Hong Kong and Scotland focus on one-day games after I-Cup clash is washed out
Each team receive 10 points with HKCA still looking to break in the revamped Mission Road ground
It was meant to herald a new era of first-class cricket in Hong Kong but ended up being a frozen, damp squib.
Hong Kong and Scotland were looking forward to breaking in the revamped Mission Road ground, recently sanctioned as an official Associate one-day arena by the ICC. Freezing cold weather, though, as well as rain left the ground unplayable and all four days of their Intercontinental Cup (I-Cup) clash were abandoned.
Both teams will receive 10 points each, which moves Hong Kong up to third in the table of the two-year competition, which may have test implications for the leading team at the end of the series.
“Frustrating is the best way to sum it up because a lot of work has gone into getting this game on and for the sake of a few heavy showers we can’t get on the ground,” Hong Kong coach Simon Cook said.
“The wicket is fine but the surrounding areas cannot cope. It’s unlucky to the point where you get a clear spell and then just as the ground is drying out you get another shower.
“To have first-class cricket in Hong Kong is a great achievement and it’s a chance to raise the profile of the game among the local community. That adds to the frustration of this result.”
Scotland coach Grant Bradburn said: “We don’t dwell too much on performances good or bad and as a group we choose to keep looking forward.
“Out of a potential 12 I-Cup days play, we have now lost seven of those due to weather, which is something out of our control.”
“While it’s disappointing for us to lose an opportunity to play and do battle with Hong Kong, we also feel for the Hong Kong Cricket Association and the ground staff who have put a huge amount of energy and time into this series.”
“While we are desperate to continue to qualify for global events, a more regular diet of quality cricket is the magical missing ingredient from Scotland’s programme. We also rely desperately on the ICC to protect and grow their investment in the leading Associate Nations, who are now clearly competitive with the lower ranked Full Member Countries.”
The two sides now look forward to the two World Cricket League one-day internationals on Tuesday and Thursday, followed by Twenty20 clashes on Saturday and Sunday.
The good news is that the forecast is for better weather this week.