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Coetzer leads side to thumping win over Kenya

A century from Kyle Coetzer and four wickets for Chris Sole ensured it would be a good day for Safyaan Sharif as he reaches 100 Scotland caps

Lizzie Sleet @CricketScotland
December 8, 2017 2 years
Coetzer leads side to thumping win over Kenya
Coetzer celebrates his 100 against Kenya (ICC)

Result: Scotland 266/8 (50 overs), Coetzer 121, Wallace 49, beat Kenya 105ao (32.2 overs) Sole 4/24, Evans 2/18, Sharif 2/20 by 161 runs [Scorecard] 

Kenya won the toss ahead of the second encounter between the teams and elected to field first in the final game in the World Cricket League Championship.

With the Scots already sealing their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier on Wednesday with an 8-wicket win. It was a special day for Safyaan Sharif who became the 23rd Scotland player to reach 100 caps for his country.

Coetzer, following up his 52 from the first match, produced a composed innings in the Dubai sun. Cross (13), MacLeod (19) and Munsey (11) all made double figures to allow Coetzer to play his natural game.

The introduction of Craig Wallace helped push the run-rate up, hitting a run a ball 49 before being caught off a paddle-scoop – a shot he had used to good effect throughout the innings.

The captain struck consecutive fours to bring up his 50 in the 19th over before making the most of his two lives – with two dropped catches at square-leg off Obuya – to reach his 100 off 116 deliveries.

Coetzer added another 21 runs before he eventually departed, caught at long-off to conclude an excellent innings. Michael Leask added some fire at the end of the innings, belting 23 from just 11 deliveries, as Scotland concluded on 266/8.

The Kenyan innings didn’t start all that well, as Sharif clean-bowled Gurdeep Singh from the final delivery of the first over.

Gondaria batted with purpose, but when he looked to hit out against Sole he only found the hands of Mark Watt.

The Kenyan innings then unravelled at the seams, producing a scorecard which contained five ducks. Only a spirited 33* from Shem Ngoche ensured they would reach three figures, as they were bundled out all out for 105.

Sole bowled with real pace to finish with career best figures of 4/24, while seamers Evans and Sharif returned with two wickets apiece and spinners Watt and Leask each claiming a scalp.

On his own performance Coetzer said, “The wicket was pretty good, we got over 250 on the wicket so we can’t really complain, I think I had a bit of luck but fortunately it came off today.

“The day’s gone reasonably well, my partners at the top helped get away a few boundaries at the start and we managed to set a platform, we would have liked a few more but we came up against some good bowling by Kenya.”

We’ve got a great group of players here, and people are striving to get better physically, mentally and technically as well, so we want to go and put pressure on these guys as we go into the World Cup Qualifiers.”

 

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