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Scotland clinch thriller against Kenya

Matt Machan stars with bat and ball to take Scotland closer to qualification for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
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A sparkling 114 and three wickets from Matt Machan keeps Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup alive after it beat Kenya by 12 runs in the ICC World Cricket League Championship at Aberdeen on Sunday (June 30). Scotland maintained its third position on the points table with the win and will eye a top two finish in the league, which will guarantee qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. 
 
Winning the toss and opting to field on a typical blustery day in Aberdeen, Kenya started well with Nelson Odhiambo striking thrice to leave Scotland at 68 for 3 by the end of the 18th over. Kyle Coetzer, the captain, timed the ball nicely in his knock of 37 before playing on to Odhiambo.
 
Machan was let off twice in his innings, on 26 – when Morris Ouma, the wicketkeeper, missed a difficult catch – and on 44 – when confused running between the wickets with Preston Mommsen nearly resulted in a straightforward run out, and the reprieves proved to be decisive. Machan tore into the Kenyan bowling attack, with James Ngoche facing the brunt of his lusty hitting, to reach the three-figure mark in the 46th over. Scotland finished on 242 for 4, with Mommsen unbeaten on 63.
 
Kenya, in response, lost Alex Obanda early, but Irfan Karim and Ouma kept the chase on course. Chugging along at 90 for 1, Kenya found itself reduced to 103 for 4 at the halfway stage, with Machan picking up two wickets. Tanmay Mishra and Rakep Patel began rebuilding the innings, but just when it appeared like Kenya will cruise to an easy victory, Machan struck once again to remove Patel, caught behind for 50.
 
Nerves began to show from both camps, with Ragheb Aga dropped by Freddie Coleman on eight off MacLeod’s bowling, only to be caught the very next ball. Kenya then succumbed to the building pressure as Iain Wardlaw, brought back into the attack in the 47th over, picked up three wickets. With 13 required off the last over, Mishra attempted a big heave only to be caught on the boundary, sealing the match for Scotland.
 
Brief Scores: Scotland 242 for 4 in 50 overs (Matt Machan 114, Preston Mommsen 63*; Nelson Odhiambo 3/48) beat Kenya 230 in 49.1 overs (Tanmay Mishra 61, Morris Ouma 57; Iain Wardlaw 4/45, Matt Machan 3/31) by 12 runs.
 

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