Rain ruins warm-up match but Kenyans shine on the field

Published: Monday, February 3, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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East London: A World Cup warm-up match between South Africa's Border Province and Kenya at Buffalo Park was abandoned on Sunday when heavy rain began to fall during the lunch interval without any let-up. The match had started an hour late due to overnight rain and drizzle and was reduced to 48 overs per team.

Having elected to field after winning the toss, Kenya impressed with some accurate medium-pace bowling by Martin Suji, backed up by some excellent fielding. Suji finished his brilliant spell of 10 overs with four wickets for only 11 runs with five maidens. He troubled all the early Border batsmen, reducing the home team to 38 for five wickets before a chanceless innings of 69 off 95 balls by young all-rounder Justin Kreusch helped Border to a total of 194 for eight wickets.

Behind the stumps the Kenyan wicket-keeper Kennedy Obuya was most impressive, snapping up two catches and effecting two lightning-fast stumpings while standing up to the medium-pacers to get rid of Border captain Pieter Strydom and Kreusch. Although frustrated of an innings by the rain, the Kenyans will be pleased with their showing as they looked quite formidable in the field. The two teams meet in a return 50-overs clash at Fort Hare University on Tuesday.

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