22 Dec 2017

CHK T20 Open U23's - Finals day Review

3rd vs 4th Playoff – DLSW U23’s vs PACC Rising Stars

The playoff for third place would be contested by the DLSW U23’s and the PACC Rising Stars in the morning match at Tin Kwong Road Recreational Ground.  After a tough tournament the Rising Stars had the opportunity to make amends by saluting against a DLSW side that would count themselves a little unlucky not to be playing in the final after a narrow loss yesterday to KCC.  It was DLSW who won the toss and elected to bat first, with an average score of around 125 all week they set out to make the task very difficult for the Rising Stars but it didn’t start well.  A fantastic opening bowling partnership from Arbaz Khan (3 for 22 from 4 overs) and Kamran Mohammad (2 for 15 from 4 overs) put DLSW on the back foot from the outset, and at one stage they were 18 for 5 from 5.4 overs.  The tournaments leading run scorer, Haroon Arshad, set about building partnerships with Jahangir Khan (9 from 15 balls) and Aftab Hussain (21 from 21 balls) in a bid to give his bowlers something to defend.  Haroon was eventually stumped trying to go big for a well-played 52 from 43 deliveries, some late order hitting from Osama and Ghazanfar pushed the DLSW total up to 128 for 8 from their full allotment of overs.

The Rising Stars went about chasing down the total but as has been the norm for them this week, lost regular wickets.  One for ten became two for twenty, then three for thirty and so on.  Only Khan Ahmed (10 from 20 balls) managed to reach double figures early on.  After starring with the ball, Arbaz Khan came into bat at number 6 and took the attack to the bowlers.  Arbaz struck three massive sixes in his knock of 28 off 17 balls but lacked support from the other end.  The PACC Rising Stars eventually finished on a total of 80 for 9 from their 20 overs.  Of the bowlers it was Danish Zaffar (2 for 21 from 4 overs) and Aftab Hussain (2 for 9 from 4 overs) who did most of the damage.  The man of the match was awarded to young Arbaz Khan from the Rising Stars for his all-round performance.

Whilst it wasn’t the week that the Rising Stars wanted, their younger players gained some valuable experience playing in the T20 format, on turf decks against quality opposition.  Young Nusrullah Rana, Arbaz Khan, Navdeep Singh and Kamran Mohammad are just some of the names that stood out, and who we look forward to seeing progress over the coming years.  For DLSWCC this tournament showcased the amazing young talent they have, the tournaments leading run scorer Haroon Arshad (183 runs at an average of 45 and a SR of 121), Ghazanfar Mohammad and Aftab Hussain who both picked up 7 wickets at around 10 with an economy rate of just over 4 were the two standouts for the DLSW U23 side.


The Final – CHK U23’s vs KCC U23’s

The final of the CHK T20 Open was contested between the Cricket Hong Kong XI and the KCC U23 XI on Thursday afternoon, both teams had fantastic weeks with the only loss between them coming in the round robin fixture on Monday.  CHK went in undefeated and looked to strengthen their side by bringing in Awais Mohammad and Sikander Zafar in the hope of taking out the inaugural title.  The KCC captain, Kinchit Shah, won the toss and elected to field first.  CHK Openers Raag Kapur and Akbar Khan started well, putting on 36 for the first wicket before Kapur chipped on down long ons throat off Vishal Sharma.  That brought second leading run scorer for the tournament, Ahsan Abbasi to the crease, today would not be his day as he looked to increase the scoring rate by smashing Ninad Shah over mid on for six, but could only succeed in chipping one to Simandeep Singh at long on.  With the score on 48 for 2 from 8.4 overs, the captain of the CHK team, Jhatha Subramanyan decided to demote himself down the order and send in big hitting Awais Mohammad to increase the scoring rate.  The move looked to have worked as Awais launched a massive six over wide long on but that was short lived as he was dismissed trying to do the same for 9 from just 6 balls.  The CHK innings then stalled in the middle overs which has been fairly common throughout the tournament, it was left to Sikander Zafar (31 from 15 balls) to come in towards the end and bomb the ball to all part to help his team post a very competitive 135 from their 20 overs.  Simandeep Singh bowled well at the back end of the innings taking 3 for 22 from his 4 overs while Vishal Sharma took 2 wickets.

Requiring 136 runs for victory and to be crowned the champions KCC set about chasing down the total with openers Ninad Shah (27 from 29 balls) and Gurjinder Singh (32 from 35 balls) hammering the bowlers to all part of the ground and putting on 62 for the first wicket.  They both fell in quick succession which brought in skipper, Kinchit Shah to the crease.  Kinchit was in imperious form through out his innings and found the boundary on 9 occasions including 3 big sixes to wrestle back momentum for his side.  Despite wickets falling at the other end Kinchit played a captains knock to finish on 59 not out from just 28 balls and with his team needing 8 runs to win from the final over, he found the boundary twice in the first two balls to see his side home with 4 balls remaining.  He was crowned man of the match in the final (his third from four games) and also took out the player of the series award.

Both teams had a fantastic tournament and but for the heroics of their captain Kinchit, KCC wouldn’t have got over the line in the final.  This tournament outlined the talent HK Cricket has coming through and playing in these high-pressure situations will no doubt hold all who participated in great stead moving forward.  Simon Cook, head coach of the men’s National team said after the match “there are spots up for grabs in the National side, if your performing in tournaments like this and in the domestic leagues you will be looked at, we are going into the world cup qualifiers in March 2018 and we hope all who participated continue to improve and work hard to taste success in the next phase.”


Man of the Match 1 - Haroon Arshad (DLSWCC)

Man of the Match 2 - Ahsan Abbasi (CHK)

Man of the Match 3 - Kinchit Shah (KCC)

Man of the Match 4 - Raag Kapur (CHK)

Man of the Match 5 - Kinchit Shah (KCC)

Man of the Match 6 - Daljeet Singh (CHK)

Man of the Match - 3rd vs 4th Playoff - Arbaz Khan (PACC)

Man of the Match - The Final - Kinchit Shah (KCC)

Player of the Series – Kinchit Shah (KCC)

Leading Run Scorer – Haroon Arshad – 181 runs at 60.33

Leading Wicket Taker – Daljeet Singh – 8 wickets at 12.13

Champions - KCC U23's

Statistics - https://www.crichq.com/competitions/11360/draws/35372/leaderboards/batting