Gondaria, Obuya half centuries keep Kenya in the hunt


posted on Oct 09, 2017

Half-centuries from Dhiren Gondaria (69) and Collins Obuya (56) ensured that Kenya stays in the hunt with a two-wicket win over Netherlands at Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa.

Kenya currently placed fourth with 12 points – the final direct qualification berth has swapped places with Hong Kong (11) ahead of the sixth round fixtures between Hong Kong and Nepal at Mong Kok on 13 and 15 October, 2017.

Kenya claimed the toss and opted to field restricting the Dutch to 224 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks largely to Shem Ngoche who bagged 4 for 33 and skipper Rakep Patel who picked two wickets.

A passable target of 225 was not what the Dutch had hoped for after a brisk opening stand of 120 between Wesley Barresi and Stephan Myburg who had set a platform for a possible 300 runs, but the Kenyans countered that challenge with excellent spin bowling attack that the Dutch struggled to cope with losing their strong position to slump to 224.

Kenya lost regular wickets in their chase and needed 49 runs off the last 60 deliveries with Obuya and Nelson Odhiambo patiently taking Kenya nearer the target but further wickets of Odhiambo and Gurdeep Singh by the Dutch in the death overs almost snatched a deserved victory from the East African nation. 

Obuya, however, thwarted those hopes with his second successive half-century against Netherlands and Ngoche hitting the winning runs in the final over dealt the final blow to the European state.