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Callum Stewart in Aberdeen
July 9, 2013
Scotland 212 and 230 (Chalmers 106, Varaiya 5-62) beat Kenya 101 and 189 (Obuya 91*, Goudie 2-35) by 152 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Scotland brushed aside Kenya by 152 runs on the back of Ewan Chalmers' maiden first-class century to record their second win in the ICC Intercontinental Cup. Needing 342 for victory, Scotland's bowlers combined well to rout Kenya for under 200 for the second time in the match.
Chalmers, 79 overnight, strode confidently toward his century, playing crisp strokes but he struggled as he neared the milestone. Eight runs from the mark, fast bowler Elijah Otieno made him flash outside off but the ball flew wide of the diving slip fielder. Then on 98, he pushed at left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiya to second slip who floored the opportunity. More luck came his way as his late cut took a thick edge and found the boundary to propel him to three figures.
Chalmers nicked Varaiya to the keeper Irfan Karim, a mode of dismissal that fetched four of Varaiya's five wickets in the innings. Gordon Goudie hit 21 off 29 balls, with two fours, before James Ngoche claimed the final three wickets.
With over a day remaining, Scotland were heavy favourites to bowl out Kenya after they only managed 101 first time round. The dogged Duncan Allan was dislodged early through an excellent diving catch by wicketkeeper Craig Wallace off the bowling of Alasdair Evans, and Tanmay Mishra soon followed after offering a tame return catch to seamer Goudie.
The Scotland bowlers were not having it all their own way like they did in the first innings as Alex Obanda and captain Collins Obuya led the counter-attack, scoring 68 runs off 80 balls. They struck two sixes and eight fours between them before Obanda, having overcome a difficult tour and looking quite solid at the crease, had his stumps broken after shouldering arms to a straight ball. His partner Obuya remained staunch though, moving past his half-century.
Obuya had two lives, both chances coming off Goudie. Calvin Burnett was the first culprit and Wallace was the second, though Wallace's was a much harder chance. Scotland were convinced they had Obuya out when he seemed to have edged one to Wallace who led the celebrations but both batsmen and umpire stayed unmoved.
But while Obuya manned one end, the middle order crumbled around him. Nelson Odhiambo who twisted an ankle bowling on Tuesday did not return to bat as Ngoche was bowled by Richie Berrington to leave Obuya stranded on 91 as Scotland claimed all 20 points to wrap up the win in just three days.
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