|World Cricket League Division 3: Hong Kong, January 2011|
Hong Kong records its first victory
Hosts Hong Kong bounced back from two successive defeats to beat Denmark by seven wickets at Mission Road. Denmark captain Michael Pedersen elected to bat first on the largest of the three grounds in use for this event but once again the Scandinavian side’s batting failed to spark.
Opener Freddie Klokker managed just 18 runs, while Yasir Iqbal departed for a duck it was once again captain Pedersen who top scored for the side.
After the departure of Pedersen for 34 and then Rizwan Mahmood for 24 there was nobody else in the side that made it into double figures as Hong Kong’s Irfan Ahmed and captain Najeeb Amar worked their magic.
It is the first time this tournament that Irfan has shown his true calibre, taking 4-23 in his eight overs and alongside his captain the 21-year-old dismissed the Danes in 36 overs for a below par score of 102 at Mission Road.
It took Hong Kong just 24.4 overs to knock the runs off but not before Klokker had stumped two of the local side and Pedersen had caught opener Roy Lansam for 19 runs. It was then up to opener Courtney Kruger to guide the side to a victory fittingly assisted by Irfan.
“It’s obviously great to finally get a win in the tournament and hopefully we can carry this momentum through to the next game against Italy,” said man of the match Irfan.
“I just seemed to be able to get things right for us when it came about to claiming the wickets with the ball moving easily in the conditions at Mission Road. We kept things tight and it paid off for us today and we showed what we are capable of doing as a side,” he concluded.