Saturday, January 02, 2010

Kenya Cricket 2009 - year in review

My analysis of 2009 can be read here on Cricket Europe. Below is a brief timeline of what went on in the way of Kenyan cricket over the last year. Some highs, some definite lows, but on the whole there was more activity than in 2008, especially at the youth and development levels and this can only be a good thing for the future.


  • A Kenya XI beat Uganda 2-1 in a friendly series.
  • Zimbabwe whitewash Kenya 5-0 at home


  • A pay dispute between umpires and the NPCA mars the 20-20 competition.


  • Cricket Kenya elections see Samir Inamdar and his team elected for a further 4 year term.
  • CK appoint a new administration and development team on a full time basis.
  • Groundwork gets underway on venues for the U19WC – somewhat ironic as
  • ICC insiders say this was when the decision to strip Kenya of U19WC hosting rights was actually made.


  • World Cup Qualifiers. Kenya lose to the Netherlands before a run of wins over UAE, Afghanistan and Bermuda put them into the Super 8s where
  • Losses to Canada and Namibia jeopardise qualification, but Kenya scrape into 4th spot with wins over Scotland and a weakened Ireland.
  • Steve Tikolo resigns as captain of the national team.
  • Andy Kirsten’s contract is not renewed after lacklustre performances under his guidance.
  • Kenya send an under strength side to the U19 WC Africa qualifiers. A dismal performance sees Kenya finish outside the top 2 who get automatic qualification. Kenya should still qualify as hosts but the ICC are waiting in the wings.


  • Stray Lions A beat Kanbis A to take the Ashnil Hotels 40 over competition.
  • Swamibapa A win the NPCA 6-a-side knockout tournament
  • Cricket Kenya start the search for new captain and coach.


  • Coast Cricket Association launch their website. It stutters throughout the year with occasional updates interspersed with long periods of inactivity – a mirror perhaps of action at the coast?
  • Nakuru hosts the U13 regional tournament. Kenya lose out to Uganda and the rain which sees Uganda beat Tanzania in the final.
  • Kisumu win the RVCA Woolmatt League.
  • Maurice Ouma is named Kenya's new captain with Jimmy Kamande named as deputy.
  • The ICC unfairly strip Kenya of hosting rights for the U19 World Cup – a matter handled almost as badly by CK as by the ICC, who according to insiders had been looking for an excuse to do this since March.


  • Kenya fight hard to hold onto a draw in their Intercontinental Cup match against Ireland.
  • Ireland win the following ODI series 3-0 thanks in part to Duckworth-Lewis.
  • Kenya relaunches the Player of the Year Award
  • The NPCA League starts
  • CK register all U19 players – why this was not done before the qualifiers is unclear.
  • CK hold a secondary girls schools tournament won by Moi Girls School Nairobi, the defending champions.
  • David ‘Maji’ Waters is named an MBE for his services to Kenyan cricket.
  • CK finally respond to the U19 World Cup being moved – too little too late for most fans.


  • NPCA League continues – Duncan Allen hits the first double century of the season.
  • Maurice Obumbe returns to playing cricket amid much fanfare in the local press – results however take longer and are no better than the up and coming players much maligned by his supporters.
  • CK organise regional schools tournaments, Menengai Primary win in Rift Valley, Karura forest win in Nairobi.
  • CK host U17 trials for the team for the regional finals which Kenya duly win in style.
  • Kenya smash Canada in the Intercontinental Cup but lose the rain affected ODI series 1-0.
  • Kenya Ladies record their first ever win in the NPCA League beating Oshwal XI in their Div III match.


  • CK appoint Eldine Baptiste as Kenya’s new coach – he promises to restore Kenya to its rightful position as top Associate and vows that there will be no free rides in his teams.
  • RVCA release their development program which is licked off with over 100 teachers in Nakuru and Kericho being trained on the basics of teaching the game.
  • Kenya are drawn in group A for the 2011 WC along with Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Canada.
  • CK announce plans to hold a media challenge to improve press relations.
  • Banda School win the Peponi 10-10 tournament retaining the title they won last year.


  • Kenya tour Zimbabwe losing an Intercontinental Cup match they should have won and
  • Getting hammered 4-1 in an ODI series in which at least 2 more games were there for the taking. Seren Waters’ absence due to university was certainly noticed.
  • Danish side Dansk tours Mombasa giving valuable match practice to the CCA sides who emerge victorious from all games.
  • RVCA Crown Berger 20-20 League starts.
  • Article in the local press highlights the development work being done in Laikipia to introduce the Maasai to cricket.


  • NPCA League goes down to the wire with Swamibapa A finally breaking the Kanbis stranglehold on the competition.
  • Simba Union are relegated from the Super division with Nookers A promoted. Nbi Gymkhana are relegated to Div II while Stray Lions B are promoted to Div I, Quitbis are relegated from Div II while Parklands are promoted from Div III.
  • Mombasa Jafferies play host to a series of community and junior development games.
  • NPCA Bags and Balers 40-over knockout starts.
  • Cricket Without Boundaries arrive in Kenya and promise to double their visits from 2010 onwards.
  • Kenya Ladies Juniors lose out to Tanzania and Uganda in the regional championships.


  • CK hold U17 Leagues in all 3 provinces. Nbi Gymkhana take the NPCA title, Coast Tuskers take the coast title, no word from Rift Valley however.
  • SCLPSYL hold the first ever Day-Night match in Kenya followed by a community tournament.
  • Kenya’s remaining Intercontinental Cup matches are released by the ICC.
  • Uganda visit Kenya for a 20-20 series which they win 2-0 and
  • An ODI series in which Kenya emphatically turn the tables 3-0.
  • Kenya Ladies become our second Continental Champions beating both Tanzania and Uganda twice to break an 8-year drought.
  • Tom Tikolo resigns over misappropriation of funds ending the year on a sour note for Kenyan cricket.

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