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Dockrell, Chase help Ireland take 79-run lead

Nizakat and Rath hit fifties, but Hong Kong is dismissed for 237 in its first innings on the second day of ICC Intercontinental Cup match

Dockrell, Chase help Ireland take 79-run lead - Cricket News
Anshuman Rath scored an unbeaten 73 as Hong Kong made 237. ©INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White
George Dockrell and Peter Chase picked up three wickets each as Ireland dismissed Hong Kong for 237 in 101.4 overs by the end of the second day of their ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont, Belfast on Wednesday (August 31).
That gave Ireland, which is currently placed second on the points table behind Afghanistan but with a game in hand, a crucial 79-run first-innings lead.
Barring Nizakat Khan (69) and Anshuman Rath (73 not out), no other Hong Kong batsmen got going as Dockrell and Chase finished with figures of 3 for 46 and 3 for 50 respectively. The two were well supported by Craig Young, who picked up two wickets in the third over of the day.
Overnight two for no loss after Ireland was bowled out for 316, Hong Kong lost Aizaz Khan, who was caught by Dockrell at backward point, very early. Two balls later, Ed Joyce caught Babar Hayat, the captain, at short midwicket as Young recorded a double-wicket maiden.
Ninad Shah and Nizakat steadied the ship with a 101-run stand, but Nizakat became Chase’s first victim in the 47th over of the innings and that gave Ireland an opening. Tim Murtagh then removed Shah for 38 soon after that, and Hong Kong was 109 for 4 before the end of the 50th over.
In an effort at rebuilding the innings again, Waqas Khan and Rath batted with caution to put on 64 runs for the fifth wicket at a run rate of 2.72.
But Chase had Waqas caught behind for 27, and that left Rath with very little option but to farm the strike. He batted for 163 balls, during which he hit eight fours, but lack of support from the other end meant that Ireland easily gained control over the proceedings.
With only 1.2 overs of play left in the day, Tanveer Ahmed was caught at silly point off Dockrell to bring an end to Hong Kong’s innings.
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