Scotland Complete Victory To Go Second

Scotland Complete Victory To Go Second
©ICC / Donald MacLeod

Scotland 139-6 (Coetzer 57) beat
Kenya 183 (Carter 3-27) by 4 wickets (D/L)
World Cricket League Championship, Aberdeen

Scotland did indeed wrap up victory in their World Cricket League Championship fixture that was forced into a reserve day yesterday by the Aberdeen weather. However, they were made to work hard by Kenya and the rain, which returned around midday, to reduce their target to 139 off 35 overs.

The home side, resuming on 22 without loss in their pursuit of Kenya’s 183, looked to be cruising at 105 for two in the 27th over with captain Kyle Coetzer playing nicely on 57. However, Coetzer and Calum MacLeod (11) were bowled by Nehemiah Odhiambo in successive overs to make it 106 for four, at which point the rain arrived.

That left Scotland ahead by nine runs according to the Duckworth Lewis method, but the rain relented just in time to allow the match to continue with the equation now standing at 33 needed off 40 deliveries.

It should have been straightforward but the pressure was on Scotland as they knew that victory would put them second in the World Cricket League Championship table and into an automatic 2015 World Cup qualification spot.

Nelson Odhiambo delivered a good 30th over that went for three runs, while Preston Mommsen was caught by Morris Ouma off Ragheb Aga in the next to leave them needing 22 off the last four overs. Fortunately, all-rounder Rob Taylor, who took three wickets to help bowl out Kenya yesterday, hit a breezy 16 off only eight balls to take them to the brink of victory. David Murphy then hit the winning run with eight balls to spare. 

The two teams will now play each other in a brace of Twenty20 Internationals starting tomorrow. Scotland are without their county players for the two matches, with Preston Mommsen skippering the side as Kyle Coetzer returns to Northamptonshire. Other new faces in a 13-man squad include wicket-keepers Craig Wallace and Matthew Cross and experienced fast-bowler Gordon Drummond.

Scotland squad: Preston Mommsen (captain), Richie Berrington, Calvin Burnett, Neil Carter, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Craig Wallace.

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