Rain postpones Elite 3 Day Tournament
With the successful completion of both the 20-20 and One Day versions of the Sahara Elite League, focus was due to shift to the longer 3-Day version this weekend. It was to be the most eagerly anticipated cricket competition in Kenya for some time, but thanks to the onset of the Long Rains, Kenyan fans will have to wait that little bit longer.
In a press release this morning, Cricket Kenya announced that the new dates for the 3 Day tournament will be:
6-9th June 2008
13-15th June 2008
And 20-22nd June 2008.
In a brief letter to the press, Cricket Kenya CEO Tom Tikolo wrote that
"with the long rains here with us, we have decided to reschedule these matches to a later stage. The rains which have pounded the city heavily over the last one week have left most of the grounds waterlogged and the groundsmen have found it difficult to prepare for these matches."
This is a frustrating delay for Kenya's top cricketers and will no doubt hamper preparations for the remaining Intercontinental Cup matches and the tour to South Africa. It is however something that cannot be blamed on the administration. Initially, the league was due to start in early January, but with the political tension at the time, there was no option but to push back the start date. This in turn has meant the threat that the latter stages would be washed out should the rains begin in late March as they have done. Perhaps the one saving grace is that the final leg of the League was yet to get under way so despite the delay, no actual cricket has been lost.
In the meanwhile a Kenyan Afripals team are currently touring Uganda, losing their opening 20-20 match by 1 run on the weekend. Kenneth Kamyuka and Akbar Baig both scored 26 for the home team in their total of 138/6 with Afripals' Captain, Jimmy Kamande the pick of the bowlers with 2/33. In reply, David Obuya stroked 50 and Peter Ongondo added 32 as the Kenyan team fell just short. Joel Olweny took 2/39 to help clinch his side's victory.