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Kenya bowlers keep Scotland down to 212

Ngoche and Nehemiah Odhiambo shine for Kenya on bowling-dominated day in ICC Intercontinental Cup

Kenya bowlers keep Scotland down to 212 - Cricket News
Kenya's Nehemiah Odhimbo (2nd from left) celebrates a wicket with teammates.
James Ngoche and Nehemiah Odhiambo helped Kenya bowl Scotland out for 212 on the first day of a four-day fixture in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, but Scotland ended the day with the wicket of Alex Obanda, as Kenya went in to stumps at 11 for 1 on Sunday (July 7).
 
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Scotland found itself in trouble early, losing its top-order quickly to be 40 for 3. Richie Berrington (62) and Preston Mommsen (34) then led the recovery with a fighting partnership of 67 off 141 deliveries to steady the boat. However, when both fell within nine overs of each other, Scotland lost its way again. The Kenyan bowlers didn’t allow a partnership to develop, making regular inroads, and Calum MacLeod waged a lone battle, holding up one end but running short of partners.
 
MacLeod, who walked in at No.6, put together crucial runs for the final two wickets with Calvin Burnett and Aladair Evans respectively, taking Scotland from 165 for 8 to beyond the 200-run mark. MacLeod was the last man dismissed, hitting one straight back to Ngoche, the offspinner, who ended with 4 for 58 in 21.5 overs. MacLeod’s 67 was the highest score of the innings, and invaluable in giving his bowlers a competitive total to work with.
 
Odhiambo complemented Ngoche well with his right-arm medium pace, ending with 3 for 29 in 14 overs, while there were a couple of wickets for Hiren Varaiya, the left-arm spinner as well.
 
Kenya couldn’t capitalise early on the good work of its bowlers, losing Obanda, who was trapped in front by Gordon Goudie in the third over. Scotland kept things tight in the eight overs it bowled, not allowing the Kenyan batsmen to get away, setting up an interesting battle for the remaining three days.
 
Brief Scores: Scotland 212 all out in 85.5 overs (Calum MacLeod 67, Richie Berrington 62; James Ngoche 4-57, Nehemiah Odhiambo 3-29) v Kenya 11 for 1 in 8 overs.

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