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Scotland seam to be on top in Nairobi

An outstanding performance by Scotland's seamers has put their team well in control after day one

Scotland seam to be on top in Nairobi - Cricket News
After taking three wickets earlier in the day, Richie Berrington remained unbeaten at stumps, to put his side in the driver's seat.
Kenya collapse to 91 all out and Scotland build 30-run lead by the close of day one

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An outstanding performance by Scotland's seamers has put their team well in control after day one of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya at Nairobi Gymkhana.

Having won the toss and deciding to bowl first, captain Gordon Drummond was well rewarded for his decision as his opening bowlers made an almost-instant impression removing Seren Waters with just nine runs on the board.

From then on it was a constant procession of Kenyan batsmen to and from the pavilion as Dewald Nel (2-28) and Gordon Goudie (2-30) were then backed up by Drummond himself (3-18) and 22-year-old Richie Berrington (3-13) as the home team crumbled to 91 all out.

By the close of play Scotland had notched up 121-3, a lead of 30 runs, with Qasim Sheikh unbeaten on 56. Nehemiah Odhiambo did bowl well to the visitors removing Kyle Coetzer, clean bowled for 12, and Ewan Chalmers, caught by Waters for 14. Spinner Hiren Varaiya accounted for Dougie Lockhart, lbw for 22 not long before the close but overall this was very much Scotland's day.

So, with already six points in the bag for achieving a first-innings lead, Scotland's batsmen will be determined to build as big a gap as possible between the two teams in advance of the second dig.

Sheikh will resume in the morning with thoughts of a second first-class century on his mind. He is still there with night-watchman Berrington (seven not out) and there is still plenty of batting to come.

ICC Intercontinental Cup

At Nairobi Gymkhana (stumps, day one): Kenya 91 all out, 49.1 overs (Collins Obuya 40; Richie Berrington 3-13, Gordon Drummond 3-18, Dewald Nel 2-28, Gordon Goudie 2-30)

Scotland 121-3, 40 overs (Qasim Sheikh 56 not out; Nehemiah Odhiambo 2-33)

Scotland leads by 30 runs with seven wickets in hand

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More details about the ICC Intercontinental Cup, including the latest league table, can be found at http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/index.php

The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception five years ago and now the ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.

Having previously been designed around a four-group, three-day format and later a two-group format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.

This year's format will include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI) while a new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield will involve four teams below that, namely Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.

Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in all three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event and Namibia in 2007-08.

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