10 Nov 2017

HK Domestic Cricket Preview - 11th and 12th November 2017


By Matt Stiller

Saturday Championship

The top division of the Saturday Championship kicks off at the Hong Kong Cricket Club on Saturday afternoon with a clash between Pakistan Association and the HKCC Nomads.  Pakistan Association will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season while the Nomads are looking to make it two on the bounce after an upset victory in October against last years champions, the HKCC Gap Ramblers.  Over at Kowloon Cricket Club the KCC Crusaders take on the newly promoted DLSW Sarjan team who will be looking to atone for their last start loss to the young KCC Saracens, a loss to either team would entrench them into the bottom half of the division 1 table.

The second division sees two fixtures being played on Saturday afternoon, HKU take on DLSW Spartan and Kai Tak take on the Centaurs.  Kai Tak are in desperate need of a victory after three consecutive losses to start the season while the Centaurs are looking to improve their record to 3-1 and push for that top 5 finish.  Both HKU and the Spartans sit 2-1 so a loss to either would be an early blow to their campaign.

Sunday Elite

Mission Road plays host to the second division clash between USRC/MCC and the East Asia Vagabonds.  After a shock last start loss to the Sri Lankan's Cricket Club the Vagabonds are in desperate need of a win to continue their charge towards promotion.  Early days for USRC/MCC who welcome back Ibrez Syed (the DJ) and look to improve to 2-0.

In the first division the KCC Templars play host at Cox's Road to the DLSW DTC Mobile side for the second time this season.  A resounding 6 wicket win by the Templars in their first meeting means they will go in with plenty of confidence and will be looking to regain top spot on the ladder after a surprise loss to the HKCC Scorpions earlier this season.  Captain of the KCC Templars, Ashley Caddy said "the loss of Dan Pashcoe and Scott McKechnie for this match gives a great opportunity to test our depth against an opposition who have been struggling so far this season, we'll be looking to take full points from this game and continue our push to become Champions after the hurt of losing by a point last season".  Up at the Gap the HKCC Scorpions and the HKCC Wanderers clash in what should be the match of the round.  The Scorpions have been in red hot form this season on the back of some gun recruiting by head coach Craig Wright, Tanveer Ahmed and Ehsan Nawaz spear head a formidable attack who will be looking to continue the indifferent start for the Wanderers, who are yet to register a win this season.  Liam Ginnivan, Captain of the Wanderers said "clashes between the two sides have historically been tight contests and on paper look evenly matched so it should be a great contest".

Women's League

CCC Fung Wong will be looking to upset a near full strength KCC Maidens outfit who are yet to drop a game this season in both the T20 and 35 over competition.  The HK women's National team are scheduled to fly to India on Sunday meaning some key players are missing from the Fung Wong team, their depth will be tested if they hope to continue their unbeaten start to the 35 over competition.