Obanda a hero

Heroic clos­ing over sees Alex bat Kenya to vic­tory at Africa T20 Cup

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports General - BY DUN OKINYO @okiny­o_­dun

Alex Obanda pro­duced a heroic clos­ing over to bat Kenya to a onewicket vic­tory over Canon South West­ern Dis­tricts (SWD) in the Pool “B” match of the Africa T20 Cup at the Oudt­shoorn Recre­ation Ground in South Africa.

Chas­ing 152, Kenya needed 18 runs to win off the fi­nal six balls af­ter Dane Pater­son had bowled a fine penul­ti­mate over for the hosts that had seen him take two wick­ets for two runs.

But Obanda, who is mak­ing a come­back af­ter be­ing ig­nored sev­eral times by se­lec­tors, proved more than equal to the task as he fin­ished the match with a ball to spare, smash­ing two sixes in ad­di­tion to three hardrun twos which bor­dered on the sui­ci­dal to fin­ish un­beaten on 89.

The open­ing bats­man got four from the first two balls be­fore he set Nelson Se­ti­mani, who was trusted for the over, was sent over the ropes to re­duce the tar­get to eight in three balls.

He got another dou­ble on the third ball be­fore se­cur­ing the match with his sixth six of the match.

Kenya got into the sit­u­a­tion of need­ing 18 off six balls when Pater­son had re­duced Kenya to 134 for 9 with two wick­ets (Ne­hemiah Od­hi­ambo and Lu­cas Oluoch) in three balls.

Eli­jah Otieno added more worry in Kenya’s dug out with three con­sec­u­tive balls to leave Kenya need­ing 18 off the last over be­fore Obanda took charge.

SWD lost the match in the mid­dle overs of their in­nings when they lost too many wick­ets and lacked a power hit­ter to boost their to­tal in the clos­ing overs.

Kenya bowlers picked wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to tame the hosts who had re­cov­ered from 8 for one in one over to 47 for 2.

Rakep Pa­tel was the toast of Kenya’s bowl­ing with 3 for 17.

The home side’s sit­u­a­tion was not helped by the fact they also made too many er­rors in the field that saw catches put down in ad­di­tion to con­ced­ing too many two’s that should have been cut down to sin­gles.

The re­sult means that North­ern Cape top the pool log with six points fol­lowed by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons North­erns and Kenya both on 4 and SWD on 2.

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Alex Obanda of Kenya’s na­tional cricket team bats dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion at the Ruaraka Sports Club on Septem­ber 24, 2014.

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