Scotland make it 5 from 5
Scotland 212 & 230, Chalmers 106 beat Kenya 101 & 189 (53.4 ov) by 152 runs [Scorecard]
Scotland clinched a clean-sweep of victories against Kenya after resuming their Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya at Aberdeenshire CC on day 3.
Ewan Chalmers began the day on 79* hoping to achieve his maiden first-class century, and took no time in continuing where he had left off the previous evening producing some classy strokes early on.
Kenya had a number of chances to dismiss Chalmers as he neared his century, but the promising batsmen reached three figures in the 67th over of the innings to the cheers from the members of the home camp.
He eventually fell on 106, edging a Variaya delivery to Ifran Karim behind the stumps. Wickets continued to fall with the Scotland batters looking to inflate the target required during the final innings of the game. Goudie continued the momentum through the innings, scoring 21 to ensure that Scotland would set Kenya a score of 341 to win.
After the bowlers had dominated the Kenyan batsmen during the first innings, dismissing the visitors for 101, they would have backed their ability to ensure they would come away with full points.
Scotland made a positive start to their second innings in the field when Duncan Allan was caught by a tumbling Craig Wallace during the second over of Kenya’s reply, giving Alasdair Evans his seventh wicket of the match.
When Tamnay Mishra was dismissed, caught and bowled by Gordon Goudie for 1, then the Scots would have fancied their chances of finishing the game on day 3.
Although it seemed like this wouldn’t be the case for some time as Alex Obanda and captain Collins Obuya went about the target with some aggressive shots. Evans was still hungry for wickets though, and after claiming the best figures by a Scot in an Intercontinental match during the first innings, Obanda became his eighth of the match.
Obuya continued his stout resistance and could only watch from the non-strikers end as wickets continued to tumble and it became a situation of if, not when, that Scotland would win the match.
The Kenyan captain reached his 50 with a drive through the covers in the 26th over, with the score on 107/4. At drinks they still required 205 runs with 5 wickets remaining which still seemed gettable.
The wicket of Karim broke any meaningful resistance, caught by Mommsen at mid-wicket from the bowling of Goudie, to leave the Scottish bowlers sniffing victory.
Unfortunately Obuya’s valiant innings wouldn’t see him rewarded with a deserved 100 after he ran out of partners, leaving him stranded on 92 not out after the final wicket of James Ngotche fell to Richie Berrington, with Kenya still 152 runs short of the total.
At the conclusion of the matches against Kenya, Scotland coach Pete Steindl commented, “We were made to work hard across the series, but obviously we are pleased to come away with 5 wins from 5.
We kept focus and kept to the task and came away with the result. It was really pleasing to see us adapt though the series with different players coming in and performing when needed.
When asked about this specific win against Kenya the coach added, “The win was a good way to finish against a tough Kenyan side. It was really pleasing to see Ewan reach his 100, and was made to work hard, it was well deserved.
It was good to take a few wickets and after tea we managed to hit our lengths and the bowlers were well rewarded."