Kenya beat Hong Kong in rain affected game
Kenya have a lot to do if they're to finish in the top two of this tournament and qualify for the World Cup, but they made a good start today with a narrow win over Hong Kong.
Batting first after losing the toss, Hong Kong's innings got off to a poor start with both openers dismissed cheaply. Jamie Atkinson and Mark Chapman then recovered the innings with a 91 run partnership for the third wicket.
Chapman was dismissed after scoring 30, whilst Atkinson went on to make the highest score of the innings with 85 before he was run out. Babar Hayat also contributed with an unbeaten 45 as Hong Kong reached 254-8 from their 50 overs. Lameck Onyango was the pick of the bowlers with 4-29.
With rain looming, Kenya started their reply steadily at first, scoring only 15 in the first six overs, losing their first wicket soon afterwards. Irfan Karim began to dominate the run scoring, sharing in a 55 run partnership for the second wicket with Ragheb Aga.
The big partnership, and the one which was to prove crucial, came for the fourth wicket, with Karim putting on 72 with Maurice Ouma, the partnership briefly being interrupted by rain. Karim was eventually out for 82.
Ouma then shared in an unbroken partnership of 57 with Rakep Patel for the fifth wicket, with rain finally bringing the partnership - and the game - to an end. Ouma was unbeaten on 69. The Duckworth-Lewis calculators revealed that the par score at that point was 213. With Kenya on 223-4, they'd won by 10 runs.
Both teams will be in action again on Tuesday when Kenya play the UAE and Hong Kong play Namibia.