The World Twenty20 qualifier is well under way now and Scotland opened up their account by defeating Kenya by 14 runs in their opening World Twenty20 qualifier in Dubai. The tournament is staged across the United Arab Emirates from 13-24 March, with two of the 16 nations progressing to the finals in Sri Lanka later this year.
The Scots made a very impressive 178 thanks to top scores from Calum MacLeod (55) and Kyle Coetzer (46).
Kenya led by skipper Collins Obuya could never get on terms with the run rate required. The Captain had led the charge with an impressive 50 but the Scots made short work of the Africans’ lower order batsmen.
Gordon Drummond was the pick of the Scottish bowlers, taking three wickets for 20 from his four overs.
MacLeod scored 55 off 35 balls hitting 7 4s along the way as Scotland hit 178 for the loss of seven wickets.
Coetzer scored 46 from 36 deliveries and there were also valuable contributions from Richie Berrington (28) and an unbeaten 22 from Preston Mommsen.
James Ngoche was the leading Kenya bowler with two for 31.
Collins Obuya led the way in Kenya’s reply but when he fell for 50, made from 36 balls, the momentum was lost.
Alex Obanda scored 35 and Rakep Patel also made 21 before he was run out by Berrington.
When Ngoche and his brother Shem were run out off the last two balls, both by Berrington, Kenya were all out for 164.
Elsewhere in the tournament:
| P.N.G. 112/6 v Afghanistan 113/4 (19/20 ov)
Afghanistan won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
| Namibia 160/8 v Ireland 156/9 (20/20 ov)
Namibia won by 4 runs
| Oman 89/9 v Italy 90/1 (14/20 ov)
Italy won by 9 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
| U.S.A. 123/8 v Uganda 124/6 (19.2/20 ov)
Uganda won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
| Bermuda 116/7 v Denmark 117/3 (19.1/20 ov)
Denmark won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
| Netherlands 135/6 v Canada 93 (16.4/20 ov)
Netherlands won by 42 runs
| Nepal 130/6 v Hong Kong 102/9 (20/20 ov)
Nepal won by 28 runs