Scotland v Kenya - I-Cup Day 1

07 Jul

scotland v kenya

End of Day 1 - Scotland 212 (85.5 overs) Berrington 62, MacLeod 67 Kenya 11/1 (8.0 ov)
Kenya trail by 201 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Scotland entertained Kenya for the final time in the series at Mannofield, Aberdeen as they began their four day Intercontinental Cup fixture.

Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to bat first in overcast conditions, although conditions were expected to improve for batting later in the day.

Freddie Coleman and Ewan Chalmers opened up for Scotland and were both back in the pavilion in the 7th over to give Kenya a bright start, with the score on 18/2.

Craig Wallace managed 4 runs before becoming Nehemiah Odiambo's second wicket of the day, caught behind by Ifran.

Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington battled against the Kenyan attack and the pair managed to guide the Scots to lunch on 89/3.

Just as the pair were looking comfortable Odihambo broke the partnership, worth 67 runs. Mommsen was beaten by the pace of the delivery and had his middle-stump uprooted departing for 34 from 78 balls.

Meanwhile, Richie Berrington was studiously going about his work. The Greenock batsmen showed he can adapt to all forms of the game, achieving his half century from 97 balls including 7x4s. 

Kenya then claimed two quick wickets. Berrington was bowled by Varaiya for 62 in the 47th over.  The same bowler then accounted for Moneeb Iqbal, caught for 0, leaving Scotland in sticky situation on 132/6. 

Calum MacLeod ensured he would continue his good form, his watchful innings saw him record 68 runs from 144 balls, including a big six over mid-wicket to reach his 50. Scotland were eventually dismissed for 212 in the 86th over.

Although MacLeod did the damage, special mention must also go to the Scotland tail, who ably supported MacLeod, giving Scotland a decent platform to build on. 

Kenya had a tricky period to negotiate at the end of day 1 and lost batsmen Alex Obanda trapped LBW by Gordon Goudie for 1. 

The visitors finished the day on 11/1 - trailing Scotland by 201 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.

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