Scotland loss condemns Kenya to division 2 qualifier


posted on Dec 06, 2017

Kenya will have to use the alternative route to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup by competing first in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia in February prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March after they lost to Scotland by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 6th December 2017.

Scotland won the toss and sent Kenya in to bat and the East Africans disappointed with the bat, being bundled out for a disappointing total of 140. Opener Rushab Patel just lasted 2 deliveries before he became the first of Safyaan Sharif’s three victims clean bowled for nought, Dhiren Gondaria followed 9 runs later for three before skipper Rakep Patel was snared for six runs off the bowling of Chris Sole.

And when Alex Obanda retired hurt for 17 runs, three runs after Patel’s dismissal, Kenya were left tottering at 34 for 3 and they never recovered to post a significant total. Collins Obuya’s brief resistance yielded him 26 runs before Richie Berrington trapped him leg before to reduce Kenya to 76 for 5 at the halfway mark of the first innings. Kenya’s lower order added another 64 runs before they folded up in 46.2 overs.

The final match on December 8 is now a formality with Kenya having finished 5th overall after Hong Kong beat Papua New Guinea and Nepal having lost to United Arab Emirates.

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