however started a fine revival, and although Coombe was dismissed for 12, Klazinga gave Namibia hope with a fine innings as he took Namibia to the brink of victory.

Short of target

Spinner James Ngoche however struck with two wickets in the final over. He bowled Klazinga for 38, which came off 50 balls and included four fours, and then ran out MP Delport for 8 off the second last ball as Namibia were all out for 236 runs – four short of the target.

James Ngoche was Kenya’s top bowler, taking three wickets for 50 runs, while Nelson Odhiambo (2/25), Shem Ngoche (2/38), Rakep Patel (2/33) and Lucas Oluoch (1/45) took the other wickets.

Wednesday

Earlier last Wednesday, Kenya got their Namibian cricket tour off with a convincing six-wicket victory against Namibia ‘A’.

Playing at Affies Park, Namibia ‘A’ batted first and were all out for 209 off 49 overs.

With skipper Rakep Patel leading the way, Kenya reached the total for the loss of four wickets off only 40 overs. Patel was their top scorer with 87 not out while Morris Ouma scored 55.

Turn tables

On Thursday, a bullish full Namibian national side took full revenge turning tables to beat Kenya by five wickets in their first one day match at the United Field.

In a run fest on a flat wicket, Kenya amassed 308 for seven wickets off their 50 overs, but Namibia gave a great chase and reached the winning target with 10 balls remaining.

The second and final one day match, the two full national teams were due to meet on Saturday.

– Additional reporting by ‘The Namibian’