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Tikolo shows the way to fresh Waters

Steve Tikolo and Seren Waters make a a third-wicket partnership of 330

Tikolo shows the way to fresh Waters - Cricket News
It was a case of the old guard showing the way for the new kid in King City yesterday as perhaps the greatest on-field servant of modern-era Kenyan cricket registered his second century of the match while shepherding a man almost 19 years his junior to his maiden first-class ton.

Steve Tikolo and Seren Waters put the Canada bowlers to the sword on day three of this ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Ontario with a third-wicket partnership of 330 that may have broken the spirit of the home side. And two Canadian wickets falling before the close means the East Africans have the North Americans exactly where they want them going into the final day.

It is the second highest partnership in the history of the ICC Intercontinental Cup with only Ireland's Eoin Morgan and Andre Botha managing more (360 against the United Arab Emirates at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in February 2007).

Waters has been showing good promise since breaking into the senior side last year, hitting 74 in an ODI against South Africa and 75 in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2007-08 against Ireland. But yesterday the 19-year-old more than doubled his previous highest with an unbeaten 157 that included 19 boundaries.

And who better to show him the way than Tikolo? For years he was widely regarded as the best international batsman outside of the Test nations and over the past few days he has shown there is plenty of life left in his 38-year-old legs. Tikolo's 169, to go with his 158 in the first innings, included 21 fours and two sixes and took his match contribution to 327 runs, two wickets and two catches. In short, it's going to take something special on day four to wrestle the man-of-the-match award from him.

After sneaking the first two wickets for just 32 after 12 overs, Canada then had to toil hard in the field with skipper Ashish Bagai using no fewer than eight bowlers in an effort to break the Tikolo-Waters alliance. Umar Bhatti finally managed it in the 85th over and finished the day with 2-63 but in truth it was the Kenyan batsmen who dominated.

And to add to Canada's misery, it lost the wickets of Rizwan Cheema and Sandeep Jyoti before the close as Kenya sensed it was time to turn the screw. Now the home side faces a long struggle on day four to save the match.

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