Scotland's cricketers lose first ODI in Hong Kong

Brad Wheal
Hampshire paceman Bradley Wheal grabbed his first international wicket

Scotland's cricketers suffered a heavy defeat to Hong Kong by 109 runs in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Scotland bowled the hosts out for 259 in the final over with Alasdair Evans taking 4-41 after major knocks from Anshuman Rath (97) and Aizaz Khan (94).

Rob Taylor chipped in with 2-38 while teenage Hampshire paceman Bradley Wheal claimed his first international wicket.

Only Calum MacLeod prospered in reply, hitting seven boundaries in his 58 before Scotland folded for 150.

Kyle Coetzer, Matt Machan and Preston Mommsen all departed inside the first 10 overs, and MacLeod aside, Josh Davey's 24 was the only other contribution of note as the left-arm spin of Hong Kong's Nadeem Ahmed yielded figures of 4-26.

The hosts now lead the table on eight points after five matches, with Scotland fourth, behind Kenya and the Netherlands.

The tourists will look to bounce back in the second one-dayer, also a World Cricket League fixture, on Thursday, 28 January.

Two Twenty20 internationals follow on 30 and 31 January in the build-up to the ICC World Twenty20 in India, which begins on 8 March.

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