Thursday 25th May, 2017
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With victory in sight of what would have been the highest successful chase in WCL Championship history, Hong Kong stumbled in the last six overs as Netherlands pulled off a tense five-run win at Tin Kwong Road to take sole possession of first place on the WCL Championship table.

Hong Kong were 285 for 3 at the start of the 45th over chasing a target of 331 with Anshuman Rath on 134 and Nizakat Khan on 22 but both men were caught on the boundary off the bowling of left-arm wristspinner Michael Rippon to give Netherlands hope in the field and Rippon was eventually named Man of the Match for his gamechanging spell of 4 for 67 after having been out for a duck shouldering arms to an inswinger to open the match.

In spite of the double blow, Ehsan Khan reestablished control for Hong Kong by striking two fours and a six to bring the equation to 23 off 21 balls. However, momentum swung again when Ehsan was given out leg before to Roelof van der Merwe for the sixth wicket though replays indicated the ball had come off Ehsan's glove rather than his pad on his attempted sweep.

Hong Kong still had two recognized batsmen in Waqas Khan and allrounder Aizaz Khan at the crease to begin the 48th over with 20 needed off 18 balls but Paul van Meekeren had both men caught on the boundary in the space of four balls. Waqas top-edged a flick to a ball that would have been called a leg side wide had it been left alone but instead was caught at deep square leg while Aizaz was bounced out pulling to deep midwicket and Hong Kong coach Simon Cook admitted afterward that his side succumbed due to "very poor thinking under pressure."

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