Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Kenya vs. Canada Three Sleeps To Go

Not long to go before the Intercontinental Cup match between Kenya and Canada. The Kenyans jetted out of Nairobi yesterday, so should be arriving soon to acclimatise. According to this article on Cricinfo, our hosts are somewhat stirred up by their selectors announcing that no one is guaranteed a place at the World Cup. While this is a fair enough call in my book, and was no doubt intended as a spur to the players, it seems to have had a negative effect if cricinfo are to be believed. Not great news for Canada, but just fine as far as Kenya are concerned. Anything that gives us that extra edge is to be welcomed.
Nation Sports Page Carries a story with some good quotes from Steve Tikolo calling for the experienced players to show the youngsters how it is done. He sounds optimistic about our chances, but also realistic about the imprtance of a win.
Oscar Pilipili in The Standard also focusses on Tikolo joining the squad, on his views on the return of Kennedy Obuya and the inclusion of the three youngsters. Both development were welcomed by the captain, but he also expects the youngsters to prove they deserve their spot. Interestingly, the Standard also carries Steve's figures while playing for Haverigg, and they show him to be in pretty good touch. He scored 197 runs at an average of 49.25 for the club including two half centuries. Hopefully, he can do even more when Kenya bat against Canada.
Meanwhile on Cricket Web, George Roberts previews Bangladesh's Safari to Zimbabwe and Kenya. Well worth a read, and a includes a wonderful description of Steve Tikolo, whom he calls "Indisputably the best batsman outside of the Test arena."
Damn right!

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