Successful Sydney Tour puts Hong Kong In Good Form for T20 Qualifiers in Dubai

Hong Kong—Cricket
By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
October 23, 2013 Last Updated: October 23, 2013

The Hong Kong team had a successful tour to Sydney, winning all of their four Twenty20 games against CNSW Academy (3) New South Wales U19’s and must feel well tuned for next month’s T20 Qualifier in Dubai.

Hong Kong is placed in Group A for the T20 Qualifier round robin matches to be played from Nov 15-24 along with Ireland, Namibia, Canada, Uganda, USA, Italy and United Arab Emirates. Group B teams are Afghanistan, Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya, Bermuda, Denmark, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.

Playoffs and finals are played in the remaining days of the tournament, which end on Nov 30.

The top six teams in the competition will progress to the ICC World Twenty/20 2014 in Bangladesh.

Hong Kong T20 Team

The 15-man Hong Kong squad is comprised of: James Atkinson (Captain), Waqas Barkat (Vice Captain), Tanwir Afzal, Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Moner Ahmed, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Roy Lamsam, Kinchit Shah, Daljeet Singh and Ali Skhawat.

New to the squad is Haseeb Amjad who recently qualified as a 4-year resident, while Ali Skhawat makes a return to the squad after a number of years on the sidelines.

Officials for the tour will be: Darrell Sellers (Team Manager), Charlie Burke (Head Coach), Jawaid Iqbal (Assistant Coach), Chris Pickett (Analyst) and Chris Pedra (Physiotherapist).

Sunday Championship League

In the Sunday Championship League 50 overs matches played on Oct 20, AMSUA Pakistan Association had an easy first match of the season win over Shaffi’s Vagabonds; Hong Kong Cricket Club (HKCC) Optimists beat Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) Templars; and KCC Infidels won against LSW Knights.

Shaffi’s Vagabonds batted first in the match played at Mission road against Pakistan Association, but were bowled out for 168 runs in 42 overs. M. Ishtiaq did the major damage taking 6-28 in his 10 overs.

Although Vagabonds had early successes with the ball restricting five of the first six Pakistan Association batsmen to less than double figures (including three ducks), T. Afzal batting at No.7 hit a fine 85 to set his team well on the way to victory. The job was completed by M. Balal (17 not out) and A Zamir (37 not out) who played an important supporting role though most of the innings.

In the match between HKCC Optimists and KCC Templars at Hong Kong Cricket Club, Optimist batted first scoring 264 for 9 wickets in their 50 overs. T.J. McMahon scored 73 and M. Wright just missed his century being out LBW for 99.

Templars were dismissed for 179 in 41 overs. Wickets were taken by C.R. Williams (3-24), A.S Manglik (3-30) and C.K. Krugar (2-25).

In the match at Kowloon Cricket Club, Infidels batted first scoring a total of 185 all out in their match against LSW Knights. But Knights in reply were dismissed for 145 in 45 overs giving the win to Infidels.

Next matches

On Sunday Nov 3: AMSUA Pakistan Association play LSW JKN at Mission Road; and Shaffi’s Vagabonds play USRC/Millennium at PKVR Park.