Hong Kong win on home ODI debut
The first ODI played in Hong Kong has ended in victory for the home side by a 109 run margin.
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen - who picked up his 100th cap in the match - won the toss and chose to field first in damp and chilly conditions at the Mission Road ground, which saw the four-day Intercontinental Cup match between these sides completely washed out. Observers at the ground reckoned the weather was better suited for cricket in Edinburgh.
Hong Kong soon found themselves on the back foot when Kinchit Shah was dismissed for a duck in the first over, with Babar Hayat following him back to the dressing room soon afterwards. Anshuman Rath and Jamie Atkinson then put on 39 for the third wicket before Atkinson was out for 21 in the 13th over.
That wicket brought Nizakat Khan to the crease and he and Rath proceeded to put together what proved to be a match winning partnership. When Khan fell for 94 in the 44th over, the pair had put on 170. Anshuman Rath fell just short of a maiden ODI century when he was run out on 97 - his third ODI fifty in five matches.
The final total for the home side was 259 in 49.1 overs. The next highest score for Hong Kong after Rath and Khan was Atkinson's 21. Alasdair Evans was the pick of the Scottish bowlers with 4-41.
Scotland began their reply slowly, and had only scored 8 when Tanwir Afzal dismissed Kyle Coetzer and Matt Machan in successive deliveries in the fifth over. Two overs later, Scotland had the chance to regroup when a shower drove players from the field of play.
The shower was brief enough for there to be no reduction in overs. When the game resumed, Preston Mommsen lasted just 2.4 further overs before he was the third wicket to fall, with the score on just 17. With Scotland looking in all sorts of trouble, it took a 50 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington prevented complete disaster.
Barrington though could only score 16 before he was out, and whilst Calum MacLeod was able to score 58, none of the other Scottish batsmen were able to stay with him like Nizakat Khan did with Anshuman Rath in the Hong Kong innings.
Josh Davey offered some brief lower order resistance with 24 from 21 balls, but he was the third of four tail-end wickets for Nadeem Ahmed, who finished with 4-26 as Scotland were bowled out for 150.
The win took Hong Kong clear at the top of the World Cricket League Championship table. The two sides will meet again on Thursday at the same venue before playing two Twenty20 Internationals at the weekend.