Ryan does damage in Hong Kong Sixes
Having been invited back to his player/coach position with the Hong Kong Cricket Club, Carrickfergus Captain, Ryan Eagleson has continued his rich vein of form from throughout the last domestic season with bat and ball for both Gap Ramblers and Scorpions. His performances have seen him selected to represent Hong Kong in the prestigious Cathay Pacific/Standard Chartered Hong Kong Sixes Tournament. In the tournament, Hong Kong struggled against some world-class opposition and, unfortunately failed to win a match. Despite this, Ryan managed to notch up a couple of decent personal performances and met up with a few familiar faces along the way... The first match saw Ryan up against former Carrickfergus team-mate, Andre Adams, playing for the New Zealand team. Batting first, Ryan helped give Hong Kong a great start by knocking off a quick-fire 20, including a six of Canning before being dismissed by Yovich in the second over. Andre also had a big influence on the match, helping to see the Kiwis through to a victory with a six off his first and only ball(!) as they overhauled the Hong Kong total of 64. The Hong Kong team then went on to lose fairly heavily to India, (although Ryan took the catch which dismissed Rohan Gavaskar, son of the great Sunil) and also suffered a four wicket defeat against Pakistan with Ryan dismissed by the Azhar Mahmood first up. Then came another familiar face, in the form of Irish colleague Gerald Dros, playing for a strong South African team. This match saw Ryan notch up one of the performances of the tournament against world-class opponents. The South Africans started quickly and looked headed for a massive total off their five overs when Ryan stepped up to bowl a pressured fourth over against an in-form batting lineup. In a remarkable over, he dismissed Kemp, Kruger and Zondeki to return figures of 3 for 9, severely curtailing the South Africans free-scoring in the process. Chasing a still formidable 89, Hong Kong never really looked like mounting a serious challenge but Ryan still managed to contribute almost half of their eventual 52 runs with a rapid and undefeated 25 runs off 12 deliveries, helping Hong Kong to a respectable score. Hong Kong's final match saw them mount their most serious challenge of the two days when they ran Kenya very close in the 'Plate Play-off'. Having restricted Kenya to a total of 63, Hong Kong fell agonisingly short of the target with 61 on the board after the allotted 5 overs were complete. Our congratulations go Ryan for both his selection for the Hong Kong team and for his outstanding performance against the South Africans...