The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All Stars secured victory against the Kenyan Under 19 team at Bruce Purser Reserve, Rouse Hill.
Featuring players from seven different community groups, the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All Stars were selected from their performances during the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup Community Rounds.
The Kenya Under 19 team are in Sydney in preparation for the upcoming Under 19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, the first time in 14 years they will be competing in the international tournament. Sydney Thunder has developed a close connection with Cricket Kenya through the Thunder Foundation and continues to support the growth of cricket in the African nation.
Winning the toss and bowling first, Kenya claimed two early wickets, before Tahmid Islam (60) consolidated and settled the innings for the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All Stars.
Some late hitting from Kushal Ram (32 not-out) helped the hosts to a score of 167.
Abhishek Chidambaran (2-42) and Jayant Mepani (2-19) were the pick of the bowlers for the visiting side, who impressed with their athletic and energetic fielding.
Batting second, Kenya were in a strong position at 2/77 and building a strong run chase. It was BBL|04 Community Rookie, Nazir Shinwari, who restricted the visitors as he took 3-13. Shinwari was matched by Eknoor Singh (3-17) as they held Kenya to a total of 136. Aveet Desai (44) top-scored for Kenya and was supported by Sukhdeep Singh, who scored 36.
Hameed Kherkhah, captain of the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All Stars, enjoyed the experience, “It’s an honour and privilege to be a part of Sydney Thunder and captain the side. It means a lot to my community.”
“Kenya were a really good fielding side and the spinners bowled really well. We enjoyed the challenge”, Kherkhah said.
Kenya will conclude their trial games with a fixture against the Canadian Under 19 side at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday 6 January 2018. Kenya will face neighbours South Africa in their World Cup opener on Sunday 14 January 2018 in Christchurch (NZ).
The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All Stars claimed their second win from two games, after victory against the Australian Defence Force in November.
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