Cricket World Cup: England go through to Super 8s after beating Kenya


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CRICKET WORLD CUP 2007

Buoyant Flintoff back to sink Kenya

England beat Kenya in their last Group C match last night to go through to the Super 8s where they will play minnows Ireland

By Scyld Berry

25/03/2007


Kenya: 177
England: 178-3

England win by 7 wickets. They will play Ireland in the Super 8s

Group C final standings

....................P....W....T....L....Points.... R/R
New Zealand....3.....3....0....0......6.........2.14
England..........3.....2....0....1......4......... 0.42
Kenya.............3....1.....0....2......2....... -1.19
Canada...........3.....0.....0....3.....0....... -1.39

All the teams who finished top of their groups take 2 points into the Super 8s with them. All those who finished second take no points

A much better performance from England than their feebleness against New Zealand and Canada. In beating Kenya yesterday by seven wickets England improved to the verge of competence.

Their victory ensured that England will go through to the Super Eight stage, and not become a major casualty at the first hurdle like Pakistan and, most probably, India. However, England have no points to take into the next stage - New Zealand have both of them - and a poor run-rate too, as New Zealand beat them with nine overs to spare in the only match of consequence in this respect. If teams finish the Super Eight stage equal on points, the higher net run-rate will decide who goes through to the semi-finals.

England should at least start the next round on a winning note as they face Ireland on Friday at the new ground of the Providence Stadium in Guyana. But then, every team henceforth should defeat the Irish part-timers, gallant though they have been so far. England will then have to win at least three of their last five games in the Super Eight stage, against the super-powers, to progress further. But they put Kenya away sufficiently easily for the thought not to be utterly ridiculous.

The key to England's win was the penetration of their three main pace bowlers. Andrew Flintoff returned to the side after his one-match suspension for marine activities and helped to sink Kenya instead. With his Lancashire team-mates James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood, Flintoff took five wickets for 101 runs, and never allowed a partnership to develop, so that Kenya never had wickets in hand for a major assault.

It should be said that Kenya were never good enough to put England under pressure with bat or ball.

Their batsmen were basically Minor County in standard, except for Ravinder Shah and Steve Tikolo, who would both be of first-class rank. Shah was soon undone by an Anderson outswinger which seamed back and kept low; leaving his captain to play a lone hand of 76 off 97 balls.

In short bursts Flintoff kept Kenya in check whenever Michael Vaughan needed a touch on the brake.

The errant allrounder had ''trained really well'' during the week, said his captain. Another returnee to the side was Mahmood, in place of Liam Plunkett, and he supplied more variations - slower balls and off-cutters - than the Durham bowler. But the ball swung so lavishly in the opening stages that only the most incompetent bowler would have been taken apart.

Vaughan was most agree ably surprised when Tikolo decided to bat first in a match reduced by overnight rain to 43 overs a side. Such was the humidity that Anderson swung the new ball as he used to do of old. Kenya may have decided to bat first because, when they bat second, their batsmen panic in their running between wickets. As it was, batting first, they still presented England with three run-outs while Anderson at the bowler's stumps dropped a throw-in from Ian Bell which would have brought a fourth.

While Flintoff returned to being a key member of England's crew, Tikolo had to enter a single-handed yacht race. He hit some skimming drives, one over deep mid-off and another through the fingers of Paul Collingwood in his follow-through. In his fourth World Cup, and a semi-finalist in South Africa last time, Tikolo was not fazed and was only beaten by a reverse-swinging yorker from Flintoff when Kenya's innings was all but over.

Flintoff would have had a third wicket but for a rather languid attempt by Ed Joyce at mid-on to catch Jimmy Kamande. Apart from that fumble, and Anderson's, England's fielding was as improved as the rest of their game, in relatively relaxed circumstances. Paul Nixon missed a difficult diving chance to his right in the final over, but overall he has kept remarkably well - above his county form - and justified his selection with the bat as well. The hard part of the tournament, however, is to come.

There was only one moment during England's reply when they wobbled significantly. When Kenya's left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiya came on, Kevin Pietersen edged his first ball, which turned, to the wicketkeeper's right glove but did not stick. England would have been 76 for three if this chance had been held, with some scope for knicker-twisting against bowlers who take pace off the ball. But England, in the persons of Ed Joyce and Pietersen, reached 99 for two by the end of the 17 overs of power-play, reduced from the normal 20. Kenya, tied down by England's pace bowlers, wer 68 for two in the same period. Joyce played some lovely square-of-the-wicket strokes to put England ahead of the rate and redeem himself for the missed catch, cementing his place with 75 off 90 balls.

Vaughan was partly the victim of a ball which bounced quite a lot for a part-time medium-pacer, and largely of a brilliant swooping catch at point by Collins Obuya, when he did not get on top of his back-foot force. It is not a dismissal which England's captain should take to heart, unlike Ian Bell's. Once again Bell played himself in then got himself out, perpetuating his string of moderate scores in all forms of cricket by driving to mid-off.

Pietersen needed no second reprieve to help himself to an undefeated fifty and see England home with 10 overs to spare. He gave the crowd something to shout about, which has not always been the case in the qualifying matches between David and Goliath.

Before the game a minute's silence was impeccably observed by both teams and the crowd, after an unsuitably jaunty announcement about Bob Woolmer's death. During the day the crowd grew to about half the ground's capacity but no more than that. Having over-priced the tickets, and food and drink, organisers cannot give tickets away for qualifying games. Let the real battles now commence.

England: E C Joyce, M P Vaughan, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R S Bopara, P A Nixon, S I Mahmood, J M Anderson, M S Panesar

Kenya: M A Ouma, R D Shah, S O Tikolo, T Mishra, C O Obuya, A O Suji, T M Odoyo, L N Onyango, J K Kamande, P J Ongondo, H A Varaiya

Other standings (Top 2 from each group go through to Super 8s)

Group A
...................P...W...T...L...Points....R/R
Australia........3....3....0...0....6.........3.43
South Africa....3....2....0...1....4.........2.40
Netherlands.....3....1....0...2....2........ -2.53
Scotland.........3....0....0...3....0........ -3.79


Group B
..................P....W...T....L...Points.....R/R
Sri Lanka.......3....3....0....0.....6..........3.49
India............3....1....0....2.....2..........1 .21
Bangladesh.....2....1....0....1.....2......... -2.00
Bermuda........2....0....0....2.....0......... -5.00



Group D
.................P....W....T...L...Points....R/R
West Indies...3.....3....0...0......6......0.76
Ireland.........3.....1....1...1......3.....-0.09
Pakistan.......3.....1....0...2......2.....0.09
Zimbabwe.....3.....0....1...2......1.....-0.89

TODAY'S GAME: Bermuda VS Bangladesh in Group B. If Bangladesh win they go through to the Super 8s and India are out of the competition

Rain reduces England's must-win match against Kenya at the Beausejour Ground in St Lucia to 43 overs aside
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The players observe a minute's silence in memory of former England player Bob Woolmer who was murdered on Sunday
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Kenya decide to bat after winning the toss but lose opener Ravi Shah to James Anderson with only 10 on the board
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Anderson takes his second wicket when Maurice Ouma flaps weakly and Paul Collingwood pouches a simple catch
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The Kenyan batsmen are not helping themselves, Tony Suji drives a Sajid Mahmood delivery straight to Michael Vaughan
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And when Tanmay Mishra chops a Collingwood ball onto his stumps in the next over, Kenya are struggling on 74-4
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Kenya's plight worsens when Collins Obuya is sent back by Steve Tikolo and comprehensively run out by Monty Panesar
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But Tikolo is the only batsman putting up any resistance and the Kenyan captain notches up his 20th one-day half century
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Andrew Flintoff gets amongst the wickets, trapping Thomas Odoyo leg before to leave the African side on 112-6
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Tikolo and Jimmy Kamande put on 39 but the latter is bowled by Collingwood after an almighty swing and a miss
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With overs running out, Kenya progress to 164 before Tikolo's fine knock is ended on 76 by a Flintoff yorker
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More shambolic running between the wickets sees Peter Ongondo and Lameck Onyango depart as Kenya end on 177 all out
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England suffer an early batting setback when skipper Michael Vaughan is caught by Obuya off Peter Ongondo for one
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Ian Bell makes 16 before giving an easy catch to Rajesh Bhudia at mid-off to leave England 56-2 after nine overs
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But Ed Joyce hits 75 off 90 balls to help England towards the win they need to reach the Super 8 phase
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Kevin Pietersen's unbeaten 56 seals the victory for England, who win the match by seven wickets

telegraph.co.uk
 
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LOL after 5 years I STILL cant figure it out LOL Bri LOVES this stuff..........at least I know he's smilin at the tellie *giggle* Let me know who wins Im at a loss about following it.
 
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