Kenya's relegation confirmed as Namibia set up final round decider
Kenya's decline from the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2003 has continued after defeat to Namibia today in Windhoek confirmed their relegation to Division 3 of the World Cricket League.
It was the third attempt at playing this fixture, initially scheduled for Friday, at the United Club Ground, and surprisingly Kenya chose to bat first after winning the toss.
It soon looked to be the wrong decision when Irfan Karim was caught behind from just the second ball of their innings. Dhiren Gondaria then took control of the innings, smashing 60 from 46 balls, dominating a second wicket partnership of 77 with Alex Obanda before he was the second man out.
Those two were the only Kenyan batsmen to reach double figures, as they were bundled out for just 110. Bernard Scholtz was the pick of the Namibian bowlers with 4-15, whilst Petrus Burger also chipped in with 3-17.
Namibia had little trouble chasing down their target, securing an 8 wicket win in just 16 overs. Stephan Baard top scored with 37 before he retired hurt, and he is a concern heading into tomorrow's crucial final round.
Namibia will play the UAE in that final round tomorrow, with that game along with Nepal v Canada essentially being semi-finals with the winners set to finish in the top two and reach the World Cup Qualifier. Oman will play Kenya in the other match of the day, with Oman needing to win - and for the UAE to lose - by enough to pass the UAE on NRR if they're to have any hope of avoiding relegation.