Sameer Four Nation Cricket Tournament: South Africa Win

Sameer Four Nation Cricket Tournament: South Africa Win

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Sat, 12 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Monday 07 October 1996

Sameer Four Nation Cricket Tournament in Kenya: South Africa win

Elmo Rodrigopulle reporting from Nairobi

NAIROBI, Gymkhana Club, Sunday

Playing positive and intelligent cricket, South Africa beat  Pak-
istan by seven wickets to win the Sameer Group four-nation crick-
et final and with it pocket US $ 50,000 here today.

Replying to Pakistan's 203 in 46.2 overs,  South  Africa  replied
with 204 for three in 39.2 overs.

South Africa were helped in their victory push by a superb, styl-
ish hundred by left hander Gary Kirsten. He strikes the ball very
crisply and his timing is wonderful. He  drives  well  on  either
side  of  the  wicket  and is not afraid to cut and pull anything
that is pitched short. He had 15 fours.

Kirsten was involved in two productive partnerships  77  for  the
first  wicket  with co-opener Andrew Hudson and the stand for the
fourth wicket with the ever reliable Jonty Rhodes  which  steered
them to a memorable triumph.

Kirsten remained unbeaten on 118 and with him  when  victory  was
achieved was Jonty Rhodes on 16. They put on 97.

Play began in bright conditions and the ground was full even  be-
fore  play  began.   Anwar  won  the toss and decided to bat on a
wicket that had the usual early life for  the  pacies.  Later  it
turned out to help the spinners.

Pakistan opened well but with  the  dismissal  of  skipper  Saeed
Anwar  for  32 at 90, the Sahara Cup winners in Toronto continued
to lose wickets at regular intervals and could manage  only  203.
Anwar  was  associated in an opening stand of 58 with his opening
partner Elahi who made 30.

Record breaker Afridi could make only 14. Others to enter  double
figures  were  Ijaz  Ahmed  47, Salim Malik 24 and Saeed Azad 31.
Donald, McMillan and Crookes did the damage with 3, 2 and 3 wick-
ets respectively.

When South Africa began they paced their victory  chase  intelli-
gently  and  batting sensibly and intelligently had no difficulty
in winning the match and carrying away the Sameer Group Cup.

Kirsten won the man of the match award and the man of the  series
was the devastating paceman Allan Donald, who is also referred to
as `white lightning' for his speed.


India, Australia for next year's tourney ?

India and Australia are high on the priority list for next year's
Sameer  Group  tournament  to be worked out by the Kenyan Cricket
Association in September.

The Kenyan Cricket Association will write to all the Test playing
nations  inquiring  whether  they  will be free at this time next
year and once the replies are received will make their choice.

Sri Lanka who played the most exciting cricket here are also high
on  the invitation list. They were most unfortunate to bow out of
the final by the narrowest of narrow margins.

However they won the hearts of everyone here and the thrills  and
e***ment  they  provided,  especially  in  their  confrontation
against Pakistan, will long be remembered.

Everyone here is convinced that Sri Lanka should have figured  in
the final with South Africa. It was the glorious uncertainties of
the game that robbed them of a place in the final.

If the Indians play here they will not lack  for  want  of  crowd
support.  Nairobi  is  dominated  by the Indian population and if
Tendulkar's men are to play here they  will  certainly  be  crowd

The Kenyan Cricket Association is thrilled by the success of this
tourney.  According to Robin Armstrong, secretary of the organis-
ing committee, this is their first fling at organising such a big
event.  `Judging  by  the success, it is certainly going to be an
annual affair', he said.

But one thing that the Kenyan Cricket  Association  must  address
their  minds  to is better facilities for the media. The best fa-
cilities for the press was at the Aga Khan Sports Centre.

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