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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 16:27 GMT

Kenya skittle West Indies

Kenya celebrate another wicket We recall the biggest shock in the history of the World Cup.

Kenya produced the greatest shock of the World Cup in 1996 with an astounding victory over the double World Cup winners West Indies.

Granted, the Caribbean side were a poor imitation of the team that won the trophy back-to-back in 1975 and 1979.

However, they still possessed a host of world-class performers - Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh... the list went on.

For their part, Kenya had only one professional in their ranks.

And when the Africans were all out for 166, it looked certain that the difference in class would show.

At little more than three runs an over the West Indies would have been confident of victory, particularly on witnessing the early profligacy of the Kenyan attack.

Richardson had seen his bowlers concede 35 extras, Kenya's top score.

But amazingly Kenya made the same mistake and the West Indian skipper was at the crease as early runs came on the board, the majority of which were extras, before falling for five with the score on 18.

His dismissal to Rajab Ali, and Stuart Campbell's three balls later, gave no hint of the woeful performance to come.

Lara was out within a further 11 runs and Keith Arthurton followed for a duck.

"We were going out for a picnic. It was only when they started losing wickets that we began to get serious," Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe reflected.

Kenya were making serious inroads into the West Indian ranks before Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Roger Harper arrested their decline by reaching double figures.

But it only postponed what by then was inevitable, and when Harper was dismissed for 17, the tail were exposed with 89 runs still required.

They only managed 15 before Rajab Ali claimed the final wicket as he had the first, bowling Cameron Cuffy to end one of the worst days in West Indian cricket history.

Richardson's men re-grouped and went on to reach the semi-finals, where another batting collapse cost them a place in the final.

But for Kenya this was their final and they had come up trumps.

For one day only the world order was turned on its head, and Kenyans everywhere made the most of their surprise success, not least man of the match Odumbe.

"I met Lara at a match in England several years ago before he was in the West Indies team and asked for his autograph," the skipper recalled.

"He said he didn't have the time.

"When we beat them in the World Cup I went up to him and said: 'A few years ago I asked for your autograph and you wouldn't give it. Now I am saying you can have mine.'"

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