SCOTLAND took another step closer to the World Cup as they eased past Kenya with an eight-wicket victory in Dubai.

Half-centuries from captain Kyle Coetzer (52) and Calum MacLeod (56*) helped booked the Saltires place in the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe next March, where a chance to secure a slot for the 2019 tournament will be up for grabs.

Chris Sole also chipped in with two for 20 as Kenya were dismissed for just 140 with two overs to spare.

Coetzer and MacLeod made light work of the chase as they calmly ticked off the runs.

The two teams will battle it out again tomorrow at the same venue and Sharif told the Cricket Scotland website: “It’s a great feeling to get the win, in what we considered a ‘must-win’ game, to qualify for the World Cup Qualifiers next year.

“We produced another solid team performance”