October 2, 2006

Kenya

Kenya thrash Uganda

Martin Williamson

Kenya ended their short tour of Uganda with a resounding win over their hosts in the three-day match at Kampala. Earlier in the week, Kenya had completed an easy 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series.

Kenya made 316 for 9 on the opening day, with Steve Tikolo, Morris Ouma, Tanmay Mishra and Thomas Odoyo all making fifties, and reduced Uganda to 19 for 2 at the close. The home side were bowled out for 156, and Kenya again batted with ease, reaching 186 for 6 by the time they declared shortly before the close, setting the Ugandans a target of 347. They showed little appetite for the fight and were bowled out shortly after lunch of the final day for 95, giving Kenya a thumping 251-run victory. Peter Ongondo (4 for 42) and Thomas Odoyo (3 for 21) were the stars of a last day which lasted less than two hours.

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Posted by Edd Oliver on (October 15, 2006, 14:53 GMT)

What has happened to Ravindu Shah? I heard he was injured a while ago, is that still the case? Ketan asks for a format with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, well the 'Afro-Asian Cup' featuring the three aforementioned African Sides, and the four Asian test nations, is due to take place in June next year.

Posted by Taimur Huk on (October 6, 2006, 13:32 GMT)

I think Kenya does have potential to do well on the international level. it will just take some time for Kenya to become a really good team. Best of luck to them.

Posted by Ketan on (October 3, 2006, 23:50 GMT)

I agree, we do need a level of competition that is worthy of World Cup status. however, a lack of dates and the financial wherewith limits this Kenyan team to the likes of Uganda. I would like to see a format in which South Africa, Zimbabwe & Kenya play for some sort of trophy, now that would be a start.

Posted by Paul Ikaa on (October 2, 2006, 9:30 GMT)

While Uganda may have learned one or two things from this series,what benefit was it to Kenya? Other than perhaps help their fellow Eastern Africans improve their game,I see none?

When Kenya went to Canada in July/August this year and scurtled their hosts in the one dayers,on our return home,the whitewash from Bangladesh was a clear indication who Kenya should be playing regularly if their game is improve!Bangladesh is a testimony of this.See where their game is since since 2003!

Its astonishing that Kenya has not been included in the future series upto 2011 by the ICC,where the non-test nations have been given a chance to play the test countries-as an obligation.Kenyan cricket will surely struggle if its left to the cricket Kenya alone to arrange for matches with other boards.What did that yield when Kenya had the sole one-day status among the senior associates?Not a single arranged series.

The world cup is around the corner.With practice matches with the likes of Uganda,we should not expect mirracles in West Indies!

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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