Tuesday, November 14, 2006

First Home Series Win

Kenya's 7 wicket win in the second ODI in Mombasa gives Kenya its first ever series win on home soil. It should also silence some of the teams recent critics who have been loudly proclaiming its demise. Both wins against Bermuda were comfortable and Kenya should have enough in the tank to give a couple fo the fringe players a chance to show their worth in the final match. Great to see some of the youngsters really stepping up to the plate and perfoming. Tanmay Mishra got his first ODI half century having come close several times, so now that monkey is off his back, he should be able to really relax and get some big scores. Hiren Varaiya has improved in leaps and bounds this year and gives back that extra edge in the spin department we lost when Collins Obuya fell out of form. Nehemiah Odhiambo has started taking wickets for us and showed he is no slouch with the bat either. If he continues to apply himself and improve, he could well be the next Odoyo for us. Talking of whom, what a great seam of bowling form he is in at the moment. No surprise he and Peter Ongondo are both at the top of the Cricket Europe rankings list for bowlers.
With the World Cup drawing ever closer and also the WCL in January which will decides the associate to qualify for the twenty-20 World Cup, Kenya's key players are beginning to find the form we need. It is now up to Roger Harper to continue to build that momentum through January and into March. All we need now is for a player or two to step up to claim those fringe spots and for the openers to consolidate their progress.

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