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News: This time, Kenya eat Netherlands for Lunch…..

Bermuda lose again, albiet, in a very fighting manner. They looked to be the winners throughout the game, until it ended!

Canada were unlucky to get so close. It will be difficult for them and also for Bermuda to bounce back into a contention for the final from now on.

So the tournament at the momment is not telling us anything new. Kenya are number 1 at the momment with Scotland at number 2. That is what was expected at this point in time. Netherlands, I thought, would give much better fight than they ended up giving.

Ireland, I have a feeling, will imrove as the tournament moves on, and the Kenya v Ireland game will be very interesting. Canada always manage to pull off an upset, so their game against Kenya will also be interesting. Home advantage aside, the manner in which Kenya has beaten the other teams is the main reason why they should be happy with themselves. Lets see how it goes from here.

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  1. rego
    January 31, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    I have a feeling Kenya isn’t as far ahead of the rest as people are making out to be..I’ve played on many wickets where batting first is an absolute nightmare, while the pitch dries up ion the afternoon..Ofcourse not too much has been made of this in Kenya’s wins but it does make a hell of a difference. Kenya are no doubt one of the more settled and balanced sides here, but aren’t as far ahead of others as their first two matches indicated.

  2. January 31, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Rego,

    So far, I’ve watched the two Kenya games and the Ireland-Scotland thriller. Despite the toss, Kenya would have won their matches comfortably anyway – they looked a class above Bermuda right from the warm up and are full of focus. The less said about Bermuda’s performance and attitude in that game, the better. A good thing it was the Dutch who warmed up against Kanbis, not Bermuda or they would have had another embarrassing defeat to explain.

    Against the Netherlands, yes the toss made a difference, but again the attitude and commitment from the Kenyans was first class. Odoyo and Ongondo may have been helped by the conditions, but they also bowled fantastically, putting the ball in the right area consistently. Varaiya, who would probably have preferred bowling a bit later in the day was again unplayable with his variation.
    Holland also could have done a lot better with their defence, there was simply not the determination to fight to protect the small total.
    Fielding wise, Ireland and Scotland look on par with Kenya close to the bat, but were not as committed in the deep.
    They both looked good sides and I would say from the little I have seen these three are a cut above the others.
    It is still only half way through the event, so we shall see what pans out.

  3. rego
    February 1, 2007 at 7:09 am

    Hrmm..well interestingly Bermuda did give Ireland quite a fight.and Scotland were made to work for their win against Canada…There are still quite a few games left in the tournament..and that was Bermuda’s second match in Kenya..As we’ve seen..all of the foreign teams have struggled initially with the Kenyan heat humidity..etc..

    Bermuda aren’t too far behind, however consistency remains a huge factor..

    I guess we just have to see how things pan out..the remainder of the tournament will bring some absolute smashers..

  4. February 1, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    At this level, the conditions matter a lot, and the home advantage is a BIG advantage. I cannot forsee Kenya being able to beat Ireland or Scotland, or even Netherlands IN the european conditions.

    With the return of D Obuya, Kenya look to be a decent side, though I still think that Kennedy Otieno should not have been dropped from the World Cup squad………. Odhiambho is a weak link in their bowling armoury, and perhaps they also need to give another quickie a run as well………. whatever happenned to Alfred Luseno, who was supposed to be the Brett Lee of Kenya ?!?! And where is Modi?

  5. rego
    February 1, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    The Kenyan batting is looking ok…David Obuya has come good after a good while..I agree with you about K. Otieno and Modi, both of whom add the dimension of vast experience at the top of the order..I’m not sure Ouma and D. Obuya will be able to handle attacks at the world cup…Has martin suji retired??

  6. February 1, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Rego, regards heat and humidity, that was Mombasa.
    Nairobi is completely different and if anything is having an effect, it would be the altitude.

    An awful lot seems to be being made of the conditions when we have seen quite clearly in almost all games that when a batsman applies himself and gets in, he can go on to post a big score. In 6 matches, there have been 9 half centuries of which 5 were in the first innings and 2 centuries of which 1 was in the first innings. Hardly something that suggests it is all one way traffic in the mornings. Yes, there is help and movement, but there is also the opportunity for batsmen to make the most of what are really pretty decent batting tracks. Several players I have watched get out to silly shots and it it more this than conditions that is making the difference.

    Regards the make up of the Kenyan team, I’d say it is about the best we can put on the park at the moment. Regards Odhiambo – weak link in some ways i.e the occasional loose ball/over which is punished, but he has also produced some real corkers that have troubled all the batsmen he has bowled to at times. He is improving all the time and deserves his run. Lameck could play in a few more games, but why bring in an extra quick when the spinners are being so effective at stifling the runs? Pitch will decide whether he or Jimmy plays, but the latter also gives an added edge to the fielding.
    Let’s see how we go against Ireland today.

  7. Ram
    February 2, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Nasir…Even I would subscribe to your point about home advantage being a big factor but with a small change…I think this matters a lot only to the European Associates who clearly struggle to cope with the heat, humidity and drier pitches once they get out of Europe…I don’t think it matters a lot when a European country is not involved…Did Kenya in 1996 look like a team that barely had any exposure to subcontinental conditions?…Even now, you can see that while Kenya defeated Canada IN Canada, Canada defeated them IN Kenya….

  8. Roland Ilube
    February 2, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Nasir,

    Re Odhiambo, clearly we did not see the whole picture, he is playing as a batsman ๐Ÿ™‚

    I must admit I thought that Kenya had messed up by not getting Thomas in earlier, but Nick will no doubt tell us that his entry was timed to perfection…

    What a game, what a tournament, I should have quit my job, sold my house, and gone to Nairobi..

  9. February 2, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Ram,

    UAE couldnt last for 2 days against Namibia in Namibian conditions………. the same UAE team managed to score 350+ against Scotland…….. So I think that home conditions matter a lot irrespective of whether we are talking about European countries or not……..

  10. Ram
    February 2, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Nasir…Again UAE scoring 350+ has to do with the fact that the opponents were Scotland, a European team ๐Ÿ™‚

    Coming back to the WCL, some things have been put into perspective here: First, Sco and Ire aren’t ahead of the pack as were thought to be…Of course, on home soil they can trouble the best of teams but in foreign conditions are arguably no better than the other Associates..Second, Kenya’s decline over the last few years hasn’t been as pronounced as imagined…They can’ve a decent World Cup given that they’re in the weakest of the 4 groups..

    I guess the final piece of this jigsaw would’ve been to have Zim in this tournament as well…Zim instead of Bermuda would’ve made this really interesting tournament even more exciting…As it is, looks like Sco and Ken can start planning for the 20/20 Championships, not to mention the invaluable US $250,000 they would get as participation fees…

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