The Star (Nairobi)

Kenyans Sparkle

Botswana concede by 48 runs as Kenya edge closer to World Cup qualifiers

Kenya inched closer to qualifying for the ICC Twenty20 qualifiers with a comfortable 48 runs win over Botswana in their second meeting at Kyambogo University grounds in Kampala, Uganda.

With the win in the round-robin event Kenya are now placed second with ten points from five wins. Hosts Uganda who beat Kenya in the opening match and are yet to lose a match are on top of the five team table with 12 points from six matches.

Kenya now need to beat Nigeria tomorrow to book a place in the global qualifies to be held in the United Arab Emirates next year.Batting first Kenya made 160 for 7 before restricting their southern African opponents for 112 for the loss of six wickets.

Rageb Aga was Kenya's top scorer with an unbeaten 51 while captain Collins Obuya chipped in with 47.In reply, Hiren Varaiya proved a hard nut to crack for Botswana as he claimed four wickets.

As has been the case in most of the matches in the tournament, Kenya batsmen failed to find a good start against a weak bowling side and lost their first wicket in the third over with scores on 12.

Rakep Patel lost his wicket when he was caught on 7. His opening partner, Irfan Karim, followed five balls later when he was caught too for 5 with total scores on 20 at that time.

Maurice Ouma and Obuya pushed the scores to 50 within 4 overs before Ouma was caught on 16 after facing 14 balls.Obuya and Tanmay Mishra's stand managed to add 42 runs before N Master broke the stand when he had Mishra caught on 16 off 9 balls.

Obuya and Aga's stand got the scores to 103 before Mosa Gaolekwe sent the captain back to the pavilion.He made his 47 from 40 balls that included 4 boundaries.

Aga hit three sixes and the same number of fours from 28 balls as he remained unbeaten.Dominic Wesonga continued to struggle as he only managed only one run from two balls before becoming the sixth wicket for Botswana.

The seventh wicket to fall was Nelson Mandela's. He was caught on 5 from 6 balls.

Varaiya was the chief destroyer of Botswana with 4 for 16 despite them starting well with an opening stand of 22. The left armer got the breakthrough in the fourth over when he trapped Karabo Motlhanka lbw on 12. He added Denzil Sequiera (12), Waseem Tajbhay (8) and Manan Barot (0). Karabo Modise was Botswana's top scorer with 37 before falling to Patel who picked 2 wickets for 13 runs.

Rana Rashid who made 25 off 35 balls was Patel's other wicket. Rashid and Modise had put on a second wicket stand of 46 runs before Patel broke the stand by having Rashid caught by Aga

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