Babar Hayat hits century as Hong Kong rack up 366-3 against the Netherlands
Skippers smashes 141 not out on day one in their ICC Intercontinental four-day game at Tin Kwong Road on Friday
First-class cricket was played for the first time in Hong Kong and captain Babar Hayat ensured it would be a milestone day for his side with an unbeaten century.
Already the owner of the first first-class and T20 International hundreds by a Hong Kong player, Hayat added another feather to his cap with 141 not out as Hong Kong amassed 366 for three on day one at Tin Kwong Road on Friday.
Sent in to bat, debutant Matt Stiller and Chris Carter got Hong Kong off to a spritely start, scoring 50 runs in the first 10 overs with crisp drives a feature of their play.
Stiller eventually nicked a good delivery from Vivian Kingma for 42, but the 90-run partnership had laid a strong platform.
The Netherlands were further hampered by an injury to opening bowler Timm van der Gugten, who suffered a shoulder injury while diving in the outfield.
Babar Hayat and Carter continued to press the score forward, guiding Hong Kong to 121 for one at lunch.
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After the break, the spin of Roelof Van De Merwe slowed progress somewhat but Hong Kong again only lost one wicket in the session, that of Chris Carter for 84 – his highest first-class score.
Resuming at 227 for two after tea, Hayat and Nizakat Khan played with freedom. Babar’s century came from 162 balls, while Nizakat raised his 50 in 89 balls.
The partnership was 117, before Nizakat fended a ball to second slip following the introduction of the second new ball.
But the day was already Hong Kong’s at that point and with Hayat and Anshuman Rath (23 not out) set to resume, the home side are in position to accelerate the scoring on day two.
“The boys got off to a really good start and then when I came in they kept supporting me,” Hayat said.
“I’ve never batted for this long before so I’m really pleased with this, we were thinking 230 or 240 would be a good score at the end of the day so we are looking forward to hopefully putting 500 on the board tomorrow.”
“The guys have been working really hard on our batting and everyone was feeling good coming into today so pleasing to put a good performance on the board.”
“We lost the toss but thankfully they chose to bowl first which we wanted to do, hopefully the wicket can spin on day three and four.”