The East Asia Men's T20 Championship got underway in Hong Kong today. The four team round robin tournament will be contested by China, Japan and two Hong Kong sides - Hong Kong A and Hong Kong Dragons, the latter being a representative side drawn from Hong Kong's majority Chinese community.
It was those two Hong Kong sides that kicked off the tournament, with Hong Kong A choosing to bat first after winning the toss. The early part of their innings was led by Raag Kapur, who scored 52 before he was the third man out, from the final ball of the 14th over.
Waqas Barkat, captain and the most experienced member of the Hong Kong A side, scored 40 from just 22 balls as Hong Kong A scored 142-4 from their 20 overs. Jonathan Foo, who has played for Guyana, was the best bowler for the Dragons, going for just seven runs from his four overs and taking one wicket.
Foo was the star for the Dragons with the bat too, scoring 68 from 38 balls. Siegfried Wai was the next highest scorer with 21, but no other batsman was able to reach double figures. Giacomo Lamplough, who played once for the Hong Kong senior side during the T20 Qualifier in July, was the pick of the bowlers with 4-11.
The Dragons were bowled out for 102 and lost by 40 runs. The tournament will continue tomorrow when China play Japan.
Hong Kong A beat Hong Kong Dragons by 40 runs
Mission Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 30 October
Hong Kong A 142-4 (20 overs, Raag Kapur 52, Waqas Barkat 40*)
Hong Kong Dragons 102 (19.4 overs, J Foo 68, G Lamplough 4-11)