Kenya's cricket World Cup hopes take nosedive

AARON GOILE
Last updated 19:23 17/01/2014

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Kenya's hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup have nosedived after suffering their second loss in as many games at the qualifying tournament in New Zealand.

The 2003 semifinalists yesterday went down to Namibia by two wickets at Mt Maunganui's Bay Oval.

Namibia are two from two after upsetting the Netherlands in their first fixture.

Having won the toss, Kenya found themselves in big trouble at 11-3 and never really recovered.

Veteran Steve Tikolo top scored with 47, while Rakep Patel (44), Morris Ouma (32) and Hiren Varaiya  (32) chipped in to help Kenya reach 186-8 in their 50 overs.

Namibia left-arm seamer JJ Smit finished with figures of 3-23 off 10 overs, including two maidens.

In reply, Namibia stuttered to 26-2 in the 10th over, but a patient 45 off 97 balls from No 3 Sarel Burger got his side close, before Smit's unbeaten 33 off 31 balls got them over the line with seven balls to spare.

Kenya 186-8 (S Tikolo 47, R Patel 44, M Ouma 32, H Varaiya 32; J Smit 3-23, C Viljoen 2-34, L Klazinga 2-50) Namibia 187-8 (S Burger 45, JJ Smit 33no, N Scholtz 30; L Onyango 2-29 , H Varaiya 2-33, S Tikolo 2-39) by 2 wickets.

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