Scotland Beat Kenya In Low-Scoring T20 Match

Neil Carter bowls against Kenya.
Scotland Beat Kenya In Low-Scoring T20 Match
©ICC / Donald MacLeod

Scotland 113-6 (Mishra 3-25) beat
Kenya 78 (Goudie 3-26) by 35 runs
First Twenty20 International, Aberdeen

Scotland made it a hat-trick of wins over Kenya in Aberdeen by winning a low-scoring Twenty20 International by 35 runs to follow up their wins in the World Cricket League Championship earlier in the week.

The home side could muster just 113 for six on a tricky pitch but that proved more than enough for Kenya, who were humbled for just 78 as only three men reached double figures.

Kenya lost wickets throughout their run chase as all five of the Scotland bowlers called on the bowl by captain Preston Mommsen impressed. The hosts were without county players such as Rob Taylor and Iain Wardlaw, but their replacements, the experienced pair of Gordon Drummond and Gordon Goudie, were excellent.

Each bowler contributed one wicket as Kenya were reduced to 29 for five, before the highest partnership of the innings - a paltry 17 between Irfan Karim (11) and Duncan Allan (15) - attempted to lend some respectability to the proceeding. Drummond and Majid Haq each conceded just 10 runs from their four overs, while Neil Carter also went for 10 off three.

Goudie completed the win by bowling last man Elijah Otieno to end with three for 26, while Calum MacLeod added the wicket of Nehemiah Odhiambo to that of Rakep Patel earlier.

Scotland, who were fielding three debutants in Freddie Coleman, Michael Leask and Matthew Cross, had earlier struggled themselves with the bat. Tanmay Mishra quadrupled his previous tally of international wickets by taking three for 25 with his medium-pace, while spinner Hiren Varaiya took two for 10.

A good start given to them by a 40-run opening stand between Calum MacLeod (13) and Richie Berrington (29) was soon squandered as only Mommsen impressed thereafter by making a useful unbeaten 24 off 19 balls. 

Th second and final match in the mini-series is tomorrow evening, again at Mannofield Park.

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