Ireland pockets first innings lead points against Kenya

ICC Media Release
Tue, Jul 7, 2009 11:57 AM

Ireland pockets first innings lead points against Kenya
A century partnership for the fifth wicket between Kenya captain Maurice Ouma and Collins Obuya withheld a late charge by Ireland to deny the defending champion victory in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 match at the Woodvale Road, Eglinton on Sunday.

Kenya, set a target of 298 runs in a minimum of 67 overs, finished at 245-8 in 70 overs after it had lost Kennedy Otieno and Steve Tikolo in a space of seven balls to slip from 82-3 to 82-4 in the 27th over.

Ouma and Obuya batted sensibly with their heads down and put on 105 runs for the fifth wicket to bail out their side from serious crisis. But when it appeared that Kenya had got out of the jail, the two batsmen departed in a space of 17 runs to leave Kenya at 214-6 in the 59th over.

James Kamande tried to hold the wobbling Kenya ship together but final twist in the tale came when he and Nehemiah Odhiambo fell to Regan White (2-5) in a space of 13 balls as the tourists were reduced from 241-6 to 241-8.

Ireland tried its best but failed to beat the time as Thomas Odoya and Peter Ongondo survived the remaining 15 balls in the match to deny Ireland victory.

Obuya played a gem of a knock while scoring 84 off 95 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. Ouma followed up his first innings contribution of 52 runs with a sedate 37 from 78 balls with five fours.

Earlier Ireland resumed its second innings at 139-4 with an overall lead of 212 and batted for 13 overs on the final morning in which it added 85 runs to declare the innings at 224-7.

After Alex Cusack failed to add any run to his overnight score of 55, Andrew White and Gary Wilson took over the scoring responsibilities. The two batsmen added 52 runs for the sixth wicket off 47 balls before Wilson departed after scoring a rapid 38 that came off 37 balls and included six fours.

White, however, was at the crease on 59 when Kyle McCallan announced declaration. White scored 59 off 79 balls with five fours.

Kamande claimed two of the three Irish wickets that fell on the last day to finish with figures of 2-18.

The two Associate sides will now play a three-ODI series which starts in Dublin on Thursday.

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) and 224-7d (Andrew White 59 not out, Alex Cusack 55, Gary Wilson 38; Steve Tikolo 2-71, James Kamande 2-18)

Kenya 331 (James Kamande 73, Thomas Odoyo 46, David Obuya 64, Maurice Ouma 52, Peter Ongondo 24 not out; Regan West 4-94, Trent Johnston 2-39) and 245-8 (Collins Obuya 84, Maurice Ouma 37, James Kamande 28, Steve Tikolo 28, Kennedy Obuya 26; regan White 2-5, Trent Johnston 2-52, Kyle McCallan 2-65)

Result: Match drawn

Points: Ireland 9; Kenya 3

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