Kenya finishes second day's play at 30-1 and still requires 185 runs to avoid innings defeat
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A third-career century by Qasim Sheikh accompanied a fine innings by Richie Berrington put Scotland in a commanding position against Kenya after day two of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-2010 match at Nairobi Gymkhana in Nairobi on Tuesday.
Sheikh scored a brilliant 108 and Berrington scored 80 as the 2005 champion resumed its first innings at the overnight score of 121-3 and was bowled out for 306 while replying to the home side's modest score of 91.
While the stumps were drawn for the day, Kenya had reached 30-1 and still needed 185 runs to make the visitors bat again.
Sheikh resumed this morning at the overnight score of 56 while Berrington started the day at seven and the two batsmen took the score to 208 before Sheikh became Steve Tikolo's only success of the innings. Sheikh received 228 deliveries and hit 19 fours before he was declared lbw. He added 102 runs for the fourth wicket with Berrington.
Sheikh's departure triggered a sensational collapse as Scotland lost its last seven wickets for 98 runs with no batsmen except Berrington offering any significant resistance against some disciplined and purposeful Kenya bowling.
Berrington struck seven fours in a 206-ball innings before being the eighth batsmen out. Together with number-nine batsman Ross Lyons (23), Berrington put on 58 runs for the eighth wicket at a stage when the tourists had slumped from 208-3 to 233-7.
The pick of the Kenya bowlers was Nehemiah Odhiambo with 3-60 while Kamande took 2-31 and Elijah Otieno claimed 2-46.
Kenya started its second-innings, trailing by 215 runs on first-innings and had reached 30-1 when play ended on the second day with Rakep Patel unbeaten on 16 and Hiren Varaiya on one.
Seren Water was the batsman out when he was trapped in front of the wickets by Dewald Nel for 12.
With six points already in the bag for claiming a first-innings lead, Scotland's bowlers will be aiming to demolish the Kenya batting line-up for the second time in the match which will earn them additional 14 match-win points.
Scores in brief:
At Nairobi Gymkhana (stumps, day two):
Kenya 91 all out, 49.1 overs (Collins Obuya 40; Richie Berrington 3-13, Gordon Drummond 3-18, Dewald Nel 2-28, Gordon Goudie 2-30) and 30-1, 18 overs (Rakep Patel 16 not out; Dewald Nel 1-15)
Scotland 306 all out, 116.1 overs (Qasim Sheikh 108; Richie Berrington 80; Nehemiah 3-60, Jimmy Kamande 2-31, Elijah Otieno 2-46)
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The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception five years ago and now the ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.
Having previously been designed around a four-group, three-day format and later a two-group format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.
This year's format will include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI) while a new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield will involve four teams below that, namely Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.
Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in all three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event and Namibia in 2007-08.
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