The SAR's 2007 World Cup dreams were buried at the Bayuemas Oval yesterday. The sultanate of Oman scampered to an 11-run victory after Hong Kong's 'gutless' batsmen once again fluffed their lines resulting in the SAR being knocked out in the preliminary stage of the Asian Cricket Council Trophy. Chasing 186 to win, Hong Kong were bowled out with eight balls to spare. In Malay, Bayuemas means 'Golden Breeze'. A misnomer as far as Hong Kong was concerned for there was nothing golden about the team's performance. And wafting in the breeze after the tragic ending was the smell of the manure which had definitely hit the fan - for the first time since 1974, Hong Kong will not take part in the ICC Trophy, the World Cup qualifying event. 'It was a pathetic performance. We played nine batsmen and still they couldn't score the runs. And what's more we were bowled out with more than an over to spare. Oman were the worst bowling team in the tournament and we couldn't get 186. Our batting was shocking,' said coach Robin Singh. Despite packing the side with an extra batsman, with Mark Eames replacing Sher Lama, they still could not find the right formula. Two losses from three games saw Hong Kong edged out by debutants Afghanistan who will make the quarter-finals. The SAR will return home tomorrow. Having lost the toss, Oman elected to bat. The SAR's bowlers did a commendable job, with Najeeb Amar and Afzaal Haider leading the way with tight and economical spells. But Hong Kong's failure to wrap up the innings, with the last-wicket pair putting on 28 crucial runs for Oman, proved to be decisive. However, a target of 186 in 50 overs, which was less than four runs an over, was well within any team's reach. But Hong Kong's batting, which had looked shaky all along, once again failed. 'Our bowlers did the job. You can't blame them. It is the batsmen who have to carry the can,' said Singh. Even a Neanderthal with a club would have approached the run chase better. Every batsman, barring Najeeb Amar, will have to shoulder the responsibility for the overly cautious and tentative manner in which they set about going after the runs. From skipper Rahul Sharma - who demoted himself down the order to five - to top-scorer Tim Smart, Hong Kong's batsmen took their time. Smart was cast into the anchor role with wickets falling at the other end. But having made 48 off 102 deliveries, Smart was out in the 41st over with the score on 126, the job half done and with only four batsmen remaining. 'We just did not seem to have the ability to either rotate the strike or go after the bowling. How do you score runs then?' asked Sharma. 'In the end the lower order was under too much pressure. It was a repeat of what happened in our opening game loss to Bahrain.' Sharma admitted that his poor form had also contributed hugely to Hong Kong's debacle. Yesterday, he struggled for 21 balls for his seven runs before trying to cut a delivery and edging to the keeper. 'This has been my poorest tournament with the bat,' said Sharma after his dismissal left Hong Kong on 90 for four in the 31st over. 'In the end the batsmen lacked guts. It was poor cricket.' Smart and Tabarak Dar did show guts, but lacked the ability to push the score along faster. They came together with the score on 18 for two and had to shore the innings, which threatened to fall apart. The pair added 55 runs in almost 20 overs before Dar was out stumped. Sharma walked in, but he did not last long. He was followed by Alex French, offering a simple catch to mid-wicket.