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April 1, 2006
Netherlands 474 and 202 for 5 (van Bunge 70*) drew with Kenya 367 (Tikolo 212*)
Steve Tikolo's classy double-hundred led Kenya to safety on the final day of their Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands at Nairobi Gymkhana. Tikolo, resuming on 186 and with Kenya trailing the Netherlands by 142, remained unbeaten on 212 when Hitesh Modi was the last man out. It was a dull end to a match which the Netherlands had dominated on the first two days and, despite a fifty from Daan van Bunge, time was always going to be against them after Tikolo dropped anchor.
Tikolo wasn't the only name on show in Kenya's innings today, though. Yesterday, Modi wasn't expected to bat after breaking a finger on his left hand on the first day, but hung around for 17 balls almost batting one-handed. Modi helped Tikolo edge Kenya towards a position of safety, with a heartening last-wicket stand of 52. Kenya were finally bowled out for 367, with van Bunge bowling impressively to pick up 3 for 51.
This still left the Netherlands with a lead of 107, but in order to enforce victory they needed to score quick runs in the first session and bowl Kenya out in the afternoon. However, when the Netherlands slipped to 61 for 3, a draw was the only possible outcome. van Bunge made amends for his cheap dismissal in the first innings to contstruct a solid anchor-innings of 70 which was made from 176 balls.
His team-mates, though, were less impressive; the next highest score after van Bunge's fine knock was Alexei Kervezee - who has played just three first-class games and is just 16 years old - who made 29. Kenya shared the wickets around as the Netherlands reached 202 for 5 as the game petered out into a draw.
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