Rookie Bennett runs through Kenyan batting line-up

Hamish Bennett took a career-best 4 for 16 against Kenya in Chennai

Chennai: Feb 20, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

Rookie paceman Hamish Bennett took a career-best 4 for 16 as Kenya were all out for a paltry 69 in 23.5 overs in their World Cup Group A match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

Bennett, who made his debut in the ODI series against Bangladesh in Dhaka last October, came in as first change after New Zealand opened their bowling with Tim Southee and Nathan McCullum, rekindling memories of off-spinner Dipak Patel opening the Kiwi bowling attack at the 1992 World Cup.

Bennett struck in the 12th over, trapping Seren Waters lbw for 16 with a one that angled in after Southee prised out his other opening partner Alex Obanda in the seventh over.

The 23-year-old fast bowler dealt two crucial blows in the 14th over first trapping Collins Obuya lbw before castling experienced Steve Tikolo to have the African side on the mat. Bennett snaffled his fourth scalp when he trapped Maurice Ouma in front to cap off the fourth lbw dismissal of the day.

Medium-pacer Jacob Oram who took a lot of punishment from the Indian batsmen in the warm-up game at Chennai, got into his groove, nipping out captain Jimmy Kamande and Thomas Odoyo as Kenya plunged to 68 for 7 in 22.3 overs.


Southee grabbed two more wickets while Oram took one as New Zealand dished out an impressive bowling show.

Brief Scores: Kenya 69 in 23.5 overs (Sren Waters 16, Rakep Patel 16, Hamish Bennett 4 for 16, Tim Southree 3 for 13, Jacob Oram 3 for 3) vs New Zealand.


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