Kenya all but qualified for the final of the Twenty20 Quadrangular tournament in Namibia by beating a strong South Africa Emerging Players side, while the hosts kept their final hopes alive and bounced back from yesterday’s defeat to beat the Netherlands and knock them out of contention.
Kenya 177-5 (Mishra 45, Patel 37no) beat
SA Emerging Players 174-6 (Wiese 62no) by 5 wickets
T20 Quadrangular, Match 3, Windhoek
Kenya’s run chase against the Emerging Players got off to a poor start when they lost Alex Obanda in Andrew Birch’ second over. However, all of the remaining members of their top five made at least 30 as they a won tense game with two balls to spare.
Tanmay Mishra and Morris Ouma (36 off 24 balls) added 47 in 35 balls for the second-wicket, with Mishra then adding a further 49 with skipper Collins Obuya for the third-wicket prior to being caught behind off Dolphins left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. Obuya was then joined by Kenya’s star from their first game, Rakep Patel, and the pair kept up with the required run rate.
Unfortunately, they appeared as if they had thrown the game away towards the end as, with nine needed off seven balls, Obuya was caught off Beuran Hendricks for 36, while new man Ragheb Aga was dismissed first ball by Birch. The equation now read nine off five balls, with the free-scoring Patel stranded at the non-striker’s end. However, Nehemiah Odhiambo struck the first ball that he received from Birch for six, scrambled a bye off the next, with Patel applying the finishing touches to end not out on 37 off only 18 balls.
Earlier, the Emerging Players had recovered from 30 for two only thanks to half-centuries from Yaseen Vallie and David Wiese. Vallie hit 61 off 46 balls and added a useful 56 for the third-wicket with his captain Jean Symes (19 off 21 balls). Wiese then came in and appeared to take the game away from Kenya. He launched a ferocious death overs assault, hitting six sixes off only 26 balls, to end not out on 62 and take his side to an imposing 174 for six.
Namibia 147-6 (Kotze 26, Baard 26) beat
Netherlands 102 (Davidson 3-7) by 45 runs
T20 Quadrangular, Match 4, Windhoek
The day’s second match was a more one-sided affair as the Netherlands couldn’t mount a serious challenge on Namibia’s total of 147 for six. 19 year-old fast-bowler Jason Davidson and 30 year-old seamer Hendrik Geldenhuys decimated the Dutch top-order, reducing them to 36 for five in less than six overs.
Davidson struck first to end an opening stand of 24 by removing Wesley Barresi, with Geldenhuys getting the big wickets of Michael Swart (18 off 11 balls) and Tom Cooper in the next over. Davidson then more or less put the match to bed by removing Daan van Bunge and Tim Gruijters and ended with remarkable figures of three for seven from his four overs.
Tom de Grooth made sure that the visitors at least made three figures and top-scored with 22, but they were all out well short of their target for 102. Craig Williams (two for 11), Louis van der Westhuizen and Sarel Burger were the other wicket-takers.
The Namibian innings had earlier been a team effort as four men contributed at least 20. Stephan Baard and Raymond van Schoor added 45 in seven overs for the first-wicket, with Burger ending on 24 not out and 18 year-old wicket-keeper Jaen Kotze marking his international debut by making 26 off only 16 balls from number seven.
© Cricket World 2013
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