Close Scotland 121 for 3 (Sheikh 56*) lead Kenya 91 (Obuya 40) by 30 runs
Scotland's four-man seam attack routed Kenya for 91 in just 49.1 overs, to secure a commanding position on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup clash at the Gymkhana Club in Nairobi. Collins Obuya top-scored with 40, but the only other Kenya batsman to reach double-figures was the opener Maurice Ouma, as they shed their last seven wickets for 17 runs in 25.2 torturous overs.
By the close, Scotland had built on their early success to carve out a 30-run lead with seven wickets still standing. Qasim Sheikh was the mainstay of their reply as he reached the close on 56 not out, having added 52 for the second wicket with Douglas Lockhart, who made 22. The two teams had come into the fixture with similar records for the 2009-10 season, after victories over Canada and draws against Ireland. But in the opening exchanges, Kenya were outclassed.
Scotland won the toss and chose to field first, and claimed an early breakthrough when Seren Waters was caught-behind off Dewald Nel for 1 in the third over of the match. Ouma began aggressively but soon became Nel's second wicket of the morning, caught by Ross Lyons for 22, whereupon Gordon Drummond and Richie Berrington set to work on the middle order.
The struggling Steve Tikolo was Drummond's first victim, caught by Berrington for 7, before Obuya, who had struck seven fours in a well-paced 73-ball stay, picked out Ewan Chalmers. That was the end of Kenya's resistance. Four balls later, Rakep Patel was caught behind off Drummond for 3, before Nehemiah Odhiambo fell lbw to the same bowler for a duck. Gordon Goudie then returned to mop up the tail, as each of the four bowlers finished with at least two wickets.
In reply, Scotland started confidently, reaching 22 in six overs before Kyle Coetzer was bowled by Odhiambo for 12. Lockhart and Sheikh then carried their team to within 17 runs of first-innings parity before Hiren Varaiya removed Lockhart for 22, and shortly before the close Odhiambo claimed his second as Chalmers fell for 14.