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Kenya End Tour with Loss to Tuskers

Kenya rounded off their tour of Zimbabwe with their largest loss yet, as Tuskers warmed up for the forthcoming Stanbic T20 in the best possible way. Kenya managed just 117 from their 20 overs, with Aga's 53 being the only innings of note in a disappointing knock; Keegan Meth took two wickets in the first over, finishing on 2/27 from his 4 overs, while Glenn Querl again showed his talent, taking 3/13 from 3 overs bowled. Tuskers reached the required target with few problems, with 20 balls still remaining when they crossed the line. Openers Horton (43) and Smith (42) led the way, and while there was a small flurry of wickets towards the end of the innings, it wasn't enough to stop them. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 117/6 (20 overs; Aga 53*, Querl 3/13), Tuskers 121/3 (16.4 overs; Horton 43, Patel 2/19). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 7 wickets.

Kenya Trampled by Rhinos

Another day, another loss for Kenya, this time in the first of two T20s they're scheduled to play against Midwest Rhinos. Kenya, batting first, posted 114 before being bowled out, with only Obuya (44) and Odhiambo (24) making much of an impression; Graeme Cremer marked his return to fitness with 2/17; but once again it was Gary Ballance who starred for Rhinos, scoring 43 off 41 balls - ably assisted by Malcolm Waller, with 33 off 25 - as Rhinos raced to the target with over 3 overs to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 114 (18.5 overs; Obuya 44, Muzhange 3/15), Rhinos 115/5 (16.3 overs; Ballance 43, Otieno 3/20). Midwest Rhinos win by 5 wickets.

Mountaineers Beat Kenya

This was the last match of the Harare leg of the Kenyan tour, and Mountaineers saw them off to Kwekwe with a fairly straghtforward 14-run win. Kevin Kasuza, who's been perhaps the Mountaineers' most impressive performer this season, once again made an impression with the bat, amassing 45 from 40 balls and, along with Harris (22) and Maruma (25) doing most of the work. Kenya in reply couldn't keep up with the require run-rate, and ended on 112/8. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 126/6 (20 overs; Kasuza 45, Varaiya 3/24), Kenya 112/8 (20 overs; Aga 37, Chatara 3/18). Mountaineers win by 14 runs.

Kenya See Off Zim U19 Challenge

Kenya made it two wins in one day, as they made light work of Zimbabwe U19 in their afternoon match at Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. Kenya were bowled out for 113 in their innings, with the final wicket falling on the last ball of their knock, but Zim U19 mustered little in the way of fight themselves, with only one player passing 20 as they finished on 102/8, giving Kenya an 11-run win. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 113 (20 overs; Allen 24, Heggins 3/11), Zimbabwe U19 102/8 (20 overs; Zimwa 34, Oluoch 3/18). Kenya win by 11 runs.

Kenya Score Win Over Eagles in 3rd T20

Cephas Zhuwao's 59 for Eagles wasn't enough to prevent Kenya from claiming their first win of their Zimbabwean tour, as their lower-order pairing of Patel and Odhiambo did most of the work in seeing them home after Eagles were bowled out for 150. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 150 (19.1 overs; Zhuwao 58, Obuya 2/9), Kenya 151/7 (19.1 overs; Patel 42*, Mbofana 2/12). Kenya win by 3 wickets.

Eagles Beat Kenya in 2nd T20

The Kenyan national team continued to be highly competitive but not enough to convert their efforts to a victory as they slumped to a two wicket defeat against the Mashonaland Eagles at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Mash Eagles lead 2-0 in their three match preparation series prior to their campaign to defend their Stanbic Bank 20 series title.

Kenya batted first and set 122 runs for the loss of seven wickets after winning the toss. Morris Ouma (15) looked confident in the initial stages of his innings before Ray Price had him bowled. Dominic Wesongo was the top run scorer, lower in the order for the Kenyans with an unbeaten 27 runs from 26 balls. The home sides spin pair of Raymond Price and young Tinotenda Mutombodzi continued to torment the visitors, Price once again being the pick of the bowlers with two wickets for 26 in four overs.

Former English county players Peter Trego (22) and Rory Hamilton-Brown (28) were the top scorers for the Eagles set the pace and kept the Eagles well above the run rate for the better half of their innings. Young Nathan Waller had a brisk sensational 16 from nine balls which featured two massive sixes to guide the Eagles to a much easier victory in 18.1 overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo and his captain Collins Obuya took two wickets apiece. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 122/7 (20 overs; Wesongs 27*, Price 2/26), Eagles 126/8 (18.1 overs; Hamilton-Brown 28, Obuya 2/9). Mashonaland Eagles win by 2 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]

Eagles Edge Kenya in 1st T20

Mashonaland Eagles handed the Kenya national team a three-wicket defeat in the first Twenty20 match of their tour of Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first setting a target of 124 runs for the loss of six wickets but the home team chased down the target with two balls remaining.

Zimbabwe Cricket domestic franchises MidWest Rhinos and the Mashonaland Eagles are hosting the Kenyan national team as part of their preparations for the Stanbic Bank 20 series starting on the 24th of November.
The visitors team captain Collins Obuya top scored in the match with an inspiring 44 from 32 balls and Duncan Allad who opened the batting chipped in with a handy 15 runs.

Although the Mash Eagles used seven bowlers and each almost got a wicket, veteran left-arm spinner Ray Price played a big role to stop massive run scoring with an attacking economic bowling.
Price finished without a wicket but only conceded 18 from his allotted four overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo finished off the innings with a quick cameo of 30 from 38 balls.

Mash Eagles were convinced that the total was low enough to take on the Kenyans without too much diligence. They lost early wickets with the captain Stuart Matsikenyeri among the low scorers, caught for just five runs.

Elton Chigumbura (24) played his natural game and upped the run rate with his partner Foster Mutizwa (34), a partnership which drove the Eagles a step closer to the target, though not within safety.
The Eagles needed 10 runs from the last over and they capitalised on some sloppy Kenyan fielding and managed to push through a victory with two balls to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 124/6 (20 overs; Obuya 44, Zhuwao 1/2), Eagles 126/7 (19.3 overs; Mutizwa 34*, Varaiya 2/22). Mashonaland Eagles win by 3 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]

Sweet Farewell for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe concluded their World Cup campaign in rousing fashion with a heartening and much-needed 161-run victory over Kenya at what many people believe to be the modern 'home of cricket,' Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Sunday.
It wasn't enough to earn a place in the knockout stages of the tournament but it was just the tonic needed by a disappointed squad of players and their equally disappointed fans who had hoped for so much before the tournament began. Half centuries from Vusi Sibanda (61), Tatenda Taibu (53) and Craig Ervine (66) helped push the Zimbabwe innings past 300, and the game was effectively ended before the run chase had really started when the Kenyans collapsed to 44/5 in reply.

All five bowlers used were amongst the wickets with spinners Ray Price, Greg Lamb and Graeme Cremer each claiming a brace while Sibanda and skipper Elton Chigumbura highlighted a sparkling fielding performance with brilliant run outs. Selection convenor Alistair Campbell was pleased with the result:

"It doesn’t matter that it was against Kenya who are ranked below us, the fact remains that the team got everything together and proved to themselves what they are capable of when the batting and the bowling click together on the same day."

Sibanda was a revelation with the bat having only joined the squad as a replacement two weeks ago while Taibu's calm head and maturity was just what was required after the early loss of openers Brendan Taylor (26) and Reggie Chakabva. But it was Ervine's flowing start and blistering finish which took the game away from Kenya and ensured him of the man-of-the-match award for an innings of 66 from just 54 deliveries with nine fours and a towering six which landed 20 rows deep in the famous stadium. It was Ervine's third half-century in six matches:

"I've learned a lot – it has been a great experience. Most of all I’ve learned how much more work there is to be done before I can hope to be consistent against the best teams in the world. But I’m prepared to do that work – we all are>"

Chigumbura, too, swatted a six over long off in his cameo innings of 38 from 41 balls while both Utseya and Lamb showed a hitherto unseen ability to clear the boundary with a six apiece at the death of the innings which saw them finish unbeaten on 19 and 17 from just six and 10 balls respectively.

Chris Mpofu struck with the fifth ball of the first over when Kenya began their unlikely pursuit of 309 for victory and new ball partner Price followed up with further wickets in the eighth and 12 overs to leave the innings in ruins. Captain Elton Chigumbura clearly enjoyed the result:

"It was a good way to finish the tournament. The next three months will be very important to us as we prepare for a couple of tours at home and our return to Test cricket. We need to remember the way we went about things, especially the bat, and try to work on those things and make them even better."

Full scorecard below the cut. Zimbabwe now get a few months' break from competitive cricket - the next matches on the schedule are an 'A' tri-series against South Africa and Australia, with the next full international match being the side's return to Test cricket, against Bangladesh in August.
Zimbabwe 308/6 (50 overs; Ervine 66, Otieno 2/61), Kenya 147 (36 overs; Odhiambo 44, Price 2/20). Zimbabwe win by 161 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

Kenya Women Score Upset Over Zim

Kenya's women score and unexpected win over Zimbabwe in the 3rd round of group matches, beating Zim by 38 runs. Batting first, Kenya posted 149 before being bowled out in the 49th over, a score helped in no small part by the 42 extras thaat Zimbabwe's bowlers conceded - making Zim Kenya's "top scorer" by quite some margin. The best Kenyan with the bat was Sarah Bhakita, on 27, while Sinikiwe Mpofu took 3/23. In reply, though Zimbabwe only managed 111, with four of the Kenya bowlers combining in a team effort to take all 10 wickets, including 3 apiece for Bhakita and Belinda Maska. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 149 (48.2 overs; Bhakita 27, Mpofu 3/15), Zimbabwe 111 (40 overs; Mpofu 21, Bhakita 3/23). Kenya Women win by 38 runs.

Remaining Inter-Continental Cup Fixtures Released

The remaining fixtures in the current Intercontinental Cup competition have been released, and you can find the full list on our Fixtures page. Zimbabwe's next match won't be until August 2010, when the side travel to Canada and Netherlands, while the final two matches against Ireland and Scotland are currently billed as "home" games - although I suspect they may well end up being played on neutral territory.

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