Steve Tikolo

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Steve Tikolo
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ogonji Tikolo
Born (1971-06-25) 25 June 1971 (age 43)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nickname Gunnzie, Guns[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium/off spin
Role All-rounder
Relations Tom Tikolo (brother)
David Tikolo (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 11) 18 February 1996 v India
Last ODI 23 January 2014 v Netherlands
ODI shirt no. 5
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995–1996 Border
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 135 15 62 213
Runs scored 3,428 345 4,728 6,105
Batting average 29.05 28.75 48.24 33.00
100s/50s 3/24 0/2 11/26 9/40
Top score 111 56* 220 133
Balls bowled 4,016 170 5,991 6,647
Wickets 94 12 85 168
Bowling average 34.20 14 37.18 30.67
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/41 4/2 6/80 4/18
Catches/stumpings 67/– 9/– 58/– 104/–
Source: CricketArchive; http://www.espncricinfo.com/kenya/content/player/24728.html, 27 January 2014

Stephen Ogonji Tikolo (born 25 June 1971) is a former Kenya cricketer. Tikolo is widely regarded as the best Kenyan cricket player ever, having scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in ODI's.[2]

Career[edit]

Tikolo is a right-handed middle order batsman and part-time right-arm medium pace and off-spin bowler. Tikolo has previously represented Border in South African domestic cricket and has also spent time playing in England and Bangladesh. Most recently he has been playing club cricket in England and in Kenya he plays for Swamibapa Cricket Club in Nairobi. Additionally, Tikolo has also represented an Africa XI against an Asia XI.

Such is Tikolo's dominance of Kenyan cricket, that as of January 2007 he possessed six of the nine highest scores by a Kenyan batsman in ODI cricket.[3] Tikolo has made three ODI centuries; 106* against Bangladesh, 111 against Bermuda and 102 against Zimbabwe. He has been dismissed in the 90s on three occasions.[4]

Tikolo came from a cricketing family with his oldest brother Tom being a former captain of Kenya while his other brother David Tikolo played in the 1996 Cricket World Cup. It was in that tournament that Tikolo made his ODI debut for Kenya. Coming in at 3 for his maiden innings Tikolo made 65 against India. Tikolo went on to play a couple more impressive innings in the Cup, top scoring for his side with 29 in their historic victory over West Indies at Pune and 96 against Sri Lanka at Kandy.

Tikolo further enhanced his reputation as Kenya's premier batsman with 147 against Bangladesh in the 1997 ICC Trophy final. The innings gave them official ODI status and booked Kenya's place in England for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. It was another successful World Cup for Tikolo as he made a pair of 50's against India and England.

In 2002 Tikolo was named as the new Kenyan captain and led from the front in the Champions Trophy with innings of 93 and 69.

Tikolo led the Kenyan national side during their run to the semi finals of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. This was a huge feat for a country that has not even been granted Test status.

After a poor 2004 Champions Trophy he quit as captain and instead led a players' strike in protest of internal politics. The strike forced a new regime and he returned as captain.

In 2005 Tikolo was signed by Haverigg to play cricket in England.[5]

In 2007 he became the first player from a non Test playing country to appear in 100 ODI games. In 2008 Tikolo was selected as captain of The Eastern Aces in Kenya's Domestic Tournament, the Sahara Elite League

Tikolo retired after the 2009 season. His last major tournament, and his last appearance as captain, was the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier, where Kenya secured place for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[6]

On 18 August 2010, months after walking out on the team and indicating he would not play international cricket again, Steve Tikolo has announced his availability for the 2011 World Cup. He announced his retirement after the World Cup.

On 10 July 2012 it was announced that Tikolo had been appointed the batting coach of the Ugandan national team.[7]

International Centuries[edit]

One Day International Centuries[edit]

ODI centuries of Steve Tikolo
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 106* 21  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 1999
[2] 111 82  Bermuda Kenya Mombasa, Kenya Mombasa Sports Ground 2006
[3] 102 107  Zimbabwe Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Gymkana Club Ground 2008

First Class Centuries[edit]

First class centuries of Steve Tikolo
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 110 12 Zimbabwe A Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 2001
[2] 115* 13 Zimbabwe A Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2001
[3] 117 15 Sri Lanka A Matara, Sri Lanka Uyanwatte Stadium 2002
[4] 109 26 Pakistan A Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2004
[5] 156 29 India A Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2004
[6] 149 30 Uganda Kampala, Uganda Lugogo Stadium 2005
[7] 220 34 Bermuda Windhoek, Namibia United Ground 2005
[8] 177* 35 Ireland Windhoek, Namibia Wanderers Cricket Ground 2005
[9] 212* 36 Netherlands Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 2006
[10] 158 47 Canada Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf South-West Ground 2009
[11] 169 - Canada Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf South-West Ground 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Tikolo". ESPN:Cricinfo. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Steve Tikolo - Kenya's greatest cricketer". ESPN. March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ODI Career Highest Individual Scores: Kenya". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Steve Tikolo innings by innings ODI record". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Cricket pros playing in Cumbria". BBC Cumbria. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  6. ^ Daily Nation, 18 April 2009: Kenya skipper Tikolo’s takes a bow after brilliant innings
  7. ^ "Steve Tikolo teams up with Uganda". CricInfo. ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 

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