Saturday, May 27, 2006

Weekend Preview

As far as I know, this weekend's cricket involving Kenyans is as follows:
In Nakuru's Akshar League, Naivasha finally get to play their second match of the tournament against a VOC side that will be desparate to turn around their fortunes so far. VOC are currently in 6th spot on the table having played three games, one spot above last placed Naivasha. If they do not want to end up with the wooden spoon, VOC will need to beat the lake-men on Sunday. For their part, Naivasha will be looking to erase memories of thier only outing so far which resulted in a thrashing from Akshar A. Both teams have so far looked to be stronger with the ball than with the bat, but every time I make a prediction for this tournament I ensure that the opposite happens, so this weekend we shall just wait and see!
In Denmark, Amit Bhudia will be hoping that his shoulder is better for Herning's Division 1 league match against Koge. Last week, he was hampered by damaged ligaments and was advised to take the week off training to allow for recovery. Hopefully he will not only be better, but will get amoungst the runs as well.
In England, Hitesh Modi will still be out of action after his operation, so will miss Chesham's league match against Marlow.
James Clegg will be hoping the weather gods are kinder than last weekend and that Fairburn's hectic schedule over the next four days is not hampered by rain. They have a league match at home today, a home Hepworth Cup match on Sunday, then an away Senior's Cup match on Tuesday. Let's hope they can come away with 3 wins from those outings.
No news from any other venues, though I am assuming that both the Kenya A side and the CCA XI for the Atul Shah Memorial Tournament are working hard at training. The event is only just over a week away now, so one would think they will be trying to get in a couple of practice matches against local competition in the lead up.
If anyone does have some more information on the NPCA or CCA goings on, please don't hesitate to let me know.

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