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Samuels century guides West Indies to victory

The hosts clinch a 21-run victory over Kenya as batsman Marlon Samuels smashes a century in a World Cup warm-up match.

cricket Updated: Nov 08, 2006 16:42 IST

West Indies has clinched a 21-run victory over Kenya after Marlon Samuels smashed a century in a World Cup warm-up match at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in Daniel Town.

Samuels shrugged off recent allegations of passing vital team information to an Indian bookie on his side's last tour of the sub-continent to hit seven fours and two sixes before he retired on 100, as West Indies set Kenya 269 to win.

A handful of the Kenyan batsmen got starts, but no one was able to carry on, as the visitors were restricted to 247 for seven from their allocation of 50 overs in the match on Monday.

Collins Obuya struck two fours in an unbeaten 54 to top score for Kenya, Ravindu Shah supported with 41, skipper Steve Tikolo made 34, and Tanmay Mishra got 22.

Kenya suffered a setback in the third over, when David Obuya was caught at first slip for seven off Daren Powell, who also had Maurice Ouma caught in the same position for nine in the 11th over to leave Kenya 40 for two.

Corey Collymore then bowled Malhar Patel for 12 in the 15th over before he deceived Shah with a slower ball and had him caught at mid-on.

Obuya put on 55 for the seventh wicket with Thomas Odoyo, who got 24, to beef up the Kenyan total.

Earlier, the Kenyans were unable to keep a cork on the West Indies' scoring, as Samuels exploded in the latter stages to boost West Indies to 268 for six from their 50 overs.

After Shivnarine Chanderpaul was caught at second slip off Thomas Odoyo for a duck in the third over, left-handers Chris Gayle and Devon Smith added 58 for the second wicket to give momentum to the West Indies' innings.