Defending 153/5 in 20 overs, the Dutch bowled to a tidy line and length and fielded smartly to restrict the East African side to only 134/9.
Ryan ten Doeschate was the star performer for Netherlands. The Essex all-rounder scored an invaluable 56 (1X4, 3X6s) and then picked up 3/27 to pocket the man-of-the-match award.
The Netherlands put in to bat first, got off to a flier with ten Doeschate and Szwarcyniski raising a rapidfire 73 runs in just eight overs. Doescahte then added a brisk 36 runs with Tom Grooth for the fifth wicket.
Ten Doeschate then added 36 runs for the fifth wicket from 29 balls with Tom De Grooth. Darron Reekers' (29 off 17) cameo at the fag end ensured Holland a healthy total.
Kenya, chasing a stiff target, was undone by their rival's probing bowling and tight fiedling and eventually could only manage 134/9. Steve Tikolo top-scored for Kenya with a strokeful 36.
Doescahte (3/23) and pacer Edgar Schiferli (3/23) were the top bowlers for Dutch.
The Netherlands plays its second match of the first round later in the day against Bermuda and a victory will ensure it a place in next Monday"s semi-final against the number two team from Group A.
In contrast, the defeat has left the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 semi-finalists Kenya facing a must-win match against Bermuda on Sunday.
Scores in brief:
Netherlands 153/5 in 20 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 56, Darron Reekers 29, Eric Szwarzcyniski 28; Hiren Varaiya 2/24) beat Kenya 134/9 in 20 overs (Steve Tikolo 37; Edgar Schiferli 3/23, Ryan ten Doeschate 3/27, Peter Borren 2/36).