Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Kenya A Go Down To Esbjerg

After a good start to their tour of Denmark, Kenya A faltered yesterday at the second hurdle going down to Esbjerg CC by 2 wickets. Kenya A batted first, and once again there is cause for concern. Only onle player registered a decent score - Malhar Patel, who scored a very credibly 76 off 73 balls. Amit Bhudia made 21, but Kenya's other batsmen did not unfortunately come to the party, and we were bowled out for 162 in 36 of the allotted 40 overs.
In reply, Kenya A did take early wickets, and that is heartening, but Esbjerg still managed to scrape home in the 36th over thanks to a defiant H Zaman (57 not out) aided by J Mikkelsen (27 not out). Cricket Europe had no bowling figures or full scorecard up as yet.
After a good start to the tour, this loss was a disappointment for the team, but these matches are merely warm ups, and it will be the two big games against Denmark that determine the success of the tour. On the positive side, it is great to see Malhar Patel getting into form. Hopefully, Kenya can now start to build some partnerships rather than relying on one batsman to always get the runs.
Kenya A have another warm up match today vs Herning which they should win easily, before traveling to Copenhagen to prepare for the two matches against Denmark.

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