Scotland and Ireland post warm-up wins
Scotland 283 (Berrington 69, Dad 4-44) beat Afghanistan 218 (Mangal 53) by 65 runs
Scotland's batsmen tuned up for the ICC World Cricket League with a strong performance which set up a comfortable victory over Afghanistan. After being put in, Scotland's openers set the pattern with a 56-run stand, which was followed by three more healthy partnerships. Each of the top five got starts, with No. 4 Richie Berrington top-scoring with 69. Though left-arm medium-pacer Khaliq Dad struck thrice late in the innings, Scotland finished with a hefty 283. Afghanistan's chase was hampered by a steady loss of wickets, but they battled on to 145 for 4 with the help of captain Nawroz Mangal's half-century. A couple of quick strikes, though, ended their chances and they hobbled their way to 218 all out.
Ireland 260 for 4 (Stirling 114, Hooper 3-44) beat Canada 259 for 6 (Bagai 84, Surkari 62) by six wickets
Ireland showcased their dominance of the second tier of international cricket when a century from Paul Stirling helped them overhaul a stiff target against Canada with four overs to spare. Canada's captain Ashish Bagai (84) and No. 3 Zubin Surkari (62) were involved in a 99-run third-wicket stand that was the centerpiece of their side's batting. A late flourish from Sunil Dhaniram, who slammed three sixes and three fours, took them to a solid 259. Ireland's chase stuttered early when opener Nigel Jones went cheaply but Stirling stitched together a couple of big partnerships for the next two wickets to shepherd them towards victory.
Kenya 219 for 5 (Obuya 112, Jonkman 3-31) beat Netherlands 218 for 6 (Borren 96) by five wickets
Kenya put aside the turmoil that has stalked their cricket over the past couple of weeks to post a five-wicket win over Netherlands in their warm-up match in Schiedam. Collins Obuya was their star performer, making a century after the top three perished for ducks during Kenya's pursuit of 219. From 5 for 3 in the fourth over, Obuya and Alex Obanda revived Kenya with a patient partnership of 116 runs. Francis Otieno then assisted Obuya, the pair adding 88 to take Kenya to the brink of a win. Netherlands had earlier had a poor start as well, but recovered from 13 for 2 to reach a respectable 218. Their top-scorer was Peter Borren, who missed a century by four runs, while Bradley Kruger chipped in with a watchful 37 off 79 deliveries.