The Rugby Championship

Sport Digest, October 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 2:02am

Hong Kong cricketers thrashed by UAE

Hong Kong lost their first match at the Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite tournament in Dubai yesterday when the United Arab Emirates beat them by six wickets. Batting first, Hong Kong got off to a good start with the openers putting on a stand of 61. But after that, wickets fell at regular intervals and they were dismissed for 215 off the last ball of their 50 overs. Nine of the Hong Kong batsmen reached double figures, Nizakat Khan top-scoring with 40. UAE's reply was led by Shaiman Anwar (83) with Abdul Shakoor (33) and Saqib Ali (38) also making useful contributions. UAE reached their winning target with six wickets and 46 balls to spare. Despite the defeat, Hong Kong still top the five-team group B thanks to a superior run rate after three matches. Hong Kong will be guaranteed a place in the semi-finals if they beat Nepal in their final group match on Tuesday. Staff Reporter

HK pair to face top seeds in Taiwan final

Hong Kong's Lee Chun-hei and Chau Hoi-wah will face a tough challenge against top seeds Rijal Muhammad and Debby Susanto of Indonesia in the final of the Taiwan Open. The mixed doubles badminton pair came from behind to beat Ong Jian Guo and Woon Khe Wei of Malaysia yesterday 20-22, 21-17, 21-12. In the women's singles, third seed Yip Pui-yin lost her semi to Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan 18-21, 21-10, 21-9. Chan Kin-wa

Clinical All Blacks end perfect Championship

New Zealand attacked with clinical precision to beat South Africa 32-16 last night, ending the inaugural Rugby Championship with a perfect six wins from six games and hammering home their dominance. The world champions, who had already won the title with a game to spare, came back from 10-0 down in Soweto with four tries in just over 25 minutes. AP

Raonic upsets Murray in semis of Japan Open

US Open champion Andy Murray was upset by Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4) in the semi-finals of the Japan Open yesterday, ending the Briton's defence of his Tokyo title. The Olympic tennis champion and US Open winner smashed a racquet and yelled furiously at himself as Raonic saved two match points. Reuters

Southern's Carril scores in debut in tied match

Jonathan Carril scored on his debut for Southern as they held visitors Sun Pegasus to a 3-3 draw in the RedMR First Division at Aberdeen Sports Ground yesterday. Carril had to leave Kitchee after the Hong Kong soccer champions signed Pablo Counago, a member of the Spain team who won the 1999 World Youth Cup. Counago is likely to make his debut against Yokohama today at Mong Kok Stadium. Yokohama have increased ticket prices by HK$40 to HK$100 to test the response of fans. Elsewhere yesterday, Tuen Mun beat Sunray Cave Sun Hei 2-1 to lift themselves to fourth spot. Chan Kin-wa