Chapman puts on all-round show as HK pound Nondescripts
Mark Chapman enjoyed the best day in his fledgling career as Hong Kong hammered an under-23 outfit from one of the leading club sides in Sri Lanka, the Nondescripts Cricket Club, by 116 runs in the second game on their brief visit to Colombo.
Chapman, one of a band of youngsters in the squad, produced an inspired all-round performance which included a run-a-ball 66, three wickets and three catches.
Yet the most encouraging sign for Hong Kong, who are preparing for the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament at home later this month, was seeing the batsmen clicking to post a healthy 282 for nine.
'The guys are now beginning to understand the importance of partnerships,' Hong Kong coach Charlie Burke said. 'We talked before the game about this aspect and trying to form at least a 100-run partnership and they produced it,'
Chapman and Irfan Ahmed (73) put on 102 runs for the fourth wicket. Another youngster to impress was Nizakat Khan who made 68 from 61 balls.
'It was a good batting performance,' Burke said. 'All the little things came together today and we are slowly getting there. What we need now is to be more consistent in our performances.'
The tour will end with a 40-over game against Badureliya CC.
Hong Kong will take on the US, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Denmark and Italy in the WCL tournament, a qualifying prelude to the 2015 World Cup, from January 22 to 29.