Virtually all the Kenyan players in Oman were part of the squad that failed to win a single game at the ICC World Cricket League Division Two held in Namibia in February, thereby getting the team demoted to ICC World Cricket League Division Three.
When Kenya and Oman last met, the Omanis beat the local boys by two wickets through the Duckworth Lewis Method.
Kenya batted first scoring 200 all out in 49.5 overs and Oman were 148 for 8 in 41.1 overs before the match was disrupted by rainfall. Patel top scored for Kenya (59 off 72 balls with four boundaries) while Zeeshan Maqsood was Oman’s highest runs getter with a quick half century (58 off 33 balls with eight boundaries and two sixes).
Kenya must win today’s game to boost their morale and improve their chances of finishing among the top two teams in a competition involving six sides that is played in a round-robin format.
The top finishers in Oman will be promoted to the ICC World Cricket League Division Two. Uganda, Denmark, USA and Singapore are the other teams at the Oman tournament.
Kenya has a heritage of having competed in five successive ICC World Championships from 1996 to 2011.