Scotland v Hong Kong

  • Last Updated: January 13 2014, 10:31 GMT

Scotland came up short as they lost Monday's opening World Cup qualifier to Hong Kong by 17 runs in New Zealand.

Preston Mommsen's century was not enough to give Scotland the win they craved
Preston Mommsen's century was not enough to give Scotland the win they craved

Batsman Preston Mommsen returned from injury to hit a century but his contribution was not enough to prevent defeat in Queenstown.

The Saltires opted to bowl first after winning the toss and made an early breakthrough just three overs in when Safyaan Sharif ran out Mark Wright for just one.

But Hong Kong recovered, largely thanks to the 75 scored by opener Irfan Ahmed, and they finished on 263 for seven after completing their 50 overs.

Scotland were sluggish as they started their replay, losing both skipper Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod to Haseeb Amjad, slumping to just 33 for two just eight overs in.

Mommsen and Robert Taylor looked like they had steadied the ship as they put on a fifth-wicket partnership worth 50 but after Taylor was caught by Jamie Atkinson for 28, the Scots were back in trouble.

Leicestershire's Mommsen completed his ton from 102 deliveries, but watched as wickets continued to tumble at the other end.

A ninth-wicket stand of 50 between Mommsen and Haq did get Scotland to within touching distance of victory but their hopes were ended when Mommsen's stand was ended on 118 after he was caught by Atkinson from Nadeem Ahmed's delivery as Scotland were all out for 246 in the 49th over.

Captain Coetzer told the official Cricket Scotland website: "Our performance today wasn't good enough and we fell short of the standards we set ourselves in each discipline.

"Preston showed the way on his return from injury and made a magnificent hundred which got us close. Unfortunately nobody was able to stay with him long enough to get us over the line.

"It is clearly not an ideal start to the tournament but our aim will simply be to play better in the next game and take it from there.''

Scotland are back in qualifying action on Thursday when they face Nepal in Queenstown hoping to revive their bid to reach next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.


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