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Thrashing in Namibia leaves Kenya cricket searching for answers

In the one week tour, the Kenya team had to be content with two victories over a second-string Namibia ‘A’ last Wednesday and Friday


KENYA cricket is still in dumb, a two one-day series that ended in a crushing defeat against Namibia on Saturday once again proved the point.

Namibia dismissed Kenya for 126 off 38 overs after the home team scored 251, all out, off 49.1 overs.

Chase

In their first meeting earlier on Thursday, Namibia beat Kenya by five wickets at the United Field, Windhoek.

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 to spare.

Dramatic

In the one week tour, the Kenya team had to be content with two victories over a second-string Namibia ‘A’ last Wednesday and Friday.

On Friday Kenya won four runs in a thrilling encounter at Affies Park. The tourists 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.

Series’ loss

Last Wednesday, Kenya had got their tour off with a convincing six-wicket victory against Namibia ‘A’ also 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.

Contribution

But the manner of thrashing received by Kenya on Saturday – by 125 runs – 2-0 loss in the series clearly showed that Kenya cricket was still in a sorry state.

Saturday was a fine all round performance for Namibia with most of the batsmen and bowlers making telling contributions.

Good start

Namibia batted first and got off to a good start as Stephan Baard and Gerrie Snyman put on 48 for the first wicket before Baard was out for 25.

Snyman followed shortly after for 27, and when Sarel Burger was out for 18, Namibia’s total stood at 107 for the loss of three wickets.

Craig Williams, having been promoted from the Namibia ‘A’ team, made 37 off 62 balls before he was caught and bowled by James Ngoche, which included four fours, while Gerhard Erasmus scored 20 off 24 balls which included a towering six off Shem Ngoche.

Went Cheaply

Nicolaas Scholtz (6) and Christi Viljoen (2) went cheaply, but Raymond van Schoor anchored the innings and top scored with 66 which included consecutive sixes off Rakep Patel.

He shared a 58-run eighth wicket partnership with JP Kotze, who scored 27 off 20 balls, before Namibia were all out for 251.

Nelson Odhiambo was Kenya’s top bowler, with great figures of three wickets for 9 runs off 6 overs, while Elijah Otieno took 2 for 45 off 8 overs.

Breakthrough

Kenya got off to a brisk start and seemed to be well on track as Alex Obanda and Dhiren Gondaria put on 70 for the first wicket, but Craig Williams made the breakthrough, when he had Obanda caught for 35.

Williams kept up the pressure as he also dismissed Obanda for 35 and Gurdeep Singh for 6 to leave Kenya struggling at 86 for three wickets.

Emphatic win

Namibia tightened the screw with some great bowling and fielding and Kenya could not recover as they crashed to 126 all out to give Namibia an emphatic victory. Williams took three wickets for 27 runs off 8 overs while Christi Viljoen had great figures of three wickets for 8 runs off 7 overs.

Sarel Burger and Bernard Scholtz each took two wickets and JJ Smit one.

– Additional reporting by ‘The Namibian’