Scots ready for ICC WT20 Semi against Hong Kong

24 Jul

Scotland will meet Hong Kong in the semi-final of the ICC World T20 Qualifier at the Village, Malahide on Saturday 25th July.

With both sides already assured with qualification to the 2016 ICC World T20 in India it will be an opportunity to showcase Associate cricket to a global audience with the game shown live on Sky Sports 5, starting at 9:45am.

The Scots will still remember the defeat to Hong Kong in their previous encounter in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2014 which threatened to de-rail their 2015 World Cup campaign.

Captain Preston Mommsen, who struck a 118 runs in the previous clash against the Asian-pacific side, will be looking for his charges to finish the tournament in style, with a fully fit squad to pick from.

Scotland wicket-keeper, Matthew Cross said “We’ve played some pretty solid cricket throughout the tournament in our home conditions. As a group we are relishing the opportunity of achieving what we originally set out to do, and that’s win the tournament.”

Assistant Coach Craig Wright added, “Hong Kong aren’t a team we are going to take lightly, we have seen first-hand what they are capable of last year. They've shown what a dangerous unit they can be in this tournament and fully deserve to be in where they are. We’ve got stronger as the tournament has gone on and we’re looking forward to a tough encounter.”

Kyle Coetzer has been one of Scotland’s top batsmen during the competition, collecting two man of the match awards for his endeavours said, “I’ve had a bit of luck during the early stages of a few of my innings, and I’ve managed to capitalised on it – it’s important that’s the way you approach T20 cricket.

We’re all pretty refreshed after a week’s break, but we have had two good training sessions and spent a bit of time at the venue now, so we’re looking forward to getting out there tomorrow.”

 

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