February 17, 2008


Obanda stars in Eastern Aces win

Will Luke

Alex Obanda struck an unbeaten 51 from 41 balls to lead Eastern Aces’s emphatic nine-wicket win over Northern Nomads, on the second day of Kenya’s inaugural elite Twenty20 competition. The Nomads only managed 105 for 8 in their 20 overs - Shashikant Sanghani top-scoring with a 23-ball 37 – with Nelson Odhiambo picking up 2 for 11. Eastern Aces romped home in the 14th over, with Steve Tikolo cracking 48 from 36 balls after the early loss of Newton Muthee.


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Posted by shjamaly on (February 25, 2008, 11:44 GMT)

It's a shame that the ipl auction didn't include any players from the associate countries! an Odoyo or Tikolo could easily hve found a place in the teams

Posted by Paul Ikaa on (February 19, 2008, 9:53 GMT)

Now that Kenya's elite league is taking shape with the first weeks matches a success, I would like the sponsors to consider increasing their sponsorship next season so that some of the matches can be held outside Nairobi.Yes, NPCA is providing majority of the players in the league but a match or two in Mombasa and other cricketing towns in Kenya will go along way in increasing public awareness of the game in the country. The future of cricket in Kenya relies on its expansion to the provinces. This is one area CK is coming short in although generally they have done a wonderful job in many others!

Posted by Andy on (February 18, 2008, 20:06 GMT)

Well done for Obanda as well as for the fringe bowlers who shone in the weekend's matches although it is a pity that full details have been very hard to comeby since the matches were played on Saturday.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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