The slump continues

October 15, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, October 14 – Kenya lost to Ireland by an innings and 65 runs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup match on Tuesday at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

The loss also cost them a chance to play in the final against Namibia in South Africa next month.

Kenya who started the day on 146-2 in their second innings were bowled out for 327 with resistance only coming from the bat of debutant Seren Waters (75) and vice captain Thomas Odoyo (61).

Trent Johnson took four wickets including that of Kenyan skipper Steve Tikolo, who scored 47 runs off 91 balls, Waters and Alex Obanda who went for a duck.

"Trent is a great player for us and has been for a long time," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

"His experience really came through today and he showed the younger pace bowlers how you need to adapt as a seamer if you are to be successful on different types of wicket and in different conditions. It is great that he’s back in the team again," Simmons added.

Hiren Varaiya and Lameck Onyango barely got runs on the board before being caught leg before and clean bowled respectively by Andre Botha as Kenya’s batting order again struggled to match up to opposition bowling despite its improvement from its first innings where Andy Kirsten’s side were dismissed for 186.

Kenya’s task was always going to be difficult having to follow on after the tourists declared total of 578.

Odoyo was Kenya’s mainstay on the crease hitting four fours off 168 balls before falling to Regan West who also claimed the scalps of Peter Ongondo (4) and Maurice Ouma (1).

Peter Connell, Boyd Rankin and Kyle McCallan were the other wicket takers for Ireland with Mccallan taking four in the match.

A brave tail end effort from Jimmy Kamande (42 not out) and Rakep Patel (32) failed to salvage anything for the home side as Kenya finished the innings 327 all out to leave Irish eyes smiling.

"We still had it all to do in the second innings because it was a good track and Kenya batted very well the second time around," Simmons, said, "But our bowlers did really well to keep probing in the right areas and it paid off in the end.

"The pitch did take a bit of spin so it was always going to be up to West and McCallan to do the lion’s share of the bowling because they were getting it to turn. And I thought they did really well."



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