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Rippon, Myburgh put Netherlands on top

Visitor reaches 158 for 3 after UAE is bowled out for 164; no play on day one in Hong Kong-Scotland Intercontinental Cup match

Rippon, Myburgh put Netherlands on top - Cricket News
Michael Rippon took career-best figures of 4 for 45 as UAE was bowled out for 164 against Netherlands.
United Arab Emirates v Netherlands

Having chosen to bat first in its Intercontinental Cup game against Netherlands, UAE was bowled out for 164 in 54.1 overs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (January 21). In reply, Netherlands had reached 158 for 3 at stumps, trailing by just six runs.
The day started with Vivian Kingma, the right-arm medium pacer, striking twice in the first 11 overs. He bowled Mohammad Shahzad and then had Muhammad Kaleem caught at first slip by Peter Borren, the captain.
Not long after that, Borren held another catch at first slip to send Shaiman Anwar back off the bowling of Roelof van der Merwe. With the top three batsmen gone, UAE relied on Swapnil Patil and Mohammad Usman, one of six debutants fielded by the home team, to resurrect the innings through a 43-run stand.
But once Usman (31) became van der Merwe’s second wicket, wickets kept falling at regular intervals.
Usman Mushtaq was trapped in front to give Kingma his third wicket of the innings, Borren took his third catch in the slip cordon to send Saqlain Haider back and Patil became the first of Michael Rippon’s four victims when he was stumped for 41 in the 44th over.
The innings lasted just 8.3 overs after that as Rippon, the chinaman bowler, finished with career-best figures of 4 for 45.
Ahmed Raza trapped Rahil Ahmed and Rippon, the Netherlands openers, in front in his first spell as the visiting team was reduced to 54 for 2. That was UAE’s last success for the next 21.3 overs as Stephan Myburgh and van der Merwe put on 74 runs for the third wicket.
Farhan Ahmed bowled Myburgh for a stroke-filled 62 off 94 deliveries with nine fours, but van der Merwe (47 not out) and Borren (14 not out) ensured that there was no more damage to the innings till stumps.
Netherlands lies second on the points table, while UAE is at the bottom of the eight-team league, having lost both its matches so far. 
Hong Kong v Scotland
The first day of the match between Hong Kong and Scotland at the Mission Road Ground in Mong Kok  was abandoned without even the toss being gone through.
In what is the first-ever first-class game in Hong Kong, the umpires called off play at 2.40pm local time after six inspections. Though it did not rain through the day, a wet field meant conditions were not conducive for any play whatsoever.
Hong Kong is in fourth position on the table with 21 points after its 276-run win against United Arab Emirates in November, while Scotland is yet to register a victory after two games.

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