Scotland downed in first ODI of Tri Series

22 Jan
Scotland 205 (48.4 ov) Wallace 53, Cross 44, Ahmed 4/43, lost to Hong Kong 206/3 (44.2 ov) Hayat 79*, Carter 43, won by 7 wickets (with 34 balls remaining) [Scorecard] 

Babar Hayat put in a fine performance with the bat to help Hong Kong defeat Scotland in their Tri-Series opener in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 22 January.

Hayat (79*) and Waqas Khan (35*) saw their side home with a 97 run-stand in their persuit of 205. Chris Carter scored 43, while  Nizakat Khan made 25, to assist Hong Kong to a seven wicket win after reaching the score in the 45th over of the reply.

Earlier Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer had given Scotland a solid platform with an opening partnership worth 49. Coetzer was the first wicket to fall as he was clean bowled by Tanvir Ahmed for 27.

Calum MacLeod and Josh Davey both fell to Nadeem Ahmed in quick succession to take the wind out of a good start.

Cross made his way to 44 from 62 deliveries, but he and George Munsey (24) were dismissed an over apart as Scotland found themselves on 110/5 in the 29th over.

Wallace battled his way to a half-century, but de Lange had to retire with a pulled hamstring as Hong Kong continued to take wickets.

De Lange did return to finish unbeaten on 20 but the Scots were all out for 205 in the 49th over.

On the defeat coach Grant Bradburn said, “Hong Kong too good today and another example of how many Associate teams are improving rapidly.  

A sticky surface with the 10am start assisted bowling first but our openers did a nice job of seeing off the new ball. From that platform 250 was always going to be very competitive in the conditions, so 205 was not enough and always going to be tough for the bowlers to defend.  

Two hamstring injuries didn't help matters today, however the top 6 will reflect on missing out today through not adapting quickly enough to conditions and allowing the Hong Kong bowlers to settle.

Craig Wallace was exceptional in scoring his second successive ODI 50 and guiding the tail past 200.”

He continued, “Richie Berrington was ruled out this morning due to his hamstring not recovering sufficiently. Con de Lange pulled his hamstring, just as he and Craig Wallace were building an excellent partnership. Con came back and bravely stood and defended with no ability to run, while Craig struck a number of boundaries in the closing overs of our innings. Unfortunately, Con was not able to take any further part in the match and sadly his tour will be over.  

We look forward to one more valuable ODI fixture on this tour before we head home to the winter nets and build towards the club season in April. UAE on Tuesday will be equally tough in their own backyard and will be another good challenge for our side."

Scotland conclude their tour at Dubai Stadium on Tuesday 24 January. 

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