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Tikolo rolls back the years and puts Kenya in control

Steve Tikolo's innings puts Kenya in the driving seat after day one

Tikolo rolls back the years and puts Kenya in control - Cricket News
Kenya legend scores 158 out of 317 as Canada lose two wickets before the close

A vintage innings from Steve Tikolo has put Kenya in the driving seat after day one of its ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Canada at King City.

The 38-year-old proved he still has plenty to offer at this level by hitting his 10th first-class century, stroking 22 boundaries on the way to 158, a contribution that is almost half his team's total score as Kenya was eventually dismissed for 317.

Not content with wielding the willow all day, Tikolo was immediately involved in the field too taking a good catch at second slip to dismiss Amarbir Hansra off the second ball of Canada's innings as the home side was forced to face a tricky six-over spell at the end of the day.

Things then turned from bad to worse for Canada as Rizwan Cheema followed Hansra back to the pavilion having spooned one up to Thomas Odoyo at cover off the bowling of Nehemiah Odhiambo as Canada closed the day on 14-2, still 303 runs behind.

The day hadn't started well for Kenya as it lost Seren Waters and David Obuya with just 27 runs on the board after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. But then Tikolo strode to the crease and put together steadying partnerships first with Alex Obanda and then captain Morris Ouma.

Canada kept plugging away and while Tikolo was comfortable at one end, he did not get the consistent support at the other with no one else passing 36 on the day. Henry Osinde was the pick of the home team's bowlers with 3-28, including the wicket of Tikolo, who eventually fell after a 194-ball innings that rolled back the years for the evergreen stalwart of Kenyan cricket.

Earlier, Toronto teenager Nitesh Kumar became the youngest player to appear in the ICC Intercontinental Cup when he took the field on day one aged 15 years and 85 days. The talented batsman has yet to show what he can do but it will be an interesting side-note to the match and he could just make a name for himself by helping to turn around Canada's fortunes on day two.

Five youngest players in ICC Intercontinental Cup history

Player (team) Match Age

Nitesh Kumar (Canada) v Kenya (2009-10) 15 years 85 days
Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong) v Nepal (2005) 15 years 161 days
Sharad Vesawkar (Nepal) v UAE (2004) 15 years 171 days
Alex Kervezee (Netherlands) v Scotland (2005) 15 years 321 days
Paras Khadka (Nepal) v Malaysia (2004) 16 years 182 days

ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10

At King City, Ontario

Toss: Kenya

DAY ONE

Kenya: 317 all out, 86.1 overs (Steve Tikolo 158, Alex Obanda 36; Henry Osinde 3-28, Sunil Dhaniram 2-42)

Canada 14-2, six overs

Canada trails Kenya by 303 runs with eight wickets in hand

Live scoring from this match can be found at www.icc-cricket.com while a full scorecard is located at http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/scorecard.php?matchId=26967.

The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception five years ago and now the ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.

Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.

This year's format will include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI) while a new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield will involve four teams below that, namely Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.

Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in all three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event and Namibia in 2007-08.

For more information go to: www.icc-cricket.com

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