Hong Kong and Scotland split T20 series
Scotland's tour of Hong Kong - in weather more suited to Scotland at this time of year - has come to an end, with a two match T20I series being shared.
The rain still had one final say though, with the first of the two matches being reduced to a ten over contest. Tanwir Afzal won the toss for Hong Kong and chose to put Scotland in.
The conditions - including a very damp outfield - meant that runs were quite difficult to come by, and Scotland were only able to manage 66-7 from their 10 overs. Tanwir Afzal came in for a little bit of stick, going for 24 runs in his two overs, but the other Hong Kong bowlers were economical.
Hong Kong wicketkeeper Jamie Atkinson got their reply off to a flying start by clubbing 20 from just 7 balls before he was the first man out in the third over. The team score at that point was 36. Babar Hayat joined Anshuman Rath at the crease, and no more wickets were lost.
The match finished when Hayat hit T20I debutant Brad Wheal for a six to complete a nine wicket win.
The teams finally had a day free of rain on Sunday for the second T20I, with Scotland again batting first after Hong Kong won the toss. This time they had a full 20 overs to bat, though they would have been worried of a repeat of the first match when George Munsey was trapped lbw for a duck by Haseeb Amjad in the first over.
But Scotland got back into the game with a 71 run partnership between Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross, the partnership ending when Cross was out for 27. Coetzer went on to top score with 70 from 40 balls, including six sixes.
Haseeb Amjad and Nadeem Ahmed both took three wickets as Scotland scored 161-9 from their 20 overs.
Hong Kong's reply started terribly with Jamie Atkinson, Anshuman Rath, Babar Hayat and Mark Chapman all out in single digits and Hong Kong on 7-4. Nizakat Khan and Kinchit Shah took the team to 33 before both fell to Richie Berrington in successive deliveries.
Two more wickets meant that Hong Kong were well out of it with four overs to left, needing 76. At this point though, Tanwir Afzal obviously decided he had nothing to lose, and went for it in some style.
Rob Taylor, who at that point had gone for just 19 in his three overs, was the unlucky bowler as Afzal smashed 30 from the 17th over, with a new ball being required twice during the over. He brought up his fifty from 20 balls before hitting the final ball of the over for six to take his score to 56.
With 46 from 3 overs looking a little more likely, Haseeb Amjad hit a four, then ran a single to get Afzal back on strike. It wasn't to be for Hong Kong though as Rob Taylor gained a measure of revenge by holding on to a catch to put an end to Afzal's onslaught.
Amjad followed in the next over and Hong Kong were bowled out for 124, losing by 37 runs to secure a 1-1 draw in the T20I series.
Scotland now head to Dubai before they come home for three Twenty20 matches as preparation for the World Twenty20 continues. They will play a combined County XI under lights on Wednesday before afternoon T20Is against the UAE and the Netherlands on Thursday and Friday respectively.
Hong Kong's next scheduled action is later this month as they take part in a Asia Cup T20 qualifier in Bangladesh against Afghanistan, Oman and the UAE. The winners of that event will qualify for the Asia Cup itself, which takes place immediately afterwards.