Boost for cricket in Hong Kong and China after first-ever ‘cross-border derby’
HKCA president keen for the game to grow on both sides of the border after the two sides met in the ICC T20 World Cup Asia qualifier
Hong Kong cricket head Rodney Miles said he hoped victory over China in the first-ever clash between the two sides in an ICC tournament will help boost the sport on both sides of the border.
Hong Kong scored a 40-run victory over China in the ICC women’s T20 World Cup Asia qualifiers on Monday for their second win in a row.
“We always enjoy playing against China, we support each other in every tournament, except when we play each other,” said Hong Kong Cricket Association president Miles.
“Ideally we would like to see both sides grow in strength and help each other to progress even higher in world cricket.”
After beating Nepal in their opening match on Sunday, Hong Kong followed up with a confident victory over the Chinese in their “cross-border derby”.
“It feels great, having two games in the bag now. The team’s confidence is even higher now,” said captain Mariko Hill.
Opening batter Yip Sze-wan continued her great form, scoring 26 runs off 27 balls. Although her opening partner Kary Chan Ka-ying was caught out in the third over, Keenu Gill provided impetus by scoring 21 as Hong Kong reached 56 for one in the 10th over.
But it was captain Hill who stole the spotlight, producing 35 runs off 19 balls in an innings that lifted Hong Kong’s score to 114 for six from 20 overs.
China’s Jie Liu and Fengfeng Song took two wickets each.
Hong Kong kept their composure in China’s innings with left-arm spinner and the player of the match Chan Sau-ha taking wickets in the fifth, seventh and 11th overs.
Strong fielding for the home team accounted for three China run outs and three wickets in the 19th over saw Hong Kong bowl out their opponents for 74. China skipper Huang Zhuo was the highest scorer with 17.
Chan Sau-ha was delighted with her MVP award. “I am very happy, I did not expect to get this award. My bowling was great but there were other aspects that I could have done better.
“I credit my bowling performance to our great preparation. The whole team were confident coming into the match,” said Chan.