Cricket: Rain frustrates dominant Scots

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SCOTLAND suffered frustration last night when their quest for World Cup qualification was put on hold due to incessant rain at Mannofield, Aberdeen.

The Scots, though, will start favourites to complete an ODI double over Kenya when play resumes this morning.

In the action that was possible, Kyle Coetzer’s men dismissed their rivals for just 183 and had reached 22-0 when rain forced an early end.

However, the reserve day may work to the home side’s advantage, the forecast suggesting Scotland will get the chance to knock off the 162 runs still needed in 43.4 overs to claim victory.

Coetzer said: “There is always an element of frustration when rain intervenes but I’m very happy with the way the day has gone. We wanted to start on the front foot and our opening bowlers were fantastic and gave us the initiative. The pleasing thing is that every bowler I turned to played his part.”

Having won the toss, Scotland quickly seized the initiative as Iain Wardlaw and Neil Carter used the new ball to good effect.

Carter made the breakthrough in the third over, trapping Alex Obanda in front for three, and the Kenyans were in trouble on 18-2 when Carter struck again to dismiss Morris Ouma with a seaming delivery.

Australian-born Duncan Allan showed some resistance, striking two boundaries on his way to 18. However, the 21-year-old opener showed a lack of application when he played across the line and was bowled by Matt Machan.

Skipper Collins Obuya and the composed Tamray Mishra survived for 11 overs without further alarm as the Kenyans dug in for the partnership their innings desperately needed.

However, in the face of tight bowling and a slow wicket, Obuya lost patience, swinging rashly at Rob Taylor’s wide delivery and offering a simple catch to Coetzer at cover.

Calum MacLeod chipped-in with the wickets of Rakep Patel and Ragheb Aga as Scotland reduces their rivals to 109-6.

Mishra, though, was the one Kenyan batsman who got his head down to frustrate the Scots with his second half-century of the series. His 51 runs were crucial to Kenya’s chances of making a competitive total. However, he too succumbed to a disappointing end, holing out to Coetzer off Carter.

His departure hastened the end as Rob Taylor – twice – and Wardlaw produced yorkers too good for the tail-enders.