Twenty20 international series, Al Amarat, Oman:
Hong Kong 142-9 (20 overs): Arshad 45; Delany 2-27, Thompson 2-25, Rankin 2-21
Ireland 208-5 (20 overs): O’Brien 124; Khan 3-32, Christie 2-33
Ireland won by 66 runs

Kevin O’Brien became the first player to hit a Twenty20 century for Ireland as they beat Hong Kong by 66 runs.

All-rounder O’Brien managed 124 from 62 balls, which included 12 fours and seven sixes, at the five-team T20 tournament in Oman.

His record knock helped Ireland post 208-5 from 20 overs as they bounced back from Sunday’s defeat by the hosts.

O’Brien’s contribution left Ireland in a strong position and Hong Kong were unable to recover, finishing on 142-9.

The win was a much-needed morale-booster for Graham Ford’s men after their weekend humbling by Oman.

Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson and Garth Delany all finished with two wickets each as Ireland finished with their third-highest ever total in T20I.

Dubliner O’Brien, 35, has now scored a century in all three formats.

It was an impressive show of resilience by Ireland, who have endured an up-and-down series in Oman.

After beating the Netherlands by six wickets in their series opener on Saturday, they fell to a surprise defeat by Oman on Sunday.

Ireland are using the pentangular tournament as a warm-up for the upcoming T20 World Cup qualifiers from 18-26 October in UAE.

The Irish face Nepal on Wednesday in their final series fixture.

When they travel on to , Ireland will face Hong Kong, UAE, Oman, , Jersey and Nigeria in a bid to make the World Cup finals in in 2020.


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