Tuesday 2 July 2013 

Rain Forces Aberdeen Match Into Reserve Day

Neil Carter celebrates a wicket.
Rain Forces Aberdeen Match Into Reserve Day
© ICC / Donald MacLeod
 

Kenya 183 (Mishra 59, Carter 3-27) v
Scotland 22-0
Rain stopped play
World Cricket League Championship, Aberdeen

Scotland and Kenya will have to reconvene tomorrow to bring the second World Cricket League Championship match in Aberdeen to its conclusion after rain at the start of the home side’s run chase meant that no play was possible after mid afternoon.

Fortunately a reserve day was scheduled for this crucial match that acts as a qualifier for the 2015 World Cup and the forecast for tomorrow is much better. Scotland should therefore fancy their chances of claiming the two points for the win as they are on 22 without loss in pursuit of Kenya’s 183. Should they achieve the target, then they will move ahead of the Netherlands into second in the table and into an automatic World Cup qualification place.

It was the home side’s seamers who did the damage to the Kenyan batting line-up. Former Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter removed both Alex Obanda and Morris Ouma with the new ball, with Sunday’s match-winner Matt Machan then dispensing with Duncan Allan to make it 42 for three.

Collins Obuya, who today became the third Kenyan after Thomas Odoyo and Steve Tikolo to reach the milestone of 100 ODIs, then shared a useful partnership with Tanmay Mishra that threatened to launch a recovery. However, it was cut short at 38 as Rob Taylor took the first of his three wickets. Taylor, another of the clutch of new cricketers that Scotland were able to field after the ICC relaxed the eligibility criteria last year, would later remove Nelson Odhiambo and Shem Ngoche on his way to figures of three for 39 from eight overs.

Mishra did his best for Kenya and showed all of his undoubted class in compiling 59, but he received precious little support. The highest partnership of the day was the 44 that he shared with Nelson Odhiambo (17) for the seventh-wicket. Carter, though, made Mishra his third victim to break that stand and Kenya were all out for 183 shortly afterwards. Calum MacLeod also took two wickets to increase his tally in ODIs by 50 per cent.

Scotland then faced just 38 balls in their run chase before a persistent heavy drizzle arrived to prevent further play. Captain Kyle Coetzer will resume at 1045 BST tomorrow on 20 off 24 balls, with Freddie Coleman on two off 14.

© Cricket World 2013