Monday, June 19, 2006

Modi Returns, Clegg Gets Another 50.

Overseas Weekly Roundup.

Great news for fans of Kenya cricket: Hitesh Modi is not only back in action for his club Chesham, but is still seeing the ball well, despite his injury induced abscence. Hitesh injured his finger in Kenya's drawn Intercontinental Cup match against Holland back in March, and has been forced to sit out since, while recovering from an operation to get things mended. Coming in at number 7 for Chesham, Hitesh struck a quickfire 35 off 26 including two fours and two sixes to help his side to a 62 run victory over league rivals Cove. Showing that he is fully healed, Modi also took 1/18 off 4 overs with the ball.
His return to cricket will be welcome news for Kenyan selectors who will no doubt be looking to get him back to Kenya for the Bangladesh series. Modi, who bats left handed, says he is happy to be back playing again, and has expressed his desire to return to the national side for the three match series in July.
Chosen to represent an MCC side to Holland starting on June 25th, Hitesh will have plenty of cricket to get him in shape before the Bangladesh series. All that remains to be seen is whether Cricket Kenya can afford to fly him back. He sadly missed the Zimbabwe tour earlier this year as they could not raise the funds. There is an appeal on the Chesham site in relation to this, and I urge anyone able to help to get in contact. As Inamdar says in his letter 'Hitesh is an integral part of the Kenya National Cricket Team.' We certainly will need him if Kenya are to have a chance of upsetting the Tigers.
In Leeds, James Clegg continues his good run of form with the bat for Fairburn. Once again, he made a half century for his club, but was unable to prevent them from slumping to an 84 run loss to Nostell in the Leeds West Riding League. This is now Clegg's third consecutive fifty at club level, and must keep him in with a chance of another call up to the league team.
In Denmark, Amit Bhudia will be awaiting the arrival of the Kenya A team for their tour of the country. His side, Herning, did not play this weekend, but are scheduled to be the first to play Kenya A when they arrive. The match is scheduled for June 24 and will give Amit the perfect opportunity to exploit his local knowledge for the visitors.

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