A quick 121 partnership between Rakep Patel and Shem Ngoche was the key for Kenya as they recorded a 65 run win over the UAE in the second WCLC match at the Rose Bowl Nursery Ground in Southampton.
As with the first game, UAE skipper Mohammad Tauqir won the toss and chose to bowl first. Kenya initially looked to be scoring way too slowly. Irfan Karim scored 67 before he was the fifth man out, and at that point, Kenya were on 139 in the 38th over. The next wicket fell in the 39th over with the score on 149, and Kenya were looking set for a score lower than 200.
But Patel and Ngoche had other ideas as they started smashing the UAE bowlers to all parts. Patel scored 59 from 39 balls and Ngoche scored 56 from 36 balls as they put on an unbeaten 121. The final Kenyan total was a competitive 270-6.
It was that partnership that proved to be the difference, as the UAE innings proceeded initially in similar fashion to the Kenyan one. Shaiman Anwar was the top scorer in the upper order with 43. UAE found themselves seven wickets down in the 33rd over with the score on 134.
UAE skipper Mohammad Tauqir tried to do a similar thing to Patel and Ngoche, but he couldn't find anyone to join him. He top scored for the UAE with 54 from 42 balls before he was the last man out in the 45th over, the UAE total on 205. James Ngoche polished off much of the lower order, taking 5-26.
These teams will now begin preparations for the World Twenty20 Qualifier. Both teams will be in the group to be played in Scotland. The next WCLC action will be just after that qualifier, when Scotland take on Nepal in Ayr.
Kenya beat UAE by 65 runs
Rose Bowl Nursery Ground, Southampton, 27 June
Kenya 270-6 (50 overs, I Karim 67, R Patel 59*, S Ngoche 56*)
UAE 205 (44.3 overs, Mohammad Tauqir 54, Shaiman Anwar 43, J Ngoche 5-26)