Tikolo heroics fail to halt West Indies

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Steve Tikolo hit 71 and took two West Indian wickets but still finished on the losing side in Nairobi yesterday as Kenya were beaten by seven wickets in the third one-day international to lose the series 3-0, as the tourists found their victory target of 233 well within reach.

Tikolo proved just why he is seen as the finest ever Kenyan cricketer with a dashing innings, but an opening stand of 116 by the West Indies' Leon Garrick and Chris Gayle set up victory for the visitors.

Gayle departed, caught by Thomas Odoyu for a run-a-ball 70, while Garrick dug in to make 76. Wavell Hinds compiled a patient unbeaten 44, with Marlon Samuel scoring 30 before he was dismissed with eight runs needed for victory.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul cracked the only ball he faced for four as he and Hinds tied up the win with 17 balls to spare.

So despite Tikolo's fine performance the hosts, who do not yet have Test-playing status, came up short as their attack proved incapable of containing the visitors.

In October they will take part in a triangular one-day international tournament against India and South Africa, while the West Indies go to Pakistan.

The Sri Lanka fast bowler Suresh Parera has been reported to the International Cricket Council for "a suspect bowling action", but the 23-year-old has retained his place in the squad for the second Test, which starts on Wednesday in Kandy.

Following Sri Lanka's first Test victory over India in Galle the umpire Steve Bucknor has asked the sport's governing body to send video replays to the Sri Lankan board for examination.