Hong Kong defeat Scotland in first WCLC match
Hong Kong 259 (49.1 overs) Rath 97, Khan 94, Evans 4/41, Taylor 2/38, beat Scotland 150 (39.1 overs) MacLeod 58, Ahmed 4/26, Afzal 3/20, by 109 runs [Scorecard]
Hong Kong claimed first blood in the opening ICC World Cricket League Championship match against Scotland at Mission Road on Tuesday.
Bradley Wheal was presented with his first cap before the start of play, while Preston Mommsen and Kyle Coetzer were also honoured after passing 100 caps for their country.
The Scots had initially made a positive start with the ball after Mommsen had won the toss and elected to bowl first in overcast conditions.
Alasdair Evans struck twice within the first three overs, removing Shah and Hayat with only 16 runs on the board. Jamie Atkinson provided some brief fireworks for Hong Kong, hitting three 4s and a six, before he was caught by McLeod at gully.
It was then up to Rath and Nizikat Khan to push the hosts into a strong position with a patiently composed century stand.
Both were unlucky not to reach their individual centuries, as a mix up saw Rath run out for 97, before Khan edged a Safyaan Sharif delivery behind to Matthew Cross on 94.
Rob Taylor chipped in with two wickets while Bradley Wheal claimed his first international wicket as Hong Kong were bowled out in the final over for 259.
Scotland’s reply started with Kyle Coetzer, Matt Machan and Mommsen all dismissed inside the first 10 overs. Calum MacLeod found the boundary on seven occasions throughout his solid innings to reach his half century.
Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross and Rob Taylor all reached double figures but the introduction Nadeem Ahmed’s spin proved to be a wise move by Hong Kong.
The left-arm bowler finished with impressive figures of 4/26, and although Josh Davey (24) gave some stubborn resistance, however a low catch by captain Tanwir in the 40th over ensured the hosts would win by 109 runs.
Scotland will look to bounce back in the second World Cricket League fixture, which takes place on Thursday.