Hong Kong remain unbeaten in qualifying

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 17:08 19/01/2014

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Surprise package Hong Kong booked their spot in the super six stage of the Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament after a convincing 10 wicket victory over Nepal in Rangiora today.

Hong Kong were an unknown quantity coming into the qualifier, but have now won all three of their games.

Their bowlers set up the win, leaving Nepal in all sorts of trouble at 65 for eight in the 27th over.

Nepal were only able to get up above the three-figure mark thanks to a gutsy 57-run ninth wicket partnership between Basant Regmi, who top-scored with 45, and Sompal Kami. 

The tournament's leading wicket-taker, medium-pacer Haseeb Amjad caused havoc again, nabbing four for 40. 

All of Hong Kong's bowlers chipped in with Aizaz Khan and Irfan Ahmed both taking two wickets apiece.

Hong Kong got off to a strong start in reply and eased to their target inside 34 overs without losing a wicket.

Ahmed, who was been in scintillating touch with the bat at this tournament continued his virtuoso form, finishing unbeaten on 86 not out. 

He has scored 261 runs from three games, only being dismissed once.

Hong Kong's final group game is against the United Arab Emirates in Queenstown on Thursday.

Nepal 150 all out in 50 overs (B Regmi 45, P Khadka 29, S Kami 26; H Amjad 4-40, A Khan 2-28, I Ahmed 2-29)  lost to Hong Kong 154-0 in 34 overs (I Ahmed 86no, W Barkat 56 no) by 10 wickets

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