Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A series of Personal Bests

My round up of the 104 run win in the 3rd ODI between Kenya and Bermuda can be read at here at Cricket Europe - Kenya. One thing does stand out for Kenya other than the fact that we had plenty more to offer than Bermuda and that is that our players are improving almost across the board. Credit to them, Roger Harper and the Winter Training Camp coaches for that.
This tour saw the following players all register personal bests in either first Class (Intercontinental Cup) or ODIs:
Thomas Odoyo 5/21
1st ODI:
Nehemiah Odhiambo: 31*
2nd ODI:
Thomas Odoyo 4/25
Nehemiah Odhiambo 2/37
Tanmay Mishra: 64*
3rd ODI:
Steve Tikolo: 111
Malhar Patel: 25
Jimmy Kamande: 3/32
Great to see so many of the team all showing improvement. Sure Bermuda are not the strongest opposition we will face, but these are still official First class and ODI matches and credit to those players who played so well to give us our first ever whitewash on home soil.
All the best too to Maurice Ouma for his recovery.


Ram said...

Hi Nick,

Good to have you back here after a long hiatus...

It's also good to see Kenya defeating Bermuda quite comfortably in the ODI series. You made a good point about the average age of this side being only around that gives CK with some years to put a good development program in place..

As always, I've a few questions on the recent ODI series:

1. How was the crowd support in Mombasa?
2. Was their live TV coverage of the recent Intercontinental Cup game against Bermuda?
3. On a separate note, is cricket available on free-to-air TV in Kenya because that creates the biggest impact of all on the game's growth?...Prime examples are Scotland, Ireland (but NOT Netherlands) and Nepal!

Chemosit said...

Hi Ram, thanks - nice to be back.
1. Mixed - good on Sunday, but pretty low on Saturday and Tuesday which are work days. This will take a while to build up, so not really a cause for worry.
2. Not as far as I know - simply, without sponsors to cover the cost, it is too expensive.
3. Sometimes. I believe for example that some of the Ashes will be available. I know that this is something Cricket Kenya are actively encouraging.

note however that television is still a luxury to many in Kenya. It would not have the same impact as it would say in Europe or the states.