Netherlands Hammer Kenya To Get Campaign Started
Netherlands bounced back from their opening-day loss to Scotland by comprehensively beating Kenya by 117 runs. Alexei Kervezee hit 92 in 89 balls and Tom Cooper 67 in 98 and although they were the only two players to make starts, the Dutch were eventually bowled out for 229 with the pair putting on 123 for the second wicket.
Cooper's innings brought him his third ODI half-century in as many innings before Kenya's fightback was led by Jimmy Kamande, who returned career-best figures of four for 36 and there were two wickets apiece for Thomas Odoyo and James Ngoche.
In reply, Kenya were bowled out for just 112 as the Netherlands shared the wickets around with Peter Borren and Adeel Raja taking two apiece and Marcus Jonkman, Mudassar Bukhari, Cooper and Pieteer Seelaar one each.
Top scorer for Kenya in a disappointing effort with the bat was Collins Obuya, who made 29 as they slipped to their second loss in as many matches.
Scotland moved to the top of the early standings with a convincing 69-run win over Canada, who like Kenya, find themselves without a point from their first two games.
Scotland had to fight hard having been reduced to 81 for three as Richie Berrington's 67 and Neil McCallum's unbeaten 89 in 78 balls helped them reach 236 for from their 50 overs.
Canada then lost wickets regularly before their innings was interrupted by rain and set a revised target of 196 to win in 26 overs, they limpted to 126 for nine.
Gordon Goudie led the way by taking three for 18 while Ross Lyond returned two for 15.
Ireland and Afghanistan resumed their game on Sunday after rain interrupted with Ireland having posted 237 for nine. Ireland were reduced to 27 for three but hit back with Andrew Poynter scoring 78 in 109 balls and Kevin O'Brien 44 to get them back on track and then Trent Johnston's unbeaten 42 in 28 balls, with two fours and two sixes, gave the innings a late boost.
Afghanistan's impressive effort in the field was led by Hamid Hassan, who took three for 53 and Khaleqdad Noori, who returned two for two for 27.
Afghanistan were then bowled out for 198 as Alex Cusack took five wickets. Full report here.
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