Saturday, March 04, 2006
Still no play. There is due to be a pitch inspection at 10:00 local time. That is about 45 mins from now. Fingers crossed we get a game...
Winning today's match will be seen as a must-do for both teams. Zimbabwe will not recover from a series loss to Kenya for a long time, and for Kenya, a loss would be a serious setback to the revival that is currently under way within the Kenyan cricket community. Tikolo has the quality and experience to lead from the front. He will need all of this and more tonight, in what is possibly the most important match he has played for his country. If Kenya can win today, we will show the World that our resurgence is on course. There may have been a couple of blips, but we are on our way back. If we lose, it is back to the drawing board, and another long hard slog to convince other Full Member teams we are worth playing. Kenya have the talent, they have the experience, and they have the character, lets hope they can find it today, and give the country its first ever series win.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Well at least the teams have now been named, which is promising. Still no mention though of when the match might start.
Zimbabwe: T Duffin, H P Rinke, H Masakadza, B R M Taylor, C K Coventry, E Chigumbura, G M Strydom, N B Mahwire, P Utseya, A J Ireland, R Higgins, K M Dabengwa (sub)
Kenya: K O Otieno, M A Ouma, A O Suji, S O Tikolo, T M Odoyo, T Mishra, J K Kamande, D O Obuya, J S Ababu, A S Luseno, P J Ongondo, B J Patel (sub)
Only one change from Kenya, David Obuya comes in in place of Brijal Patel who is now sub. A well deserved start for Obuya after last match. It is a real shame not to see Kalpesh Patel mentioned on the list. It seems a waste to take a promising young player on tour, then not give him a run - maybe tomorrow instead?
Zimbabwe bring in Mahwire to replace the youngster Meth, and have named Dabengwa as sub.
If it is again a bowler's wicket in Harare today, Kenya may opt for a slightly stronger batting line up, especially as this has been noted as a target for improvement by the captain. Ouma may find himself the victim of this, as David Obuya deserves to have a second crack after top scoring last match. I would like to see Obuya return to partner his brother Kennedy opening, and Ouma drop down to 3. Tikolo, Odoyo, Mishra and Kamande are looking good in the next few slots and probably will not be disturbed. Tony Suji should then be retained at 8 in place of Ababu, who was subbed out of the game last match without taking part. It is a shame for Ababu, but Suji on Wednesday got wickets, something that has so far eluded Ababu. With the wicket likely to favour the seamers, I would also give Kalpesh Patel a much-needed run at 8. He is more than capable with the bat should he be needed, and can also swing the ball. He is the only player on tour who is yet to play, and needs to gain experience for the future. Pete Ongondo holds down his bowling spot with ease, and his continued performance will be crucial to a third Kenyan victory. I would include Luseno again as the final pick. For a quick bowler, he has so far been fairly tidy, and will be improving with each outing. He needs to get used to the arena, and start taking wickets. His selection would have one eye on the future, as he will be needed as a strike bowler against Bangladesh and Kenya's opposition in the Intercontinental Cup. Experience against Zimbabwe will be key to achieving this goal.
Kenya seem to have established a mental superiority over the inexperienced Zimbabwe team, and this plus their team spirit should again get them over the line in this next match. We do, as Tikolo points out need to improve our batting performance. Hopefully Luseno, and Kalpesh should he get a run, will be able to chime in with some wickets in Zimbabwe's innings. I will not be able to do play by play updates for the initial stages as I will still be at work, but will be putting in my two bits from midway through the first innings. Lets hope Kenya can make it 3-1 and take the series!
In regards batting, there seems little between the teams when you look at the averages for the top 5 from each team (strike rate in brackets):
1. Taylor ZIM 53.5 (79.85)
2. Tikolo KEN 43.33 (105.69)
3. Odoyo KEN 33.66 (82.11)
4. K.Otieno KEN 33.33 (57.14)
5. Rinke ZIM 32 (102.12)
6. Kamande KEN 32 (72.72)
7. Masakadza ZIM 31 (59.61)
8. Meth ZIM 28.5 (63.33)
9. Mishra KEN 22.66 (66.01)
10. Duffin 21.33 (79.59)
Looking at the bowling however, the Kenyan figures look much better - I have included only bowlers that have taken 2 or more wickets, they are sorted by average:
(Player, wkts, avg, Strike rate, Economy)
Suji KEN 2, 8, 15, 3.2
Ongondo KEN 8, 9.62, 15.6, 3.69
Odoyo KEN 5, 16, 22.8, 4.21
Patel KEN 2, 17, 25, 4.08
Higgins ZIM 3, 21.66, 38, 3.42
Ireland ZIM 6, 21.16, 27, 4.7
Rainsford ZIM 4, 24.25, 39, 3.73
Utseya ZIM 3, 37, 58, 3.82
Added to this is the fact that the only Zimbabwean bowler to have dismissed a Kenyan batsman twice is Rainsford, who has has Maurice Ouma lbw each time. Kenya's selectors may want to take this into account when they announce the team for today's match. Obuya deserves a second chance after top scoring in the last match, and has opened before. Ouma could possible drop down a place to number 3. Kenya's bowlers have been much better at getting on top of the opposition batsmen. Odoyo has twice removed both Duffin and Masakadza, while Peter Ongondo, who so far has the most wickets in the series, has twice accounted for opener Rinke, and the other hard hitting batsman Strydom.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Feb 24th Bulaweyo. ODI. Zimbabwe Lost by 8 wkts.
Feb 25th Bulaweyo. ODI. Zimbabwe Won by 79 rns.
March 1st Harare. ODI. Zimbabwe Won by 65 runs.
March 3rd Harare. ODI. Zimbabwe Lost by 109 runs.
March 4th Harare. ODI. Zimbabwe Match Abandoned
March 17th Bangladesh. ODI. Bangladesh Lost by 131 runs.
March 20th Bangladesh. ODI. Bangladesh Lost by 9 wkts.
March 23rd Bangladesh. ODI. Bangladesh Lost by 20 runs.
March 25th Bangladesh. ODI. Bangladesh Lost by 7 wickets.
March 26th Nairobi. OD. Kenya 'A' vs. Holland Lost by 100 runs.
March 29th - Apr 1st Nairobi Gymkhana. I.C Holland. Match Drawn. Holland take 1st innings points.
June 7th - MSC. Kenya A vs. Uganda. Lost By 3 Wickets.
June 7th - Coast Gymkhana. CCA vs. Tanzania. Won by 52 runs.
June 8th - MSC. Kenya A vs Tanzania. Won by 8 wickets.
June 8th - CG. CCA vs. Uganda. Lost By 71 Runs.
June 10th - MSC. Uganda vs. Tanzania. Uganda won by 6 wickets.
June 10th - CG. Kenya A vs. CCA. Kenya A won by 3 Wickets.
June 11th - MSC. Final: Kenya A vs. Uganda. Lost By 47 Runs.
June 11th - CG. Plate playoff. CCA vs. Tanzania. Lost By 22 Runs.
June 25th - Aalborg CC (Den). Kenya 'A' vs. Aalborg CC. Won by 111 Runs.
June 26th - Esbjerg CC (Den). Kenya 'A' vs. Esbjerg CC.
June 27th - Herning CC (Den). Kenya 'A' vs. Herning CC.
July 1st - Svanholm Park, National Danish Cricket Stadium. Kenya 'A' vs. Denmark.
July 2nd - Svanholm Park, National Danish Cricket Stadium. Kenya 'A' vs. Denmark.
July 5th - Glostrup CC(Den). Kenya 'A' vs. Glostrup CC
July 19th - Nairobi Gymkhana . ODI. Bangladesh.
July 22nd - Nairobi Gymkhana. ODI. Bangladesh.
July 23rd - Nairobi Gymkhana. ODI. Bangladesh.
July 29th - Aug 1st Canada. I.C. Canada
Aug 5th - Canada. ODI. Canada
Aug 6th - Canada. ODI. Canada
Aug 9th - Canada. ODI. Bermuda
Aug 10th - Canada. ODI. Bermuda
Aug ? - Nairobi. East and Central Africa Under 15's tournament. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda.
Aug 29th - Sept 4th - Commonwealth Centre of Excellence tour to Kenya. 3 OD matches vs. Kenya national team.
Sept 2006 - Kenya. Uganda tour. Details to come.
Oct/Nov 2006 - Kenya?. Sri Lanka A tour. To Be Confirmed.
Nov 9th - 12th Kenya. I.C. Bermuda
Nov Kenya. ODI. Bermuda
Nov Kenya. ODI. Bermuda
Nov Kenya. ODI. Bermuda
Dec 2006. South Africa. Africa Cup. (South Africa 'A', Zimbabwe 'A', Kenya, Uganda & Namibia). Details to come.
Dec 2006. Kenya. Africa Regional Women's World Cup Qualifiers.
Jan 2007 - Kenya. ODI. Scotland Dates T.B.C
Jan 2007 - Kenya. ODI. Scotland
Jan 2007 - Kenya. ODI. Scotland
Jan 2007 - Kenya. ODI. Scotland
Jan 2007 - Kenya. ODI. Scotland
Jan 20th - Kenya. ODI. Scotland World Lge Div 1
Jan 21st - Kenya. ODI. Canada "
Jan 23rd - Kenya. ODI. Bermuda "
Jan 24th - Kenya. ODI. Ireland "
Jan 27th - Kenya. ODI. Holland "
Jan 28th - Kenya. ODI. ???? FINAL
Jan 31st - Kenya. ODI. Ireland
Feb 1st - Kenya. ODI. Holland
Feb 2007 - Kenya. Proposed tour by MCC.
Mar 5th - Jamaica. ODI. West Indies W.C warm up
Mar 8th - Jamaica. ODI. Holland W.C warm up
Mar 14th - St.Lucia. ODI. Canada W.C Grp C
Mar 20th - St.Lucia. ODI. New Zealand W.C Grp C
Mar 24th - St.Lucia. ODI. England W.C Grp C
May 2008 - South Africa. Tri series (RSA, Kenya, Scotland).
June 2008 - Scotland. Tri Series (Scotland, Kenya, New Zealand).
Overs: Maidens: Runs: Wickets:
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The match has been reduced to 44 overs per innings.
I had no idea that it was still so early in Zimbabwe - they must origionally have been due to start at 8:00am!
Today will be a different venue, and a different wicket, so it is hard to call. One of the key players for Zimbabwe will be Ireland - he has taken 5 wickets this series already. Their most dangerous batsman is opener H P Rinke. He scored 42 in the first innings, and a half-century in the second. If we could knock him over early, it would do them a lot of damage. So far, Peter Ongondo has got him both times, so look out for an early spell from him. Of their other batsmen, Duffin, Masakadza and Taylor all scored half centuries in the first innings, but failed in the second.
For Kenya, our key player is obviously Steve Tikolo. He is scoring at a run-a-ball so far, and if he can notch up a second big score, it would put us in great stead. Kennedy Otieno did well to reach 74 in his first innings, but only managed 13 in the second match. Either he, or Maurice Ouma, who has yet to make his mark, needs to get the Kenya innings off to a good start. Two other players who have impressed so far are Thomas Odoyo - his input will be crucial with both bat and ball, and Kenya's top bowler thus far, Peter Ongondo. It would be really great to see one of Kenya's bowlers end the day with a 5 wicket haul. Youngsters Alfred Luseno and Tanmay Mishra seem to be gradually finding their feet. Kenya will be looking for continued improvement from them over the next three matches. It is a difficult game to pick, but I am going to go with the heart and go for Kenya. I think the first match caught us a bit unawares, and we have had time to acclimatise, so the experience gap should mean more . I will of course be doing my best to run a play by play commentary as and when I can.
Kenya tour of Bangladesh
14th March to 26th March 2006
Day Date Travel & Match Schedule
Day-01 14 Mar - Tuesday Kenya Team Arrive in Dhaka
Day-02 15 Mar – Wed. day Travel & Practice
Day-03 16 Mar - Thursday Rest & Practice
Day-04 17 Mar - Friday 1st One Day – Bang. Vs. Kenya at Bogra
Day-05 18 Mar - Saturday Travel & Practice
Day-06 19 Mar - Sunday Rest & Practice
Day-07 20 Mar - Monday 2nd One Day – Bang. Vs. Kenya at Khulna
Day-08 21 Mar - Tuesday Travel & Practice
Day-09 22 Mar - Wed. day Rest & Practice
Day-10 23 Mar - Thursday 3rd One Day – Bang. Vs. Kenya at Dhaka
Day-11 24 Mar - Friday Rest & Practice
Day-12 25 Mar- Saturday 4th One Day – Bang. Vs. Kenya at Dhaka
Day-13 26 Mar- Sunday Kenya Team Depart from Dhaka
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
S C L Y L vs Parklands S C Ndovus at Pindolia Academy.
Kanbis 'B' vs Oshwal XI at Eastleigh.
Simba Union vs Kanbis 'A' at Simba Union.
Ngara vs Sir Ali 'A' at Ngara.
Ruaraka vs Premier Club at Ruaraka.
Swamibapa 'A' vs Parklands S C Rhinos at Premier Club.
Sir Ali 'B' vs Qutbis at Sir Ali.
Kongonis vs Swamibapa 'B' at Nbi Club.
Nbi Jaffery vs Khrishna XI at Nbi Jafferys.
Nbi Institute vs Golden XI at Nbi Institute.
Stray Lions vs Nbi Nookers at Nbi School.
Aga Khan S C vs Nbi Gymkhana at Aga Khan.
With the wobbles shown by the Kenya team against Zimbabwe yesterday, some of those in action today who just missed out on a place on tour, will be hoping to catch the selectors' eye. It should make for some good cricket.
In reply, Zimbabwe never really looked in any doubt. From the first over, Rinke went after the bowlers, and even when he perished to Ongondo for 42, things didn't improve. It is worrying for Kenya that Zimbabwe strolled to the target with 7 overs still left to play, and only one wicket falling to a bowler (the other was Duffin, run out by a Nehemiah Ngoche direct hit). This is definitely something that Kenya need to address today if they are going to have a chance of levelling this series, or even competing against other teams at this level.
While the performance on the pitch left something to be desired, the team selection was mind boggling. Tony Suji is an ok batsman down the order, but he is not good enough to come in at three. Why was he used here, and not Mishra, who is in the team as a batsman, and familiar with batting up the order? That said, Mishra was run out for only 4, but I am a little more prepared to forgive those on debut.
Elsewhere I have defended Brijal Patel's inclusion in the side, but he has to perform to his potential or give way to someone who can. Next match, I would like to see him replaced by his younger namesake, Kalpesh Patel. To have Kamande and Brijal in the same starting line up was to me a strange decision. Likewise Ababu and Ongondo. While the latter was probably the pick of the bowling - he was the only one to take a wicket, and was one of the few who went for less than 5 an over, Ababu was expensive, and failed to get a wicket. For him to justify his place in the side, he needs to be taking wickets, and keeping the run rate down. I was surprised to see him start in place of Alfred Luseno who has been touted as a genuine strike bowler. If anything is clear from this game it is that we need someone who can knock the batsmen over. We will only win matches if we can take wickets.
Having had that little rant, all is not lost. It is a 5 match series, and we can recover. There were some good signs for Kenya with the bat. Otieno and Odoyo need to keep up their form, and Steve Tikolo needs to dominate, as we know he can. Bouncing back today will be hard - Kenya were tired yesterday after all the travel, but it is possible, and can be done. Players need to play to their potential, and the youngsters, especially Luseno, need to be given their chance.
1. Kennedy Otieno Obuya. 2. Maurice Ouma. 3. Tanmay Mishra. 4. Steve Tikolo. 5. Thomas Odoyo. 6. David Obuya. 7. Kalpesh Patel. 8. Jimmy Kamande. 9. Peter Ongondo. 10. Nehemiah Ngoche. 11. Alfred Luseno.