Brew the pick as HK coast to victory
HONGKONG batsman Stewart Brew was named Man of the Match as the territory raced to an eight-wicket win over Malaysia in the four-team Tuanku Ja'Afar Cup in Bangkok yesterday.
The Australian all-rounder from Hongkong Cricket Club steered Hongkong to victory with an unbeaten 45 off 82 balls in 103 minutes.
Chasing Malaysia's modest total of 94 all out in 35 overs at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Hongkong reached their target for the loss of two wickets with 26 of the 50 overs still in hand.
Brew and Steve Atkinson, who made 16, put on 28 for the first wicket; John Garden scored 10 going in three and skipper Pat Fordham was unbeaten on 15.
Vagabonds' left-arm paceman David Cross took the bowling honours with three for 24 off 10 overs. Glyn Davies claimed three for 25 off seven, Brew took two wickets in only five deliveries and there was one apiece for Tim Davies, who opened the bowling, andfor Paul Cresswell.
In the other game, at the Polo Club, Singapore scored 244 for six and then dismissed Thailand for 225 to win by 19 runs.
Hongkong captain Fordham said today's game with Singapore ''looks like being the crunch match''.