10 Oct 2018

Domestic Cricket Roundup – 6th and 7th October 2018


Three Under 11 games were played at PKVR Reservoir this Saturday morning, starting with a Pool 1 Hardball match between the HKCC Sharks and KCC Wasps U11. The Sharks elected to bat first and put up 191 in their 16 overs – Guy Jenkin top scoring with 21 (14 balls, 3 fours). The Wasps lost 8 wickets in the run-chase and struggled to score against the Shark’s bowling – finishing on 147 in their 16 overs. A good win for the Sharks to start their season – they are a side to watch out for.
HKCC Sharks U11 191 (16) beat KCC Wasps U11 147 (16) by 44 runs | Scorecard

This game was immediately followed by the HKCC Pumas playing the KCC Bees. The Pumas were clinical with the bat, losing only 2 wickets to post up 203 in their 16 overs. Ben Camilleri score 14 off 14 balls, and then took 3 wickets in 4 overs to help restrict the Bees to just 179 in their 16. A first win of the season for the HKCC Pumas!
HKCC Pumas 203 (16) beat KCC Bees 179 (16) by 24 runs | Scorecard

At the same time on Pitch 3 the USRC Avengers picked up their second win on the trot with a massive 129 run victory over the HKCC Warriors. The Warriors batted first and put up a reasonable 181 in their 16 overs. However, they ran into a rampant Tajvir Brar in the second innings. He hit 2 fours and 7 sixes in 19 balls, on his way to scoring 53 runs! An extremely rare U11s 50. Arnav Jain hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in an 8-ball 29, and the Avengers finished their 16 overs on a whopping 310.
USRC Avengers U11 310 (16) beat HKCC Dragons U11 181 (16) | Scorecard

Following on from the U11s, Reservoir played host to a U13 DLSW Derby – the Tigers taking on the Littles in an Elite division game. It was a fantastic game. The Littles batted first and scored 103/5 in their 15 overs. They were 28/5 in 7.3 overs (Mohammad Ali Usman taking 3/10 in 3 overs), before Swayam Ghevariya (38* off 25, 4 fours 3 sixes) and Chanchad Shrey (24* off 29, 5 fours) put on an unbroken 75 run partnership in just 45 balls to lift the Littles to a competitive score. The Tigers chase got off to a rapid start, and despite losing a few wickets they were cruising at 96/3 in 12 overs. With just 7 runs to win in the last 3 overs, the Mangukiya Preet bowled a wicket-maiden over. The 14th over by Saumya Shah went for just 1 run as well, and the final over by Taranvir Singh Chail went for just 3 runs and a wicket. A clutch bowling performance in the death giving the Littles the upset win over the Tigers – their first of the season, and the Tiger’s first loss!
DLSW Littles U13 103/5 (15) beat DLSW Tigers U13 100/5 (15) by 3 runs | Scorecard

At KGV on Sunday we had a pair of U13 Premier Division T20 games. The KCC Crusaders kept up their unbeaten season with a 97-run victory over the HKCC Scorpions. Parth Bhagwat, coming in to bat in the 11th over, hammered 70* off just 31 balls (5 fours and 6 sixes) to take the Crusaders to 180/3 in their 20 overs. In reply, the Scorpions were bowled out for 83 in 13.3 overs. Hursh Singh hit 48 off 32 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) from number 3 but was the only HKCC batsman to make it into double digits. Vivaan Daga took 3/19 for KCC, and Parth chipped in with 2/6 as well.
KCC Crusaders U13 180/3 (20) beat HKCC Scorpions U13 83 a/o (13.3) by 97 runs | Scorecard

Meanwhile the PACC U13s picked up their first win of the season, beating USRC by 25 runs. After choosing to bat, Ailyaan Zahir (31 off 36, 6 fours) and Usman Iqbal (39* off 32, 5 fours 2 sixes) took PACC to 102/7 in their 20 overs – their first 100+ score of the season. Aashir Khalil bowled excellently for USRC, taking 4/14 in his 4 overs. The PACC bowlers then put on another outstanding display, restricting USRC to just 77/6. Rohaab Umer battled for his 25 (44 balls, 3 fours) but no other USRC batsman crossed double digits. Sultan Iqbal and Saim Shahzad took 2 wickets a piece, but the bowling was excellent all-round. A good win for PACC.
PACC U13 102/7 (20) beat USRC Premier U13 77/6 (20) by 25 runs | Scorecard

In the U15s we had two Elite Division games take place this weekend. On Saturday at GDB the Lantau Lions registered an impressive 10 wicket victory over the KCC Cyclones. After electing to bat first, only Shreyas Kalra (23) and Ayam Babu (14) got into double digits for KCC, as the Cyclones struggled to 94/9 in 20 overs. Tayyab Gul (2/12), Muhammad Sudais (3/10) and Kharel Samir (2/11) were the wicket takers for Lantau. Khan Qasim then smashed 55* off just 24 balls (6 fours, 4 sixes) and together with Tayyab (30* off 26, 4 fours) chased down the target in just 7.2 overs. Fantastic all-round performance from Lantau to start their season.
Lantau U-15 Lions 98/0 (7.2) beat KCC Cyclones 94/9 (20) by 10 wickets | Scorecard

On Sunday at GDB the DLSW Cheetahs picked up their second win in a row, beating LMC U15s by 29 runs. Neil Patwa was in the runs again – hitting 40* from 48 balls opening the batting to guide the Cheetahs to 110/5 in their 20 overs. He then scored 2 run-outs too, as the Cheetahs bowled and fielded well to bowl LMC out for 81 in 18.5 overs. Danial Nasir took 2 wickets in the first over of the chase, and finished with figures of 2/3 in his 2 overs.
DLSW Cheetahs U15 110/5 (20) beat LMC U-15 81 a/o (18.5) by 29 runs | Scorecard

The Women’s National Team were in action again on Saturday at Mission Road and pulled off a nail-biting 2 run win over the HKCC Optimists. Sent in to bat first, Shanzeen Shahzad (32 off 37, 2 fours) and Mariko Hill (29 off 33, 4 fours) batted well to take the Women to 115/5 in 20 overs. Aaditya Vora the pick of the HKCC bowlers with 2/16 in his 4 overs. Mariko then struck in the first over of the chase, bringing HK U-19 prospect Raunaq Kapur to the crease. He proceeded to score 53 off 48 balls (7 fours 2 sixes), and with the support of Vardaan Gupta at the other end, took the Optimists to 75 in 12 overs. He then nicked Mehreen Yousaf behind to Lemon Cheung, and from there on the Women began to take control of the game. Shanzeen and Mehreen combined to runout Vardaan, and Mehreen struck again to dismiss Michael Healy. Finn Ridley found the fence twice after that, and it all came down to 7 needed to win in the final over. Mariko Hill delivered under the pressure, and was well backed by her fielders, who secured three runouts to ensure that only 4 runs could be scored off it. An exciting conclusion, and the Women’s first win in the U-15 League.
CHK Women’s National Team 115/5 (20) beat HKCC Optimists U15 113/7 (20) by 2 runs | Scorecard



The Women’s T20 Cup continued Sunday at PKVR Reservoir, as the KCC Maidens bounced back from back-to-back losses to hand the HKCC Cavaliers their first defeat of the season! Electing to bat first, the Cavaliers put up a respectable 112/4 in their 20 overs. Former South African Test player Cri-Zelda Brits top scored with 34 (32 balls, 6 fours) and 4 other players got into double-digits, while for KCC Maheen Haider took 2/23 and Claire Brown bowled her 4 overs for just 10 runs. The Cavaliers were to feel the effects of having just 9 players in the second innings. After picking up 2 early wickets (both runouts) they struggled to contain Claire Brown (33* off 38, 5 fours) and Keenu Gill (37* off 31, 4 fours), who made use of the gaps in the field to put on 87 runs in just 11 overs. KCC chasing down the score in just 17.1 overs.
KCC Maidens 114/2 (17.1) beat HKCC Cavaliers 112/4 (20) by 8 wickets | Scorecard

CCC Fung Wong then continued their excellent season with a 9 wicket win over an 8-woman USRC. Electing to bat first, they were bowled out for just 59 in 16.4 overs. Cynthia Lee took 3/10 as only two USRC bats could make it into double digits. Tammy Chu then hit 16* in the run chase (2 fours), and CCC chased down the target in just 8.1 overs. Another fantastic performance, taking Fung Wong to the top of the table!
CCC Fung Wong 60/1 (8.1) beat USRC Women 59 a/o (16.4) by 9 wickets | Scorecard

The DLSW Wasps were also short of a full 11, fielding 9 players against the HKCC Willow Wielders, and slumped to a big 8 wicket loss. Electing to bat first, their top order collapsed to an excellent new-ball spell from Aneka Ogden (4-0-21-4). 34/4 became 67 a/o as Mariko Hill and Riza Wines chipped in with 2 wickets each – Maryam Bibi (17) being the only batsman to make it into double digits. Mary Henderson then proceeded to score 35* (46 balls, 4 fours 1 six) to ensure a comfortable 8 wicket win for the Willow Wielders – their second in a row.
HKCC Willow Wielders 68/2 (12.5) beat DLSW Wasps 67 a/o (14.3) by 8 wickets | Scorecard



This Saturday saw another five Saturday League games take place. There were two in Division 2, starting with CCC Hung See taking on Laguna Gully at PKVR Park. Laguna won the toss and chose to bat, and Pranav Shah continued his fine run of form, peeling off 112 runs from 90 balls (9 fours 3 sixes) as Laguna Gully put up 255/3 in their 35 overs. There was a fifty for Abhi Desai (52 off 73, 2 fours) and Haren Rawat hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in 11 balls – including 28 runs off the final over of the innings. Ka-U Lynn (1/24 in 7) and Wang Zi Hao (0/34 in 7) were the pick of the bowlers for Hung See. Laguna then put in a superb performance with the ball – Palak Kothari taking 5/32 and Pranav Shah 3/12 to bowl out CCC for just 74. Abhi Desai chipped in with 2 wickets as well, and only Henry Siu (25* off 43, 3 fours) crossing 20 for Hung See. A big win to push Laguna into the top half of the table.
Laguna Gully 255/3 (35) beat CCC Hung See 74 a/o (23.5) by 181 runs | Scorecard

Over at GDB and another record was broken by Kai Tak. They scored the largest score of the season in any format, and one of the largest Saturday League scores of all time, with 439/2 against the CHK Pioneers. GDB has become infamous for its high scores this season, but this was quite something else. 43 boundaries and 25 sixes were hit across the 35 overs. 21 of the 35 overs went for more than 10 runs, four of them for more than 20. The 11th over went for an incredible 41 runs – fours, sixes, no-balls and even two over-throws! An inexperienced Pioneers XI were made to struggle on a long hot day. Four Kai Tak batsmen voluntarily retired out - Mohsin Naqvi on 110 off 43 balls (10 fours 9 sixes), Liam Murphy on 124 off 53 balls (11 fours 11 sixes), Saurav Biswas on 54 off 43 balls (9 fours) and Alun John on 55 off 34 balls (6 fours 3 sixes). Tiffin Stuart was not out with 39 off 18 balls (6 fours 2 sixes). 
The Pioneers could only manage 86 in response - Danny Lee channeled his frustrations into a 7-ball 21 (5 fours) and Kevin Yam scored 14, but no one else crossed double figures. Wickets were shared amongst the Kai Tak bowlers, as they cruised to a 353-run victory. A big boost to their NRR, and they now sit 3rd in the table.
Kai Tak 439/2 (35) beat CHK Pioneers 86 a/o (28.3) by 353 runs | Scorecard

In Division 1 the HKCC Gap Ramblers got a big 99 run victory over PACC at Mission Road. Jack Masters scored 98 (97, 6 fours, 3 sixes) to lead the Ramblers to 202/6 batting first. Muhammad Azam (3/36) and Kamran Mohammad (2/30) leading the way for the Pakistan Association bowlers. In reply, Satyendra Singh took 3 wickets with the new ball, and with one wicket from Stuart Tohill and a runout by Charles McInerny, the Ramblers had reduced PACC to 14/5 in 6.4 overs. The game was all but over at that point – Nasrullah Rana (40) and Mohammad Saqib Khan (29) recovered the innings slightly, but they were dismissed in the space of a few overs, and the tail folded cheaply after. PACC were bowled out for 103 in 28.5 overs, and it is now two wins in two games for the Ramblers.
HKCC Gap Ramblers 202/6 (35) beat PACC Championship 103 a/o (28.5) by 99 runs | Scorecard

The HKCC Nomads also picked up a big win -their first of their season- by beating the KCC Saracens by 116 runs at HKCC. The Nomads innings was built around a 122-run partnership between Paul Watkins (55 off 73, 8 fours) and Ian Massey (64 off 84, 8 fours 1 six). Niaz Ali (3/31), Vishal Sharma (3/27) and Harpreet Singh (2/34) were good for the Saracens, and KCC bowled well towards the end of the innings to keep HKCC to just 181/8 in 35 overs. But their batting struggled, and they were bowled out for just 65. Atif Fayyaz dismissed Saumil Shah off the first (legal) ball of the innings, and then Christopher White (7-2-12-4) and DJ Marriot (4-1-18-2) tour through the rest of the batting lineup. Ian Massey and Alex Shephard picked up a wicket a piece, and only Salman Khan (12) could cross 10 for the Saracens.
HKCC Nomads 181/8 (35) beat KCC Saracens 65 a/o (27.1) by 116 runs | Scorecard

Over at KCC, DLSW Sarjan handed the KCC Crusaders their first loss of the season, emerging victorious by 9 wickets and keeping their own unbeaten record intact. After electing to bat first, Matt Stiller (38), Roy Lamsam (37) and Ashley Caddy (31) (promoted to 4 after his heroics last game) all scored 30s, but no one kicked on for a big score, and the Crusaders were bowled out for 165 in 34 overs. Brar Gurpreet Singh (7-1-23-2) dismissed the two openers, and Haseeb Amjad (7-0-24-6) wiped out the middle order and tail. Ehsan Ayaz then hit a fantastic 102 (77 balls, 8 fours 9 sixes) for Sarjan in the chase – him and Haseeb Muhammad (50 off 63 balls, 6 fours) putting on a 165 run opening partnership in just 22.2 overs. Ehsan was dismissed with just 1 run needed for victory, and Haseeb managed a leg bye a couple of balls later to seal the deal. A comprehensive performance to take DLSW Sarjan to the top of the table.
DLSW Sarjan 166/1 (22.5) beat KCC Crusaders 165 a/o (35) by 9 wickets | Scorecard

On Sunday we had another 4 Elite League games take place. Three of these were Division 2 fixtures, starting with the CHK Dragons playing their first game of the season against SLCC Tritons. SLCC lost an early wicket after being sent in to bat at PKVR Park, but Udaya Kumarasinghe hit 89 (109 balls, 10 fours, 2 sixes) from number 3, and put on good partnerships with Rumesh Rupasinghe (36 off 46 balls, 6 fours 1 six) and Umair Khan (41 off 72, 2 fours) to take SLCC to 195/4 in 41 overs. The Tritons could not capitalize on this platform though and lost their last 6 wickets for just 30 runs in 8.2 overs. Damien Yee finished with 3/25 in 8.2 overs, and Li Ka Ming was exceptional conceding just 24 runs and taking a wicket in his 10 overs. In reply, the Dragons were not able to form any substantial partnerships of their own. Wickets fell at regular intervals, and no batsman crossed 30. Chathuranga Samarweera bowled well to take 5/28 in his 10 overs, and the Dragons were shot out for 113 in 33.4 overs. A much-needed 112 run victory for the SLCC Tritons - their first win of the season, and will no doubt boost their confidence after a tough start.
SLCC Tritons 225 a/o (49.2) beat CHK Dragons 113 a/o (33.4) by 112 runs | Scorecard

The pattern of one-sided games continued at Mission Road, KCC Infidels beating KMF Vagabonds by 110 runs in a top-of-the-table clash. Hong Kong National Team wicketkeeper Scott McKechnie hit 118 (137 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes) after KCC won the toss, and with Adit Gorawara (49 off 83, 4 fours) helped turn the Infidels innings around from 17/3. Sohail Muhammad did the damage with the new ball and picked up the wicket of McKechnie towards the end of the innings, finishing with 4/45 from 9 overs, as the Infidels posted up 251/8 in their 50. This would prove to be plenty – Shahzeb Hasan, Harpreet Singh, Sunny Bhimsaria and Ali Mohammad taking 10 wickets between them to bowl Vagabonds out for just 141. Three wins in as many games for the Infidels, and they now top the table.
KCC Infidels 251/8 (50) beat KMF Vagabonds 141 a/o (48.2) by 110 runs | Scorecard

Over at HKCC, the Optimists picked up a 6-wicket win a low scoring game against the DLSW DTC Mobile. The Optimists sent DLSW in to bat and proceeded to bowl them out for just 138. Openers Haseeb Muhammad and Ehsan Ayaz continued their form from Saturday and got their side off to a good start – putting on 59 runs in 17 overs – but as soon as Hassan Khan Mohammad broke through, the side collapsed. Martin Versfeld took 3/26 and Raunaq Kapur 3/37 to clean up the middle order before Brenton McDonald too 2 wickets in 10 balls to wrap the innings up. In reply, David Jacquier (48 off 59, 6 fours 1 six) and Travis Smithson (48* off 58, 9 fours) made short work of the target, and despite losing 4 wickets the Optimists cruised home inside 30 overs. A first win of the season for them, and the second loss on the trot for DLSW DTC Mobile.
HKCC Optimists 139/4 (29.4) beat DLSW DTC Mobile 138 a/o (37.4) by 6 wickets | Scorecard

At KCC we had the only Division 1 match of the weekend, and the KCC Templars picked up their 2nd win in a row against USRC/MCC, who were playing their first game of the season. USRC won the toss and elected to bat first but were bowled out for 187 in 48.3 overs. There were useful contributions from Shishir Bhatia (46 off 95 balls, 1 four 1 six), Awais Mohammad Snr. (41 off 31 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) and Daniyal Butt (31 off 28, 3 fours 1 six) but no major partnerships or large individual scores. Roy Lamsam was the unexpected pick of the bowlers, taking 4/16 as he cut through the middle order and wrapped up the tail. Saad Mahmood picked up a couple of wickets too, and Peter Wooden and Dan Pascoe each bowled through their 10 overs for just 22 runs. In reply, Hussain Mahroof and Sikandar Zafar picked up a few wickets, and KCC were in a tricky position at 75/3 after 16 overs. But Matt Stiller (51* off 82 balls, 5 fours) and Waqas Barkat (85* off 69 balls, 6 fours, 6 sixes) put on an unbroken 115 run partnership in 18 overs to see their side home. A comfortable win for the defending champions.
KCC Templars 190/3 (34) beat USRC/MCC Championship 187 a/o (48.3) by 7 wickets | Scorecard