Kenya Complete Five-Wicket Win Over Netherlands

Kenya Complete Five-Wicket Win Over Netherlands
Kenya Complete Five-Wicket Win Over Netherlands
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Kenya 433 (Obuya 115) & 320-5 beat
Netherlands 385 & 367-6 dec. by five wickets
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Nairobi

Kenya moved into third place in the ICC Intercontinental Cup table after an impressive five-wicket win over the Netherlands in Nairobi.

Despite an unbeaten double-century from Ryan ten Doeschate earlier in the match, Kenya prevailed, chasing down 320 to win in the fourth innings of the match.

That feat followed Afghanistan's chase of 494 to beat Canada earlier in the day, which put them clear of Scotland and Kenya in the table.

Ten Doeschate scored 212 as the Netherlands racked up 385 in their first innings but Kenya grabbed a first-innings lead when they scored 433 in reply, David Obuya hitting 115 and Collins Obuya (89), Jimmy Kamande (75), Maurice Ouma (52) and Nehemiah Odhiambo (50 not out) all scoring half-centuries as ten Doeschate picked up five wickets.

The Netherlands then declared their second innings having reached 367 for six, openers Alexei Kervezee (89) and Eric Szwarczynski (93) putting on 187 for the first wicket.

That left Kenya 320 to win, and David Obuya's 58, Rakep Patel's 87 and Collins Obuya's 79 put Kenya in a strong position and although the Netherlands fought back, ten Doeschate and Pieter Seelaar both taking a pair of wickets, Kenya held their nerve, Jimmy Kamande and Odhiambo at the crease at the end.

Netherlands will meet Scotland in June while Kenya are scheduled to play Afghanistan in October.

Standings: Afghanistan 57 points, Scotland 49, Kenya 43, Zimbabwe XI 23, Netherlands 15, Ireland 12, Canada 9

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