Scotland 242-4 (Machan 114) beat
Kenya 230 (Wardlaw 4-45) by 12 runs
World Cricket League Championship, Aberdeen
Iain Wardlaw took three wickets late on to derail Kenya’s run chase as Scotland took a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup by winning the first of two World Cricket League Championship matches by 12 runs in Aberdeen.
Matt Machan also starred, hitting his maiden century before taking three wickets with his spin bowling, while Preston Mommsen hit an undefeated 63.
Kenya’s run chase was a tense affair as they lost wickets in clusters but three of their batsmen reached 50. Alex Obanda departed to Wardlaw early on for a duck, but Irfan Karim and Morris Ouma added 86 and rebuilt the innings. However, the dismissal of Karim for 30 to Machan triggered a mini-collapse of three for 13 as Ouma fell to Rob Taylor for 57 and skipper Collins Obuya was caught off Machan for a duck.
Rakep Patel and Tanmay Mishra then put Kenya back in front with a fifth-wicket partnership of 84. Unfortunately, with just 56 needed off 52 balls and with six wickets in hand, Patel became Machan’s third victim when on 50.
Wardlaw then took over the wicket-taking baton and delivered three decisive strikes, removing Nelson and Nehemiah Odhiambo as well as Hiren Varaiya. This meant that Mishra was left with too much to do on his own and, with 13 needed off the final over, he perished, caught by debutant Freddie Coleman off Neil Carter.
Machan had earlier helped Scotland bounce back from a ponderous start that had seen them limp to 68 for three thanks to three wickets from Nelson Odhiambo. He hit 114 off 111 balls and shared 162 for the fourth-wicket with Mommsen.
The second World Cricket League Championship match between Kenya and Scotland is on Tuesday, with the home side able to move up to second with a win and Kenya desperately needing a win to keep their hopes of a top two finish, and an automatic 2015 World Cup place, alive.
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