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Tikolo strikes back after Stirling's maiden century in Eglinton

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Sat, Jul 4, 2009 9:16 AM


Tikolo strikes back after Stirling's maiden century in Eglinton
Tikolo strikes back after Stirling's maiden century in Eglinton
A late-strike by former Kenya captain Steve Tikolo failed to take the gloss off a maiden first-class century by opener Paul Stirling that provided defending champion Ireland a perfect start to the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 at Woodvale Road, Eglinton on Friday.

Stirling scored 100 and featured in two century partnerships - 128 runs for the first wicket with Jeremy Bray (89) and 101 runs for the second wicket with Alex Cusack (63) - as Ireland finish the opening day's play at 323-7 after Kyle McCallan had won the toss and elected to bat first.

However, when Ireland looked on course for a big first innings total by reaching 275-2 in 69 overs, Tikolo produced a magical spell with his crafty off-spin bowling to pick up 5-67 to bring smiles back on the African side.

Tikolo snapped up the wickets of Cusack, Andre Botha (26), Kevin O'Brien (0), Andrew White (3) and Gary Wilson (11) as the home team lost its last five wickets for 47 runs in little over 22 overs. When stumps were drawn for the day, Trent Johnston was batting on four and with him was McCallan on one.

It was 38-year-old's career-best figures in 46th first-class match which takes his tally of wickets to 60.

The day, nevertheless, belonged to 18-year-old Stirling who was playing his fourth first-class match and before this match had averaged 15.75 with the bat. The teenager faced 181 balls and struck 18 fours and a six before falling to Peter Ongondo (1-31).

Stirling played second fiddle to his opening partner Bray who was more aggressive and attacking while belting 14 fours in a 121-ball 89. Cusack also showed good form with the bat when he clubbed eight fours in a 136-ball 63. He was caught by Tikolo off Nehemiah Odhiambo (1-57).

Scores in brief:

Ireland 323-7 (Paul Stirling 100, Jeremy Bray 89, Alex Cusack 63; Steve Tikolo 5-67)
Kenya



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