Mombasa:Zimbabwe all-rounder Elton Chigumbura scored 79 and claimed two wickets to lead his team to a 109-run win over Kenya in the first of a five-match limited-overs series.
He smashed 79 off 38 balls as Zimbabwe reached 306-7 for its equal eighth highest limited-overs total. Chigumbura then took the opening two wickets to leave Kenya on 16-2 in the sixth over before it was bowled out for 197 in the 47th.
Chigumbura hit seven sixes and three boundaries to help Zimbabwe put on 62 in the final 22 balls after Vusi Sibanda (77) and Hamilton Masakadza (71) had put on an opening stand of 111 at Mombasa Sports Club Ground.
Kenya never recovered from Chigumbura's opening spell, with only Jimmy Kamande (74) hitting a half century. Chigumbura took 2-23, while Ed Rainsford claimed 2-19, Ray Price 2-40 and Graeme Cremer 2-28.
The second match is on Thursday at the same venue. Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya won the toss and elected to bat. The openers were untroubled until Masakadza was caught by Lameck Onyango off left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiy in the 22nd over. Masakadza hit 11 boundaries and a six in 61 balls.
Offspinner Steve Tikolo dismissed Stuart Matsikenyeri for 6 to leave Zimbabwe on 124-2 four overs later. Sean Williams was out for 11 before Tikolo added the wicket of Sibanda, who collected eight fours and a six in 130 deliveries. Tikolo took 2-32 in 10 overs. Forster Mutizwa and Chigumbura put on 56 before Mutizwa was run out for 20 with the total on 244.
Kenya's reply took a hit when Chigumbura struck in the fourth and sixth overs to remove Maurice Ouma for 3 and Alex Obanda for 6. The team then lost 4-77 to plummet to 93-6 before Kamande and Varaiy (34) put on 90 runs to add some respectability. Tikolo hit 37 and Seren Waters 32 for the only other Kenyan batsmen to reach double figures.