Zimbabwe Spin Themselves Into 2-0 Series Lead

Zimbabwe Spin Themselves Into 2-0 Series Lead
Masakdaza And Matsikenyeri Set Kenya 264 To Win
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Zimbabwe 263-7 (Matsikenyeri 71no, Masakadza 66) beat
Kenya 177 (D Obuya 49, Cremer 6-46, Utseya 3-29) by 86 runs
Second One-Day International, Harare

Zimbabwe relied on their spin bowlers to hand Kenya an 86-run defeat in the second One-Day International in Harare, Graeme Cremer picking up six for 46 to put his side 2-0 up in the series.

Hamilton Masakadza and Stuart Matsikenyeri hit half-centuries as Zimbabwe posted 263 for seven before all ten Kenyan wickets fell to the slow bowlers in their innings of 177 all out.

Masakadza, one day after scoring 156 in the opening match, won by Zimbabwe by 91 runs, hit 66 from the top of the order before Matsikenyeri provided a late-innings burst of 71 in 70 balls.

He was aided by Cremer, who thumped 31 not out in just 19 balls in an unbroken 65-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Masakadza combined well with Mark Vermuelen (32) once again as an opening pairing, putting on 77 for the first wicket before Charles Coventry (9) and Brendan Taylor (6) fell cheaply and when Masakadza was trapped in front by Hiren Varaiya, who picked up three for 38, Zimbabwe were 123 for four.

Their innings was rebuilt by Matsikenyeri, who in partnership with Sean Williams (33), put on 47 for the fifth wicket to lay the foundations for the late assault, which saw Cremer hit three fours and Matsikenyeri clear the boundary twice in addition to two fours.

Nehemiah Odhiambo and Steve Tikolo grabbed a couple of wickets apiece.

Kenya made a bright start to their run chase, David Obuya (49) and Rakep Patel (17) putting on 57 for the first wicket before they began to lose their way as soon as Prosper Utseya brought on the spin bowlers, himself having Patel caught by Coventry early in his spell.

Utseya then had Alex Obanda caught behind for ten and later had Peter Ongondo stumped for one but he handed the wicket-taking duties over to Cremer, who capped a marvellous game with a maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs.

He struck to dismiss the dangerous Obuya, who hit seven fours, going on to remove Steve Tikolo (19), Maurice Ouma (31), Collins Obuya (23), Lameck Onyango (17) and Elijah Otieno (9).

Ray Price had Odhiambo trapped in front for one and it was left to Utseya to end the match with the stumping of Onyango and leave Zimbabwe satisfied with their two day's work in the opening two matches.

The two sides play the third of five matches on Thursday 15th October.

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