Samuels whirlwind half-century lifted West Indies
to an uncomplicated, six-wicket win over Kenya in their
opening warm-up match ahead of next weeks Twenty20
The right-handed Samuels smashed 63 from a mere 30 balls
as the West Indies, chasing the African nations 155
for five from their allotted 20 overs, raced to their target
with 15 balls to spare at Willowmoore Park yesterday.
Warming up for their first match of the inaugural competition
against South Africa on Tuesday, West Indies got off to
a flyer with opener Devon Smith slamming six fours in a
23-ball 28, in a stand of 38 with Denesh Ramdin (7) for
the first wicket.
West Indies were setback, however, when both openers fell
in successive overs with the score on 38. But Samuels shared
in a frenetic stand of 105 for the third wicket with Shivnarine
Chanderpaul who slammed an unbeaten 46, as the Windies overturned
the Kenyan advantage.
Samuels cracked three fours and six sixes in his stay at
the crease while Chanderpaul stroked four fours and two
sixes in his 33-ball cameo.
When Samuels finally fell to a catch at the wicket off fast
bowler Peter Ongondo in the 15th over, West Indies were
already in sight of victory.
Runako Mortons departure without scoring seven balls
later did nothing to change the course of the innings, as
Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine, unbeaten on seven, saw
the regional side home.
Earlier, Kenya reached their eventual score behind solid
knocks from Tanmay Mishra (43), Thomas Odoyo (33) and Maurice
Ouma (32), after they had been put in by the West Indies.
Kenya lost David Obuya for one with the score on 12 in the
second over but Ouma and Mishra posted 58 for the second
wicket to post a recovery of sorts.
Ouma struck three fours and one six off 33 balls while Mishra
hit four fours and a six in his knock that lasted 42 balls.
When Ouma was run out with the score on 70 and Mishra perished
to left-arm seamer Pedro Collins in the 14th over.
Odoyo kept Kenya alive with his up tempo 33 from 22 balls
with one four and three sixes.
Medium pacer Dwayne Smith was the pick of the West Indies
bowlers with two for 32. (CMC)
West Indies v Kenya warm-up
M Ouma run out 32
+D Obuya c Ramdin b Rampaul 1
T Mishra b Collins 43
S Tikolo c Sammy b DR Smith 20
T Odoyo c Ramdin b DR Smith 33
C Obuya not out 7
J Kamande not out 0
Extras (lb5, w12, nb2) 19
TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 155
Did not bat: N Odhiambo, A Obanda, P Ongondo, R Bhudia,
L Onyango, H Varaiya.
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (D Obuya, 2 overs), 2-70 (Ouma, 9.3),
3-99 (Mishra, 13.5), 4-118 (Tikolo, 16), 5-155 (Odoyo, 19.5)
Bowling: Powell 4-0-29-0 (w2), Rampaul 4-0-27-1 (w6), Edwards
4-0-21-0 (nb2), Collins 3-0-22-1, Samuels 2-0-19-0, Smith
DS Smith c Odoyo b Onyango 28
+D Ramdin c Ouma b Ongondo 7
S Chanderpaul not out 46
M Samuels c DO Obuya b Ongondo 63
R Morton c Ouma b Odoyo 0
N Deonarine not out 7
Extras (lb2, w3) 5
TOTAL (4 wkts, 17.3 overs) 156
Did not bat: D Powell, R Sarwan, DR Smith, R Rampaul, D
Sammy, F Edwards, P Collins.
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (DS Smith, 4.5 overs), 2-38 (Ramdin,
5.1), 3-143 (Samuels, 14.4), 4-148 (Morton, 15.5)
Bowling: Odoyo 3.3-0-19-1 (w2), Ongondo 4-0-21-2 (w1), Onyango
4-0-30-1, Bhudia 4-0-42-0, Tikolo 2-0-42-0.
Result: West Indies won by six wickets.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Darryl Harper, Nigel Llong. (CMC)