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Ngoche brothers star in Kenyan win over UAE

Kenya joins UAE, Hong Kong and Namibia on two points, while Netherlands stays on top of the table with four points

Ngoche brothers star in Kenyan win over UAE - Cricket News
James Ngoche returned figures of 5 for 26 as Kenya bowled UAE for 205 to win by 65 runs.
The Ngoche brothers, James and Shem, turned on the heat at the Rose Bowl in Southampton to guide Kenya to a 65-run win over United Arab Emirates in a ICC World Cricket League championship match on Saturday (June 27).
 
Riding on the back of half-centuries from Irfan Karim, Rakep Patel and Shem Ngoche, Kenya scored 270 for 6 from its 50 overs. In response, UAE was bundled out for 205 in 44.3 overs. James Ngoche, the off-spinner, finished with 5 for 26, while Shem, the left-arm spinner, took 2 for 32.
 
UAE’s total is reflective of the poor start it got, slipping to 37 for 2 and then 83 for 5, but it remained in the hunt when Mohammad Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar stabilised the innings. But that was before the Ngoches got rid of the two batsmen and put Kenya firmly in the driver’s seat.
 
Following the two crucial wickets, Kenya tightened the leash to seal the deal and join UAE, Hong Kong and Namibia on two points from two games. The Netherlands currently leads the table with four points from two games.
 
Should UAE have put on a show as it had against the same opponent earlier in the week, it would have had the chance to top the table, but the Kenyans proved a much tougher nut to crack this time round.
 
Asked to bat, Kenya got off to a decent start courtesy Narendra Patel’s 32. UAE’s bowlers were in for more trouble as Karim, son of former Kenyan player Asif, got into his stride. While the youngster was all about carving out an innings, Rakep went about clearing the ropes on his way to an unbeaten 59 from 39 deliveries. Karim was out after a 107-ball 67, but it got worse for UAE when Shem came out and struck an unbeaten 36-ball 56 with four fours and four sixes.  
 
Mohammad Naveed, Manjula Guruge and Amjad Javed returned with two wickets apiece for UAE.

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