Hong Kong inflicted Hebou PNG Barramundis’ heaviest ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) defeat after thrashing the pacific nation by an innings and 29 runs on Day 3 of the Round 7 Fixture in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Resuming the day at 8/269, Hong Kong Captain Babar Hayat continued to frustrate the Hebou PNG Barramundis bowers smashing a brilliant double century in the morning session to help Hong Kong to a mammoth 348 in the first innings. Hayat was unbeaten on 214 runs, which meant that he score over 60% of his side’s runs, hitting 27 boundaries and 6 massive sixes on the way. Chad Soper was the standout bowler for the Barramundis taking 4/33 off 32 overs. Damien Ravu also impressed, taking 2/40 off 17 overs while four (4) other bowlers took a wicket apiece.
Trailing by 111 runs, the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ openers started steadily with Tony Ura (16) and Kipling Doriga (13) taking the score to 24 runs before Nadeem Ahmed trapped Ura Leg Before Wicket. Doriga was run-out shortly after and when Lega Siaka became Ahmed’s second victim; the Barramundis slumped to 3/50. Siaka’ wicket was the start of the massive batting collapse which saw the Hebou PNG Barramundis dismissed for only 82 runs inside 34 overs. Ehsan Khan (5/13) and Ahmed (4/43) were the chief destroyers for Hong Kong taking nine (9) wickets between them.
This was the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ heaviest defeat in the ICC ICUP and the second innings total of 82 was their lowest score of their ICUP campaign. This result also meant that the Hebou PNG Barramundis finished their maiden ICC ICUP campaign in seventh (7th) position on 43 points, while Hong Kong finished in fourth (4th) position on 59 points. Afghanistan’s victory over the United Arab Emirates by ten (10) wickets meant that they finished top of the table in 121 points and won the ICUP for the second time. Ireland finished second on 109 points despite their victory over Scotland in their final match.
Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/237 (77.3) Tony Ura 62, Kipling Doriga 40, Assad Vala 40, Lega Siaka 32, John Boge Reva 25, Nadeem Ahmed 5/72 (29.2), Ehsan Khan 3/66 (23)
Hong Kong 10/348 (139.3) Babar Hayat 214*, Nizakat Khan 35, Ehsan Khan 30, Chad Soper 4/33 (32), Damien Ravu 2/40 (17), Lega Siaka 1/20 (8), Assad Vala 1/34 (12.3)
Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/82 (33.5) Tony Ura 16, Chad Soper 14*, Kipling Doriga 13, Ehsan Khan 5/13 (8.5), Nadeem Ahmed 4/43 (17)
Hong Kong won by an innings and 29 runs