Kenya v Namibia, Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah, 2nd day January 30, 2008

Snyman launches heavy assault on Kenya

Cricinfo staff

Namibia 183 and 241 for 8 (Snyman 194*, Obuya 2-16) lead Kenya 229 (Obuya 76*, KB Burger 5-68) by 195 runs

Gerrie Snyman cracked 194 - more than 80% of Namibia's total © ICC

Namibia fought back strongly on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya in Sharjah, limiting their first innings deficit to 46 before Gerrie Snyman struck a remarkable 194 out of 241 for 8. At stumps, Namibia's lead amounted to 195.

Thomas Odoyo and Collins Obuya were going along nicely in a sixth-wicket stand of 75 before Kola Burger trapped Odoyo lbw for 37. Four balls later, Burger picked up his fourth wicket when he rapped Jimmy Kamande in front before Nehemiah Odhiambo was caught behind off Bjorn Kotze. Kenya had slipped from 183 for 5 to 189 for 9, although Obuya and Hiren Varaiya extended Kenya's lead with a final-wicket stand of 40.

The real drama of the day, however, was yet to come. Peter Ongondo took two early wickets in a very tight opening spell as Namibia slipped to 42 for 4, but thereafter Snyman took control in a breathtaking 194. While wickets tumbled at the other end, Snyman farmed the strike as much as possible and managed to find a sturdy partner in Michael Durant, with whom he put on 133 for the seventh wicket. Durant, who faced 140 balls for his 13, was the only batsman besides Snyman to break double figures.

Obuya plugged away, picking up 2 for 16, as Namibia's tail folded but Snyman went to stumps unbeaten, six short of his maiden double-hundred. With two full days left in the match, if Snyman can wring some runs out of the final pair, Kenya could yet be set a daunting total to chase.