Stumps Day 4 of 4, Eglinton. Match drawn. Ireland 9 pts, Kenya 3 pts.
Ireland 404 & (overnight 139-4) 224-7 dec (65 ov) White 59*; Kamande 2-18 Kenya 331 & 245-8 (70 ov) C Obuya 84; White 2-6
Ireland’s cricketers were unable force a victory against Kenya on a rain delayed final day at Eglinton. Despite the loss of Cusack without addition, a fifty from Andrew White and a quickfire 39 from Gary Wilson set the Kenyan’s a sporting 298 from 70 overs and when McCallen dismissed Tikolo to leave the Africans reeling at 82-4, a home victory seemed likely. Kenya were saved by a partnership of 105 for the 5th wicket between Ouma and Collins Obuya and despite a late wobble, a draw was probably a fair result. Scotland top the table after beating Canada but this can be remedied when the two celtic sides meet in Aberdeen next month. Next up for Ireland, 3 ODIs against Kenya starting in Dublin on Thursday.
The main event in the cricket world over the next six weeks is the battle for the Ashes starting in Cardiff on Thursday. England’s squad was fairly predictable with Harmison just missing out but Australia have been thrown a bit of a curve ball as Australian quick Brett Lee has torn an abdominal muscle and may be out for the series. Two points of view: Lee bowled 90mph+ in the warm-up game, took wickets for fun and looked every inch a world class strike bowler; Lee has a poor record aginst England and goes for plenty of runs, the English rate Lee more than the Aussies and it’s better for the Baggy Greens that he’s not in the side. Discuss?