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CK must move with the times

In this day and age, it's totally unacceptable to have an inactive website, don't you think? Yes Cricket Kenya – I'm talking to you. I do not understand how such a big organisation – no, scratch that – how a major sports governing body such as yourselves can still not have joined the 21st century!

The reason for my anger is this...

This week, the Kenya men's cricket side have been taking part in the ICC T20 qualifiers Division 1 in Kampala. I, like many cricket lovers have been scouring the world wide web to see how our boys have been doing. You would think the most obvious place to check would be www.cricket-kenya.com, right? Well you would be wrong and very disappointed. I ventured onto the said website, hoping to see live scores coming through, to let me know that the boys are doing well against the likes of Botswana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. Though there is a box on the site for live scores. I do not think it has ever worked. In fact, the page looks like it was last updated a month ago, which is totally unacceptable. The only thing that was current was the feed from CricInfo.

I know there is a new board, and they will obviously justify it by saying that plans are under way to change how things work in the organisation... blah blah blah. But there is absolutely no excuse for the poor website, especially when the national side is out for an assignment. If not live scores, than at least have the fixtures, scorecards, news from Uganda... something!

But don't fret readers, thankfully I have a few friends in Uganda who guided me to a site that had live ball-by-ball action coming from the Kyambogo and Lugugo cricket grounds. Thank you Innocent Ndawula.

So for all you Kenya fans, here is what happened.

Kenya's first match was against hosts Uganda, who managed to score a respectable 142 from their 20 overs, thanks to fantastic innings from openers Rogers Mukasa (36 from 29) and Arthur Kyobe (57 from 47). Kenya's run-chase started off well, however when Alex Obanda and Rakep Patel were dismissed, the Ugandan bowlers started sweeping through the middle order, with Deus Muhumuza (3-14) doing the damage. A late surge from Irfan Karim was not enough, with Uganda winning the game by 30 runs.

The next match was against Tanzania, and Kenya bounced back in fantastic fashion, winning this game by 106 runs. Alex Obanda (27 from 16), Rakep Patel (77 from 47) and Morris Ouma (49 from 25), were the major players for Kenya with the bat, as the team scored 204 runs. Patel chipped in with the ball as well taking two wickets, while the main shock was Tanmay Mishra chancing his arm and grabbing two wickets for just one run as the Tanzanians were bowled out for 98.

The tournament works in a round-robin format, with all teams playing each other twice. Kenya have so far beaten Botswana and Tanzania twice; Nigeria once (with the second game on Thursday the 28th), while their final game is against Uganda on 1 March.

So far, things are looking good for the boys, however they will be aiming to beat the hosts on Friday, and to finish top of the table – the top two teams travel to the World T20 qualifiers early next year.

Hopefully by then Cricket Kenya will have gotten their act together with regards to their website. Or maybe we will be able to watch the games live on SuperSport. Fingers crossed.

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