January 28, 2010

ICC Intercontinental Cup

Nel and Lockhart seal Scotland win

Liam Brickhill

Scotland raced to their second win of the 2009-10 Intercontinental Cup on the 4th day at Nairobi Gymkhana despite Maurice Ouma's battling century. Scotland made light work of their target, with Douglas Lockhart and Ewan Chalmers sealing an eight-wicket win just after lunch after Dewald Nel's maiden first-class five-for wrapped up the Kenyan tail.

Kenya began the morning session in a dire position, with a slim 73-run lead and only three wickets still standing. Ouma, on 106 overnight, continued in a positive vein while Elijah Otieno, who has no pretensions as a batsman, gave him admirable support at the other end. The pair added 31 runs in just over 15 overs before Otieno, who had survived for 71 balls, edged Nel through to wicketkeeper Simon Smith.

His dismissal broke Kenya's resistance, with Ouma falling in Nel's next over for a hard-fought 130 - his best effort in first-class cricket. James Ngoche, in his debut game for the national side, was dismissed soon after as Kenya folded for 323 to set Scotland a paltry 109 for victory.

An early wicket could have put some pressure on the Scottish side, but it was not to be as Lockhart and Kyle Coetzer eased to 70 before Ngoche found Coetzer's edge. Qasim Sheikh, the first innings centurion, was run out without scoring this time round, but with only 31 runs still needed the result was already all but sealed. The experienced Lockhart went to his half century, while Chalmers cracked four boundaries in his short innings to wrap the game up in the 33rd over.

This win takes Scotland to the top of the points table, six points clear of second-placed Afghanistan. They will now remain in Kenya for the one-day tri-series, with Uganda being the third participant, before heading to the United Arab Emirates for the World Twenty20 qualifiers in February.

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