Kenya Cricket team lose to Netherlands in final warm up match

Kenya Cricket team lose to Netherlands in final warm up match

Kenya Cricket team lose to Netherlands in final warm up match

The Kenyan 2011 world cup cricket team had a hard final warm up contest against Netherlands at the SSC ground in Colombo,  with the Dutch emerging victorious despite a terrific start from the Kenyans.

Seren Waters (126 not out) and Rakep Patel (64) put together a fantastic 129 run partnership, to help Kenya to 263 for 5. Waters and Alex Obanda started of the innings; however the later fell in the 5th over to Berend Westdjik.

David Obuya then came to the crease and set up a 53 partnership with young Waters, which was ended after Ryan ten Doeschate trapped him LBW in the 18thover. Steve Tikolo fell soon after for 8 runs, and Maurice Ouma followed the Kenyan legend back to the pavilion after scoring 20 runs.

Patel then came to the crease and scored a brisk 64 runs off 59 balls, to keep the Kenyan
run rate climbing. He was dismissed in the final over Pieter Seelaar.  Kudos must be given to Seren waters, who batted right from the start and scored his 126 runs from 150 balls.

The Netherlands started off on the attack from the 1st over, with Alexei Kervezee and Eric Szwarczynski putting together a brisk partnership of 67 runs in the 1st 10 overs. Kervezee was bowled by pacer Nehemiah Odhiambo after hitting a quick 49 runs of 33 balls. Tom Cooper could only add 15 runs onto the board before he was run out in the 15th over. This brought Ryan ten Doeschate to the crease and he played a steady innings while wickets fell around him. 1st to go was Borren with Shem Ngoche taking his wicket;
followed by Zuiderent, Baresi and De Groot- all felled by Steve Tikolo; leaving the Dutch struggling on 130 for 7.

However a strong p8th wicket stand of 82 runs between ten Doeschate and Buurman brought the men in orange right back into the game. Kenya’s bowlers found it hard to dislodge these two from the wicket, with the pacers being knocked all over the park. Thomas Odoyo, who is normally so reliable with the ball was hit for 37 in 5 overs, whilst Elijah Otieno showed returns of 57 runs from 7 overs.

Despite Steve Tikolo breaking the partnership in the 45th over; the Dutch had now found a new sense of confidence, and went on to win the game by 2 wickets. Ryan ten Doeschate finished with figures of 98 not out from 92 deliveries; whilst the pick of the Kenyan bowlers was Steve Tikolo who finished with 4 wickets for 39 runs in his 9 overs.

The Kenyan squad in leadership of Jimmy Kamande is scheduled to commence their world cup campaign on 20th February as they participate in their first fixture against New Zealand.

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