Brothers David and Collins Obuya put on 203 for Kenya's second wicket to bring the hosts within 150 runs of the Netherlands' 385 first innings total at Nairobi Gymkhana today.

For the Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate struck 212 not out, while for Kenya Elijah Otieno took four for 57 from 25.1 overs and strike bowler Nehemiah Odhiambo three for 101 from 24.

Kenya had an early success when wicketkeeper Atse Buurman was bowled on 282 without adding to his overnight score.

But first Ruud Nijman and then Mark Jonkman proved useful partners for ten Doeschate; and even last man Peter Seelaar's duck belied the fact that he was in a last-wicket partnership of 43.

The Dutch may have hoped to have reached the 400-run mark, but their eventual total was greater than they would have expected when they were 75 for four on the first day.

David Obuya attacked from the start but quickly lost Rakep Patel before being joined by his younger brother. The two batted sensibly and fluently, picking off the bad balls and defending the good ones before Collins, trying to hook, played on.

But by then the Obuyas had been together for nearly 50 overs as they drove the score on almost at will.

Tomorrow Kenya, now 150 runs behind, will be seeking to pass the Netherlands total and claim the six first innings points on offer in Intercontinental Cup matches.

They will then be hoping they may be able to put pressure on the Dutch in their second innings - and improve their standard of fielding at the same time.