Scotland has returned to the top of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 points table after recording a convincing eight wickets victory over Kenya on the fourth and last day at Nairobi Gymkhana in Nairobi on Thursday.
Set a modest victory target of 130 runs in more than two sessions of play, the tourists reached victory shortly after lunch with opener Douglas Lockhart returning unbeaten on 51.
The victory has earned Scotland 20 maximum points and puts it on top of the table with 49 points, six ahead of Afghanistan. In contrast, the victory has kept Kenya in fourth position on 23 points but has played one more game as compared to the two top sides.
Lockhart put on 70 runs for the first wicket with Kyle Coetzer (34) and then put on 32 runs for the unfinished third wicket.
Earlier, Scotland fast bowler Dewald Nel recorded his maiden five-wicket haul when he added two more wickets to his overnight tally of three wickets to finish with 5-107.
Nel's scalps included Kenya captain and wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma who fought a lone battle before being the ninth batsman out after scoring 130. Ouma had started the day at 106 in Kenya's 288-7 and his 209-ball innings included 21 fours and a six.
Scores in brief:
At Nairobi Gymkhana (day four):
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 323 all out, 132.4 overs (Maurice Ouma 130, Hiren Varaiya 44; Dewald Nel 5-107)
Scotland 306 all out, 116.1 overs (Qasim Sheikh 108; Richie Berrington 80; Nehemiah 3-60, Jimmy Kamande 2-31, Elijah Otieno 2-46) and 110-2, 32.2 overs (Douglas Lockhart 51 not out, Kyle Coetzer 34)
Result: Scotland won by seven wickets
Points: Scotland 20, Kenya 0
Scorecard and points table available at http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/index.php
ICC INTERCONTINENTAL CUP
17-20 Feb - Afghanistan v Canada, UAE
20-23 Feb - Kenya v Netherlands, Nairobi
10-13 Jun - Netherlands v Scotland, Netherlands
11-14 Aug - Scotland v Afghanistan, Scotland
11-14 Aug -Ireland v Netherlands, Ireland
21-24 Aug - Canada v Zimbabwe XI, Canada
1-4 Sep - Canada v Ireland, Canada
1-4 Sep - Netherlands v Zimbabwe XI, Netherlands
2-5 Oct - Kenya v Afghanistan, Kenya
6-9 Oct - Zimbabwe XI v Ireland, Africa
13-16 Oct - Zimbabwe XI v Scotland, Africa
25-29 Nov - FINAL (five days), UAE
ICC INTERCONTINENTAL SHIELD
2-5 Apr - Namibia v Bermuda, Namibia
5-8 Jul - Bermuda v UAE, Bermuda
18-21 Sep - Uganda v Namibia, Uganda
25-28 Nov - FINAL, UAE
The exact venues for these fixtures have not yet been finalised.
There will be a total of US$250,000 in prize money for the Associate and Affiliate teams taking part in the ICC Intercontinental Cup with US$100,000 for the winners and US$40,000 for the runners-up.
Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day 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 include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI), while the new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield, involves the 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.
Go to http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/index.php
to find out more.