Kenya finish fourth in qualifiers


NAIROBI, Kenya, April 19 – Kenya finished in fourth place of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup qualifiers after losing to Netherlands by six wickets on Sunday.

TONY_SUJI_283777238.jpgAndy Kirsten’s side who qualified for the 2011 world cup after beating Namibia on Friday set the Dutch a target of 180 runs at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

Rajesh Bhudia was at the forefront of Kenya’s batting by top scoring with 47 runs that helped put his side 179 all out after 44 overs.

Kenya’s batting wilted early yet again with opener Maurice Ouma dismissed for naught by Dutch bowler Edgar Schiferli after barely getting on to the crease.

Schiferli struck again soon after, this time youngster Seren Waters the victim in the seventh over after only managing to put four runs on the board.

Kennedy Otieno (16), Alex Obanda (0) and Collins Obuya (0) were the next batsmen sent back to the pavilion in quick succession  by Mudassar Bukhari and Schiferli respectively in the eight and ninth overs.

Captain Steve Tikolo who announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday plugged the seemingly endless holes in his team’s batting order with a defiant score of 45 that took Kenya to 100-5 before he was run out by Alexei Kervezee in the 25th over.

Tikolo’s dismissal put out any hopes of Kenya registering a daunting run total for their European counterparts to reach especially after the departure of fellow veteran Jimmy Kamande two overs later which left Kenya struggling at 111-7.

Bhudia’s input calmed the nerves somewhat as it took Kenya to 172-7 before his departure with 10 overs left in their innings.

Peter Ongondo and Elijah Otieno could only muster 5 runs between them and ultimately a paltry benchmark for the Dutch to reach.

Netherlands who won the toss and chose to field first were 183-4 after 33 overs with Daan van Bunge top scoring with 80 before he was dismissed in the 24th over by Hiren Varaiya.