Hong Kong batsman Alex French sweeps on his way to a handy 27 runs in their Tuanku Ja'afar Cup match against Singapore at the Hong Kong Cricket Club yesterday. Hong Kong scored a thrilling six-run victory and took a giant step towards qualifying for the final tomorrow.
Put in to bat, Hong Kong scored 245 before being dismissed in the 49th over. Opener Saleem Malik top-scored with 82 before being run out, while Tabarak Dar, coming in to bat at seven, stepped in with a face-saving 65 that gave the home team a defendable total. The only other two batsmen to score more than 20 were Manoj Cheruparambil and French.
In reply, Singapore were restricted to 239 for nine off their 50 overs. French was the leading wicket-taker for Hong Kong, with three for 45 off 10 overs, while Khalid Khan, making his debut, had figures of 10-2-34-2. Hong Kong will meet Malaysia today.