April 21, 2007


Kenyans kick off with four-wicket defeat

Martin Williamson

Westerns 201 (Williams 59, Varaiya 3-44, Obuya 3-45) and 175 for 6 (Coventry 76) need beat Kenya Select 218 (Mishra 89, Mupariwa 4-27, Dabengwa 4-45) and 158 (Dabengwa 4-39) by four wickets

We hope to have a report from this match shortly.

  • We regret that we have no official scorecard for this match at the moment as Zimbabwe Cricket is unable to provide any to the media. Local reporting restrictions mean we have no official representative in the country, although if anyone has access to the cards we would be delighted to hear from them.


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    Posted by SteeZzz-Ma-NizZO-o on (April 23, 2007, 7:59 GMT)

    Maregwede is still in Zimbabwe playing first class. Zim invited Kenya to make their league a bit more competitive. Pakistan was supposed to come as well but their domestic schedule clashed with Zimbabwe's so they had to pull out at the last moment. Either way both Kenya and Zim are benefiting from this.

    NB Pakistan were never invited as a team but they were asked to send around a dozen players who would then have been used to boost the strength of existing sides.

    Posted by Kalinda Krissie on (April 23, 2007, 2:46 GMT)

    What happened to Alester Maregwede,the gritty middle order batsman,one of Zimbabwean players that are good at playing spin.I believe he is in Australia playing cricket.

    Posted by Grah D on (April 22, 2007, 13:52 GMT)

    Zimbabwe have no interest in Kenyan cricket . By inviting the Kenyans all they are trying to achieve is self preservation so they can continue taking ICC money to fill the pockets of the government members running Zimbabwean cricket

    Posted by minaz malik on (April 22, 2007, 12:42 GMT)

    Kenya cricket needs to groom young players and pay them to go and attend coaching to countries like India and Pakistan as the cost is less in those countries.

    Posted by dun okinyo(nairobi) on (April 21, 2007, 15:51 GMT)

    Thanks so much to Zimbabwe cricket for giving Kenyan cricketers an opportunity to improve their cricket now that the ICC is doing nothing but sharing the big cake amongst the top nation. South Africans should also come on board and help Kenya the way Australia have done to Bangladesh. Thanks also to Cricket Kenya for having given our youngsters a chance to play in place of the seniors.

    Posted by Udayan Sanyal on (April 21, 2007, 14:29 GMT)

    This is good for Kenyan Cricket.But there should be more teams form (like Nairobi,Mombasa)Kenya playing in Domestic leagues of full members countries so that they get more first class exposure .

    Posted by susanta nanda on (April 21, 2007, 3:37 GMT)

    ICC should provide more and more match to the Kenyan cricket. Kenya is a strong team . they need more one-day match to prove them self

    Posted by Dan on (April 20, 2007, 23:31 GMT)

    The players inside Zimbabwe are real true crickets who only play because of their love for the game. Anyone else would have jumped ship a long time ago if they weren't in it just for the cricket.

    Posted by Cecil Rhodes on (April 20, 2007, 15:59 GMT)

    Grah D - the Zimbabwe Board are just corrupt and inept. The Zimbabwe Government are that and violent as well. Neither are fit to run a sweet shop.

    Posted by Grah D on (April 20, 2007, 15:55 GMT)

    MK DON Is correct in his remarks the Zimbabwe Cricket Boards and the Zimbabwe government are one. In fact cricket is probably the highest earner of currency the government there has , Grah D

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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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