Suji ton secures final place for Kenya
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Day 3: Suji ton secures final place for KenyaA solid partnership between Tony Suji and Thomas Oboyo was enough to see Kenya to a winning draw against Bermuda and put them through to the Intercontinental Cup final.
The two combined to put on 134 for the fifth wicket to lead the Africans to 282-4 in their second innings at the United Sports Ground in Windhoek, Namibia, With the Kenyans ahead on bonus points from the first innings, after reaching 403-6 to the Bermudian's 346-9, all they had to do was avoid getting bowled out cheaply.
Resuming on 85-1 overnight, there appeared to be little danger until paceman Ryan Steede struck twice in two balls, removing Kennedy Obuya and skipper Steve Tikolo - who had scored 220 in the first innings and later won man of the match - in the 26th over of the day. Dwayne (Sluggo) Leverock, who bowled an incredible 51 overs in the second innings, then had Hitesh Modi caught for three to leave Kenya on 148-4 and in a touch of trouble, But Suji and Oboyo stopped the rot and played a defensive two hours of cricket - failing to score a boundary for 20 overs after lunch - to shore up the innings.
At tea, with no result other than a winning draw for Kenya possible, the teams agreed to play on just until Suji had reached his 100 - he was on 93 at the time. Just 6.2 overs later, he drove a four through cover to put an end to proceedings and allow Kenya to advance into Thursday's final with Ireland.
Bermuda, who had come into the match as underdogs, were showered with praise by both opposition and ICC officials for their performance which left players and management delighted despite the defeated.
Report by Dan Rutstein.
Day 2: Smith leads Bermuda's fightback
Skipper Clay Smith stroked an unbeaten century as Bermuda hit back in style against Kenya on day two of their semi-final clash. Smith, following in the footsteps of opposite number Steve Tikolo, lead by exampled with 126 as his side notched up 346-9, 57 runs of Kenya's massive opening day total.
Dean Minors (51) and Irving Romaine (56) also did their bit as Bermuda recovered from 72-3 to post an admirable score at the end of their allotted 90 overs. After struggling to 13 off as many overs with the loss of Cutis Jackson last night, Bermuda lost opener Kwame Tucker went early on, falling to Thomas Odoyo.
Romaine's and Saleem Mukuddem's third-wicket partnership added some respectability and obviously gave Bermuda confidence. Smith then took the attack to the Kenyans and turned a one-sided match back into a contest. After Romaine fell for 56, Janeiro Tucker added a useful 30 from just 29 balls and then Minors sustained the fast-scoring with 51 in 53 balls before falling to Tikolo. Kenya's captain.
Kenya then had 26 overs at the end of the day and although Lionel Cann had Maurie Ouma caught behind on 23, Kenya knocked up 85-1 to leave them 142 runs ahead overnight. On a benign wicket, Bermuda will have to do something special with the ball if they are to going to claw their way into the final.
This report by Ayo Johnson is published courtesy of the International Cricket Council.
Day 1: Tikolo sets an Intercontinental Cup record
Kenyan captain Steve Tikolo notched up a record 220 as the African champions took command on day one of their ICC Intercontinental Cup semi-final against underdogs Bermuda.
His highest first-class total, achieved in 233 balls and including 27 fours, helped his side to 403-6 in their 90 overs as Gus Logie's Bermuda endured a torrid day in the field at the United Sports Ground in Windhoek, Bermuda.
Early wickets from Saleem Mukkudem and Ryan Steede had the Kenyans struggling on 32-2 but they recovered admirably with Tikolo leading the way.
Hitesh Modi, who combined with his skipper for a 241-run partnership for the fourth wicket, also stroked his way to 98no as the monstrous total was put together as Bermuda, who had lost two fast bowlers to illness overnight,
struggled to contain the rampant Africans with eight different bowlers. They also dropped three catches in the field but were left content at the end of the day that more runs were not scored on the batters' paradise.
Kenya put Bermuda in for the final hour of the day and lost Curtis Jackson for a duck but dealt admirably with the onslaught to end the day on 13-1 after 13 overs.
This report by Dan Rutstein is published courtesy of the International Cricket Council.