The Day Collins Obuya spun Sri Lanka to Defeat.

After having won two tickets the previous week to watch the first ever cricket world cup match to be played on Kenyan soil,I was all set to attend it…Come Sunday night my excitement reached fever pitch,it was hard falling asleep this was by no means my first time attending an international fixture at The Nairobi Gymkhana,but this was the world cup  match,nothing beats the world cup.

The day finally arrived February 24 2003,it was a beautiful sunny day,I could not contain my excitement i felt butterflies going through my tummy.after having a quick breakfast I set out to watch the game,having to use public transportation,I got stuck in the famous Nairobi traffic, anxious moments for me as it was past 10am and the match was already underway.The security at the venue was higher than usual for this fixture,After clearing the security checkpoints,I finally arrived inside the Gymkhana a little late though,but just in time to watch Kennedy Obuya lift chaminda vaas for a delightful six


Kennedy Obuya Smashes Chaminda Vaas out of the Ground

The stage was set for a big day at the game,the excitement around the ground was on a another level,the Kenyans had lost to South Africa,but  were coming off a win against Canada and a walkover over the kiwis who refused to travel to Kenya due to security concerns,The Sri Lankans had been undefeated in their previous three fixtures,and were looking for a fourth win which would put them in the super sixes.

The Kenyans batted to a decent score of 210/9 in 50 overs,with Kennedy Obuya top scoring with 60 and Maurice odumbe and Hitesh modi chipping in with 26 a piece, Muralitharan was Sri Lanka’s main bowler grabbing 4/28.

210 was a very gettable total for the Sri Lankans who had Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva  Marvan Attapatu and Kumar Sangakara in their batting line up and everyone knew that this team had batting depth.

I remember talking to a  Kenyan fan who said he will not stay to watch the second innings,as he knew the outcome already,An easy Sri lanka victory.

The start of the second innings we were all rallying behind the boys in green,and we were rewarded with an early wicket,the wicket of the extremely dangerous Sanath Jayasuriya  with the score at 13/1, Marvan Attaputu brought back some sort of sanity to the Sri lankan batting hitting two consecutive boundaries,the Lankans raced to 30, until Thomas odoyo got the scalp of Attaputu,in doing so he got his 50th wicket in ODI’s.

Collins Obuya was brought into the fray as the first change bowler,this was a bit of surprise for us watching the game,we would have expected the more experienced Peter ongondo or Maurice Odumbe,but the skipper Steve tikolo seemed to know what he was doing.

And yes this decision  yielded immediate results, suddenly we watched with joy as Sri Lanka’s batting was being dissected,by this young man’s masterful bowling,the masters of spin were now being tutored by the young Collins Obuya of Kenya, wickets  fell regularly and our chants kept getting louder and louder, Collins went on to produce the best bowling performance by a Kenyan in his five wicket haul.The atmosphere at the Gymkhana was surreal this was the first time Kenyan fans  got a chance to watch their team produce a giant killing act live in person.


Collins Obuya of Kenya appeals for a wicket
Collins Obuya on his way to produce the best bowling figures by a kenyan.


Is this a dream or is it really happening,once Steve Tikolo got rid of Nissanka, victory was in sight,and victory came in the 44th over when Maurice Odumbe bowled Dillahara Fernando,it was all over Kenya had done it beating world cup favorites Sri Lanka by 53 runs,and what a bowling performance by Collins Obuya who spun the Sri Lankans to a convincing defeat,It was pandemonium at the Gymkhana this victory was like a dream,watching the kenyans do it at home was something special,a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What a day!Kenya made history again defying the odds.the Kenyan team produced another lesson of self belief.

I would just like to thank each and every member of the 2003 Kenya world cup team,for the life long lessons and the beautiful memories we will cherish forever.




                     YOU MADE US BELIEVE!

The Mystique of The Oriental Rug

Since the beginning of time Mankind has had a knack for beautiful ornamental articles to keep in the home,History shows from the cave man to the modern man,decor has been an integral part of our lives. One piece of decor that has stood the test of time is the rug. This majestic piece of fabric has adorned the floors of the mighty kings to the common man for centuries,creating a splash of beauty on whatever surface they have been adorned.

The Oriental Rugs have been weaved for nearly over two thousand years,The oldest known rug to have been discovered is the Pazyryk Rug which is believed to be around 2500 years old,this rug was discovered in siberia’s region of the ukok plateau.

The Pazyryk Rug,believed to be the world’s oldest rug.


The Oriental Rug is a hand me down art, from father to son,from generation to generation,this ancient art has been preserved to this day and not much has changed in techniques from the time it was first incepted over two thousand years ago.

The Oriental rug is hand woven from the finest wool,and hand knotted,the process of making one rug usually takes 6 months to 1 year depending on the size and depth of knots per square foot of the rug,natural dyes derived from herbs are used for this process.despite similar designs no one piece of  rug is similar to the other,and this makes the rug more authentic and unique for the buyer.

Rug weavers usually tell a story while making rugs thus,telling us about what mankind has achieved from the beginning of time symbols of the sun,water,animals trees can usually be seen on the motifs of the rugs.

Meanings of Symbols used on the Motif’s of Rugs

The Rug industry was fairly dormant,until the Safavid dynasty (1500-1700) took over under the tutelage of Shah Abbasi (1587-1629),the industry flourished during this period. This was an era known as the golden age of rugs.

The Safavid dynasty produced an abundance of local artist and new designs known as the abbasi designs,It was also during this period that the Shah abbasi made Isfahan the rug capital of the world.

Most people overlook the craft of rug making these days,this an art that needs to be preserved by people like me and you,we must take the time to educate our peers about this noble art,we must look at the value of the rug as a work of art and not just a piece of fabric.

If you own a rug then you must appreciate the fact that the beautiful piece adorned in your living room is a one of a kind work of art.

If you get a chance take drive to your local rug store to see these beautiful pieces,who knows you may get a piece that you will fall in love with.

So let’s all take time to appreciate the beauty of rugs #ruglovers #orientalcarpets #carpets.


living room
An Example of how a rug can bring beauty to a room.