Kenya take first ODIAlex Crampton |
The first ODI of a three match series between Kenya and Bermuda ended in a reasonably comfortable victory for the Kenyans, with 79 runs the margin.
Kenya won the toss and batted first, but Saleem Mukeddem made early inroads for Bermuda, removing wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma and Tony Suji. From 35-2, David Obuya shared a partnership off 44 with Steve Tikolo, before falling to David Hemp, who was playing his first ODI for Bermuda.
The rest of the middle order failed to really get in, and after Tikolo was run out for 43, they had no established batsmen left. They slipped to 158-8, but were rescued by Nehemiah Odhiambo and Peter Ongondo. They added 66 in just over 7 overs, both helping themselves to several boundaries,
225 was the target for Bermuda, and it looked above them from the off. The top order failed against the experience of Thomas Odoyo and Suji, with only Kwame Tucker sticking around, with 34. Hemp’s experience of county cricket did little to help him, as he was gone, along with Bermuda’s hopes for nothing. Several of the lower order made starts, but Kenya were just too good for them today, and they were eventually biwled out for 145 in the 45th over.
David Obuya 44, Steve Tikolo 43, Nehemiah Odhiambo 31*
Saleem Mukeddem 3-45
Kwame Tucker 34
Hiren Varaiya 3-29, Jimmy Kamande 2-38