Saturday, February 04, 2006

Cricket in Nakuru

Traditionally, cricket in Kenya has been seen as the preserve of those in Nairobi and Mombasa. Mr Shailesh in Nakuru however wrote to tell me different:

"Nakuru has been actively playing cricket with league games and shorter version 6 a side for over a decade now at Nakuru Athletic Club (NAC)."

Teams travel from Kakamega, Kissi, Eldoret, Narok, Kericho, Kisumu, Bungoma and Migori on a regular basis to take part in a 40 overs a-side league. Once in while teams will also make the trip from Naivasha and Nyahururu.

He goes on to say that Nakuru has been a focal point for development of cricket for both the Rift Valley Province and Western Kenya.
The task ahead, however, is not an easy one:

"...we need to do a lot in this region to take the game to grass root level, and for those who are already playing... we are still playing on a matting wicket, we need either astro or proper turf introduced gradually in all centres."

It may be an uphill task, but it is none the less heartening to see that cricket has a home outside Nairobi and Mombasa. All the best to Mr Shailesh and the others in Nakuru for the hard work ahead. I look forward to the day we see a player from this region make it to the national team.


Nakeel said...

Hi First time to your blog and can see this is nice.
BTW are you one of the cricket without boundaries guys who visited here last few months?
You need more info on Kenyan cricket get to me.

Chemosit said...

Hi Nakeel - I tried getting in touch via your blog - nice work BTW, keep it up, but no joy. I'd love to take you up on your offer.
Please email me on
I'm not with 'cricket without boundaries' - I hope their visit went well though.