Odoyo slams ton in Kenyas fine win

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2001, 16:14 [IST]
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Soweto: South Africa: All-rounder Thomas Odoyo hit a century and took the first two wickets as Kenya crushed a Gauteng XI by 224 runs at the Soweto Oval on Tuesday.

Odoyo hit 112 not out off 108 balls as Kenya recovered from a poor start to make 317 for six and had figures of two for 17 as the Gauteng XI was bowled out 93. The match at the township ground South West of Johannesburg was Kenyas final warm- up before playing South Africa in Benoni on Sunday in a triangular tournament, which also features India. Odoyo was on 94 not out at the start of the last over of the Kenya innings but reached his hundred immediately by hooking Walter Masimula for six. He slammed the next ball over cover for another six and hit five sixes and six fours in his innings. Stand-in captain Steve Tikolo made 78 off 84 balls with nine fours and two sixes. He led the side after regular captain Maurice Odumbe withdrew with what was described as a minor ankle injury. The Kenyan innings was boosted by 47 extras, including 39 wides. Opening bowler Sean Andrews was the main culprit, sending down 22 wides. Yet in amongst the wild deliveries, Andrews dismissed the first three Kenyan batsmen with his out-swingers, taking a wicket in each of his first three overs. His second over included nine wides and when he was rested after four overs he had taken three for 25 with the runs against him including 13 wides and three no balls. Odoyo quickly dismissed Stephen Cook and Geoffrey Toyana and the Gauteng team, made up of fringe provincial players and young hopefuls, collapsed. Medium-pacer Martin Suji took two for 10 in eight overs and leg spinner Collins Otieno took three for 26.

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