Kenya v Bermuda, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Nairobi, 2nd day November 2, 2007

Odoyo steadies Kenya reply

Cricinfo staff

Kenya 242 for 5 (Odoyo 58*, C Obuya 53, D Obuya 53) trail Bermuda 281 (Hemp 97, Varaiya 5-56) by 39 runs

Fifties from David Obuya and his namesake, Collins - along with an unbeaten 58 from Thomas Odoyo - steadied Kenya's response to Bermuda's 281 on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup match at Nairobi Gymkhana.

Heavy overnight rain juiced up the pitch, but it was the new ball which did the trick for Kenya. David Hemp, whose 95 bailed Bermuda out of a hole yesterday, survived seven overs of the old ball before chipping Peter Ongondo straight to mid-off three short of his hundred. Dwayne Leverock never got going, labouring 16 from 89 balls before he became Hiren Varaiya's fourth victim. Varaiya ended with 5 for 56, his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Kenya got off to a solid start, cruising to 45 for 1 with Maurice Ouma and David Obuya quick to punish the bevy of leg-side treats. Leverock found one which kept low on Ouma who was trapped in front, but David Obuya muscled his way to a brisk 72-ball fifty before offering Leverock a return catch. And Leverock picked up his third to dismiss Tony Suji, leaving Kenya wobbling on 97 for 3.

Kenya then lost their run machine and captain, Steve Tikolo, to a beautiful inswinger from Kevin Hurdle. Kenya were in trouble at 104 for 4, but Collins Obuya and Odoyo combined well in a fifth-wicket stand of 89 - the highlight, a straight hit six from Obuya into the sightscreen.

Odoyo's dogged fifty came from 104 balls and, together with Jimmy Kamande (30*) the pair edged Kenya into the lead.