They might be fully paid-up members of Dad's Army. but Mark Eames and Rahul Sharma proved that age, or rather experience, counts as they played a leading role in a marvellous three-wicket victory for Hong Kong over Nepal at the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament yesterday. The two oldest players in the Hong Kong team, both in their mid-forties, fell back on their years of experience to set the foundation for an unlikely win over Nepal with a crucial 116-run stand which shored up the innings. And then Tabarak Dar, currently the most consistent batsman in the home team, and Najeeb Amar completed the job as the SAR successfully reached the 280-run target. The victory pushed Hong Kong to the top of the five-team standings. The 31.5 points acquired from this outright win saw the SAR (95.5 points) overhaul the United Arab Emirates (91.5). Hong Kong are now in sight of qualifying for the ICC's Intercontinental Cup - where they meet winners of other regions - if they are able to pull off a draw against the UAE in February in their last game. The win over Nepal must probably rate as one of the best comebacks for Hong Kong cricket. It was an unlikely victory simply because Hong Kong had been dismissed for a paltry 100 in the first innings and things had looked bleak as Nepal began their second innings holding a 128-run lead. But after the second day heroics by Afzaal Haider at the Hong Kong Cricket Club - the fast bowler took seven for 35 to bowl Nepal out for 151 and leave the SAR a target of 280 to win - it was left to Eames and Sharma to pave the way towards victory on an absorbing last day. 'It is an amazing win considering that we were bowled out for 100 in the first innings. It was a superb all round performance with everyone chipping in. After Haider put us in contention with his seven-wicket haul in the second innings, Eames and Sharma put us back in the match,'' said Hong Kong manager Yarman Vachha. 'Experience counted in the end. Both Eames and Sharma played beautifully and set it up for the other batsmen,' acknowledged Nepalese coach Roy Dias. The pair's fourth-wicket stand took the score from 63 to 179. Sharma went first, caught behind off hard-working Nepalese paceman Binod Das in the third over of the second new ball. Seven balls later, Eames followed, slashing at a wide delivery from Manjeet Shrestha, only to offer the bowler's brother, Unil, a head-high catch at gully. The loss of both these batsmen put Hong Kong in a spot of bother as they still needed 99 runs for victory. Things got worse when Manoj Cheruparambil played a terrible cross-bat pull to be bowled by Das leaving the score at 185 for seven. Dar, who had made half-centuries against both Singapore and Malaysia earlier, and also top-scored in the first innings before running out of partners, settled nerves as he first put on 39 with Ilyas Gull and then figured in an unbroken stand of 57 with Najeeb to carry Hong Kong home.