Calum MacLeod’s late surge sinks Kenya

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CALUM MacLeod led Scotland to a Twenty20 double against Kenya at Mannofield, Aberdeen.

In an extraordinary innings in front of a sizeable crowd, MacLeod faced 47 deliveries without striking a boundary as Scotland, needing 101 for victory, eased to 90 for three with two overs remaining. The Uddingston all-rounder then struck a four and two consecutive sixes to seal the win with nine balls to spare.

MacLeod and Richie Berrington had given Scotland an ideal start, reaching 30 without loss from six overs. Berrington led the way with three boundaries but was lured from his crease and stumped by Morris Ouma.

MacLeod was content to keep the board ticking with a series of ones and twos but Matthew Cross never got going before he edged Shem Ngoche to Ouma. Craig Wallace hit two boundaries in his 21-ball 23 before missing a straight one from Duncan Allan. However, by then the Scots needed 14 from 16 deliveries and MacLeod came up with that late onslaught to finish 
unbeaten on 46 from 50 balls.

Earlier, Neil Carter took just two deliveries to claim the first Kenya wicket when Tanmay Mishra prodded forward but only lofted a catch to Berrington. Ouma hit a boundary then a six but Kenya’s troubles deepened when Gordon Drummond removed Irfan Karim, caught behind by Wallace, in his first over.

Scotland looked on top at 27 for two when Calvin Burnett was called into the attack and took two wickets in an over. Ouma had reached 19 when he set off for a quick single only to be turned back by his captain Collins Obuya. Burnett grabbed the ball before throwing down the stumps, then he removed Rakep Patel for a first-ball duck.

Kenya staggered to 43 for four before Allan picked out Moneeb Iqbal at long-on to give Majid Haq a wicket. Ragheb Aga hit the second six of the innings before Burnett had his revenge courtesy of MacLeod’s catch. Then Wallace took a sharp catch to dismiss Nehemiah Odiambo off Haq.

Burnett finished with three for 18 as Shem Ngoche picked out Goudie at long-on.