Bowlers lift Kenya to 92-run win on reserve day
Kenya 215 (Odhiambo 46, Gurdeep 39, Scholtz 2-31) beat Namibia 123 (Smit 31, Odhiambo 2-26, Ngoche 2-32) by 92 runs
Kenya, led by its bowlers and Nelson Odhiambo's all-round performance, defeated Namibia by a resounding 92 runs in a rain-affected game that was pushed to the reserve day. The win took them to the top of the ICC WCL Championship table.
Rain had washed out play on the scheduled day of the match and once play began on Monday, Kenya won the toss and opted to bat. The Namibia attack reduced them to 68 for 5 by the 19th over and they recovered largely due to a 57-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Odhiambo and Gurdeep Singh (39). Odhiambo was eventually dismissed for 46 off 81 balls, Kenya's ninth wicket to fall, but the side received another boost in the form of a 43-run partnership for the tenth wicket between Lucas Oluoch and Elijah Otieno. They lifted the side from 172 for 9 to 215 before Oluoch fell for a 32-ball 33.
In response the pace trio of Otieno, Oluoch and Odhiambo knocked over the Namibia top four for just 33 runs, with Odhiambo picking up two wickets in successive overs. Offspinner Rakep Patel and left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche then cleaned up the lower-order picking two wickets apiece. The only resistance for Namibia came from the tenth-wicket pair of JJ Smit and Christopher Coombe who added 56 runs and averted the possibility of the side being bowled out for less than 100. Smit finished unbeaten on 31 off 51 balls as Namibia eventually folded for 123 in 38.3 overs.