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Rakep Patel leads Kenya to victory in high-scoring thriller

Stephen Baard’s valiant century in vain as Namibia ends 11 runs short of Kenya’s 287 for 7

Rakep Patel leads Kenya to victory in high-scoring thriller - Cricket News
Rakep Patel scored a 58-ball 80.
Kenya's all-round display in the 11th match of the ICC World Cricket League championship earned the side victory by 11 runs in a closely fought match with Namibia at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek on Friday (October 30).
After opting to bat first, Kenya stacked up 287 for 7 in 50 overs on the back of half-centuries from Alex Obanda, who made 52 off 78 while opening the batting and Rakep Patel, who smashed 80 off just 52 balls to rev up the latter half of the innings.
Stephan Baard, the Namibia captain, hit a valiant 132 off just 106 balls, but it went in vain as Kenya's bowlers hunted in a pack to cut short Namibia's chase at 276 in 49 overs.
Things began well for Kenya with Dhiren Gondaria and Obanda, the openers, putting on 44 runs in 7.2 overs, before Gondharia was run out for 25.
Obanda and Irfan Karim then kept the Namibia bowlers at bay, while ensuring they maintained a decent scoring rate, putting on 58 runs for the second wicket in 13 overs. Obanda did most of the scoring, bringing up his half-century off 69 balls in the 19th over, but fell to Gerrie Snyman two overs later. Karim didn’t last long either, as Bernard Scholtz dismissed him in the 24th over.
Had it not been for the 110-run stand between Collins Obuya and Patel, Kenya would have had to settle for a sub-par total. While Obuya’s knock was all about carving out an innings, Patel went about clearing the ropes with ease in a knock that included 12 fours and a six. Patel was eventually bowled by Christiaan Snyman, who snapped up Obuya soon after.
Thanks to a couple of sixes from Shem Ngoche (35 off 23 balls), Kenya managed to post a competitive total. Christiaan and Gerrie returned with two wickets apiece.
When Namibia began its chase, Nelson Odhiambo dented it early by running Gerrie out for 4. 
But Baard, the other opener, and Raymond van Schoor associated for a 95-run second-wicket stand to provide a solid platform. While van Schoor fell for 27, Baard counterattacked, bringing up his century off 85 balls. 
Baard waged a lone battle with Ngoche's triple strike accounting for Craig Williams (9), Jean-Pierre Kotze (33) and Sarel Burger (3). When Odhiambo removed Baard in the 42nd over, Namibia needed 58 runs from 52 deliveries - an achievable target. But a lack of substantial partnerships meant Namibia couldn’t quite get over the line.
Johannes Smit, Namibia's no. 9, launched a few late hits, but his 15-ball 22 only served to reduce the margin of defeat. Ngoche collected 3 for 53, while Elijah Otieno and Odhiambo took two wickets each.

Namibia will taken on Kenya at the same venue on Sunday.

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