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Adole’s half ton steers Kenya past touring UK side

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By RICHARD MWANGI
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Opening batsman Sandip Adole on Saturday knocked half a century as Kenya Select XI beat the touring United Kingdom side Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) by 74 runs at Sikh Union ground.

Sandip’s 84 came off 58 deliveries with 15 boundaries and was Kenya’s highest runs getter.

Batting first, Kenya set a target of 258 with a wicket in hand in their allotted 40 overs. Gurdeep Singh was the other batsman who got half a century, 71 that came off 89 balls with six boundaries and a six. The duo put on a second wicket partnership of 148.

Collins Obuya (26 of 14 balls with two boundaries and same number of sixes), Zahid Malik (24 off 21 balls with three boundaries) and James Ngoche – who was unbeaten with 11 runs – were the batsmen who posted meaningful runs on the scoreboard.

Marylebone’s wickets were shared among Adam Rouse (2/15), Calum Haggett (2/47), Tom Coloman (1/13), Jack Williams (1/47) and Will Phillips (1/34).

In reply, MCC were routed for a paltry 183 with 27 balls in hand. Joe Barrett (63 off 68 balls with nine boundaries and a six) and Calum Haggett (55 off 49 balls with three boundaries and two sixes) both hit half centuries and were the only ones who shone with the bat.

Adam Ralex (23) and Will Philips (13) and the two with half tons were the only MCC players who posted double digit figures on the scoreboard.

Saraj Kundi was MCC’s destroyer-in-chief, taking five wickets for 34. Ngoche (3/35), Aveet Desai (1/20) and Tarandeep Singh (1/20) were the other wicket takers.

Kenya Select XI coach Maurice Odumbe was full of praise for his players most of whom represented the country in the International Cricket Council (ICC) under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in February.

“Some of the boys were asked to turn up for the game yesterday (Friday) while others were told this morning (Saturday) after a number of contracted players boycotted the game because their salaries were delayed,” Odumbe said.



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