Kenya v Bermuda, 1st ODI, Mombasa November 11, 2006

First blood to Kenya

Cricinfo staff

Kenya 224 (Obuya 44, Tikolo 43) beat Bermuda 145 by 79 runs

Kenya continued their dominance over Bermuda with a 79-run victory in the opening match of the three-ODI series at Mombasa Sports Club.

The ground's inaugural ODI had been in doubt after heavy storms during the week - the same rains which had washed out the Intercontinental Cup tie at Nairobi Gymkhana - but the game started on time and Kenya overcame a mid-innings wobble to score 224 for 8.

Opener David Obuya continued his good form with a determined 44 and he received good support from Steve Tikolo who was on course for a fifty when he was run out by Janeiro Tucker. But Kenya's middle order wobbled and it took an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 66 in 7.1 overs to give the home side a decent score. Peter Ongondo blasted 26, including a four and a six, off 21 balls, while Nehemiah Odhiambo's 31 included three fours and a six. Saleem Mukuddem, who took six wickets at Nairobi, was the pick of the Bermuda bowlers with 3 for 45.

Bermuda started reasonably to reach 55 for 2, but they failed to cope when the spinners came on, losing four wickets for 32 to effectively end their hopes. Ongondo and Thomas Odoyo bowled an excellent line but the pick of the bowlers was slow left-armer Hiren Varaiya who picked up 3 for 29 from his 10 overs.