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Last Updated:  Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 15:58 GMT
Kenya prepare against the best
Tikolo will lead the line for Kenya
Kenya's performances in recent times underline why many think they are the best non-Test playing nation at the 2003 World Cup.

Unlike other 'minnows', Kenya have had the opportunity to play against the best sides in the world.

In August 2002, they hosted a triangular tournament involving Australia and Pakistan.

They faced Pakistan in their first match, and after being bowled out for 133, they made the tourists work hard for a win.

Good bowling from Martin Suji and Thomas Odoyo put Pakistan under serious pressure, although they eventually won by four wickets.

FORM: LAST 12 MONTHS
Played 9 - W:0 L:8 NR: 1
v Pakistan & Australia (Tri):
4 defeats
v West Indies & South Africa (ICC): 2 defeats
v Zimbabwe (a): lost 2-0
Later in the series a creditable 204 against World Cup hot-favourites Australia, which included a 55 from Maurice Odumbe, shocked and pleasantly surprised many in the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi.

In the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy they did not disgrace themselves and ran West Indies close only failing to reach their opposition's total of 261 by 29 runs.

Obviously all of the above results have been defeats but they have rarely been trounced in recent times.

Having made the West Indies work hard this year and having beaten them in the 1996 Cup, they will fancy their chances of claiming a big scalp alongside victories over Bangladesh and Canada.

Kenya have already shown their prowess over another team of minnows recently when fellow World Cup qualifiers Namibia toured in November.

Although the tourists sent shockwaves through Nairobi by winning the first game by four wickets, Kenya soon stepped up a gear to claim the next three matches.

No doubt, the side will keen to themselves as 'kings of the minnows' at the World Cup in February.





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