Kenya Completes Narrow Win

Kenya finished its Africa T20 Cup campaign on a positive note when it beat SWD by one run in its final Pool D match at the Mangaung Oval on Sunday.  It was their first victory of the tournament and highlighted the improvement they have shown over the course of their three matches.  Captain Rakep Patel says:  ‘I was disappointed that we did not win our second game yesterday against Gauteng.  Our total of 154 was a good one and we should have defended it.  Our younger players have learned a lot over the course of the weekend and I was pleased to see the way they handled the pressure in our narrow win today.  The important thing is the enjoyment they are getting out of their cricket and this is the best way to handle pressure.’

SWD looked to be in control of the match when they reached 62/2 after 10 overs and had reduced the required target of 120 below six to the over.  The dismissal of Andrew Puttick (40 off 35 balls, five fours and a six) off the last ball of the 14th over turned out to be a turning point and they were only able to score 35 runs in the last six overs in spite of losing only two more wickets.