Last laugh for French and Sharma

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 January, 1997, 12:00am

AN unbroken, 154-run partnership for the second wicket between skipper Rahul Sharma and teenager Alex French saw Hong Kong finish the Tuanku Ja'afar Trophy on a winning note - beating Thailand by nine wickets in Bangkok.

Chasing a total of 238 yesterday, Hong Kong scampered home with five overs to spare, reaching 243 for one. Sharma was unbeaten on 131 with French - one of the successes of the tour - accompanying him on 61.

Another youngster, Grayson Tyndale, was the only man out, being sent back two runs short of his half-century with the score on 89.

Thailand were dismissed for 237, with medium-pacer Ravi Sujanani taking four for 33, and Adrian Ashman two for 36.

Sujanani sparked a collapse, with the last six Thai batsmen being dismissed for 33 runs.

The victory was some consolation for Hong Kong, who lost to Malaysia by one wicket in the opening game on Thursday, and who were then beaten by Singapore by 25 runs.