Kenya u19 men lift Gahanga plate event

posted on Nov 05, 2017

Kenya under-19 men claimed the Gahanga cricket builds hope plate event trophy after defeating Coutts XI by 8 wickets at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda.

The u19s won the toss and opted to send in their opponents whom they easily dismissed for 84 runs in exactly 20 overs. Clarke Oliver top scored for hosts with 20 runs while the wickets were shared between the Kenyan bowlers with Jasraj Kundi and Jayant Mepani picking up two wickets apiece.

In reply, Kenya u19 piled up quick runs thanks largely to Aman Gnadhi’s quickfire 50 off just 49 balls. Gandhi found support from fellow opener Dennis Musyoka 17 off 32 deliveries to out 60 runs for the opening partnership.

Oliver was again at it with the ball picking up two wickets and conceding 21 runs in the process. He was the only bowler to get any reward before the Kenyans shut the door on them and claimed a famous win with 28 balls to spare.

The u19s had trounced the same opposition in the last group match by 31 runs through the D/L method to qualify for the plate semis after losing their opening two matches to Eton Ramblers and Rwanda Select XI.

In the plate semis, Kenya brushed aside Yorkshire team easily by 131 runs again through the D/L method after blasted 294 for 1 thanks to two centuries by Aman Gandhi (123) and Aveet Desai (111).

Aman Gandhi was also nominated as the best batsman of the series with a total of 307 runs from five innings at healthy average of 76.75.