HK juniors crash to Thailand in Cup opener

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 April, 2004, 12:00am

The Hong Kong under-19 cricket team lost their opening game to Thailand in the 2004 Tuanku Ja'afar Cup at the Kowloon Cricket Club in Jordan.

Darshil Sha top-scored with 30 runs for Thailand, who batted first and made 169 in 49.3 overs. In reply, Hong Kong could only manage 136 (40.3 overs) in the face of a balanced attack led by Ghirag Ghugani, who ended up with two wickets.

Courtney Kruger scored 59 runs for Hong Kong, but no other local player got more than 20.

'Our batting collapsed,' Hong Kong captain Skhawat Ali said. 'We have to work harder or else we're going to lose more games.'

Hong Kong now need to win their remaining two games to have any chance of making Sunday's final.

They will next play defending champions Malaysia, who dropped their opening-round match to Singapore at Hong Kong Cricket Club. The boys from Lion City stunned the favourites with a fine all-round performance.

Having compiled a respectable 209 for nine wickets off their allotted 50 overs, Singapore bowled out Malaysia for 151 with more than four overs to spare.