Kenya have missed out on joining fellow associate Namibia in the semi-finals of the Africa T20 Cup after losing to KwaZulu-Natal today in Kimberley.
Kenyan captain Rakep Patel won the toss at the Diamond Oval and put KwaZulu-Natal in to bat first. Emmanuel Bundi starred with the ball, taking 5-13 to help bowl KwaZulu-Natal out for just 116. Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who played a handful of times for South Africa eight years ago, top scored with 32.
Kenya scored slowly in their reply and lost wickets, with the top four all failing to make a significant contribution, including the captain who had scores ion the 70s in their previous two matches.
However, with just 36 required from the last five overs, they would still have been confident of chasing their target and securing a semi-final spot. Two wickets in two balls in the sixteenth over soon put paid to those hopes as Kenya lost their last six wickets for just eight runs in 2.4 overs.
Andile Mokgakane took three wickets for just four runs as Kenya were bowled out for 92, losing by 24 runs. Kenya now have a few weeks to prepare for their next action, which will be two home World Cricket League Championship ties against the Netherlands.
KwaZulu-Natal beat Kenya by 24 runs
Diamond Oval, Kimberley, 10 September
KwaZulu-Natal 116 (19.4 overs, EB Ringera 5-13)
Kenya 92 (18.2 overs, A Mokgakane 3-4)