23 Nov 2018

Domestic Cricket Preview - 24th and 25th November 2018


Men’s

Sunday Elite

This Sunday sees three games in the Elite Leagues. In Division 1 the unbeaten KCC Templars play host to PACC Elite. PACC have had a mixed season so far – 1 loss, 1 abandoned game, and 1 win in their most recent game against USRC/MCC Elite – and currently sit 4th in the table. They’ll be looking to hand the defending champions their first loss of the season, while the Templars will look to continue their impressive winning streak at home.

At 9:20 AM, another unbeaten KCC side will look to continue their run, but this time in Division 2, as the Infidels face SLCC Tritons at Mission Road. Both sides have already faced each other one -in their first games of the season in fact- with the Infidels winning that game by 6 wickets. They have now won 5 in a row and will look for another win over the Tritons to improve their odds at promotion. The Tritons, meanwhile, will look to turn around a rough season, having lost all but 1 game so far.

The CHK Dragons, buoyed by their fantastic 41 run win over DLSW DTC Mobile last week, will take on the HKCC Optimists at HKCC. The Optimists sit 3rd, with 2 wins and 2 losses, and are just 1 point ahead of 5th placed Dragons from the same number of games. A win here from either side will see them finish the weekend third in the table.

Saturday Championship

Five games are scheduled across both divisions this Saturday. In Division 1, the table toppers HKCC Gap Ramblers pay a visit to KCC to play the Tartars, who have only played two games this season so far. With one win and one loss, the Tartar’s season is still wide open, while the unbeaten Ramblers will see this as a golden opportunity to widen the gap between them and second-placed DLSW Sarjan.

At HKCC the Nomads play host to Lamma CC. After a wet start to the season, the newly promoted Lamma have had a tough time in Division 1 – 2 abandoned games followed by three losses – and they’ll look to get their first win on the board against the Nomads, who have so far lost 2 out of 3. The one win for the HKCC Nomads came in their most recent game, and they’ll look to continue that form into this match-up.

And lastly at Mission Road we have a bottom of the table clash between KCC Saracens and CCC Jing Sun. Both sides are searching for their first win this season as they approach the half-way stage, and with relegation on the line for the bottom two teams, this will no doubt prove to be a hard-fought game.

In Division 2 we have a pair of mid/lower table matches. 5th placed HKU CC bounced back from a pair of poor performances to register an impressive 9 wicket victory over Laguna Gully last weekend and will look to continue that form into their match against the Centaurs at PKVR Park. With 2 washed out games, 2 losses, and a solitary win over the Pioneers, the Centaurs haven’t had a great start to their season. They will no doubt come out hard looking for the win this Saturday.

The Pioneers themselves will be in action as well, against the DLSW Spartans -whose sole victory this season has been against the Centaurs- over at GDB. Yet to win a game in 7 attempts so far, the Pioneers will look to draw inspiration from CCC Hung See, who handed the Spartans a 4-wicket loss earlier in the season. The Spartans, in the meanwhile, are coming off a 77-run win against the Centaurs and will look for a win to kick off a winning streak.

 

Women’s

There is just one Women’s League game scheduled for this weekend – the KCC Maidens playing the DLSW Wasps at PKVR Reservoir on Sunday afternoon. The Wasps have had a good start to their season so far, with 2 wins in as many games, and a win here will see them leapfrog CCC Fung Wong at the top of the table on NRR. The Maidens dropped their first game against HKCC Cavaliers but bounced back with a narrow 3 wicket win over the SCC Divas a couple of weeks ago. They’ll be looking to take the confidence from that to put in an improved performance this Sunday.

 

Junior’s

Under-15s

It’s Finals Day in the U-15s this Saturday for the T20 Leagues! The Premier Division final is set to take place between the DLSW Tigers and KCC Typhoons – both sides picking up upset victories in the Semi Finals to make it to here. The Typhoons avenged their loss to the CHK Women earlier in the season by beating them 7 wickets, while the 4th-placed DLSW Tigers handed the 1st-placed PACC a 8 wicket defeat in the very final over. An exciting final awaits us at Mission Road, 9:30 AM.

Meanwhile in the Elite Division the two table toppers clash at GDB, 9 AM start. DBS Sky finished the group stages with 8 points while 2nd to 4th all finished with 6, separated only by NRR. They Smashers continued this fine form in their semi-final, with a 81 run win, while Lantau edged past HKCC Witherers by 11 runs. DBS will look to get their hands on the trophy this Saturday, while Lantau will try to spoil their party.

Under-17s

The U-17 35 Over Elite Division league gets underway this Sunday at GDB with two games back to back. DLSW Lions and Lantau U-17 are up first at 8 AM, followed by the DLSW Cheetahs playing LMC U-17 at 1 PM.

Under-13s

The U-13s will be busy as usual. Saturday 1PM at PKVR Reservoir sees a bottom-of-the-table Premier Division scrap between LMC U13s and the HKCC Scorpions, after which Elite Division toppers India Club Green play last-placed Lantau Lions. Then Sunday at KGV sees 8 teams in action – at 1:10 PM 2nd placed PACC play 5th placed USRC while 1st placed KCC Crusaders play 4th placed DLSW Cheetahs. PACC handed the Crusaders their first loss of the season last weekend, narrowing the gap between them and the KCC side to just 5 points with 2 games in hand. Every game is crucial at this point for these two teams, and we could be in for an exciting finish to the season. These two games are followed by a pair of Elite Division games - 3rd ranked DLSW Tigers play 5th placed HKCC Optimists, after which 2nd placed Buccaneers play 4th placed DLSW Littles. Only three points separate 2nd and 4th place, with the Optimists not too far behind in 5th. Plenty on the line here for these young developing sides.

Under-11s

And lastly only 2 games are set to take place this Saturday in the U-11 League at PKVR Reservoir, both of them Pool 1 hardball games. The unbeaten HKCC Sharks will look to make it 6 wins out of 6 against India Club Blue, who currently sit 5th in the table. Meanwhile the 3rd placed DLSW Tigers will look to close the gap on the league leaders by picking up a win over the 6th placed HKCC Cobras. Both games are scheduled for 8 AM and are sure to be a fine exhibition of the talent on offer in HK’s youngest age group.