Day 3 Report - Hong Kong outpoint UAE


UAE’s Khurram Khan
UAE’s Shadeep Silva

Facing off for the first time since their appearance in the 2006 ACC Trophy Final, improving Hong Kong took the honours in a high-scoring draw against the Emirates thanks to an awesome unbeaten double-century from Hussain Butt. Rain after lunch on the final day cost both teams any chance of forcing victory.

Match report courtesy of the ECB

Day 1 Report

Emirates all-rounder Khurram Khan once again proved his class with a brilliant 129 as Emirates Cricket Board piled up 342 for 7 declared on the opening day of their three day match against Hong Kong in the ACC Premier League tournament played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The experienced ECB campaigner played a dominant role to score 129 runs of 138 balls with 14 fours. Shadeep Silva too played a fine innings and was unlucky to miss out on his century when he was caught out for 96. He too hit 12 boundaries and a six. Khurram and Shadeep put on 186 runs 6th wicket partnership as ECB declared their first innings at 342 for 7 declared in 79.1 overs. Earlier Amjad Javed (42) and skipper Arshad Ali (32) gave a sound start.

For Hong Kong Irfan Ahmed picked up 2 wickets for 78 while Afzaal Haider, Hussain Butt, Amjid Hussain and Nadeem Ahmed picked up one wicket each.

At the close of play Hong Kong were 61 for no loss with Tim Smart on 35 and Nasir Ahmed on 26.

1st Innings Emirates Cricket Board
342 for 7 decl in 79.1 overs
Khuram Khan 129, Shadeep Silva 96, Amjad Javed 42, Arshad Ali 32
Irfan Ahed 2 wkts for 78,Afzaal Haider 1 fro 20, Khalid Hussain 1 for 67,Amjid Hussain 1 for 43, Nadeem Ahmed 1 for 37

1st Innings Hong Kong
61 for no loss in 21 overs
Tim Smart 35 not out, Nasir Hameed 26 not out

Day 2 and Day 3 Report

Hong Kong’s Hussain Butt
Hussain Butt

The match between ECB and Hong Kong ended in a draw in the ACC Premier League tournament on the third and concluding day played at Sharjah Stadium.

Hussain Butt of Hong Kong played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 218 runs to post a commendable total of 426 for 8 declared in the first innings.

The top order batsman displayed tremendous form filled with dazzling strokes to smite the ECB bowling attack all over the ground. He punctuated 10 huge sixes and 18 boundaries in his unbeaten knock of 218 to guide the Hong Kong team past the 400 run mark in reply to ECB’s 342 .

ECB’s captain Arshad Ali took 3 for 65 while Ali Asad and Zahid shared two wickets each.

UAE's Saqib Ali

In the second innings, ECB top order batsman Saqib Ali scored a patient knock of 94 runs in 219 deliveries with 16 crisp fours. He and Arshad Ali (54) put on 103 runs for the opening stand. Kashif Khan chipped in 35 runs in the middle order as ECB scored 252 for the loss 7 wickets. Afzaal Haider,Najeeb Amar and Hussain Butt bowled for Hong Kong to pick up 2 wickets each.

The match was called off due to rain after lunch time on the concluding day.

Hong Kong garnered 15.5 bonus points while ECB got 14.5 points.


Related stories: 2006 ACC Trophy Final

Filed November 28 2006