04 Jan 2019

Domestic Cricket Review - 29th/30th December 2018 and 1st January 2019



On the 30th we had a pair of Division 2 fixtures take place. At Mission Road, the SLCC Tritons won the toss and chose to bat first against the KMF Vagabonds. Rumesh Rupasinghe continued his fine season, scoring 78 off 100 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes), but was left to carry the SLCC batting single handedly. It was a one-man show as SLCC were bowled out for 144 inside 44 overs, with the next highest score being 12. There were 3 wickets for veteran Jamshed Khan (3/34), and 2 a piece for Junaid Khan (2/26), Zubair Khan (2/26) and Muhammad Azam (2/18).
Mohammad Etesham then hit 69* in the chase for the Vagabonds, and contributions from Ankur Vasishta (28) and Ahmed Mukhtar (30*) got them over the line in 27 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets. Another comprehensive victory for the Vagabonds as they make it 2 in 2 over the Tritons this season.
KMF Vagabonds 145/2 (26.3) beat SLCC Tritons 144 a/o (43.2) by 8 wickets | Scorecard

Meanwhile at KCC, DLSW DTC elected to bowl first against the KCC Infidels, and Ehsan Ayaz (3/44) lead the way as they reduced the hosts to 63/7 in the 24th over. Niaz Ali hit 40 (49 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) to recover the innings, but KCC could not bat out their 50, and were bowled out for 132 in just 38 overs. Ursalan Abdul finished with figures of 4/32 in 7 overs, and the Infidels unbeaten season was under threat.
Ehsan Ayaz then starred with the bat, hitting 64 off 86 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) in the chase, but no other batsman in the DLSW DTC lineup could make it to double digits. There were 6 ducks in the DLSW innings, and they collapsed from 53/1 to be bowled out for just 87 – the hosts pulling off an unlikely defence to maintain their perfect season. Ali Mohammed was the pick of the bowlers for KCC with 5/31, and was supported well by Niaz Ali (2/21) and Najeeb Amar (2/13). Another win for the Infidels, they now just need one more victory to secure promotion into Division 1.
KCC Infidels 132 a/o (38) beat DLSW DTC Mobile 87 a/o (29.4) by 45 runs | Scorecard

Then on January 1st we kicked off 2019 with a thrilling Division 1 encounter between USRC/MCC Elite and DLSW JKN, a game that went down to the very final delivery. After winning the toss at Mission Road, DLSW JKN decided to bowl first, and Ehsan Khan took two wickets in two balls in the 2nd over to justify his captain’s decision. Umar Mohammad found the fence regularly, but was dismissed in the 7th over, after which USRC were 49/3. That’s when youngster Daniyal Butt, and seasoned skipper Imran Arif rebuilt. Together they put on 133 runs in 34 overs, before Arif was dismissed for 57 (94 balls, 5 fours, 1 six). Daniyal then ensured a solid finish – USRC/MCC took 59 runs from the final 9 overs, and Daniyal finished unbeaten on 96 (146 balls, 8 fours, 4 sixes), as his side ended on 243/7. Ehsan Khan was the pick of DLSW’s bowlers with 4/43 in 9 overs.
In the chase, DLSW lost two early wickets as well, and found themselves 33/2 in 7 overs. Hiren Patel and Ehsan rebuilt with a 49-run partnership, after which Hiren and Aftab Hussain pulled the gamed into their favour. They put on 102 runs in under 24 overs, and after Hiren was dismissed for 58 (108 balls, 5 fours) DLSW DTC needed 57 runs from 65 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Awais Mohammad Senior was the bowler to dismiss Hiren, and Imran Arif struck shortly after to dismiss Aftab for 54 (81 balls, 5 fours) last ball of the 43rd over. Both set batsmen dismissed, and DLSW DTC were 212/5, needed 32 to win in the last 7 overs. They picked up 5 from the next over, but then overs 45 to 49 saw a change in fortune. Imran Arif and Shan Sarwar, bowling in tandem, picked up 3 wickets in these five overs for just 15 runs, and suddenly DLSW DTC needed 12 to win off the final over with just 2 wickets in hand. Skipper Imran bowled the penultimate over, giving away just 3, and ended the day with 3/29 in 9 overs.
With all three results possible in the final over, young seam bowling allrounder Sikander Zafar was tossed the ball, and started well, giving away just a single and a dot in the first two balls. However, the third ball was deposited for six by Khan Mohsan, and DTC needed just another 5 runs to win in 3 balls. Zafar responded with a dot-ball, and an attempt to take two (and keep Mohsan on strike) off the penultimate ball resulted in a run-out at the non-strikers end, which meant it all boiled down to 4 runs to win off the final ball with just a wicket in hand. Khan Mohsan connected with his shot cleanly, but unfortunately found the hands of Hussain Mahroof in the deep, who held on to the catch that won his side the game. USRC/MCC pulling off an excellent come-from-behind victory – their first of the season, and starting the new year on a winning note. DLSW JKN still sit second in the table, but with 3 losses in 7 games, have quite some distance to catch-up on the unbeaten KCC Templars.
USRC/MCC Elite 243/7 (50) beat DLSW JKN 240 a/o (50) by 3 runs | Scorecard



On Saturday the KCC Tartars played host to PACC Championship, and elected to bat first. They got off to an excellent start, with openers Mo Khan (72 off 97, 8 fours, 3 sixes) and Sunny Bhimsaria (41 off 49, 3 fours, 1 six) putting on 103 runs inside 21 overs. However, the dismissal of Bhimsaria triggered a bit of a collapsed, and the Tartars lost their next 9 wickets for just 63 runs, being bowled out for 166 in 32.5 overs. There were 3 wickets each for Muhammad Azam (3/20) and Nabeel Mohammed (3/18), with 3 runouts in the field as well.
Still, 166 is a decent score, and PACC’s top order wobbled in the chase. 7/3 became 26/4 and then 44/6 - Ghulam Iqbal taking 3/14 in a 7-over new ball spell, and Najeeb Amar taking 2 wickets in 2 balls in the 16th over. Wajib Shafi was then dismissed with the score at 63, having scored 40 of those runs himself (54 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and PACC were in deep trouble. Nasrullah Rana rallied with a quick 34, but it was too little too late, as PACC were bowled out for 113 in 28.4 overs. An upset victory for the 6th ranked Tartars over the 2nd ranked PACC, and the competition in the middle of the table is now heating up.
KCC Tartars 166 a/o (32.5) beat PACC Championship 113 a/o (28.4) by 53 runs | Scorecard




And on Saturday morning at Mission Road, Lantau continued their unbeaten season, with a narrow winover LMC. Sent in to field first after losing the toss, they bowled LMC out for just 103, with Tabarrak Akbar taking 3/13 from his 7 overs. Then, after a shaky start in the chase, Khan Qasim (24) and Ali Kashif (38*) putting on 42 runs together, with the latter taking his side home in the 19th over, despite a middle order wobble at the other end. Saif Mohammad finished with 4/28 in his 7 overs for LMC.
Lantau Lion U17 104/7 (18.2) beat LMC U17 103 a/o (29.5) by 3 wickets | Scorecard