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Trent Johnston & Rakep Patel

Rakep Patel takes the attack to Trent Johnston as Kenya coast to victory in their opening World Cricket League match against Ireland

Ireland lost the first of two International Cricket Council World Cricket League matches against Kenya by seven wickets after a match-winning innings by Tanmay Mishra in Mombasa.

Ireland won the toss but made just 200 all out having opted to bat first, Paul Stirling top-scoring with 46.

Kenya, led by Mishra’s 70 not out, knocked off their target for the loss of only three wickets and with 44 balls remaining.

Captain Will Porterfield was first man down for Ireland, departing for five while Stirling set off on an innings that contained six fours and a six.

After that a series of batsmen got in without making a major contribution, with Alex Cusack and Gary Wilson both out for 27 and Kevin O’Brien chipping in with 39.

Leg-spinner Collins Obuya was the pick of Kenya’s attack with 3-24 from six overs.

Duncan Allan fell to John Mooney for 15 as Kenya started their reply and when George Dockrell snared David Obuya for 20, the score was 43 for two.

But just one more wicket was to fall, Trent Johnston running out Collins Obuya for 29, before a fourth-wicket stand of 100 sealed the win.

Mishra was ably supported by Rakep Patel, who finished unbeaten on 42, as the tourists failed to make another breakthrough.