Scotland Hope For 2009 Place With Win Over Kenya

Scotland could make their second consecutive appearance at the Twenty20 World Cup after beating Kenya by nine wickets in the third/fourth place play-off in the qualifying tournament in Belfast. After restricting Kenya to 106 for nine, Scotland reached 107 for one in 18.1 overs with captain and opening batsman Ryan Watson hitting a half-century. Dewald Nel, with three for ten, and Richie Berrington, with two for 21, were the stars of Scotland's bowling attack while John Blain, Gordon Drummond and Gregor Maiden picked up a wicket apiece as Kenya struggled once again. Ragheb Aga top scored with 28 from 25 balls as the boundary count in yet another match was well below what might be expected in a Twenty20 match. Only three other batsmen made double figure scores. That was a complete contrast to Scotland's innings, as openers Watson (54) and Kyle Coetzer (48) put together a belligerent stand of 102 in 17.2 overs to take the game away from the Africans. Watson hit six fours before he was caught by Hiren Varaiya off of Tony Suji while Coetzer faced 45 balls, hitting five of them for four and one for six. Navdeep Poonia was unbeaten on one as Coetzer hit the winning run from the first ball of the penultimate over. If Zimbabwe's decision not to take part in the 2009 event is ratified, Scotland will join Ireland and the Netherlands, who compete in tomorrow's final, in qualifying for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. © Cricket World 2008