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.

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st27Shabir NooriNoor Ali Zadran
2nd28Shabir NooriMohammad Shahzad
3rd22Nawroz MangalMohammad Shahzad
4th0Nawroz MangalAsghar Afghan
5th68Nawroz MangalKarim Sadiq
6th0Javed AhmadiNawroz Mangal
7th29Nawroz MangalSamiullah Shinwari
8th5Samiullah ShinwariMirwais Ashraf
9th18Khaliq DadSamiullah Shinwari
10th21Khaliq DadDawlat Ahmadzai