Cape Town: Ian Billcliff became the first Canadian to make a One-day International fifty as the minnows looked to build on its shock victory over Bangladesh with another World Cup win against Kenya at Newlands on Saturday. His score of 71 was the cornerstone of Canada's 197 all out made in 49 overs after its captain Joseph Harris had won the toss and elected to bat.
Billcliff, 30, who has first-class experience from spells with New Zealand sides Otago, Auckland and Wellington, faced 100 balls including two sixes and eight fours before he was fifth man out with the score on 158 after being bowled by Tony Suji. Earlier, Billcliff and Harris (31) put on 86 for the fourth wicket after Harris had been badly missed by keeper David Obuya who dropped a regulation skier.
Kenya's bowlers were initially on top, taking three early wickets and staunching the flow of runs. Unlike Bangladesh, Kenya is not a full Test-playing nation although they do have full One-day International status and are considered next in line for elevation to the five-day game.
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