Holland defend average total against Kenya

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Kenya were unable to add another victory to their tally at the World Twenty20 qualifiers in the UAE, losing to the Netherlands by 29 runs in Dubai on Saturday.

Kenya were unable to add another victory to their tally at the World Twenty20 qualifiers in the UAE, losing to the Netherlands by 29 runs in Dubai on Saturday.

The Dutch side had posted a relatively gettable 130 for seven in their 20 overs, with the Kenya bowlers doing a good containment job, but early wickets put the chase in jeopardy and Kenya were unable to recover.

The Netherlands, second the on the group B table behind Afghanistan, won the toss and chose to bat first. They were one down in the first over when Stephan Myburgh was dismissed by Nehemiah Odhiambo for a duck.

But Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi put on a stand of 70 for the second wicket, at more than 8 to the over. Barresi was the man to break the partnership, out for 28 to Ragheb Aga.

The wickets fell quickly from there, with Peter Borren, Ben Cooper and Swart all falling within two runs of each other. Swart had made 44, the top score of the match, as Holland recorded a score a stronger opponent would have reached.

Kenya were in dire straits early in their chase, losing Odhiambo and Steve Tikolo in the first over, both for ducks, to Mudassar Bukhari. Collins Obuya departed in the third over and Alex Obanda followed in the fourth, leaving the side on five runs for four wickets.

Matters just got worse as they fell to 10 for six and then 22 for seven, before Rakep Patel and Shem Ngoche mounted a fight back. They put on 38 together as the last three stands were all better than the top order efforts.

Once Ngoche departed for 38, Kenya's top score, Hiren Varaiya and Elijah Otieno saw out the game and ended on 101 for nine.

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