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Kenya reach Twenty20 finals

Kenya and the Scotland have qualified for the ICC 2007 Twenty20 World Championship, starting in South Africa in September.

The two-week tournament, which will be played across three cites (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg) will be contested by the International Cricket Council's 10 Member and two Associate countries.

The teams will be divided into four groups comprising three teams.

Each team will play against each other in the group stages prior moving into the super eight stage which will give birth to the semi-finals and final.

Africa's three sons, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe playing on African soil, will have to play for the continent's pride in the fast and furious version of the game facing off the likes of Australia, India and New Zealand.

Steve Elworthy, Tournament Director, of the ICC 2007 Twenty20 World Championship, expressed his congratulations to both Kenya and Scotland for qualifying for the tournament under tough circumstances.

"We welcome the inclusion of Kenya and Scotland in the inaugural tournament, which now completes the make up of the teams.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase South African cricket and South Africa to millions of television viewers around the world.

"Further excitement is added to the tournament with Africa having three representatives and Europe two and we trust that the spirit of the game will be reflected throughout the Championship".

Kenya and Scotland both qualified for the inaugural event by booking their places in the final of the six-nation ICC World Cricket league, division one, which is currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two will meet Wednesday in the final which will be played at the Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi.

En route to the final, Kenya beat four other teams but lost to Scotland by 77 runs on Sunday.

Scotland also could not keep up their 100% winning track record after losing their only match to Bermuda on Monday by five wickets.

Both teams finished on eight points on the log but Kenya finished with a higher net run rate.

Dates for the ICC 2007 Twenty20 World Championship have not yet been finalised but the tournament has been penciled from Sept 10-24 2007 with the final taking place at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

source - news24.com
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