Monday, June 26, 2006

Luseno Skittles Aalborg

Kenya A got their tour of Denmark off to a victorious start yesterday by defeating Elite Division side Aalborg by a comfortable 111 runs. Batting first, Kenya A were all out in their alloted 40 overs, posting a respectable score of 197. Tanmay Mishra top scored for the tourists with 42, and it is great to see him getting back to form. A shame that he was out in the 40s again though - hopefully we shall see him start to convert some of these starts into big scores soon. Other contributors of note were Timothy Muange with 24 and a useful 26 from Nehemiah Odhiambo, usually better known for his bowling. Aalborg's best performance with the ball came from Dean Blanch with 4/37.
Aalborg's reply was never allowed to get off the ground, as a rejuvenated Alfred Luseno carved through the home side taking 4 wickets for 9 runs. Lasse Fromberg fought his way to 33, but the rest of the batsmen capitulated and Aalborg finished on 86 all out. I do not know who the other wicket takers were for Kenya, but it is good to see Luseno finally start to live up to his potential.
This was a good result for the young side, but let's not get too carried away. Two of the players Kenya really want to prove they have what it takes stepped up and performed admirably, but it is still very early days. Aalborg are currently bottom of the Elite Division, and as such cannot be counted as the best of opposition. Today's match against Esbjerg should provide a slightly sterner test, but it will not be until Saturday when the team take on Denmark that they should really come up against stiff opposition. In the meantime, they need to continue to use the warm up games to get into their stride and get used to winning ways.

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