30 Nov 2018

Domestic Cricket Preview – 1st and 2nd December


Men’s

Sunday

A pair of Division 2 games are scheduled to take place this Sunday. Incessant rain saw every game scheduled for last Sunday get washed out, which meant both the CHK Dragons and SLCC Tritons managed to salvage some much-needed points. These two sides are in action again this Sunday, as they face each other at PKVR Park. The Tritons emerged victorious the first time these two met, but the Dragons will be riding on the confidence of their win over DLSW DTC Mobile, and will be eager to avenge that loss and create some distance at the bottom of the table.

The HKCC Optimists play their second game on the trot as well. They had the Dragons at 105/7 and in a spot of bother last Sunday until the rain brought the game to an end, and now sit third in the table just behind the KMF Vagabonds. This Sunday gives them an opportunity to leapfrog them, as the two sides meet at HKCC. The Vagabonds have had a good season so far, losing only 2 of their 6 games, and won the first encounter between these two sides earlier in the season. The Optimists have since bounced back from that loss, and won 2 out their next 3 until Sunday’s washed out affair. A cracking game awaits us.

Saturday

The Saturday League continues to churn out exciting results and more action awaits us this weekend, with four games across both Divisions scheduled. Three of these games are in Division 1, starting with DLSW Sarjan taking on KCC Tartars at PKVR Park. Sarjan currently sit second in the table, behind the unbeaten Gap Ramblers, and will be looking for a big win over the 8th placed Tartars to put the defending champions under serious pressure.

The Ramblers themselves will be in action, as they head over to KCC to take on the 4th placed Crusaders. This will be the second time these two sides face, having just played each other on 17th November at HKCC, where the Ramblers secured an impressive 121 run victory. The Crusaders will look for an improved showing to hand the HKCC side their first loss, while the Ramblers will want another win to widen the gap between them and DLSW Sarjan

Also in Division 1, CCC Jing Sun will head over to HKCC to play the Nomads. The Nomads suffered a tough loss at the hands of Lamma CC last weekend, and are in risk of relegation unless they can turn it around. After a wet start to their season, Jing Sun lost 3 in a row, but a win over KCC Saracens last Saturday has moved them clear of the relegation zone into 7th place. A tough battle lies ahead as both sides are set to play for their spot in the top division, and it should be an exciting game to follow.

Division 2 offers us an intriguing match-up as well, as the Centaurs play Laguna Gully over at Gin Drinkers Bay. Both sides are coming off losses to HKU CC in the past 2 weeks, and both sit at 4 points – Laguna ahead on NRR, but the Centaurs with a game in hand. The difference between the two sides might be one man – Laguna Gully allrounder Pranav Shah, who currently leads both the batting and bowling charts across both Saturday League divisions. Laguna will look to him to take them across the line, while Centaurs will look to contain him.

Women’s

Two games are scheduled for this Sunday in the Women’s League. The DLSW Wasps and KCC Maidens had their game last Sunday rained out, but both sides will be in action again this week. The Wasps will play the SCC Divas at 8 AM over at PKVR Reservoir, and will be looking for a big victory, as they attempt to overtake current table-toppers CCC Fung Wong. Meanwhile the ever-improving Divas continue to seek that elusive first victory.

Following that game, the Maidens will play host to CCC Fung Wong over at KCC. Last season’s T20 champions versus the current league leaders, the Maidens will hope the familiarity of their home ground will given them an edge over the in-form side. A victory here for the Maidens would be the start of their own challenge for the cup, while the CCC side will look to continue what has been an excellent season so far with another big victory.

Junior’s

Under-17

The Under-17 season is now in full swing, with four 35-over games scheduled over this weekend.

On Saturday 8 AM, the PACC U17s will face the DLSW Tigers U17 at GDB. The Tigers are yet to play a game, while the PACC side lost their opening game at HKCC against the Nomads earlier this season. The Nomads themselves are in action again too, hosting USRC U17s for their first game, also at 8 AM at HKCC.

Then on Sunday we have back-to-back games at GDB. At 8 AM, LMC’s U17 will get their first bite of the cherry after a rained-out game last weekend, playing the Lantau Lions, whose U15 side narrowly lost the U15 T20 Elite League Final. Then at 1 PM we have a DLSW derby – the Cheetahs playing the Lions in what should be a close fought game.

Under-13

Another busy weekend in the U-13s, with 5 games scheduled.

In the Premier Division, USRC are set to take on LMC over at PKVR Reservoir. USRC are coming off a big upset with over the 2nd placed PACC last weekend, and currently sit 5th in the table. LMC are last in 7th and still looking for their first win – they’ve come close on several occasions and show constant improvement, and will hope to finally get in the win column this Saturday.

Then on Sunday PACC travel to Discovery Bay to take on 3rd place DBS White. DBS have had a good season so far, and sit just 3 points behind PACC with 3 games in hand. A win for them on home turf will see them close that gap further, while PACC will look to bounce back from their loss last weekend.

Also on Sunday, at KGV, table-toppers KCC Crusaders will look to continue their excellent season against 6th placed HKCC Scorpions. 6.5 points clear of second place, the Crusaders are getting closer to establishing an insurmountable lead, and another win this Sunday will go a long way towards that.

In the Elite Division, the DLSW Littles take on the DLSW Tigers in a mid-table derby match at PKVR Reservoir on Saturday afternoon. Just one point separates them in the table, so expect a competitive close fought game.

Then on Sunday at KGV, the HKCC Optimists take on the Lantau Lions in a bottom of the table clash. The young Lantau side are still looking for their first win, and sit bottom of the table at 6th place. They will look to push the 5th placed Optimists hard.

Under-11

We approach the end of the Under-11 League, with just three games scheduled for this Saturday. In Pool 2, we have the unbeaten USRC Avengers take on the 3rd placed India Club Blues in a game that could go a long way to determining who finishes this league as champions. This game is set to take place at 9:40 AM, sandwiched between a pair of Pool 3 games. At 8 AM, 2nd placed HKCC Hawks take on 7th placed KCC Hornets, and will look to secure a win that would see them leapfrog HKCC Warriors to the top spot in the table. Then at 11 AM the 3rd placed HKCC Rebels will look to climb to the top spot as well, as they face 5th ranked DLSW Kangaroos. The three HKCC sides occupy the top 3 spots in the table, and are separated by just 6 points – this weekend could see a big shakeup in their positions.