KENYA struck back in emphatic fashion to beat Namibia by six wickets in their ICC World Cricket League Championship 50-overs match at the United field yesterday. After dismissing Namibia for a paltry 129 runs, Kenya reached the winning target for the loss of only four wickets with 19 overs in hand.
Kenya won the toss and sent Namibia in to bat and the decision soon paid dividends as Kenya's bowlers exploited the conditions and got the ball to seam around.
Namibian dangerman LP van der Westhuizen was out in the second over for four runs and there was further drama when captain Sarel Burger was run out for seven runs.
Wian van Vuuren was caught behind for one as Namibia crashed to three wickets for 15 runs.
Namibia's middle order tried to repair the damage but Kenya's bowlers kept up the pressure with a good line and length.
Craig Williams hit two fours but was out LBW for 11, while Gerrie Snyman hit a six and a four before he was caught at gully off Nelson Odhiambo's bowling for 15.
Ian Opperman and Raymond van Schoor shared a sixth-wicket stand of 25 runs before Opperman was caught behind for 17.
Van Schoor went on to top score with 22 runs but Kenya once again got a double breakthrough when both Van Schoor and Nicolaas Scholtz were dismissed with the total on 98.
Collins Obuya clean bowled Van Schoor for 22, while James Ngoche dismissed Nicolaas Scholtz LBW for six.
Christi Viljoen tried valiantly amongst the tail-enders, scoring 15 off 40 balls, while Gerhard Erasmus added nine and Louis Klazinga six not out as the whole team was out for 129 runs with seven overs remaining.
Nelson Odhiambo was Kenya's best bowler taking three wickets for 31 runs, while Nehemiah Odhiambo took two wickets for 21 and James Ngoche two for 26.
With a winning target of little over two runs an over Kenya's batsmen were under no pressure and all their top-order batsmen chipped in with useful contributions.
Duncan Allan scored 15, Alex Obanda 18 and Collins Obuya 17 as they went to 64 for three.
Morris Ouma and Tanmay Mishra secured the match for Kenya with a 36-run partnership before Ouma was out for 26.
Mishra went on to score 34 not out and Rakep Patel 13 not out as they comfortably reached 132 for four wickets withj 19 overs remaining.
For Namibia, Christi Viljoen, Louis Klazinga, Sarel Burger and Ian Opperman each took one wicket.
The second and final 50-over match between Namibia and Kenya takes place at the United field tomorrow starting at 09h30.