Thanks to those of you who have emailed me with questions on cricket in Nakuru. I put them to Shailesh who was able to inform me of the following:
1. The mean age of most teams is approximately 25, though there are one or two teams where the mean age is around 19.
2. The standards of cricket in Nakuru are approximately those of upper second division/lower first division teams in Nairobi or Mombasa. This is partly the case as games are played on matting wickets and not turf.
3. Yes there are indigenous players around - you may have noticed Marvin who top scored for Akshar B in the first game. There are many that come to practice, and when they mature we slot them in.
It is with regret that we note that when Nakuru had started the Youth Indigenous school development program, approximately 2 years back, the previous regime didn't encourage the program for reasons best known to themselves. We are confident now that with the senior's league running smoothly, we will be able to again kick-start the youth development with the help of the national body.
We have some genuine match winners in Rift Valley who can really turn on the game, as well as a couple of great all-rounders in Western Kenya.
In future, once we have completed the provincial set up, we will be able to push the best players to Nairobi to play in the Main League. We already have a couple of fast bowlers who can trouble even the best players in the Nairobi.