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Scotland win Taylor-made

Rob Taylor was the hero as Scotland boosted their World Cup qualification hopes by reaching a revised victory target against Kenya with eight balls to spare in Aberdeen.

The hosts won by four wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis method as they met their new challenge of 139 in a rain-hit match after bowling Kenya out for 183 yesterday, Tanmay Mishra top-scoring with 59.

Captain Kyle Coetzer hit a half-century once Scotland resumed on 22 without loss but three quick wickets gave Kenya hope before the second rain delay of the game.

Matt Machan was run out for 20 in the 21st over to leave Scotland on 84 for two and Coetzer (57) and Calum MacLeod (11) were both bowled by Nehemia Odhiambo with balls that failed to bounce on the heavy wicket.

Rain forced the players off with Scotland at 106 for four and play did not resume until more than 90 minutes later with the hosts now needing 33 runs from 40 balls.

Preston Mommsen was caught behind for five as the tourists threatened an upset, but Taylor steadied the nerves of the home crowd at Mannofield when he struck a four and a six in the space of three balls on his way to 16 from eight balls before being caught off Ragheb Aga.

But the Leicestershire all-rounder, who took three wickets on the first day of play, had put Scotland firmly on the right track and David Murphy's sole run saw them over the line in the next over.

The victory, which followed a 12-run win over Kenya on Sunday, moved Scotland above the Netherlands into second place in the table with the top two countries assured of a place at the 2015 World Cup. The Dutch and leaders Ireland meet twice in the coming week.

Scotland now host Kenya in two Twenty20 internationals in the next two days before a four-day Intercontinental Cup match begins on Sunday.