Friday, May 29, 2009

Waters continues good form

Seren Waters has continued on with his recent run of good form with the Surrey Cricket Academy. On a mini two match tour Waters top scored with 72 in Surrey's first match against an Under 25 XI from Huntingdonshire, unfortunately his efforts werent enough as they fell 96 runs short of the required target.

The following day taking on their Essex counterparts, Surrey Cruised home to a 9 wicket victory with Waters contributing 50 not out in tricky batting conditions.

Upon returning from the Academy tour, Waters joined the Sussex 2nd XI team to take on Middlesex in a Twenty20 at Cranleigh School. Waters contributed 21 (batting in the middle order) of a 45 run partnership with former England All Rounder Alex Tudor. However Surrey could only muster 111/9 off their 20 overs, this proved to be short of the mark with Middlesex comfortably home by 5 wickets. Regardless of the two losses, it is great to see Waters in good form.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kenyan teams to feature in new T20 Comp.

A report today in Uganda's Daily Monitor has stated that the top 3 clubs from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will compete in a new regional Twenty20 competition. The Twenty20 competition will be the expansion of the existing NCR Twenty20 competiton held in Uganda.

I shall post more information on this as it comes to hand.

6-A-side Action hits Nairobi this weekend

I am still trying to get full details for the fixtures for this, but it will be all hard and fast action in Nairobi this weekend with the SCLPS SIX-A-SIDE tournament taking centre stage.

Kanbis A will no doubt go into the event as one of the favourites, but expect stiff competition from the likes of Stray Lions and Swamibapa as well. This is also a great opportunity for some of the lower ranked teams who have one or two star players who normally get swallowed up in the 11 a side format.

So far I'm aware of the following fixtures:
Saturday, May 30 at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 30 at 3:30pm
Saturday, May 30 at 4:15pm
Saturday, May 30 at 5:00pm

More details will be updated as they become available...

Nakuru to host regional U13s in June

Cricket Kenya Press Release:


Cricket Kenya wishes to inform members of the press that we will be hosting the ACA/EA Under-13 Cricket Tournament in Nakuru in the month of June. The five day event will consist of teams from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda and will run from 4th to 8th June, 2009.

The Kenya team will be selected from both public and private schools at provincial level. This exercise is currently on going, with the provincial secretariats, development officers and coaches taking part.

Trail games took place in Nakuru last Friday 22nd May at Greensteds School and 6 boys were chosen to be considered in the National/Final selection.

Nairobi trials will be held at Aga Khan Sports Club on Thursday 28th May from 9am to 1pm, Saturday 30th May from 1pm to 4pm and on Monday 1st June 2009 from 9am to 1pm while those in Coast will take place at Burhani Sports Club on Saturday 30th May between 9am and 12:30pm.

To conclude, Cricket Kenya looks forward to seeing the media come and support our youngsters as they prepare to take on the rest of the region. We thank you for your continued efforts in promoting the game of cricket in Kenya.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Overseas Players, Amit Bhudia and the IC Cup/Shield.

So this news isnt exactly the freshest, but a few overseas players, Seren Waters, Ragheb Aga and Abeed Janmohamed have put in some promising performances for their respective clubs in the past month.

Waters, turning out for the Weybridge Cricket Club (captained by former Kenya International, Abeed Janmohamed) in The Surrey Championship top scored with 91 in his teams narrow round 2 victory over the Spencer Cricket Club. Waters has also been playing for the Surrey 2nd XI and also their Academy. He has made a few promising starts for both the 2nd XI and the Academy, including a 77 not out for the Academy in their 10 wicket win over Normandy CC.

Janmohamed himself contributed 47 in Weybridge's round 1 loss to Sutton Cricket Club

Meanwhile, Ragheb Aga turning out for the Eastbourne Cricket Club when not on County Duties for Sussex, bowled a devastating spell in his sides 10 wicket win over Haywards Heath. Aga got 3 of the first 4 wickets to fall in the innings, before returning to clean up the Haywards Heath tail to finish with the excellent figures of 7/28 off 12.4 overs. Hopefully with more performances like this, Ragheb will make his way back into Sussex's first XI.

James Clegg, (Im not entirely sure if Clegg still desires to play for Kenya) started of his season for Fairburn Cricket with a cracking century, making 107 in his teams win over Darton Cricket Club. The Darton side featured England Womans player, Sarah Taylor.

It appears Amit Bhudia has overcome a shoulder injury. Turning out for Mombasa Sports Club against touring English Outfit Lisvane Cricket Club. Bhudia made 104 in his teams total of 258/8 off 35 overs, his innings included a massive 9 sixes. Mombasa went onto win the match which according to all reports, was played in very good spirit.

The Intercontinental Cup is set to resume soon with 11 teams now paticipating in two seperate divisions 'The ICC Intercontinental Cup' and 'The ICC Intercontinental Shield'. Kenya will be competeing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup Division which also features Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Afghanistan, Canada and a representative side from Zimbabwe. One team it doesnt feature, is last years runners up, Namibia who have been relegated due to their recent performance at the World Cup Qualifiers. As a result of this, Namibia will be featuring in the Shield competiton alongside Bermuda, UAE and Uganda. One feels this is a poor decision by the ICC to demote a team that were runners up in a 4 day tournament because of their performance in a 50 over tournament. To rub salt into the wound, the USA have been included in the World Twenty20 Qualifiers to take place in the United Arab Emirates in October ahead of Namibia. This event will also feature the top 6 associates/affiliates Ireland, Canada, Netherlands, Kenya, Scotland, Afghanistan and host nation UAE.

The Intercontinental Cup and Shield competitions will feature prizemoney for the first time. The winners of the Cup division to receive US$100,000 and the runners up US$40,000. In the Shield division division the winners will take home US$25,000 and the runners up US$10,000. An outright win in either division will be worth US$3,000.

Finally, thank you to Nick for inviting me to contribute to his blog. Hopefully my first attempt wasnt too shabby.