Red faces for listless Hong Kong cricketers
Squad disappoint as they lose their second match in a row to Oman, but have a chance to redeem themselves on Sunday
Hong Kong's batsmen plumbed the depths when they failed to chase down a modest 143 against Oman on Friday, losing their second match in a row at the ACC Premier League in Kuala Lumpur.
Defeat by fellow-ODI team Afghanistan is one matter, but to succumb to Oman by nine runs will come as a massive reality check for Hong Kong.
Hong Kong have earned ICC high-performance status and qualified for the Intercontinental Cup against the likes of Ireland and Scotland.
"It was poor cricket all round and we were not helped by some bad decisions which went against us," said disappointed Hong Kong manager Bennett Olegasegram.
He was referring to Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson who was out leg before for the second successive time and in the next ball Nizakat Khan was given out caught down the leg side.
"They were two poor decisions by the umpire. Jamie was hit quite high and the ball was going over the wicket, while Nizakat clearly didn't edge the ball, but the umpire withstood the appeal," Olegasegram said.
Hong Kong's opportunity to make amends comes against United Arab Emirates on Sunday.