The West Indies have warded off a scare from Kenya to beat them comprehensively by 75 runs. At 65/4 at one stage, the Windies recovered to post a respectable total of 253/8, thanks largely to a 123 from Ramnaresh Sarwan and 54 from Dwayne Bravo. Then the Windies overcame a defiant start from the Kenyans to bowl them out for 192 in 45.3 overs.
Kenyan openers Seren Waters and Alex Obanda had their work cut out - see out the new ball and create a platform for the middle order to take the innings forward. While Obanda perished for 15 with the score at 28, Waters pressed on and with Collins Ubuya, took Kenya to 98 in 25 overs, before he was caught behind off Nikita Miller for 43 off 72 balls.
Ubuya tried to hold the innings together as best he could, but after Steve Tikolo was bowled by Windies captain Darren Sammy for 15, he too got out in a similar manner to Kemar Roach for 68 off 105 balls. A middle order collapse ensued with Maurice Ouma getting dismissed for 5, Rakep Patel going for 2 and the latter order also caving in for single digits.
As Andre Russell and Roach polished off the tail, Kenya was all out for 192 in 45.3 overs. Russell was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/43 of his 10.
Put into bat, the West Indies got off to a shaky start at the R Premadasa Stadium in their warm-up match against Kenya. Dwayne Smith was bowled for a duck by Thomas Odoyo in just the 3rd over with 4 runs on the board.
Adrian Barath was the next to go, getting caught behind off Odoyo for 17, as the Windies slipped to 32/2 in 9 overs. And on the same score, Darren Bravo exited as well when he was caught behind off Peter Ongondo, for 12.
But Ramnaresh Sarwan held fort admirably and after losing Shivnarine Chanderpaul for a mere 7, found a steady partner in Dwyane Bravo. Together, they took the fight to the Kenyans, taking their side to over 100, then150 and putting on a total of 94 runs before Steve Tikolo's off-spinners broke the stand, reducing the Windies at 159/5 in 45 overs.
Sarwan however, continued to bat with pluck and strung together small partnerships with the latter order. He was run out off the last ball off the innings, for 123, taking the Windies to a respectable 253/8 in 50 overs.
Odoyo was Kenya's most successful bowler for Kenya, picking up 3/34 in 8 overs, while James Ngoshe was the most expensive, going for 41 off 5 overs.