Zimbabwe A v Kenya, Harare, 3rd day October 19, 2005

Kenya complete series whitewash

Cricinfo special correspondent in Harare

Kenya 214 and 198 (Tikolo 54, Utseya 4-35) beat Zimbabwe A 171 and 198 (Sibanda 58, Ongondo 4-31) by 43 runs

Kenya completed a three-match clean sweep by defeating Zimbabwe A by 43 runs at Harare Sports Club. By winning both three-day games and Saturday's one-dayer - the last two matches against virtual full-strength sides - Kenya did themselves a power of good as well as adding to the problems faced by Zimbabwe's board.

The pitch at the country's premier ground was poor throughout, and Kenya, who resumed on 142 for 4, failed to capitalize on a good start last night and were bowled out before lunch for 198. Prosper Utseya was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 35.

Chasing 242 to win, Zimbabwe A made good progress thanks to Vusi Sibanda (58) and Charles Coventry (48), but the pair received scant support, and Peter Ongondo (4 for 31) and Lameck Onyango (3 for 67) were instrumental in them being bowled out for 198.

Zimbabwe were without Tatenda Taibu, their captain, who had returned home after his wife gave birth overnight, and he was replaced by Sibanda. The situation was further confused when Allan Mwayenga, who had come in for Andy Blignaut, was himself replaced by Ian Nicolson after leaving for South Africa with the Board XI side.

The result means that Kenya now travel to Namibia on Friday for their Intercontinental Cup semi-final with Bermuda in confident mood, although the poor pitches in Zimbabwe have hardly helped the confidence of their batsmen.