Scotland end landmark Hong Kong cricket tour on a high with 37-run T20 victory
Home side win the rain-affected Braidwood Cup series after taking the ODI series
Scotland had the final word in their mostly wet Braidwood Cup series against Hong Kong, comfortably winning the final Twenty20 match at Mission Road as both teams look ahead to March’s ICC World Cup in India.
After scoring a challenging 161 for nine in their 20 overs, with opener Kyle Coetzer hitting 70 in 40 balls, Scotland had Hong Kong in early trouble before bowling out the hosts for 124 to win by 37 runs.
Hong Kong, though, won the Braidwood Cup for their victory in the only ODI played and Saturday’s T20 game that was reduced to 10 overs each.
The four-day game for the Intercontinental Cup and one of the World Cricket League ODIs were abandoned because of wet conditions.
Hong Kong earned an early breakthrough into the Scotland innings when Haseeb Amjad had George Munsey lbw in the third ball fo the day.
Man-of-the-match Coetzer and Matthew Cross repaired the damage by putting on 71 for the second wicket before Cross was caught by Nizakat Khan off Nadeem Ahmed for 27.
Scotland would have been looking at a total of 180 given their flurry in the first 10 overs but Hong Kong started to pick up wickets steadily and the visitors were happy with their 161 for nine after 20 overs.
Still, it was a total Hong Kong were more than capable of overcoming but the tourists struck a series of devastating blows early on to leave the local side tottering on seven for four after 2.3 overs.
Middle-order batsman Nizakat contributed 17 for Hong Kong before skipper Tanwir Afzal started to take on the Scottish bowlers, hitting 57 from 22 balls, including seven sixes.
However, once he was out at 121 for nine, there was no way back for Hong Kong as Scotland bowled the home side out with eight balls remaining.
Hong Kong have two weeks to prepare for the ACC Asia Cup qualifying round against United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Oman before the World Cup, where they will again face the Scots in the preliminary rounds.