Kenya Under 19s taught a lesson by MCC
Cricket Europe Staff
Kenya Under 19s suffered from familiar batting woes as they succumbed to the touring MCC team twice in Kampala. Arriving at 3am on the morning before their first match, it was perhaps not surprising that the young Kenyans lost the first match by a thumping 149 runs. Winning the toss and electing to field, little went right for the Kenyans as Bilal Shafayat lead the way for the MCC with 80. Strong support from Keith Newell (42) and Captain, Jamie Dalrymple (49*) left the Kenyans needing 252 to win and the run chase never looked likely.
Kenya lost wickets at regular intervals without any of the batsmen able to go on and contribute big scores. Alex Obanda top scored with 19, but only four other players were able to get into double figures as the team were bowled out for a measly 102.
In the second match, Kenya Under 19 put forward a much improved performance with the bat setting a target of 197 all out with the last wicket falling off the first ball of the final over. Once again, several batsmen got starts, but none went on to really capitalise. Dominic Wesonga finished top scorer with an unbeaten 26, while Shem Obado contributed 25. MCC's spinners did most of the damage with the young Kenyans seemingly unable to read them on a tricky pitch.
In reply, a superb opening spell from Moses Otieno (1-32) and Nelson Odhiambo (2-17) saw MCC reeling at 3-15, but once again the Kenyan born Dalrymple was a thorn in the flesh as he lead his side to victory with a beautifully played 84 not out. Rakep Patel did pick up two more wickets for the Kenyans, but in the end, the MCC finished comfortable victors with 5 wickets and 4 overs still in hand.
As well as the matches, Kenya's youngsters were able to spend time with the MCC players discussing technique and tactics and that plus the experience will no doubt stand them in good stead in the future. After Uganda Under 19s fighting loss to the MCC in a two day match previously, there is still some cause for concern for Kenya in terms of how far ahead they remain of their neighbors. Uganda have shown consistent improvement, especially at junior level, over the past few years and recent results have indicated that they have made serious inroads into the gap between the two nations. With many of the Kenya Under 19 team playing in the newly formed Elite League, there may well be a case for including a team or teams from Uganda in this event in the future. Certainly, in regards standard, they would be on par with many of the younger Kenyan players in that league and the expanded competition could only be of benefit to both nations.
Match 1, February 26th:
MCC beat Kenya Under 19s by 149 runs.
MCC: 6-251 (B M Shafayat 80, J M W Dalrymple 49*, K Newell 42, Nel. Odhiambo 2-47)
Kenya Under 19s: 102 (A Obanda 19, DJ Adams 3-12, A J Syddal 2-27)
Match 2, February 27th:
MCC beat Kenya Under 19s by 5 wickets.
Kenya Under 19s: 197 (D Wesonga 26*, S Obado 25, D J Adams 3-20, C T Peploe 3-36)
MCC: 5-200 (J M W Dalrymple 84*, D J Adams 39, B M Shafayat 31*, Nel Odhiambo 2-17, R Patel 2-29).
MCC win the 2 match series 2-0.