Ireland in commanding position against Kenya in Eglinton

ICC Media Release
Sun, Jul 5, 2009 9:47 AM

Defending champion Ireland was in commanding position against Kenya despite three half-centuries by the tourists’ batsmen on the second day of the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 match in Eglinton on Saturday.

Ireland resumed its first innings at 323-7 and added another 81 runs to its overnight score to be bowled out for 404. Kenya, in its turn, finished the day at 239-6 with captain Maurice Ouma, David Obuya and James Kamande stroking fine half-centuries.

Ouma, in his first innings as Kenya captain, struck seven fours in a 110-ball 52 before being the last-man out on a day which saw 320 runs being scored. He was run-out in a mix-up with Kamande after the two batsmen had put on 108 runs for the sixth wickets in little over 24 overs.

Kamande was batting on 65 and with him was Thomas Odoyo on five when the stumps were drawn for the day with Kenya still trailing Ireland by 165 runs on the first innings. Kamande has struck eight fours and a six in his 89-ball knock.

Obuya also batted well and scored 64 runs which came off 92 balls and included five punishing fours and two towering sixes. Obuya kept the scoreboard moving until he was the fourth batsman out at the score of 115 after Seren Waters (26), Kennedy Otieno (8) and Steve Tikolo (1) had departed cheaply.

For Ireland, Regan West took 2-57 while Trent Johnston, Andrew White and skipper Kyle McCallan bagged one wicket apiece.

Earlier in the day, McCallan and West added 43 runs for the ninth wicket to help Ireland cross the 400-run mark after Johnston had departed in the seventh over of the day for the addition of only 15 runs.

McCallan fell after scoring 25 but West played attacking cricket and struck nine fours in his 44 not out. Together with last-man Peter Connell, West added 23 runs from 24 balls.

Scores in brief:

Ireland 404 (Paul Stirling 100, Jeremy Bray 89, Alex Cusack 63, Regan West 45, Andrew Botha 26, Kyle McCallan 25; Steve Tikolo 5-67)

Kenya 239-6 (James Kamande 65 not out, David Obuya 64, Maurice Ouma 52; Regan West 2-57)

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