Spirited Scotland secure second WCL win
Kenya 183 (46.3 ov) lost to
Scotland 139/6 (33.4/35 ov, target 139), Coetzer 57, Aga 5-0-32-2.
Scotland won by 4 wickets (with 8 balls remaining) (D/L method)[Scorecard]
Scotland resumed their pursuit of Kenya’s 183 at Mannofield on Wednesday (3 July) after the inclement weather had halted their run-chase the previous evening.
As the players arrived, the wicket was dry although the outfield was a little wet in patches. Following a brief inspection by the umpires, play resumed on time.
Freddie Coleman and Kyle Coetzer opened with the score on 22/0 after 6.2 overs. The pair added another 11 runs to the total until Coleman edged the ball onto his stumps from the bowling on Nelson Odhiambo with the score on 33.
Sunday’s centurion Matt Machan headed to the crease and looked assured as he and Coetzer put on 51 runs before the former found Rakep Patel at mid-off to be dismissed for 20.
Meanwhile, Coetzer was making the difficult batting conditions seem easy. He helped Scotland to 100; cutting and driving the ball to the boundary with authority with the target required diminishing.
Coetzer reached his half-century in good time (65 balls striking 5x4s). The match took a twist however, when he was bowled by Nehemiah Odhiambo for 57. The visitors were now growing in confidence.
Calum MacLeod was the next man in for Scotland and the Kenyans immediately put the new batsmen under pressure - opting for spin and bringing in the field to make runs hard to come by.
MacLeod seemed to have negotiated the difficult period just as the rain started to fall. Although there was another twist as he was undone by an unplayable delivery by Odhiambo; which jagged in and kept low to clean bowl the batsmen and, leave Scotland on 117/5in the 29th over.
The rain then descended and the umpires decided to bring the player off; this meant that Scotland were 9 runs ahead of the D/L and, with no wind, many anticipated that the players might not make it back to the middle.
With no rain initially forecast, it was very difficult to predict when it would relent, but at 2:30 the covers were removed and the players were informed of the calculations. Scotland would require 33 runs from 40 balls and 5 wickets remaining.
New batsmen Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington resumed in the middle to chase the short target. Mommsen fell victim to a sharp catch by Morris Ouma standing up to the stumps from the bowling of Ragheb Aga, and Kenya knew they had a real chance.
Enter Rob Taylor, a batsmen who is accustomed playing the role of finisher for Leicestershire, blasted 16 runs from only 8 balls including an elegant maximum hitting the sightscreen. This little cameo, along with good running by Berrington, put Scotland within touching distance of victory.
He was dismissed looking for the winning runs, caught by Obuya at mid-wicket, but David Murphy ensured Scotland would achieve a vital 4 wicket victory, stroking the ball through the covers with 8 balls remaining. Berrington remained unbeaten on 9 from 14 balls.
After the game a satisfied Pete Steindl said,”It was important for us to come into these two games looking for two wins to give ourselves a chance to get one of the top two places, and we’ve done that. With the weather it wasn’t easy but you know we stuck to our task and it was good to know what we needed to get in those last 6.4 overs and got across the line.
When asked about the prospect of still making the automatic play-offs Steindl said, “It gives us a chance. At the end of the day you talk about being in with a chance in any match or competition and we’ve got a chance, it’s a long way off, but it’s important that we work hard developing and taking responsibilities and individuals into these two games with confidence and see where we get to.”