26 Jun 2018

Chinese Tapeball Tournament - Review

Chinese Tapeball Tournament


The inaugural Chinese Tapeball tournament took place on Sunday 24th June at Lai Chi Kok Park and was seen as an outstanding success in bringing together players from across all levels, both Men and Women’s Chinese cricket as well as promoting the form of cricket known as Tapeball cricket amongst the local community.  Five teams consisting of 40 Chinese players competed alongside and against each other in the day-long event.


Although a number of the players have reasonable experience of playing the hard ball version of cricket, for most this was first time with the Tapeball on a hard court, using the simplified rules. Everyone present took to it extremely quickly and got into the fun of the occasion while still being competitive to be the winners at the end of the day.


The tournament consisted of 10 Round Robin matches with a Final at the end to find the winners. At the lunchtime halfway stage the running was being made by the Boundary Blasters and the Playground Panthers both with two wins from two, the Chilli Kings in third with one win from two and The Launchers and The Warriors bringing up the rear with no wins from two. But in the afternoon session and combination of two loses The Boundary Blasters and two wins for The Launchers saw fortunes flipped as they edged the second Final spot to take on The Playground Panthers by just 0.1 of a run on Net Run Rate after they tied on 4 points each.


The Final saw The Launchers win the toss and elect to field first and after their 5 overs, The Playground Panthers posted 48 after contributions of 20 (retired) from skipper Bobby Chan and 13 from Danny Lee. The Launchers based on earlier scores would have been happy with their efforts at the halfway point after tight overs from Emma Lai and Ashley Hung and a superb over of just 3 runs from skipper Nigel Sun.


After the early blow of losing James Chan to a superb running catch by Adam Chan, Nigel Sun 23 (retired) and Emma Lai edged The Launchers to striking distance with two overs to go by two tight final overs from Annie Ho and Gloria Lo who held her nerve in a tense final over saw The Playground Panthers home as the inaugural winners of the Chinese Tapeball Tournament by just two runs to round off a great day of Chinese cricket with an exciting finale.


Danny Lee was voted Player of the tournament for his consistent batting which saw him score 99 runs overall at an average of 99.


Thanks to everyone that made this day such a success and watch this space for further Tapeball amongst the Chinese community.

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Video: Highlights