England v Kenya, World Cup, Gros Islet

Okay, Andrew Flintoff, here’s your chance. Apparently he’s been stepping up the gas in the nets – and also bowling quite fast – so today’s match against Kenya represents an ideal opportunity for him to single handedly boost England’s fledgling confidence. Kenya aren’t at their best and ought to be swept aside…well, quite. Leave your comments below, and keep an eye on the scorecard.

Ken v NZ; Scot v SA, World Cup

Kenya take on New Zealand today – can’t wait to hear how that goes. New Zealand looked good against England (not hard) but Kenya…well, I really fancy their chances. How they cope with the tournament’s most outstanding fast bowler, Shane Bond, will be interesting.

Scorecard links are below…then leave your thoughts.

Kenya v New Zealand
Scotland v South Africa

Aus v Scot. Can v Ken. World Cup

Two cracking games today: Australia v Scotland; Canada v Kenya. I still fancy Scotland to upset somebody, perhaps not Australia though. Stranger things happen though.

I’ve a day off so will miss both of them…leave your own thoughts below.

World Cup, third warm-ups: live discussion

The penultimate day of warm-ups. Bangladesh and Scotland ought to be a good game. Bermuda v Zimbabwe…less so.

Bangladesh v Scotland
Three Ws Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Bermuda v Zimbabwe
Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent

Canada v Ireland
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, St Augustine, Trinidad

Kenya v Netherlands
Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica

World Cup. First warm-ups: live discussion

So, the warm-ups are upon us. Today’s are as follows

Bermuda v England
Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent

Ireland v South Africa
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, St Augustine, Trinidad

Scotland v Sri Lanka
Three Ws Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Kenya v West Indies
Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica

It should be particularly fascinating watching, or hearing about, Scotland battle against Sri Lanka and Kenya’s match against the West Indies. Anyway, this is being posted a couple of days in advance so who knows what might happen between now and Monday afternoon. Waffle away in the comments below.

Do you care about the Associates?

I’ve always been interested in the lower echelons of cricket, and was pleasantly surprised at the standard of cricket – in particular from Kenya, Scotland and Ireland – during the World Cricket League in Nairobi. But I remain realistic of their ability and a little clueless as to how they can develop and close the gap on Full Member nations.

What about you? This blog has never concentrated on any one aspect of the game – ok, so England have received a fair bit of attention – and most of you seem to have a broad interest of the game. Do you care about Ireland, Netherlands or Canada? Will you watch them in the World Cup? Do you follow their progress on other sites and, if so, which ones? Are you even aware Bermuda have a side?

Tell all.

Musings on Kenya

Jambo, winners. If there was any doubt that I had landed in the wrong country, it all came hurrying back to me as I handed over the best part of £50 to the Croatian taxi driver just now. Welcome back to Britain.

Jet-lagged frustrations aside, Kenya was absolutely bloody incredible. Go there immediately. And the cricket was impressive too, particularly from Kenya. More on that later. In fact, more on all of that later. I have enough presents and crap to start a small shop – really mmmmmarvellous merchandise there. Super stuff all round.

And what’s all this “England in one-day win shocker” malarkey about? I dismissed the first text message I received as a wind-up. The sender of the second was clearly cavorting with the first. But I couldn’t ignore the third, from a colleague (aloha Gnasher). Even after spending two weeks laughing (understandably) at my too frequent bowel movements in Africa, he wouldn’t lie about England winning a one-dayer…particularly a final. If anyone has highlights on DVD, send this way…asante sana.

Expect more Swahili (or Sheng, the new dialect: Swahili, English and Hindu) shortly. Karibu! Here’s a photo.

Cheetah in Masai Mara

Will Luke in Kenya

Will’s not one to blow his own trumpet. Instead, he pays me to do it for him. Of course, he’s in Kenya.

Most people that go to Kenya seem to go there for big game hunting. Will is hunting for new cricket talent with the World Cricket League, and he’s blogging about it for Cricinfo.

In today’s game, the Atlantic Island of Bermuda is taking on the hosts. They didn’t make a great fist of their first innings, being bowled out for 133.  That they got that far was almost entirely due to their wicketkeeper, Dean Minors, who scored 52. Not the youngest of chaps, in fact he’s even older then I am, but the bright young stars of tomorrow sometimes need the wisdom of the elderly.

Anyhow Will’s over there reporting it for Cricinfo, so be sure to go check it out.

Off to Kenya

I’m away for the next three weeks covering the World Cricket League in Nairobi. Keep your eyes peeled on Cricinfo for my reports and interviews. Scott’ll be around to keep the blog fed and watered.

Kenya bulldoze Scotland

I’ve been closely following Kenyan cricket in the past few months, as I’m off to Nairobi in a couple of weeks to cover the World Cricket League. Non-Test cricket has always interested me, but I freely admit that only until quite recently did I realise it had such a following. Kenya’s game looks and sounds in very good order at the moment, too.

I didn’t watch today’s one-dayer between Kenya and Scotland – the first in the ICC Tri-Series at Mombasa – but followed it on the scorecard from our scorer at the ground, and from our man-on-the-spot, David Waters, who kindly gave us some colour. Scotland took a right pasting and there was a fifty from Ravi Shah, making his comeback, who is one of the very classiest (so I’m told) non-Test batsmen out there. It’ll be terrific seeing him and others in Nairobi, and also watching the standard of cricket (and the level of interest).