May 7, 2007

Kenya

Kenya's youngsters underline their potential

Martin Williamson

Kenya Select 253 (Obuya 103, Obanda 57, Muzarabani 4-51) and 312 for 7 (Obanda 114, Mishra 68, Ouma 67) drew with Centrals 282 (Chkunya 53, Nyathi 53*, Varaiya 6-68, Luseno 3-38) and 78 for 4 (Odihambo 3-19)

Kenya Select finally got some points on the board in the Logan Cup after two successive defeats, but they were unable to force a victory against Centrals at Kwekwe Sports Club. But it was the performance of three of their youngsters - Alex Obanda, Tanmay Mishra and Hiren Varaiya - which really stood out.

For the first time, Kenya had the better of a match, even though they conceded a first-innings lead. On the first morning they slid to 9 for 3 before Obanda and Mishra stopped the rot and then Collins Obuya struck his maiden first-class hundred.

Centrals reply was solid, with their top five all making starts, but the last three wickets produced 105 runs to give them a slender lead. Varaiya was the outstanding bowler, with 6 for 68 off 33.2 overs.

Kenya made a good start second time around, closing the third day on 145 for 3, Maurice Ouma's quickfire 67 leading the charge. Faced with a tough choice of pressing for victory by offering Centrals a chance to chase a target or batting out time, Kenya opted for the latter. Mishra made his second fifty of the match, but 19-year-old Obanda was the star, his 114 underlining his burgeoning reputation.

Centrals were left with an almost impossible target of making 282 from 42 overs, and once Nehemiah Odhiambo reduced them to 1 for 2, they decided to play out time.

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Posted by Andrew Maina on (May 10, 2007, 9:03 GMT)

From the scorecards and other information that cricinfo has somehow managed to get its hands on its quite clear there is plenty of potential in this young Kenyan side. Even though they haven't won that there has been a century scorer in just about every single one of their innings shows here is talent out there. Nonetheless it would be nice if they could hone this talent in a Kenyan domestic first-class tournament.

Posted by Jay Laginestra on (May 4, 2007, 22:55 GMT)

Good on you collins Obuya maybe this is the spark Kenya needed to get the Kenyans some confidence and to maybe win this match.

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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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