Scotland ready to face Hong Kong in I-Cup

20 Jan

Scotland's training session was washed out this morning

Tomorrow (Thursday) will see Scotland’s cricketers embrace a challenge that no international team has had the opportunity to do before – win a first class cricket match at Mission Road, Hong Kong. 

After a weeks training camp in Abu Dhabi, the Scots arrived in Hong Kong on Monday and had a day to take in their new surroundings. 

Unfortunately, the squads training session was cancelled due to rain on Wednesday, however both captains held a press conference ahead of the contest for the Braidwood Cup. 

Scotland batsman Kyle Coetzer said ahead of the clash, “The guys have been working extremely hard, and we’re well past that initial stiffness you can get when you haven’t worked in the heat for a while. 

Our coaching staff have been preparing us really well and we’ve done our analysis and evaluated the conditions we’ll face over here.” 

The visitors will be hungry to secure a win, after their previous Intercontinental Cup outing saw the Netherlands come out victorious in a tight contest in Voorburg last September last year.

Weather played its part in preventing Scotland secure all 20 points against Afghanistan in Stirling in June, although they did come away with 13 following a first innings lead. 

Scotland’s captain Preston Mommsen said, “We all know Hong Kong is an exciting, up and coming side and we won’t be taking it lightly. We’ve had a solid eight-week training at home where we have been working on conditioning, and it’s going to be great to be back out on the park.” 

The local home advantage was also at the front of Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal’s mind, “I think the key factor in this contest is home conditions. We will hope to use it as an advantage, but more than anything we need put in consistent performances to build on our winning momentum.” 

It is a match that both sides will be hungry to excel in to make ground on current leaders Ireland, who take on PNG in Round 3 later this month. 

Con de Lange has returned to Scotland following the birth of their second child, Scotland will not be looking to make a replacement. 

Squads:

Hong Kong - Tanwir Afzal (captain), Adil Mehmood, Aizaz Khan, Anshuman Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Ishtiaq Muhammad, Kinchit Shah, Mark Chapman, Nadeem Ahmed, Ninad Shah,│Nizakat Khan, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan.

Scotland - Preston Mommsen (Captain), Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Josh Davey, Kyle Coetzer, Mark Watt, Matt Machan, Matthew Cross,│Michael Leask, Richie Berrington, Rob Taylor, Safyaan Sharif

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