Friday, September 01, 2006

Trounced

Another serving of humble pie was doled out to Kenya yesterday as a team including many of our potential squad for the World Cup was handed a belting by the visiting acadamy side from Australia. Losing the toss, we were put in to bat on a wicket that is a batsman's nightmare in the morning. Only Kennedy Obuya (44) and stand-in captain Thomasa Odoyo (36) troubled the scorers as Kenya were bundled out for 143 in 43 of the allocated 50 overs. Edmilson was the pick of the visiting bowlers with figures of 7.1-0-20-3.
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In reply, the CBCE openers T Paine (66*) and S Marsh (70*) raced to the total in a mere 28.3 overs handing Kenya their worst defeat so far this year. While the pitch may be a bowler's paradise in the morning, there can really be no hiding behind excuses. We were handed a thrashing and something must be done to teach the batsmen to excercise patience, to build innings and partnerships and the importance of batting out the full 50 overs. Not that the latter would have helped looking at yesterday's scores. It is a real shame that our bowlers are not getting the chance they need to show their worth.
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I suppose the one bit of good news from the match was Kennedy Obuya getting into the runs again. His 44 may have taken 78 balls, but highlights the importance of staying at the crease and playing oneself into form. Hopefully he will be able to build on this innings over the next couple of games and restore his confidence and form fully.
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SCORECARD:
Kenya innings:
K. Obuya..............................44
M.Ouma................................0
T. Suji....................................5
M. Patel................................18
T. Mishra..............................12
C. Obuya................................0
T. Odoyo...............................36
R. Patel...................................1
N. Odhiambo........................8
P. Ongondo...........................0
H. Varaiya.............................0
Total..all..out..43 overs......143
143 all out in 43 overs

F of W 1-2, 2-11, 3-54, 4-80, 5-80, 6-115, 7-120, 8-140, 9-140, 10-143
CBCE Bowling:
Sullivan........9-1-25-2
Edmilson......7.1-0-20-3
Drew.............6-2-22-1
C Bailey........10-2-31-2
Vogel.............8-1-24-2
G bailey........2-0-13-0
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CBCE Innings:
T Paine...........................66*
S Marsh...........................70*
28.3 overs
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Kenya Bowling:
T. Odoyo............6-1-28-0
P Ogondo...........7-0-31-0
N Odhiambo.....5-0-29-0
H.Variaya..........6-0-19-0
R. Patel..............3.3-0-21-0
C. Obuya.............1-0-15-0
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A horrible thing to publish that - here's hoping the weekend brings different results.

2 comments:

Hossain said...

Don't feel bad, this CBCE team is probably good enough to beat Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

BTW, name of the highest scorer in the match is not Mash, it is Marsh, Shaun Marsh- son of the former Aussie Test player Geoff Marsh.

cric_fan said...

Kenyan league cricket has good players why stick around with the old players that are not performing?