Scotland trounce Kenya to make sure of World Cup Qualifier place

Scotland batsman Calum MacLeod
MacLeod reached his 56 not out in 75 balls in Dubai
ICC World Cricket League Championship at Dubai
Kenya 140 (46.2 overs) Obuya 26; Sharif 3-33, Sole 2-20
Scotland 145-2 (28 overs) MacLeod 56 no, Coetzer 52
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Scotland clinched a place at the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe with an eight-wicket win over Kenya.

Needing a win in their final two World Cricket League games to qualify for the competition to decide the line-up at the 2019 event in England and Wales, the Scots bowled Kenya out for 140.

Kyle Coetzer made 52 and Calum MacLeod finished unbeaten on 56 to overhaul that tally in just 28 overs.

Richie Berrington (29 not out) hit two sixes to end the innings in style.

Safyaan Sharif returned figures of 3-33, with Chris Sole taking two wickets as Kenya were skittled out in the 47th over.

Scotland join the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea in reaching the Qualifier through the World Cricket League, with three more places available.

West Indies, Ireland and Afghanistan will also be in Zimbabwe, along with the host nation, battling for two World Cup spots.

The winners of the World Cricket League Championship also claim the 13th spot in the ODI League, with the Netherlands leading the way.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cut ties with Zimbabwe in 2008 after advice from the UK government.

However, Cricket Scotland told BBC Sport in October that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office "had previously confirmed that it is supportive of Scotland's cricket teams playing in Zimbabwe".

Scotland have never previously played in Zimbabwe, but did host them for two one-day internationals earlier this year.

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