Kenya down the Netherlands in style

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 19:39 23/01/2014

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Kenya sensationally booked a spot in the Super Six stage of the Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament at the expense of the Netherlands today.

The Kenyans needed to chase down the Dutch total of 265 inside 36 overs if they were to leapfrog them in the Group B standings on net run rate and move onto the Super Six round.

With an asking rate of more than seven an over, it seemed an almost impossible task for Kenya to get their net run rate up and win. Led by an outstanding 148-run second wicket partnership between Irfan Karim and Ragheb Aga, combined with a 37-run cameo from Collins Obuya, they managed to do the unthinkable, winning in 35.4 overs.

There were sombre faces in the Netherlands camp knowing their World Cup dream was over, while the Kenyans raced onto the field waving their nation's flag.

Karim was brilliant for Kenya, scoring 108, while Aga's innings was also vital, contributing 86 from 70 balls.

Earlier in the day, Wesley Barresi was in fine form for the Netherlands, hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his 137 not out. It ultimately proved in vain.

Kenya will be joined in the Super Six stage of the tournament on Sunday by Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Namibia and Papua New Guinea. The top two sides after the Super Six advance to the final and confirm their place at next year's World Cup.

Scotland opener Calum MacLeod delivered the highest individual score of the tournament at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, smashing 175 from 141 balls as they amassed a staggering 341 for nine from their 50 overs.

Canada were always going to struggle to chase down such a massive target and were eventually dismissed for 171 in the 40th over.

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