The Star (Nairobi)

23 April 2013

Kenya: On Form Kenyans Face Hosts in Quadrangular Showdown

KENYA'S in form national cricket team start outright favourites when they take on spirited hosts Namibia in the ongoing Namibia Twenty20 Quadrangular Series in Windhoek.

But they will have to guard against complacency.

Kenya defeated Netherlands and Cricket South Africa Emerging Players to make a resounding start in the event.

It was a clinical performance by Kenya beating the Dutchmen who for a long time have been a hard nut to crack for the Kenyans.

Kenya have managed to put on a show courtesy of a good performance from their batting line-up which has performed its role to perfection.

The bowlers too have done their job. Given the all-round strength of the squad it should not come as a surprise if they have an easy time against Namibia.

Rakep Patel and captain Collins Obuya have proved unstoppable so far and could make a big impact with the bat for Kenya in today's encounter.

Another all-rounder who has made a great impression and is capable of making matters difficult for the hosts is Tanmay Mishra. He top-scored against the CSA Emerging players and has picked a couple of wickets so far.

Spinners Shem Obado, Hiren Varaiya and medium pacer Rageb Aga have also been impressive and will be tasked to restrict the Namibian batsmen.

Namibia, on the other hand, have registered mixed results, losing to CSA Emerging before beating Netherlands and will get into the match as wounded lions in their bid to stop the marauding Kenyans.

Meanwhile Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association chairman Tom Tikolo has asked schools in Western and Nyanza provinces to take up cricket. Tikolo said the sport was quickly taking shape in the two provinces and pleaded upon the schools in the area to try the sport.

He said cricket like any other sport can change people's lives and so the communities in the two areas should not lose out.

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