Netherlands v Kenya, Intercontinental Cup, Amstelveen August 16, 2008

Kenya take lead against weak Dutch

Cricinfo staff

Kenya 179 for 6 (Ouma 56*) lead Netherlands 126 (Statham 29, Schiferli 27, Odoyo 3-16, Varaiya 3-53) by 53 runs

Kenya's fortunes finally showed a sign of improving after a tough few weeks as they gained a first-innings lead on the opening day against Netherlands. They rattled through the home side for 126 before Maurice Ouma's half century guided Kenya ahead by 53 at the close.

Thomas Odoyo and Peter Ongondo, Kenya's opening attack, proved too much for a Netherlands side that had a number of changes. They slumped to 33 for 5 with the short ball causing particular problems as it accounted for debutants Rifaiz Bakas and Lesley Stokkers. To compound Netherlands' problems Atse Buurman was trapped lbw in the last over before lunch as they went to the break on 49 for 6.

Nick Statham offered some resistance and Edgar Schiferli played an aggressive, if brief, innings to at least lift the total into three figures.

Netherlands, though, didn't lie down with the ball and caused Kenya problems early on. David Obuya was caught in the gully and after a bristling 37 off 26 balls Steve Tikolo fell lbw to Pieter Seelaar. However, Ouma's fifty came off 84 deliveries as Kenya moved ahead and Netherlands will need a much-improved performance in their second innings to stay in the match.