Rakep Patel’s half century was barely sufficient as Kenya slumped to a massive 96 – run loss at the hands of Jersey, in their second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Kenya were bowled out for 179 runs with 9 overs to spare, largely due to Patel’s 86 off 89 balls. He looked set to see the team home having come in with Kenya scrambling at 3/16 at the close of the sixth over but was the 7th wicket to fall in the 32nd over, agonizingly short of his unbeaten 101 the last time the two sides faced off in Oman.
Opting to bat, Jersey made clear their intent to overturn a seven – wicket loss the last time the two sides met, accumulating 81 runs before skipper Shem Ngoche got the breakthrough in the 11th over via a Rushabh Patel catch off Harrison Carlyon (31.) Nick Greenwood stayed on to register the first half century of the day before being run out by Collins Obuya on 66 off 48 balls in the 17th over.
Kenya hustled for wickets which fell as regularly as the runs came. Reprieve came upon collecting 3/29, spinning Ben Stevens (15), Jonty Jenner (6) and Dominic Blampied (6) out of the competition but only slightly. Josh Lawrenson (55 off 60) spearheaded a comeback to propel the score to 6/206 before being caught by Nelson Odhiambo off the skipper in the 34th over. Julius Sumerauer added 22 runs to the sixth wicket with Anthony Hawkins – Kay wagging the tail unbeaten on 38 runs.
Fresh from the crease, Hawkins – Kay ran through Kenya’s top order before adding two more to bag 5/18 in just 7 overs and earn Man on the Match accolades. Charles Perchard who picked the prize wicket of Patel managed 3/23 off his 7 overs.
Despite the onslaught, Elijah Otieno extended his tournament wicket tally to 7 with 2/35 off 7 overs while Shem Ngoje was the pick of the bowlers with 3/59 off his allotted tally. However, it would be a bittersweet day for Vraj Patel (2/47 off 9) as he basked in his maiden wicket in the format.