February 4, 2010

Odhiambo's five set up another drubbing

Liam Brickhill

Kenya 126 for 0 (Obuya 65*, Tikolo 56*) beat Scotland 123 (Stander 45, Odhiambo 5-20) by 10 wickets

Nehemiah Odhiambo grabbed five wickets to trounce Scotland's top order and set up a reinvigorated Kenya's second 10-wicket victory of the Twenty20 tri-series in Nairobi. Scotland were bowled out three balls short of 20 overs, with Odhiambo taking 5 for 20 before David Obuya and Steve Tikolo once again made short work of the bowling attack to seal the win with more than five overs to spare.

Kenya's spinners have been their main weapon in this tournament, but today it was the seamers that did the damage. Odhiambo picked up both openers in his first spell after Kyle Coetzer and Ryan Watson had made a bright start. His namesake Nelson Odhiambo then bowled Fraser Watts before he had scored, and with Neil McCallum run out he then found the edge of Richie Berrington's bat as a surging Kenya reduced Scotland to 38 for 5.

Then came the fightback, with Gavin Hamilton and Jan Stander adding 65 in quick time to take Scotland past 100. Stander crashed three sixes on his way to 45 before he had his stumps clattered by Nehemiah, who repeated the act with his very next ball, bowling Gordon Drummond for his fifth wicket. After Majid Haq's run-out, Dewald Nel managed to clear the boundary once before he was dismissed in similar fashion to end Scotland's innings.

In a repeat of the last game between these two teams, Obuya and Tikolo charged out of the blocks at the start of the run chase with a masterful display of power hitting. While Nel and Berrington escaped largely unscathed, the rest of the bowlers were dealt with in brutal fashion, with Watson and Drummond coming in for particularly harsh treatment.

Scotland and Kenya meet again in only three days at the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Dubai. Though they will no doubt face tougher opposition in Dubai, the scale of Kenya's dominance in this warm-up will be an ominous sign for the other teams at the tournament.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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