12 Sep 2018

Domestic Cricket Roundup – 8th/9th September 2018


Domestic Cricket Roundup – 8th/9th September 2018

Despite the wet weather, the Hong Kong Domestic Cricket season finally got underway last weekend, and here’s a quick summary on all the action:

 

Juniors

Over at HKCC, the Rebels secured a tight 4 run win over the Hawks, starting off this season’s U-11 league in dramatic fashion. Batting first, the Hawks managed 86 in their 16 overs, with contributions from the whole team. Annabel Sanderson was the pick of the Rebel bowlers, conceding just 5 runs in her 2 overs. Lilly Lyons then scored 23 off just 11 balls (with 5 fours), and Annabel returned to score 19 (3 fours 1 six) as the Rebels managed 90 runs in their 16 overs, doing just enough to pick up their first win of the season.
HKCC Rebels 90 (16) beat HKCC Hawks 86 (16) by 4 runs. Scorecard

At Mission Road, KCC elected to bat first, but quickly found themselves struggling. Kalhan Challu scored 40 (38 balls, 5 fours) but was the only one who managed to handle the DLSW bowling. Wickets fell at regular intervals, and KCC could only manage 77/9 in their 20 overs. DLSW Tigers breezed to 60/2 in 11.2 overs before it began to rain, bringing the game to the end, and awarding DLSW Tigers the win by D/L method. Hassan Mohammad’s 4/10 was the standout performance for the winning side.
DLSW Tigers U17 60/2 (11.2) beat KCC U17 77/9 (20) by 8 wickets (D/L method). Scorecard.

All eyes were on GDB, however, as history was being made. The first ever CHK League fixture took place at the newest CHK facility as USRC U17s elected to bowl first against PACC U17s. The bowlers backed up the captain’s call, Hamaz Farooq taking 3/18 and Ehsan Muhammad 4/12 to bowl out PACC for just 101. Ehsan then went on to score a composed 30 (25 balls, 5 fours), and despite Ali Naeem’s 3/13, USRC were able to chase the target down inside 18.5 overs, becoming the first team to win a game at GDB in the process.
USRC Premier U17 104/5 (18.5) beat PACC U17 101 a/o (18) by 5 wickets. Scorecard

 

Women’s

Dry weather throughout most of Saturday and sunny skies on Sunday ensure the Women’s T20 Cup would be unaffected, and the season kicked off with three entertaining games

CCC Fung Wong made a strong start to their season, upsetting the HKCC Willow Wielders with a big 63 run victory. CCC were bolstered by the addition of Annie Ho to their squad, who top scored with 31 (38 balls, 1 four), took 2/4 in 3 overs, and was involved in 2 run outs in her first game for the club. After scoring 124/7, CCC restricted the Willow Wielders to just 61/8, putting in a performance to be proud of, and one they will hope to emulate in their games to come.
CCC Fung Wong 124/7 (20) beat HKCC Willow Wielders 61/8 (20) by 63 runs. Scorecard

Defending champions KCC Maidens registered an emphatic win against an understrength USRC, winning by 9 wickets in a game that lasted a grand total of 18.3 overs. Playing with just 7 players, USRC opted to bat first, but were bowled out for 43 – Tinaz Karbhari and Rida Haider taking 5/15 in 7 overs between them. Sabar Gul then scored a quick 17* off 11 balls (4 fours) as KCC chased it down in just 5.3 overs – a good start for a team looking to retain their spot at the top of the table
KCC Maidens 43/1 (5.3) beat USRC Women’s T20 43 a/o (13) by 9 wickets. Scorecard

The SCC Divas made their much awaited debut against a strong HKCC Cavaliers side, and elected to bat first after winning the toss. The Cav’s bowling and fielding were on point from the get go, and the Divas fought hard but could only manage 74 runs in their 20 overs. A pretty good effort for their first time out, but it wasn’t enough - Natural Yip scored a quick unbeaten 29 (22 balls, 3 fours) as the Cavs chased the target down in just 6.2 overs, registering the biggest win of the day, and sending them to the top of the table. A tough initiation for the Divas, and an impressive display from the Cavaliers.
HKCC Cavaliers 76/1 (6.2) beat SCC Divas 74/6 (20) by 9 wickets. Scorecard

 

Men’s

Persistent rain saw the Saturday League games at Mission Road (KCC Saracens vs. Lamma CC) and Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC Crusaders vs. CCC Jing Sun) rained out without a ball being bowled. However, play was still possible at our other venues, which saw a few impressive performances to get our Sat League season underway.

Over at HKCC, the Witherers elected to bat first against the Pioneers, but 4 overs into the innings the rain hit, causing a delay in the game. When play resumed the match had been reduced to just 15 overs an innings. This suited the Withers just fine, as their powerful batting lineup laid into the Pioneers bowling to rack up an imposing 167/4, Toby Raper top-scoring 66 off just 40 balls (11 fours, 1 six). The Pioneers lacked the firepower to put up a challenge, and managed just 67/4 in their 15 overs, resulting in a big 107 run win for the Witherers and a healthy boost to their NRR.
HKCC Witherers 167/4 (15) beat CHK Pioneers 67/4 (15) by 107 runs (D/L method). Scorecard

At PKVR Park, Kai Tak CC won the toss and elected to bowl first against Laguna Gully, looking to emulate their successful runchase from last season. At 57/4, Laguna were in trouble, but opener Pranav Shah hit an excellent 97 (90 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) and combined with Abhi Desai (33) to take Laguna Gully up to 178/7 in their 35 overs – a defendable score at PKVR Park. RJ Ward was the pick of the bowlers for Kai Tak, finishing with 4/30 in his 7 overs. Pranav Shah then also lead the way with the ball, taking 2/28 in his 7 overs, but couldn’t find any support, and 57s from JP Du Plessis (71 balls, 8 fours) and Brett Richardson (41 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes) lead Kai Tak to a comfortable victory.
Kai Tak CC 184/2 (28.5) beat Laguna Gully 178/7 (35) by 8 wickets. Scorecard

Meanwhile history was being made Gin Drinkers Bay, in its first ever Saturday League match, as HKU CC and CCC Hung See played out an exciting high-scoring game. Sent in to bat first, Hung See racked up an imposing 256/7 in their 33 overs (4 overs lost due to rain), built around a marvelous 127* (81 balls, 8 fours, 11 sixes) from their skipper Henry Siu, the first century to be scored at GDB. However, this was quickly followed up by the second century to be scored at GDB – Ashwin Dokania stroking his way to a flawless 112* off just 68 balls (21 fours, 1 six) as HKU CC chased down the target in under 25 overs. A more detailed write up of this game can be found on the CHK website here.
HKU CC 259/2 (24.2) beat CCC Hung See 256/7 (33) by 8 wickets. Scorecard

 

With sunnier skies on Sunday, all three Elite league games went off without a hitch. Starting with a nail biter over at Mission Road between HKCC Optimists and KMF Vagabonds. Sent in to bat first, the Vagabonds managed to post up 227/4 in their 50 overs. Mohammad Etesham laid the platform, with 60 off 107 balls opening the innings, before Ali Zamir hammered an unbeaten 73 off just 45 balls (with 6 sixes) to pick up the pace. Martin Versfeld was exceptional with the ball for the Optimists, bowling 5 maidens and taking 1/15 in his 10 overs.
The Optimists runchase started poorly, and just kept getting worse – Khan Akbar (3/38) and Huzafah Mohammad (3/32) reducing HKCC to 149/9, bringing young Raunaq Kapur to the crease alongside his skipper Mark Wright in the 40th over. Mark then proceeded to play a blinder of an innings – taking at least one boundary off every over and pinching a single to keep strike, with Raunaq doing his role of seeing off the last ball of every over. Together they managed to score 64 runs, with Mark bringing up his century in the process, and at the start of the final over the Optimists needed 15 runs to win with Mark on strike. Vagabonds captain Mohammad Junaid took it upon himself to bowl the final over, and managed to secure 3 dot balls of the first 3 balls. Mark then hit a six, reducing the equation to 9 off 2 balls, and keeping all 3 outcomes possible. Junaid held his nerve, and managed to secure a dot ball off the penultimate delivery, ensuring the Vagabonds victory, and a boundary off the final delivery only served to reduce the margin of victory. An outstanding innings from Mark Wright and an outstanding game to kick off the season – the Vagabonds pulling off an upset with a narrow 4 run win.
KMF Vagabonds 227/4 (50) beat HKCC Optimists 223/9 (50) by 4 runs. Scorecard

The other Division 2 fixture was not as exciting – the KCC Infidels elected to bowl first against the SLCC Tritons at their home ground, and put in a good all-round performance in the field, with 3 runouts and wickets shared between 4 bowlers. The Tritons were bowled out for just 163, Indunil Susitha’s 57 being the only score of note. In response, Adit Gorawara hit 81 off 75 balls (13 fours, 1 six) as the Infidels chased the score down in just 29.1 overs, starting their season off with an impressive win.
KCC Infidels 166/4 (29.1) beat SLCC Tritons 163 a/o (44) by 6 wickets. Scorecard

Up in Division 1, PACC won the toss and sent in home team HKCC Scorpions to bat first. It quickly became clear that conditions were good for batting, and Anshuman Rath –fresh off the Asia Cup Qualifiers- peeled off a brisk 68 off 56 balls to get the innings started. Reid Mawdsley (51* off 67, 3 fours 2 sixes) and skipper Rory Caines (57* off 44, 4 fours 2 sixes) put the finishing touches to the innings, their 107 run partnership for the 6th wicket taking HKCC to a sizeable 298/5 in 50 overs. In response, Tom Ingram took 2 early wickets, and Tanveer Ahmed scored a runout, reducing PACC to 34/3. Ehsan Nawaz batted well, but his dismissal brought Tanwir Afzaal to the crease in the 17th over with the score at 88/4. Tanwir proceed to peel off another one of his famous cameos, hitting 81 runs off 59 balls, with 3 fours and 7 sixes, but couldn’t find any support as wickets kept falling at the other end. Tanwir was the 9th man out with the score at 211 in 38.2 overs. The numbers 10 and 11 briefly threatened to pull off a miracle– Gurjit Singh hitting Kinchit Shah for 3 sixes in an over – but Tom Ingram returned to pick up his 4 wicket for the innings (4/57) as PACC were bowled out 42 runs shy of the target. A comfortable win in the end for the Scorpions, and a promising start to their season.
HKCC Scorpions 298/5 (50) beat PACC Elite 256 a/o (45.1) by 42 runs. Scorecard