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Kenya’s under 19 team to the ICC World Cup showed great fighting spirit Wednesday against Sydney Thunder down in Australia during a build-up match. The hosts won by six wickets after Kenya had won the toss and opted to bat first.
Jimmy Kamande’s lads scored an impressive 134/4 runs against the under 25 side in their allotted overs. The pace of the match and tactics, however, got the better of the youngsters who are soon to step onto the pitch in Christchurch, New Zealand for their first ever international match in the global stage.
Sydney Thunder chased the total set with only four wickets gone to make light work of the relatively inexperienced East African side. However there was overall disciplined display with the ball, which raised confidence from the bench, which had considered the build-up as a crucial clog to find solutions ahead of the global showpiece as from the January 16.
Skipper Sachin Bhudia gave an all rounded performance on the crease to lead his charges in brazen fashion in the first innings. Pace bowler Maxwell Ager of Obuya Academy starred with the ball as he collected two wickets while Stray Lions rookie Abisheikh Chidanaram and the diligent Bhudia from Kanbis Club nicked one apiece.
Kenya still has two other pre-tournament matches against Associate nations Nepal and USA before crossing over to neighbouring New Zealand. This pre-championship event gave an opportunity for Team Kenya to adapt to a new kind of wicket and player combinations as well.
Meanwhile, former Kenyan international batsman/wicketkeeper Kennedy Obuya has called on the juniors to push themselves in a bid to fight for national team slots.