05 Oct 2018

Domestic Cricket Preview - 6th and 7th Oct 2018


After a hectic few weekends we are back to our regular dose of cricket. 22 games scheduled for the weekend, here is what you can expect:

Juniors

There are just three U11 games at PKVR Reservoir this coming Saturday morning. From Pool 1, the HKCC Sharks play their first game of the season against the KCC Wasps at 8 AM. Then at 9:30 were have a pair of Pool 2 games – the HKCC Pumas play the KCC Bees and the HKCC Dragons play the USRC Avengers. Both HKCC sides are looking to bounce back from losses, while both KCC and USRC are coming off wins and looking to keep that momentum going. Meanwhile, at 9:15 AM at HKCC, the DLSW Littles play the HKCC Warriors in a Pool 3 match. Both these sides are coming off wins, so this should be a closely fought game.

Following on from the U11s at PKVR Reservoir there is a DLSW Derby – Tigers vs Littles – scheduled for 3:40 PM. The Tigers are unbeaten in the Elite division so far, while the Littles are still searching for their first win. A tough game ahead for the Littles, but a great opportunity for an upset. Then on Sunday at KGV we see the KCC Crusaders play the HKCC Scorpions, and USRC Premier play PACC U13s in a pair of Premier division T20 games. The Crusaders currently top the table, but the second-placed Scorpions are poised to usurp the throne from them. Both these sides have picked up wins over PACC, who have bowled very well but have been let down by their batting. They will be looking to turn this around against the mid-ranked USRC. Then at 4 PM, Lantau Lions play HKCC Optimists in an Elite division game. Lantau have yet to get on the pitch – with one forfeit and one abandoned game – while the Optimists are still looking for their first win. A good opportunity for both sides to get their season’s back on track.

In the U15 League, we have two games taking place at 9:30 on Saturday. At GDB the KCC Cyclones play Lantau Lions in an Elite Division T20. The Cyclones lost a low scoring game last week, while Lantau have yet to take a field. This should be an interesting match-up. Meanwhile the Women’s National Team plays the HKCC Optimists at Mission Road. A tough game to start the season for the Optimists, as the Women will look to bounce back hard from a narrow loss to PACC U-15s last weekend.

Women’s

On Sunday the Women will be in action again, but this time for their clubs as the T20 Cup continues at PKVR Reservoir. Unbeaten table toppers HKCC Cavaliers come up against the KCC Maidens, who have lost 2 close games in a row, at 8:20 AM. The defending champs know there is room for improvement, and the Cavaliers will have to be at their best if they want to maintain their top position. Then at 11:20 AM third-placed CCC Fung Wong will look to continue their impressive season against bottom-placed USRC Women, who are yet to win a game. And finally, at 3 PM, second place DLSW Wasps take on the HKCC Willow Wielders. The Wasps are unbeaten too, and only second to the Cavaliers on Net Run Rate. A win over the Willow Wielders could see them take top spot, but they’ll have to be wary of a side just starting to find their groove after a poor start.

Men’s

On Saturday we have 5 games taking place. Starting with Division 2 at PKVR Park, CCC Hung See will look to continue their good form when they come against Laguna Gully, who have had a mixed start to their season. A win here for Laguna will make it competitive in the middle of the table, but a win for Hung See would reinforce their position in the top half. Meanwhile at GDB, Kai Tak play the CHK Pioneers. Both teams played at this ground last weekend in high-scoring games - Kai Tak suffering a narrow loss at the hands of SCC Lancers, and Pioneers a comprehensive loss to Laguna Gully. Kai Tak will look to get back on track against a winless Pioneers but if they take their bowling attack lightly, we could be in for an upset.

In Division one, we have three exciting match-ups in store for us. At Mission Road, HKCC Gap Ramblers face off against PACC. Both these teams are coming off wins and will look to establish a winning streak this Saturday. At the same time, the HKCC Nomads face the KCC Saracens aft HKCC. Both these sides are yet to win a game, and so this Saturday is a golden opportunity for them to get their seasons on track. And lastly at KCC we have a clash between two unbeaten sides – the KCC Crusaders facing DLSW Sarjan. Someone’s 0 has got to go. Lots to look forward to this Saturday.

On Sunday we have four Elite League games scheduled. With three Division 2 fixtures, all six Division 2 teams will be in action. At PKVR Park, the CHK Dragons gear up for their first game of the season against bottom ranked SLCC Tritons, who have lost both their games so far. At Mission Road, we have an exciting top of the table clash – the unbeaten KMF Vagabonds playing the also unbeaten KCC Infidels. Such has been the oddity of this season so far that these two teams are also the only teams to register victories in the division – the four other sides have all either lost to them, or had their games abandoned. Both sides have looked very impressive, and this will be a game to keep your eyes on. And last, but not least, the HKCC Optimists play host to DLSW DTC Mobile. Both teams have a loss on their record, but DTC Mobile have also had 2 games rained out. The Optimists are keen to get their first points on the board and will hope that having the home advantage will help them secure that.

In Division 1 the reigning champions KCC Templars play host to USRC/MCC Elite. The KCC Templars pulled off a remarkable come-from-behind victory last weekend and will be buoyed by that going into this match up. This will be USRC’s first game of the season, but with several of their squad having played Saturday Championship fixtures in the last few weeks, they will be looking to hit the ground running. An exciting game awaits.