|Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier, UAE 2012|
Kenya bear the brunt of Ireland's anger
Ger Siggins (Irish Daily Star)
KENYA bore the brunt of Ireland's anger yesterday as they put their Namibia nightmare behind them.
The Irish bowlers bounced back to dismiss the Africans for just 71, and then William Porterfield scored Ireland's fastest fifty ever to win in the eighth over by ten wickets.
Pace held sway at the Dubai Cricket Stadium as Phil Simmons team turned in a clinical performance.
Openers Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston blew away the top order with a display of tight lines and vicious bounce.
Man of the match Rankin blew away the top order with three wickets in his first two overs, in which he conceded Nine wides.
"I'm in the team to get wickets early on and it was great to play my part today", Rankin said. "It was nice to get a bit of pace and bounce on a slow pitch.
Porterfield used just five bowlers as he relied on his quicker men.
Swinging the ball away from the right handers, Trent Johnston's first two overs went for just two runs.
"it was good to put in a solid performance today," he said after the game. "Our backs were to the wall and we didn't want to be facing two defeats."
The Kenyans won the toss and opted to bat and were soon in trouble.
Alex Obanda edged his second ball off Rankin to Gary Wilson, and in the his next over he bowled Duncan Allan and had Collins Obuya caught by Alex Cusack. The Clontarf man make a fine diving catch but the Kenyan skipper stood his ground until the umpires conference sent him on his way.
Kenya hit three fours in succession but there was only one more boundary in the innings as the Africans struggled against the medium pacers.
Alex Cusack is a deadly T20 bowler and his little seamers bamboozled t the Kenyans with his figures of 3-0-5-2.
And Johnny Mooney showed his fighting qualities after conceding 24 off his only against Namibia. The North County man put in an economical shift of 4-1-11-2, ended with first T20 maiden for Ireland.
Tommy Mishra was the only Kenyan to make it into double figures, his 28 off 34 balls included 3 fours.
From the first ball of the Irish innings, which Porterfield hit for four, the Kenyans were a beaten side. Going through the motions they went down with a whopping 76 balls to spare.
Paul Stirling took a back seat role, as his captain enjoyed the loose bowling. Aft five overs the scoreboard read Stirling 1, Porterfield 36, a rare reversal of roles.
Ireland passed 50 in 5.4 overs, and Porterfield smashed the ball into the fifty-strong Blarney Army of travelling supporters.
Porterfield raced to a 23 ball fifty, the fastest half century for Ireland in all forms of the game. It was also his first in T20.