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Poor start for Kenya in WC qualifiers

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 1 – Kenya lost its first International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifier against Netherlands by seven wickets on Wednesday.TIKOLORyan Doeschate’s unbeaten 106 helped his side reach their set target of 248 in 47 overs at Senwes Park, Potchefsroom.

Jimmy Kamande was Kenya’s top scorer with 58 runs in what was another disappointing batting display from Andy Kirtsen’s side.

Youngster Seren Waters was barely on the crease before he was sent packing after putting six runs on the board by Dutch captain Jeroen Smits.

The dismissal of Kennedy Otieno (8) by Doeschate indicated that it was going to be another long day for Kenya’s batting order that struggled during their One Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe earlier this year.

Kenya captain Steve Tikolo who came on for Otieno boosted his team’s score to 55-2 by weighing in with 25 runs off 35 balls before being caught and bowled by Peter Borren in the 15th  over.

A collapse of the rest of the batting lineup seemed imminent as Maurice Ouma (15) was sent back to the pavilion after he was caught for a duck by Doeschate who was enjoying a great day with both ball and bat.

With Kenya at 61-4, Collins Obuya’s partnership of 31 with Thomas Odoyo took their team 103-4 before Obuya was jettisoned from the game in the 31st over by Daan Van Bunge.

Odoyo (36) and Kamande were next to fall leaving Kenya at 207-3 with five overs remaining with Nehemiah Odhiambo and Hiren Varaiya seeing out the rest of Kenya’s innings.

Peter Ongondo made sure the Dutch’s innings got off to a shaky start by dismissing Darron Reekers for 10 in the second over while Alexei Kervezee and Eric Szwarcyznski fell to Lameck Onyango and Nehemiah Odhiambo respectively.

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Kenya needs to finish amongst the top four nations in order to qualify for the 2011 World Cup and will be keen to bounce back against the United Arab Emirates who they play on Thursday.

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