MacLeod Helps Scotland Maintain Winning Run

Calum MacLeod grounds his bat.
MacLeod Helps Scotland Maintain Winning Run

Scotland 106-3 (MacLeod 46no) beat
Kenya 100 (Burnett 3-18) by 7 wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Aberdeen

Calum MacLeod was Scotland’s star as they maintained their winning record over Kenya in Aberdeen. With 11 needed off the final two overs of a low-scoring encounter, Kenya must have fancied their chances, but MacLeod deposited Ragheb Aga for three boundaries from the first three balls of the penultimate over, finishing the game with a brace of sixes as the hosts won with nine balls to spare.

The Saltires had struggled to score freely during their run chase against the Kenyan bowlers, with Elijah Otieno (none for 14) and spinners Hiren Varaiya (one for 13) and Shem Ngoche (one for 24) proving particularly difficult to get away. However, they managed to keep wickets in hand, something Kenya hadn’t managed when they were batting.

Richie Berrington (20) added 32 with MacLeod for the first-wicket, while wicket-keeper Craig Wallace made 23 off 21 balls.

Kenya’s innings had begun badly after they had won the toss and elected to bat. The in-form Tanmay Mishra fell to Neil Carter first ball, while Irfan Karim, Morris Ouma and Rakep Patel departed in a mini-collapse of three for two. Debutant Calvin Burnett was responsible for two of the dismissals and ended as the pick of the Scotland attack with three for 18 from his four overs.

Skipper Collins Obuya gave the visitors a chance with a battling unbeaten 37 off 42 balls, but Duncan Allan was the only subsequent batsman to reach double figures, making 16 of a fifth-wicket partnership of 46.

Majid Haq (two for 18) and Gordon Drummond (one for 13) were Scotland’s other wicket-takers.

The win means that Scotland have won all four of the limited-overs internationals played between the sides in Aberdeen. Kenya will have a final chance to end their losing run when the two sides meet in a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match, beginning on Sunday.

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