Saturday, December 19, 2009
Winning the toss, Uganda chose to bat but ran straight into trouble as they lost two early wickets - Anna Kisakye run out for 2 and Barbara Mukankusi bowled by Mary Belle for 4. Kenya's Ladies kept a tight line and the discipline paid off with the Ugandans frustrated at being unable to score going for more suicidal runs, chances that the Kenyans gleefully accepted. Mary Belle (3/22) continued to reap the rewards of the pressure created by Belinda Maska (8-5-4-1) as she picked up two more wickets to have Uganda well and truly on the ropes at 21/6 after 15 overs.
A rally of sorts was then carried out by Christine Aryemo (14) and Consy Aweko (13*) who added 26 for the next wicket, but the run rate was still painfully slow and Kenya still well and truly in control of the game. Again it was a run out that triggered a Ugandan collapse, though this time the bowler to benefit was Sarah Bhakita who cleaned up the tail taking 3/5 off 5.4 overs.
Uganda finished on 71 all out after 38.4 overs.
Kenya lost opener Perlyne Omamo to Stella Atim with just 4 on the board, but from then on the reply was held together by sensible batting from Margaret Banja (47*) and Mary Aimee (15*) who saw the hosts home for an historic victory.
It may have taken 8 years, but Kenya's Ladies are proving under the stewardship of Dun Okinyo and their inclusion in the NPCA leagues that they are a growing force. If there was ever a result that begged for Cricket Kenya or the NPCA to consider a second ladies team in that competition, this surely is it. Congratulations to the Kenyan ladies on such a fine milestone, may it be the first of many more!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Kenya yesterday displayed the dominance that was so badly lacking against the Ugandans during the 20-20 series. They not only won the first ODI but did so in emphatic fashion - first by bowling Uganda out for a mere 104 (which took 44 overs to accumulate) and then knocking off the required runs in well under 20 overs for the loss of just one wicket.
Kenya won the toss and Alfred Luseno and Lucas Oluoch (pictured right in the nets in 2008) opened the bowling giving the Ugandans a torrid time. Luseno proved virtually unplayable with the batsmen only able to score 7 runs off his 7 overs. While he did not pick up any wickets himself, good seamers hunt in pairs and the pressure certainly paid off at the other end as debutante Oluoch took the first three wickets to have Uganda reeling at 3/24 after 14 overs to finish with figures of 3/23. A fine effort for his first 50 over game in Kenyan colours.
Kenya have recently had a history of allowing teams off the hook, but yesterday was different as first Nehemiah Odhiambo (1/10 off 6) then Jimmy Kamande (1/24 off 7) and Hiren Varaiya (1/9 off 8) continued to apply the pressure. Where Oluoch had announced himself at the beginning of the innings, it was another debutante - Shem Obado who finished off the innings taking 3/10 including the wicket of Benjamin Musoke (27), the only Ugandan able to get some sort of a start.
All in all it was a fantastic effort by the bowlers and one that certainly lends support to coach Eldine Baptiste's desire to include the youngsters in the squad. Unlike the 20-20s, Kenya's batsmen were able to back up the bowlers and bar an early scare when Charles Waiswa had David Obuya trapped in front for a duck, they put the bowlers to the sword. Rakep Patel (57* off 59) moved up to open with Obuya and so narrowly beat Maurice Ouma (44* off 41) to his half century.
Kenya went on to win the match in just 17.2 overs with a score of 105/9. This is strangely one run higher than their best effort in the 20-20s, yet came from fewer overs faced. Why they were able to produce the application for this in the ODI yet fail to do so in the 20-20 is surely food for serious thought for the coach before the World Cup qualifiers in the New Year.
All in all though this was as good a performance as Kenya have produced in some time and they can go into the remaining games of the series once more confident in their ability. Fans will be hoping however that confidence does not too soon become complacency.
A report on the games will follow in due course.
Uganda 71 all out (38.4 overs)
Kenya 72/1 (26 overs)
Uganda 104 all out
Thursday, December 17, 2009
A full report can be read here.
|MATCH:||Tanzania Women vs. Kenya Women||DATE(S):||15 Dec 2009|
|VENUE:||Sir Ali Muslim Club||TOSS WON BY:||Tanzania Women|
|CAPTAINS:||Monica Pascal||(Home)||Emily Ruto||(Opposition)|
|WICKETKEEPERS:||Prisca Leonard||(Home)||Maria Aimee||(Opposition)|
|UMPIRES:||Joshua Oyieko, Bernard Ouko||RESULT:||Kenya Women won by 93 runs|
|SCORERS:||Maxwell Otieno, Dun Okinyo|
|BATTING TEAM:||Kenya Women||1st INNINGS|
|Perlyne Omamo||c Esther Wales||Khadija Nasibu||12||37||29||0||0||28 for 1|
|Margaret Banja||c Esther Wales||Khadija Nasibu||15||44||34||1||0||30 for 2|
|Maria Aimee (w)||not out||37||154||106||0||0|
|Belinda Maska||run out (Opponent 13)||11||36||35||0||0||52 for 3|
|Sarah Bhakita||c & b||Monica Pascal||39||61||57||3||0||124 for 4|
|Emily Ruto (c)||c Zakia Saguti||Zena Hassan||16||14||18||1||0||144 for 5|
|Mary Belle||c Mwanaidi Ibrahim||Monica Pascal||2||3||4||0||0||149 for 6|
|Mercyline Adhiambo||c Irene John||Monica Pascal||4||8||10||0||0||156 for 7|
|Aliya Baeur||run out (Opponent 13)||1||5||3||0||0||157 for 8|
|Ruth Mwihaki||not out||1||7||5||0||0|
|Maureen Mutunga||Did not bat||0||0||0||0||0|
|BATTING TEAM:||Tanzania Women||1st INNINGS|
|Asha Daudi||lbw||Mary Belle||5||8||11||0||0||6 for 1|
|Prisca Leonard (w)||run out (Player 13)||3||51||28||0||0||26 for 2|
|Monica Pascal (c)||c Aliya Baeur||Emily Ruto||16||42||37||1||0||31 for 3|
|Saida Hamisi||c Margaret Banja||Mercyline Adhiambo||1||3||4||0||0||31 for 4|
|Zakia Saguti||c & b||Perlyne Omamo||1||28||21||0||0||38 for 6|
|Khadija Nasibu||bowled||Emily Ruto||0||9||5||0||0||32 for 5|
|Irene John||bowled||Ruth Mwihaki||6||15||14||0||0||38 for 7|
|Mwanaidi Ibrahim||not out||21||37||32||1||0|
|Hawa Salum||bowled||Perlyne Omamo||0||3||5||0||0||39 for 8|
|Zena Hassan||c Sarah Bhakita||Perlyne Omamo||0||12||7||0||0||53 for 9|
|Esther Wales||st Maria Aimee||Sarah Bhakita||0||12||12||0||0||68 for 10|
|BOWLING TEAM:||Tanzania Women||1ST INNINGS||BOWLING TEAM:||Kenya Women||1ST INNINGS|
|Mwanaidi Ibrahim||10.0||1||26||0||0||2||Mary Belle||5.0||0||15||1||0||2|
|Khadija Nasibu||8.3||2||22||2||1||2||Belinda Maska||4.0||1||3||0||0||1|
|Hawa Salum||6.0||0||22||0||0||5||Mercyline Adhiambo||5.0||4||3||1||0||0|
|Zena Hassan||10.0||0||31||1||0||2||Margaret Banja||1.0||0||5||0||0||2|
|Esther Wales||3.0||0||14||0||0||0||Emily Ruto||4.0||0||12||2||0||1|
|Monica Pascal||9.0||0||25||3||0||3||Perlyne Omamo||5.0||1||14||3||0||5|
|Saida Hamisi||3.0||0||19||0||1||0||Ruth Mwihaki||3.0||1||10||1||0||0|
SHREE CUTCHI LEVA PATEL SAMAJ YOUTH LEAGUE
DAY-NIGHT CRICKET 2009
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3. UMPIRES & SCORERS : - SUBHASH MODI
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LOSERS PLATE EVENT
1ST SEMI FINAL
NARANPAR/MEGHPAR Vs ANJAR/DAHISARA/GODPAR/SAMATRA/SARLI
85/5 WKTS 102/7 WKTS
YOGESH KABARIA 25 RUNS
ANJAR/DAHISARA/GODPAR/SAMATRA/SARLI WON BY 17 RUNS
2ND SEMI FINAL
BALADIA/KERA/KUNDANPAR Vs BARASAR/FOTDI/KODKI/MANKUVA/SUKHPAR
103/5 WKTS 73/8 WKTS
ARVIND HALAI 25 RUNS JAGDISH KHETANI 22 RUNS
ARVIND RUPALIA 2/5
BALADIA/KERA/KUNDANPAR WON BY 30 RUNS
MAIN PLATE EVENT
1ST SEMI FINAL
ANJAR/DAHISARA/GODPAR/SAMATRA/SARLI Vs BALADIA
62 ALL OUT 113/3 WKTS
SANDEEP 19 RUNS RAHUL RABADIA 25 RUNS
VINOD RABADIA 2/2 JADAVJI JESANI 27 RUNS
LALJI VALANI 2/2 NILESH JESANI 25 RUNS
BALADIA WON BY 51 RUNS
2ND SEMI FINAL
MADHAPAR/MIRJAPAR/SURAJPAR Vs MANDVI/RAMPAR/VEKRA/VADASAR
95/3 WKTS 94/6 WKTS
RAMESH MEPANI 35 RUNS PRITESH RABADIA 28 RUNS
MANOJ ASANI 30 RUNS
MADHAPAR/MIRJAPAR/SURAJPAR WON BY 7 WKTS
MADHAPAR/MIRJAPAR/SURAJPAR Vs BALADIA
90/5 WKTS 84/7 WKTS
RAJESH VARSANI 25 RUNS NILESH JESANI 23 RUNS
ALPESH BHUDIA 23 RUNS HARISH VARSANI 3/2 WKTS (HATRICK)*
PRAVIN JESANI 1/10
KANTI RAGHWANI 1/5
MADHAPAR/MIRJAPAR/SURAJPAR WON BY 6 RUNS
IN THE BOWLING OF HARISH VARSANI, 4 WKTS FELL ON CONSECUTIVE BALLS: (RUN OUT, BOWLED, BOWLED & LBW).
NPCA SELECT XI Vs CRICKET KENYA CHAIRMAN’S XI
49 ALL OUT 50/1 WKTS
CRICKET KENYA CHAIRMAN’S XI WON BY 9 WKTS
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Once again Kenya batted first and again Uganda made Early inroads as Maurice Ouma and Rakep Patel were both dismissed cheaply in the first 3 overs. David Obuya (37 off 23) provided some impetus but his wicket sparked an all too familiar collapse. His efforts were also let down by the rest of the top order who amassed a mere 11 runs between them.
A late rally by Nehemiah Odhiambo (22) and Hiren Varaiya (14) helped Kenya to a better total than in the first game, but 104 is still too small a target for a team that has aspirations on qualifying for the 20-20 World Cup. 3 run outs did nothing to help the cause.
Uganda's run chase was once again sparked by opener Roger Mukasa who made 23 off 27 and though captain Akbar Baig was run out with the score on 11 and pinch hitter Lawrence Sematimba failed, Ivan Thowithemwira (30 off 27) continued the good work finding support in Arthur Ziraba (21).
Jimmy Kamande rallied the Kenyans taking 3 for 20 and Lucas Oluoch impressed with this economy rate, but in truth the bowlers were defending too small a total for this format of the game. Uganda made it home just in the last over with Seiga Asadu finishing in style with a six to win the match with 2 balls and 2 wickets to spare.
Another great win for Uganda who now certainly seem to have overtaken Kenya at the shortest format of the game. Kenya for their part will be frustrated to have let this one slip away and will want to reverse the results in the upcoming ODI series. Considering that both teams had some big guns missing, there may be some excuses made, but bottom line is that Uganda proved the better team in both these games and that is something that must send chills down any Kenyan's back who cares for cricket in the country.
For Uganda's part, these wins are a huge testament to efforts they have put in to improve their game. Kenya would do well to take some leaves out of their book. The ICC meanwhile should take note of these results and consider expanding future 20-20 World Cup qualifiers to include more teams - their potential can no longer be denied.
Kenya 104/7 (D Obuya 37, Neh Odhiambo 22)
Uganda 109/8 (Thowithemwira 30, Mukasa 23, Kamande 3/20)
Coast tusks Vs. Nyali Stars - coast tusks batted first and scored about 165...Vishal with 44 of about 50 balls, Vinit Shikotra 21 of 31 balls, Bhavya Thaker 22 of 23 balls, Raj Shikotra 23 off 19 balls and Rajiv 19 off 17 balls.
Nyali Stars were all out for about 100, Rajiv took 2 wickets in 3 overs and Raj Shikotra 3 wickets in 3 overs. Ritesh scored 31. Coast Tusks won the match.
Coast Tusks vs. Kilindini. Tusks batted first and scored 175 with the aid of many extras. Vishal scored 55 of 50 balls, Bhavya scored 24, Nilay scored 44. Kilindini were all out well short of the total with Adnan scoring 19 and George about 24. Rajiv again took 3 wickets in 3 overs. Coast Tusks won the match.
Kilindini vs. Nyali stars. Kilindini scored abt 210 runs with Jignesh scoring a century to lead his side to victory.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
David Obuya opening with Maurice Ouma was the first casualty falling with only 11 on the scorecard and Uganda kept up the pressure and were rewarded with regular wickets. Once again Kenya's batting frailties came to the fore with only Ouma (26), Nehemiah Odhiambo (26) and the new cap Shem Obado (11) making it into double figures as Kenya stumbled to 88 all out in 19.4 overs.
Frank Nsubuga was the toast of the Ugandan bowling taking 3 wickets for just 8 runs while Seiga Asadu and Henry Senyondo each picked up a brace.
Roger Mukasa started the chase with a flurry scoring 25 off 19 deliveries before Hiren Varaiya had him caught by Nehemiah Odhiambo. Varaiya was the best of the Kenyan bowlers taking 2/14 and though Elijah Otieno, Lameck Onyango and Obado all chipped in with a wicket each, Uganda survived the pressure and went on to what amounted to a fairly comfortable win with 4 wickets and an over and a half in hand.
Kenya will be smarting at this defeat at the hands of neighbours who grow in confidence with every outing. Every time Uganda gets a win over Kenya it should send warning bells ringing loud in the Cricket Kenya offices. To Kenyan supporters this series should be underlining our superiority, not how narrow the gap has now become.
Hopefully the second game today will see a better outcome.
Kenya 88 (Ouma 26, Neh Odhiambo 26, Nsubuga 3/8) lost to
Uganda 89/6 (Mukasa 25, Varaiya 2/15) by 4 wickets
Uganda lead the 2 match series 1-0
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday 11th.Dec – CK – NAIROBI PROVINCE UNDER 17 TOURNAMENT.
Main Event – Nairobi Gymkhana were the overall winners after beating Nairobi Kongonis by 7 Wkts.
Scores – Nairobi Kongonis – 76 All Out – Raj Savla – 6/13
Nairobi Gymkhana – 78 / 3 Wkts
Position 3 and 4 – SCLYL beat Kanbis ‘A’
Position 5 and 6 – Swamibapa beat Hillcrest
Position 7 and 8 – Simba Union beat Nairobi Jafferys.
NPCA – BAGS AND BALERS LTD GROUP B FINALS.
GROUP B MAIN FINALS:Stray Lions ‘B’ beat Goan Institute ‘A’
GROUP B PLATE FINALS – Parklands beat Goan Institute ‘B’
The Group A finals for both the main and plate event shall be held on 10th.January 2010
GROUP A FINALISTS – Swamibapa v Kanbis ‘A’ to be played at Nairobi Gymkhana
GROUP A PLATE FINALISTS – Nairobi Gymkhana v Nairobi Nookers to be played at Simba Union.