Brew's magic is a winner

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 February, 1994, 12:00am

AS Hong Kong play Kenya today in the first match of our group, I'm hoping for some more ''Brew'' magic.

Stewart Brew has definitely been the player of the tournament up to this point. He is the leading wicket-taker with 12, at 9.5 runs each. He also boasts the highest individual score with the bat (124 against West Africa). In three innings, his batting aggregate is 168. To boot, he is the team's best fielder. He is blessed with stacks of natural ability and athleticism.

People often ask me if Stew is good enough to play first class cricket. If he was able to devote all his time to the game, he would walk into an English county side. I honestly believe it would not be long before he was ''knocking on doors'' for even higher honours.

Hong Kong captain Pat Fordham is another who, with the right opportunities, could have played at a higher level. His wicketkeeping is tidy, but it is with the bat that he impresses most.

His technique is simple and extremely sound. He hits the ball with tremendous power due to an excellent back lift. Pat is particularly severe on anything bowled short and possesses a good cricket brain. To date he has scored 189 runs in three innings (average 63).

We haven't seen the best of veteran Steve Atkinson yet. Without doubt, Atko is the most experienced batsman in the side. I'm confident he will come good in the remaining tougher matches. He is primarily a back foot player and the slow Kenyan wickets haven't been to his liking.

I remember Atko facing Waqar Younis in the Sixes and playing the pace bowler with relative ease.

Our bowling is steady, and with the age and fitness of some of the party, our fielding is only average. We will therefore need to bat to our full potential in order to secure a semi-final berth.

Dermot Reeve is Hong Kong coach in Kenya