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World Cup warm-up matches, Dubai

Kenya, Zimbabwe continue to impress

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February 8, 2011

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Maurice Ouma top scored with 38, Canada v Kenya, ICC World Cricket League Division 1, Schiedam, July 9, 2010
Maurice Ouma led Kenya's chase with 56 © Getty Images

Kenya won their second successive warm-up game, chasing down Ireland's 176 despite losing seven wickets in the end at the ICC Global Cricket Academy. Maurice Ouma led the chase with a patient half-century after Seren Waters and David Obuya had given Kenya a quick start, putting on 46 inside nine overs. Andre Botha, who was the pick of the Irish bowlers, dismissed the openers but Ouma found enough support in Collins Obuya and Rakep Patel to take Kenya closer. A clutch of wickets fell towards the end, but Kenya finally closed out the game in the 46th over.

The fact that Ireland managed what they did was largely due to Ed Joyce. He rebuilt the innings in the company of the tail after Kenya's seam attack had run through seven Irish batsmen for 63 runs. Nehemiah Odhiambo, Peter Ongondo, Elijah Otieno and Thomas Odoyo were more than a handful, and despite a steady start at 52 for 2, Ireland lost the next five wickets for 11. But Joyce and Andrew White dug in to take them past 100, and the tail managed to play out all but one of the 50 overs to guide them to 176, which proved too little in the end.

After the win against Afghanistan two days ago, this victory will further boost Kenya's confidence that would have been dented heavily after they lost all five games to sides comprising mostly of age-group players on their recent tour of Indian state Gujarat.

Zimbabwe made short work of Netherlands at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, rustling up 249 and then blowing Netherlands away for 134. Brendan Taylor made another half-century at the top of the order, and there were also useful contributions from Tatenda Taibu and Regis Chakabva. But Mudassar Bukhari and Bernard Loots took some quick wickets as Zimbabwe slipped to 158 for 7 at one stage. Graeme Cremer responded with a run-a-ball 42, and together with Prosper Utseya and Shingirai Masakadza took Zimbabwe to the brink of 250.

Chris Mpofu and Elton Chigumbura tore through Netherlands after Ed Rainsford had provided an early breakthrough, taking six wickets between them. Netherlands lost regular wickets and were never in the game, getting bowled out for 134 in the 34th over. Opener Alexei Kervezee's 33 was the highest score for them. Bukhari hammered two sixes in his 28 and Bradley Kruger three fours in his 22, but there was not much else to cheer about.

Afghanistan shot out Canada for 105, and then chased down the target with more than 26 overs to spare in Dubai. Hamid Hassan, the Afghanistan captain, and Shapoor Zadran almost ended the match as a contest soon after Canada chose to bat, sending back half the side with eight runs on the board. But Khurram Chohan and Jimmy Hansra stuck in to make twenties, and Balaji Rao and Harvir Baidwan took Canada just past 100. Mirwais Ashraf ensured Canada didn't have too much of a recovery, taking 4 for 39.

Canada's bowlers tried gamely, but there weren't enough runs to defend. Asghar Stanikzai made a quick 27, and the others chipped in as Afghanistan won comfortably with five wickets remaining.


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Posted by Andrew on (February 10, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

@Meety, yes Jarvis unfortunately has had a stress fracture for some time, which is a great pity as he has a lot of potential. I am also surprised that Kenya beat Ireland as I think the Irish team is much better than that. I think Ireland may save some spirited performances for the cup itself as they are known to do. Zim, on the other hand, tend to flatter to deceive by doing better in warm ups than the tournament itself, which I hope they don't do this time! We will wait and see!

Posted by Andrew on (February 10, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

I dunno where Ryan Ten Doeschete is? He is Netherlands best player. Good to see some strong performances by Zim & Kenya. I am surprised Ireland got dusted off so easily by Kenya. Zim is putting together a good side too, is Jarvis injured? (If so - a shame).

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

once again great work bi taylor his consistency is zimbabwes greatest weapon. taibu did a good job realllllllllllllly happy 2 see mi favoutite batsman training well 4 the world cup missed pice but good luck and keep up the good work dont take these matches lightly they would prove useful when playing against other teams

plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz taylor taibu and and entire team dont let grant flower ,heath streak and me and all the zimbabwe fans down in this world cup

Posted by Bryton on (February 9, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

What Zimbabwe expect to achieve by gambling with the opening, I am at loss. Coventry is learning at the world cup and we have a proven opener back home (Masakadza). Masakadza may be off form but even an off form Masakadza is better than Coventry.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

it would had been better if AFGHANISTAN were in this worldcup

Posted by John on (February 8, 2011, 23:25 GMT)

Afghanis deserved to be in this world cup..India must support them fully.

BTW next world cup is a waste. We need atleast 4 of the non test playing nations else the world cup will be limited to just 10 countries.

Posted by Apurva on (February 8, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

Well done Afghans. Too bad the next world cup is down to 10 teams, otherwise I'm sure you would have made the cut!

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