NAIROBI, Kenya, April 7 – Kennedy Otieno scored 63 runs as Kenya beat Bermuda by seven wickets in their fourth Cricket World Cup qualifier in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Monday. The 2003 world cup semi finalists were set a target of 269 which they achieved in 45 overs to strengthen their hopes of a place in the tournament’s final and a spot in the 2011 World Cup.
Man of the match David Hemp was Bermuda’s top scorer with 102 runs not out but wa slet down by his teammates.
Thomas Odoyo, Hiren Varaiya, Elijah Otieno and Lameck Onyango took the wickets of Glenn Blakeney, Fiqre Crockwell, Stephen Outerbridge and Lionel Cann respectively as Kenya restricted the Caribbean team to 259-4.
Kenya raced to 98 -1 in 19 overs before Maurice Ouma (57) was clean bowled by Tamauri Tucker. Alex Obanda (15) who skied his shot was the next Kenyan batsman off the crease from a delivery by Janeiro Tucker that was caught mid wicket by Hemp leaving Kenya at 116-2.
Otieno was dispatched by Rodney Trott in the 31st over leaving Kenya captain Steve Tikolo and Collins Obuya to see Kenya to their target with a wicket partnership of 82 runs.
Kenya now tops Group B with six points level with Nethrelands and the United Arab Emirates who are second and third respectively.
Their next match is on Wednesday against Denmark who are bottom of the group.