Abdool Samad drives on his way to 50
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Canada pulled off an excellent 69-run win over Kenya, the form team of the tournament, dismissing them for just 144 in the sixth and final match of the ICC Tri Series at Mombasa. Despite the result, which gave Canada their only victory, Kenya won the tournament.
Chasing 214, Kenya's top-order wobble was steadied by Ravi Shah who came to the crease with his side in trouble at 13 for 2. Shah is in form, too: prior his fighting hundred against Scotland
, he struck a fluent fifty
and today continued that same excellent form with a well-compiled 48.
With Shah and Steve Tikolo smoothly dictating the innings in a second-wicket partnership of 85, Kenya were well placed for victory - until Tikolo chipped one to Sunil Dhaniram at midwicket, the first of three wickets for the persistant Kevin Sandher. Shah wasn't far behind, either, chipping one straight back to George Codrington and Tanmay Mishra again fell cheaply, stumped off Sandher.
From the relative calm waters of 98 for 2 Kenya slid to 117 for 6 and, though Collins Obuya cracked two fours in his 16, he lacked support at the other end. Fittingly, John Davison took the winning wicket to hand Canada a comprehensive 69-run win.
And it was Davison who put Kenya on the back foot earlier in the day, too, with a typically boisterous 38 from just 32 balls. He and Abdool Samad got Canada's innings off to a flyer, clobbering 59 in the first ten overs, with Davison crashing Lameck Onyango over mid-on before driving him handsomely through the covers. Though he fell for 38, his aggressive knock was the ying to Samad's more sedate yang, nurdling singles into the gap and keeping the score ticking over nicely. Unfortunately, two away from a deserved fifty, he retired suffering from dizziness and, consequently, Canada lost their momentum - and 6 for 34. In the end, it was more than enough.
The teams now travel to Nairobi for next week's World Cricket League.