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All-round Scotland eases to eight-wicket win

ICC 2017-12-06 20:02:22

Scotland waltzed to an eight-wicket win against Kenya in its World Cricket League Championship match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (December 6), moving to the second spot of the eight-team points table.

Having restricted Kenya to 140 in 46.2 overs, Scotland rode on a second-wicket association of 87 between Kyle Coetzer and Callum Macleod to get over the line in just 28 overs.

Kenya had a glimmer of hope when Emmanuel Bundi, the right-arm pacer, removed Matthew Cross for 2 in the fifth over, but Coetzer (52) and Macleod (56 n.o.) made sure there were no further hiccups till the 23rd over. 

Coetzer was dismissed just after crossing his fifty, but MacLeod and Richie Berrington (29 n.o.) saw the side home. In the end, it was simple chase for Scotland, who picked up its seventh win in the tournament.

Earlier, sent in to bat, Kenya struggled from the start, losing four of their top six batsmen for single-digit scores. Collins Obuya (26 off 50) and Alex Obanda (17 off 42) showed some resistance, but had no support from the rest of their teammates.

Kissed the top of middle! Safyaan Sharif got @CricketScotland​'s #WCLC match with Kenya off to the perfect start with a wicket in the first over!

— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2017

Safyaan Sharif, the right-arm pacer, returned figures of 3 for 33 in 9.2 overs to trigger the early collapse for Kenya. Chris Sole had two wickets, while Richie Berrington, Mark Watt and Michael Leask took one wicket each.

With the win, Scotland went up to 17 points from 13 games, only behind the Netherlands, who has 20 points from 13 matches so far.