Kenya cling on for a draw; does Lee injury boost England’s chances?

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?

  • Cushy Glenn

    I enjoyed day 1 of this entertaining game which Ireland ought to have won. Seems the weather did for us again.

  • dosser

    With cricket the key variable is the state of the pitch. A good, fair wicket conducive to fast bowling and attacking batting would probably favour the Aussies. If the Cardiff pitch, as expected, will take spin, then Australia’s nascent weakeness in this department will provide an opportunity for England to capitalise upon.

  • Cushy Glenn

    I always feel strange about cricket, since it’s the only sport where I can bring myself to support “England”(sic) and probably only because under its arcane rules of eligibility that’s the highest level of representative sport an Irish cricketer can aspire to.
    Naturally as an Ulster Calvinist when they play South Africa I want them to lose to my co-religionists, and when they play Ireland in August I’ll fervently hope for a Pom stuffing. Otherwise I sort of want them to win, especially against the Ockers. Someone please help me