July 17, 2008


Rochdale to host Kenya

Will Luke

A Rochdale-based community group, Sports for All, is hosting a reception for Kenya on Saturday, followed by a match on Sunday.

The match forms part of Kenya's European tour, in which they are to play in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in Belfast.

"We have made this a free event to encourage families and young people to attend. It is a unique opportunity for those who enjoy cricket, to watch an international team play in their town,” Mohammed Nazir, the chairman of Sports for All, said. “However, we also hope to have encouraged young people to attend and enjoy several events.”

Portfolio holder for community cohesion, Councillor Mohammad Sharif has also pledged his support for the event.

"It is not often a national cricket team visits Rochdale,” Councillor Mohammad Sharif said. “Our town has a beacon status for community cohesion and it is therefore a great privilege to have the national team of Kenya visiting Rochdale. I hope the weather is good and we enjoy not only excellent cricket but our young people enjoy a fun day out too."

Rochdale Cricket Club have also organised an international XI to play Kenya in a 50-over match.


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Posted by ben on (July 22, 2008, 11:36 GMT)

alex is the player to watch come this 20\ 20 ton in belfast also for those in rochdale

Posted by anwar on (July 21, 2008, 8:33 GMT)

Excellent day out. Took family and to watch. Live cricket in your home town is exciting. Fantastic!!!!!

Posted by joseph on (July 20, 2008, 19:10 GMT)

I went it was fab and kenya got 161 of 20 overs and sports for all 142 of 20 overs

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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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