Bermuda v Kenya, semi-final, Windhoek, 1st day October 23, 2005

Tikolo shines as Kenya rampant

Cricinfo staff

Bermuda 13 for 1 trail Kenya 403 for 6 (Tikolo 220, Modi 98*) by 390 runs

Steve Tikolo battered his way to a career-best 220 © ICC
Steve Tikolo, Kenya's captain, powered his side into a dominant position with a stunning 220 on the first day of the Intercontinental Cup semi-final against Bermuda at Windhoek. Kenya declared on 403 for 6 from 79 overs and Bermuda replied with 13 for 1 by the close.

Tikolo came in at 32 for 2 after he had won the toss and elected to bat and was soon joined by No. 5 Hitesh Modi with Kenya looking shaky. The two blasted their team towards 400, with Tikolo hitting his highest first-class score as Bermuda saw their chances of a final place evaporate.

While Tikolo's knock came off just 233 balls with 27 fours and a six, Modi played the straight man. Tikolo declared with Modi unbeaten on 98 from 161 balls with only three boundaries. He was just two runs from his maiden first-class hundred.

Dwayne Leverock, who came into this match with 16 wickets at 9.93 in Bermuda's two group matches, eventually accounted for Tikolo but took some real punishment, conceding 105 from 23 overs. Bermuda lost Curtis Jackson as they made a painstaking 13 from 13 overs.