11 July 2013

Kenya: Scotland Again Run Over Kenya in ICC Intercontinental Cup Encounter

Scotland beat Kenya by 152 runs in their ICC Intercontinental Cup clash at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.

The home side led by 260 runs with six wickets remaining at the start of play on Tuesday. Their second innings saw them extend that lead to 341 with Ewan Chalmers making it to 106 --his maiden first-class century--before falling to the Hiren Varaiya and Irfan Karim combination which took four Scottish wickets. Gordon Goudie hit 21 off 29 balls, with two sixes, before James Ngoche claimed the final three wickets as Scotland finished 230 all out. The Kenyans made just 101 in their first innings and although captain Collins Obuya made 91, Kenya could only reach 189 all out and the Scots claimed all 20 points as they wrapped up victory with a day to go.

Goudie, Ali Evans and Majid Haq all took two wickets apiece for the home side. Scotland's 230 set Kenya a target of 342 for victory and--despite some resistance from Obuya--the win was sealed with three overs of the third day remaining. At one point , It looked as if Kenya might subside as they had in their first innings when Duncan Allan was caught behind and Gordon Goudie held a return catch to remove Tamnay Mishra and reduce Kenya to 12-2.

However, Alex Obanda and Obuya led the counter-attack in a partnership of 68 before Evans uprooted Obanda's off-stump for 36.

Majid Haq then trapped Rakep Patel in front before Obuya was joined in a 49-run stand by Irfan Karim.

Scotland, though, continued to chip away and Obuya, having reached 92, with two sixes and six fours, was left stranded when Richie Berrington claimed the final wicket.

Earlier Chalmers, continuing on 79 not out progress to three figures became a much more fraught affair as cricket's infamous "nervous nineties" took over. Chalmers had reached 91 when he edged an Elijah Otieno delivery to first slip where a difficult chance went down. On 98, Chalmers had an even bigger let-off when Tanmay Mishra put down a slip catch off Varaiya. He managed to reach his maiden century from 210 balls.

With Chalmers' departure, Scotland went into a collective shell during a session which yielded just 54 runs from 31 overs and also saw the loss of Calum MacLeod and Moneeb Iqbal, the latter hitting a six-over long-on but also facing 76 balls for his 13. As the last three wickets fell in quick succession, their total of 230 was the highest of the match.

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