Namibia complete series win over Kenya
These past ten days, Namibia and Kenya have been playing out what is probably a cricket lovers nightmare vision of the future as they took on each other in an eight match Twenty20 series in Windhoek.
The series began back on 4 November with two matches played at Windhoek High School. The first saw Namibia score 141-9 before restricting Kenya to 115-9 to win by 26 runs, whilst the second saw the hosts win by five wickets with three balls to spare after Kenya had scored 170-5.
The teams returned to the school grounds two days later for another double header. Kenya's bowlers had improved for this match, and they bowled Namibia out for just 108. But Namibia also bowled well and Kenya crashed to 63 all out, losing by 45 runs.
The fourth match that afternoon was big scoring contest, with Kenyan captain Collins Obuya scoring an unbeaten century from 63 balls to lead his team to 194-2 from their 20 overs. But Craig Williams outscored Obuya, smashing 125 from just 60 balls to lead his team to a four wicket win with two overs to spare.
The fifth game of the series, the last to be played at the school ground, saw Louis van der Westhuizen blast a quite remarkable 145 from just 50 balls. The innings, the third highest in List A Twenty20 cricket history, helped Namibia to 229-6 from their 20 overs. Kenya were then restricted to 178-7, losing by 51 runs.
After a two-day break, the series resumed on Thursday at Wanderers Cricket Ground, with Kenya picking up their first win of the series. They were bowled out for 122 when they batted, but bowled well to restrict Namibia to 118-8 from their 20 overs to win by 4 runs.
They won again in the seventh match of the series on Friday. After restricting Namibia to 134-7, they chased down their target with an over to spare to win by 4 wickets.
The series finally came to an end today with Namibia bowling Kenya out for 93 before chasing the required runs in 14.3 overs to win by 7 wickets and complete a 6-2 series win.
Kenya will now travel to Zimbabwe for another seven Twenty20 matches. Whilst preparation for the World Twenty20 Qualifier is important, this many Twenty20 matches is overkill by anybody's definition.
More worrying for Kenya is how their slide downwards seems to be continuing. Their position as the number one associate side in Africa is certainly not as undisputed as it once was.