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  Friday, 20 September, 2002, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
SA stroll into semis
Gibbs has more than 3,000 one-day runs to his credit
Gibbs tore into some wayward bowling
ICC Champions Trophy, Colombo: South Africa 316-5 (50 overs) beat Kenya 140 (46.5 overs) by 176 runs

Opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs scored his eighth one-day century as South Africa joined Sri Lanka and Australia in the semi-finals.

Gibbs made 116 off 126 balls, including three sixes and 13 fours, as they became the first team in the tournament to go past 300.

Kenya were never in the hunt after losing their first two wickets with only five runs on the board but skipper Steve Tikolo enhanced his reputation with 69, his second half century of the competition.

He was eventually caught at deep mid-wicket off spinner Justin Ontong, who took three for 30 in his 10 overs.

Slow start

Kenya's fielding was keen at the start of the game, and they did well to restrict South Africa to 38 runs in the first 10 overs.

Graeme Smith goes for a slog-sweep
Smith played the supporting role well

But Gibbs gradually raised the tempo in an opening stand of 159 with Graeme Smith, who was stumped for 69 by David Obuya off the bowling of spinner Maurice Odumbe in the 29th over.

Gibbs moved on past his century and celebrated by taking six-four-six off successive deleiveries from off-spinner Jimmy Kamande.

But the next ball saw the end of his onslaught as he attempted a delicate dab in the direction of third man and only succeeded in edging to wicket-keeper David Obuya.

There was no respite for Kenya, however, as Jacques Kallis and Boeta Dippenaar tore into bowling, which often erred in length and direction as the pressure increased.

They put on 73 in 10 overs before Dippenaar strayed out of his crease and was stumped for 31.

Three stumpings in an innings one-day cricket is rare but Obuya completed a treble by virtue of a lucky rebound off his pads after Kallis had made 60 off 53 balls.

Double blow

Shaun Pollock takes a wicket
Pollock broke through early with the new ball

South African skipper Shaun Pollock had a hand in both early wickets when his side took the field, dismissing Ravindu Shah and then catching Brijal Patel off Alan Dawson.

Kennedy Otieno hung around for 85 minutes to make 16, but Tikolo was the only batsman capable to taking on the South African attack.

He struck 10 boundaries before trying to hoist Ontong over the ropes and Smith took the catch.

It was then just a question of trying to see out the overs for Kenya, with Collins Obuya facing 57 deliveries for his 14.

He was eventually bowled by medium pacer Dale Benkenstein who ran through the tail for figures of three for five.

South Africa will now face the winner of Sunday's match between India and England and they have called up spin bowling all-rounder Robin Peterson as cover for Nicky Boje, who has a cracked finger.


South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Justin Ontong, Boeta Dippenaar, Dale Benkenstein, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Makhaya Ntini, Alan Dawson.

Kenya: Steve Tikolo (captain), Thomas Odoyo, Maurice Odumbe, Ravindu Shah, Brijal Patel, Kennedy Obuya, Collins Obuya, David Obuya, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, Jimmy Kamande.

Umpires: Daryl Harper and Srinivas Venkatraghavan Third umpire: David Shepherd Match referee: Gundappa Viswanath

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