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Kenya inch closer to cricket world cup qualification

23 January 2014, 15:18

Wellington - Kenya shocked the Netherlands by four wickets in a dramatic final day of the group stage of the International Cricket Council World Cup Qualifiers to make the final six in New Zealand on Thursday.

An electrifying century from opener Irfan Karim saw the national team prevail.

Two centuries were struck as Kenya leapfrogged the Dutch into the top three of Group A.

After being sent in to bat, the Netherlands set a cracking pace, with opener Eric Szwarczynski (57) and Wesley Barresi (137 not out) putting on a 148 run partnership that helped the Netherlands stack up a total of 265 for six.

However, the day belonged to Karim, the Man of the Match who wasted no time in the run chase, striking an 84-ball 108, including 14 boundaries.

Ragheb Aga (86 from 70 balls) and Collins Obuya (37 from 24 balls) continued the pace, and Kenya reached 266 in 35.4 overs with four wickets in hand.

Skipper Rakep Patel said the win was a relief. 

“There was a lot of pressure on the boys today. They really performed and got us through to the next round,” he said.

“Chasing 265 could have been very difficult. But the way Irfan Karim and Ragheb Aga batted today was very good, and Collins Obuya finished things off nicely. This win means a lot to the team, and to everyone back home. The boys have believed in themselves and changed their own luck.  The senior players are displaying real leadership and commitment.”

Thursday’s results mean Kenya progress to the Super Six stage of the ICC CWCQ 2014, which starts on Sunday. Scotland, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates alongside Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Namibia also qualified.

– CAJ News



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