All the practice for the T20 world cup qualifiers put in by Scotland during their tri-series contest with Kenya and Uganda last week proved to have been hardly worth the effort when they departed ignominiously from the qualifying competition in the UAE today.

The Scots, having been humiliated yesterday by the USA, lost again, this time to Afghanistan, themselves the day before's conquerors of Ireland, by 14 runs.

Kenya, meanwhile, who yesterday had lost by 15 runs to the hosts, came back with a vengeance to vanquish Canada by nine wickets at 9.50 runs an over, with Alex Obanda striking 79 and Steve Tikolo hitting an unbeaten half century.

That put Canada out, along with Scotland, Canada having been previously defeated by the Netherlands.

For both Kenya and Scotland there had been much to play for today, not least a restoration of confidence in their T20 abilities.

Now that is shattered in Scotland's case, while Kenya will tomorrow meet the Netherlands - in advance of next week's two ODIs and four-day Intercontinental Cup match in Nairobi - with a spring in their step.