Former Kenya captain, Steve Tikolo, smashed a 44-ball half century in the opening game of the Twenty20 Quadrangular series against Uganda to help his team celebrate victory by eight wickets at the Nairobi Gymkhana on Saturday.
Electing to field first, the hosts limited its opposition to 123-9 with some tight bowling by Hiren Varaiya (2-9), Jimmy Kamande (2-18), Nehemiah Odhianbo (2-28) and Shem Obado (2-33). Opener Roger Mukasa and skipper Akbar Baig were the top-scorers with 23 runs each.
In reply, the Kenyans needed only 17.2 overs to meet its target helped by Tikolo's 63 runs and good support from Alex Obanda (31 not out).
The third team in the tournament, Scotland, will take on Uganda on Sunday and battle Kenya on Monday at the same venue.
The tournament acts as a warm-up series for Kenya and Scotland ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 Qualifiers to be held in UAE in February where eight teams will battle it out for two spots that will lead them to the ICC World Twenty20 2010 tournament in the Caribbean.