Tuesday, August 15, 2006


The less said about Kenya's batting effort in the third ODI against Bangladesh, the better. Several players looked as thought they had got starts, then got out. Mortaza finished with 6/26 and we were all out for 118. Kamande made way for Malhar Patel who made 15 off 54 and Modi was dropped in favour of Brijal Patel, who made 1. Odoyo top scored with 29.
Ouch - thank god I was at work cleaning up a flood rather than watching that all unfold.
It is a real shame for the Kenyan bowlers that the batsmen have been unable to give them a decent total to bowl to. In each match so far, they have taken wickets and had our batsmen made anywhere upwards of 220, we could have been looking at a 3-0 sweep the other way. As it is, we are going to spend the next couple of months fending off accusations of mediocrity and questions as to why the standard of cricket has fallen so much.
In a couple of weeks, the Commonwealth centre of excellence team arrive to play 3 One Dayers against the national team. In my opionion it would benefit us far more if that were changed to be one 4-day match. Cricket Kenya also need to get the top 50 or so players in the country playing the longer version of the game. If we do not do something to improve our standards, the WCL in January and the World Cup after are going to be very painful indeed.

1 comment:

bankelele said...

the more practice they have, the better they'll become. Also I think having come 'close', twice, when it mattered, they coudn't kep it going for a game with only pride at stake