Scotland win first T20 against Kenya
Scotland 113/6 (20/20 ov) Berrington 29*, Mommsen 24* beat
Kenya 78 (18.5/20 ov) Gordon Goudie 3.5-0-22-3
After completing the two World Cricket League fixtures Scotland entertained Kenya for two T20 matches at Mannofield, Aberdeen
Following Kyle Coetzer’s departure back down to Northants, Preston Mommsen was back in the captain’s role. His first decision of the day came after winning the toss and electing to bat.
It was a proud day for Stoneywood-Dyce’s Michael Leask who was given his first full Scotland cap. A win would see Scotland enter the ICC T20 rankings in 11th, ahead of the Netherlands, Kenya and Test Member Zimbabwe.
Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington opened the batting on the same wicket used for World Cricket League matches.
Good running helped take 13 runs from the 5th over, MacLeod pulling Otieno behind square-leg in the same over for the first boundary of the day.
MacLeod was bowled by Nelson Odhiambo for 13 in the 8th with a delivery that crashed into the stumps with the batsman looking to drive through the covers.
Coleman came to the crease and survived a big appeal for LBW first ball which the umpire adjudged to be missing leg-stump. The former U19 batsmen responded with a boundary, lifting the ball over point, to take the score to 44/1 after 8 overs.
Coleman perished a few overs later, LBW by Varaiya, for 9 before another two quick wickets had Scotland on the back-foot with the score on 69/5 with 5.2 overs remaining.
Moneeb Iqbal and Preston Mommsen took the Scotland total to 84 with 12 balls remaining in the innings. Iqbal struck the first maximum from the final ball of the 19th over, pulling Odhiambo out of the ground.
Iqbal departed, although 14 runs came from the final over as incoming batsman Gordon Goudie struck a lusty maximum from the penultimate ball of the innings.
Mommsen ended unbeaten for a gritty 24 as Scotland posted 113/6 from their allotted overs, a score that the Scots knew would be competitive.
In reply, Gordon Goudie and Neil Carter opened the bowling, with Alex Obanda and Tamnay Mishra the Kenayn opening batsmen.
The visitors faced some methodical bowling from the Scotland attack. Goudie and Carter claimed the wickets of Obanda and Morrice Ouma respectively - Neil Carter’s 3rd over of the day producing a wicket maiden.
At the end of the 7th the required run-rate was reaching 7 as Majid Haq, Scotland’s leading One Day International wicket taker,entered the attack.
The spinner didn’t take long to tie down the batsmen, and when he had Tamnay Mishra caught by Iqbal at long-on, the game was very much in Scotland’s favour.
The bowlers persisted in bowling full and straight and it was an effective tactic as Scotland continued to pick up Kenyan wickets at regular intervals.
The Scots were assured of making it three wins from three matches against the Kenyans as 3 wickets fell from 9 deliveries.
The final Kenyan wicket fell in the 19th over - Gordon Goudie claiming his 3rd wicket of the day to give Scotland a convincing 35 run win.
After the match Preston Mommsen was pleased with his initial win as captain, “As the scorecard probably reads, it was difficult conditions for batting, especially in a T20. It was difficult to time the ball and get going. I think that we adapted to the conditions better than they did.
We did some good things with the bat but knew we needed to bowl them out. The bowlers were disciplined, bowling good lines and managed to ensure that they didn’t get close to the target.”
The teams will play a final T20 tomorrow evening. A decent crowd is expected with a 5pm start time. Entry to the ground will be free.