A missing leg-bye belatedly spotted on the scorebooks robbed Hong Kong of a dramatic tied result against Malaysia - and possibly US$100,000 - in the Asian Cricket Council Trophy in Singapore yesterday. The Group B 50-overs match ended in uproar and controversy after the two scorers from the Singapore Cricket Association found out after the match ended that they had not counted a leg-bye in the 44th over, which, in the final tally, gave Malaysia technically a 'one-run' victory over Hong Kong. Hong Kong batted first and were bowled out for 159 in 49.5 overs. Malaysia were also bowled out for 159 in 49.5 overs. The joyous Hong Kong team walked off the field thinking they had tied the match and kept alive their hopes of topping the group. But Hong Kong later found out that they had in fact lost the match. 'We were robbed on a technicality. The guys played the last couple of overs under mis-information. We have protested,' said fuming Hong Kong manager Yarman Vachha soon after the match. After a two-hour deliberation, the tournament's technical committee threw out Hong Kong's appeal on the grounds that the final result rested solely on the scorebook which after a thorough check was found to be accurate. 'What they did in the end was declare the last over null and void even though we played it,' said Vachha. Explaining the foul-up, Vachha said: 'The wrong information was apparently on the scoreboard from the 44th over. We asked the scorers a number of times if the score was correct and their books tallied. Even the match referee asked them and they said there were no problems. And then after the match they both found a leg-bye which they had missed.' Former Indian Test off-spinner Roger Binny, who was the match referee, said he had never come across a situation like this in a playing career that included 72 one-day internationals. 'It is tough on Hong Kong. But we have to go by the scorebook. After the final tally, an extra run was found and it had to be given to Malaysia,' said Binny. Hong Kong captain Rahul Sharma said in the spirit of the game the proper result should have been a tie. 'Both teams walked off the pitch thinking it was a tie. Everyone thought it was a tie and as such in the spirit of the game a tie should be the result,' said Sharma. Such was the confusion after the game that even Binny was caught out when asked what the official result was. He first replied: 'Malaysia won by one run'. But when it was pointed out that it was impossible for a side chasing victory to win by runs, Binny said: 'Malaysia won.' When pressed by what margin, the answer after hurried consultation with other officials was: 'Malaysia won by one wicket.' Binny then clarified: 'In effect the match should have finished by the end of the 49th over with Malaysia on 159 for nine. They were really 160 for nine.' Hong Kong's argument is that they did not know this was the case and played the last over before tying the game. Tabarak Dar, bowling the last over for Hong Kong, sent down four dot balls before claiming the last Malaysian wicket clean bowled with his fifth ball. 'Our case is that when the last over began, everyone at the ground, us, the Malaysians, the scorers, umpires and officials believed Malaysia needed one more run to win. We played and bowled them out, tying the match,' said Vachha. The chaotic end could also rob the cash-strapped Hong Kong Cricket Association of a bumper payout of US$100,000 - which the ACC has promised it will award to the two finalists for qualifying for the Asia Cup. Hong Kong are now lying second behind Malaysia in Group B. The SAR meet the Maldives in their final group game today, but even a victory is unlikely to see them finish top. The runners-up in this group are down to play defending champions the United Arab Emirates in the semi-finals - a meeting Hong Kong would have preferred to have delayed until the final. 'This is just not cricket. Imagine a thing like this happening at Lord's. They allowed seven additional balls to be bowled. It was played out as a tie,' added Sharma who was second-highest scorer for Hong Kong yesterday with 28. Ravi Sujanani top-scored with 31 while Saleem Malik hit 24. 'The whole incident has served to make the boys more determined now. We will have to go out and beat the Maldives handsomely tomorrow to ensure our berth in the semi-finals,' Vachha said. In Group A, the UAE and Nepal are unbeaten and will meet today to decide the top two placings. The final is scheduled for Sunday.