Scotland v Hong Kong abandoned after bad light

08 Sep

After persistent rain throughout the morning and afternoon, play did manage to get underway around 4:19pm for a 21 over contest – which was later reduced to 20 after another shower. 

Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bowl first and it was Kyle Coetzer and Craig Wallace who got the Scots off to a blistering start. Coetzer was the main contributor with a fine innings of 53 from just 30 balls - which included a beautiful six over mid-wicket. 

Calum MacLeod added an innovative 28 from 17 deliveries as Scotland raced to 100/4 from 10.3 overs. Things slowed down in the second half of the innings as runs proved hard to come by. 

Con de Lange made a run a ball 26 towards the end of the innings, while Safyaan Sharif added 12 runs from 12 deliveries as Scotland ended on 153/6. 

Hong Kong also got off to a flyer, as Nizakat Khan blasted 43 from 26 balls and Babar Hayat (26) set up an exciting finish. 

Ashuman Rath (32) kept things going until he was run out, but it was unfortunate that the light closed in during the final few overs, leaving the umpires with little choice but to call the game off with 18 needed from 10 overs. 

De Lange was Scotland’s the pick of the bowlers with 2/26 while Mark Watt, in what was his official ODI debut, picked up 1/20 from 4 overs. 

Afterwards Calum MacLeod said, “It had a bit of everything really didn’t it! In the first half Kyle [Coetzer] was superb and showed his form and I think if we’re critical of ourselves we didn’t play our best in the last 10 overs, and then with bowling and fielding was ok, but I still think we had more to offer and just a shame the light ended what was a very good game.”

Special thanks must go to the ground-staff who did an excellent job throughout the day to get the game on. 

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