Scotland registered their first win of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign with a 31-run win over Kenya in Dubai.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Scotland produced an all-round team performance with the bat and ball to post 170/6 and restrict Kenya to 139/8.
All batsmen that faced a ball reached double figures, but it was a lower-order partnership between Tom Sole (33 off 18) and Matthew Cross (24 off 14) of 53 runs that capitalised on the foundation built by Calum MacLeod (30 off 27) and Richie Berrington (27 off 23) to push Scotland up and above the par score at ICC Academy.
The team effort continued in the second innings, with seamers Safyaan Sharif (2/28), Josh Davey (2/25) and Player of the Match Richie Berrington (3/17) representing the seam attack well in lieu of Ali Evans, Scotland instead choosing an extra spinner in Mark Watt for the second game of the tournament.
Kenya opener Irfan Karim ensured his side remained competitive for the bulk of the match, hitting a 46-ball 51 to keep Kenya in the game before Berrington dismissed him in the fifteenth over.
Our next assignment comes against second placed Papua New Guinea in Dubai on Monday 21st October 2019 at 10:00 local.