Scotland defeat Kenya in rain affected match

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January 22, 2022 2 years
Scotland defeat Kenya in rain affected match
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Scotland made it two wins from three at the Women’s T20 Commonwealth Games qualifier in Malaysia on Saturday with a victory in a rain-shortened contest over Kenya.

The team had last played on Wednesday when they had beaten the host nation and that result had come off the back of an opening defeat by Sri Lanka.

After 70-3 played 54-3 here to give the Scots a 16-run triumph via DLS, skipper Kathryn Bryce said:  “It was a good game for us.

“It is always difficult in a rain reduced match and you are batting first, you never really know what is going to be a good target to set, but we got off to a really good start.

“Abbi [Aitken-Drummond] then put her foot down at the end to get us up to 70 and that was crucial.

“In the second half our bowlers did really well, stuck to the plans and executed them better than we have been doing in this tournament so far.

“That improvement really showed and helped us over the line in the end.”

As mentioned, this Kenya match at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur was affected by the weather and with Scotland batting first after a couple of hours delay, they knew they had to get a big total on the board from eight overs.

Vice-captain Sarah Bryce made her intentions clear when she hit the first two balls of the match both for four.

However, she was caught trying to cut the ball next up and was out off the bowling of Lavendah Idambo.

Captain Kathryn Bryce joined Abbi-Aitken-Drummond at the crease and the former hit a four in the second over.

Kenya were keeping things pretty tight though and at the end of the fourth over Scotland were 25-1.

They knew that they had to up the scoring rate and take some risks in the second part of the shortened innings and 16 came off the fifth over bowled by Queenton Abel.

Bryce hit a four, a six and another four in successive balls in that one to give the innings a boost.

Another boundary came from Bryce in the next over before she was bowled by Sarah Wetoto for 27 off 19 balls.

With two overs to go Aitken-Drummond was on 10 and Katie McGill on three before, after adding seven more runs, the latter was out to Flavia Odhiambo off the second ball of over number seven.

Rachel Slater then came in and was dropped first ball before Aitken-Drummond made Kenya pay with a four and a six.

Fifteen runs came off the final over and opener Aitken-Drummond finished up on 21 not out from 15 balls with Slater unbeaten on one in a total of 70-3.

In reply, Abel hit two fours in the opening over off Kathryn Bryce before two wickets in two balls came for young Katherine Fraser in over number two.

She had Abel caught by Charis Scott and then bowled Veronica Abuga before Wetoto came in and hit some lusty blows to keep Kenya in contention on 32-2 from four overs.

With the first ball of the sixth over Abtaha Maqsood had Kenya captain Margaret Ngotche caught by Priyanaz Chatterji for five and, with 12 balls remaining, they batting side needed 26 runs to win.

Slater bowled a brilliant penultimate over, conceding just three runs, and then Bryce herself completed the job as Kenya ended up on 54-3.

Next up for the Scots in their final game of the competition against Bangladesh on Sunday.

The game is at (9.30am local time, 1.30am UK time).

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