Hong Kong fails to qualify for World Cup 2015 after finishing in third place in Super Sixes
Irfan Ahmed’s all-round effort helped Hong Kong register a three-wicket win over Papua New Guinea, in a Super Sixes clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2013-14, at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln on Thursday (January 30). Irfan scored an 82-ball 90 to help Hong Kong make short work of a 256-run target after returning impressive figures of 10-2-34-2.
Irfan added 44 in 7.1 overs for the opening wicket with Waqas Barkat. After Barkat was caught off the right-arm pacer Willie Gavera for 24, Irfan added 56 for the second wicket with Jamie Atkinson (36), the Hong Kong captain before joining Mark Chapman for a 93-run partnership off 71 balls. He was bowled by the right-arm pacer Raymond Haoda in the 29th over but not before putting Hong Kong in a commanding position. Irfan’s knock contained five boundaries and four sixes.
After Irfan’s departure, wickets fell at regular intervals, with Hong Kong slipping to 236 for 6. Chapman, however, carried on and almost saw his team through until he was run out by Lega Siaka in the 35th over. He departed for 64, with his 50-ball knock containing six boundaries and a six.
With just 11 needed, Mark Wright and Haseeb Amjad completed the formalities to take Hong Kong to 259 for 7 in 36.1 overs. Hong Kong, though, misses out on a berth for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after finishing in third place.
Gavera claimed three wickets but was expensive, giving away 53 off his eight overs. Haoda’s 8.1 overs cost 69 runs, although he accounted for two wickets, while Charles Amini took the wicket of Atkinson.
Earlier, PNG, after electing to bat first, was reduced to 35 for 3 after the completion of ten overs. Assad Vala and Geraint Jones then stitched together a partnership of 70 runs to lead PNG’s recovery. After Vala was trapped in front by Wright for 57, Jones went on to add 96 more runs with the wicketkeeper Jack Vare, Both perished in quick succession with the score reading 207 for 6 after 44 overs, but Mahuru Dai played a cameo of 26 off 14 balls to boost PNG’s total to 255 for 8 after 50 overs.
Haseeb Amjad took three wickets in ten overs, for Hong Kong, but conceded 70 runs in doing so. Tanwir Afzal, who took two wickets, was economical, giving away just 33 runs off his quota, while Wright was responsible for removing Vala.