WC 2003 - Gayle slams ton as West Indies performs its last rites
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
West Indies plays for pride, opts to bat against Kenya
Kimberley: West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit a solid if unspectacular century as his team performed the last rites on its miserable World Cup campaign against Kenya at the De Beers Oval on Tuesday.Electing to bat first in what is a 'dead' match, the West Indies reached 246 for seven off its 50 overs in a tired, laboured performance. Gayle hit 119 off 151 balls to register his fifth career One-day ton as the 1975 and 1979 champions went through the motions in a match where only its pride was at stake having already been eliminated from the tournament.Kenya had already guaranteed its place in the Super Sixes as one of the three qualifiers from Group B but was keen to ensure its form here is not a fluke as it went seeking its second win over the Windies to follow its shock win at the 1996 World Cup.Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had been promoted to open the batting, put on 122 in 28 overs before he became Kenya's first victim when he top-edged leg spinner Collins Obuya to Joseph Angara for 66 which came off 72 balls with seven fours and two giant sixes.The prize-wicket of Brian Lara then followed when the star batsman was caught on the boundary by David Obuya off captain Steve Tikolo for 10.Marlon Samuels, playing his first game of the tournament, made 14 before he was snapped up by Brijal Patel before wicketkeeper Kennedy Otieno got in the act by catching Ricardo Powell for 8 off Odumbe.Carl Hooper lasted just six balls for his six runs before he was stumped by Otieno off Angara as he tried to force the pace against an accurate Kenyan attack.