17 Apr 2018

HK Domestic Cricket Review - 14th and 15th April 2018

Saturday Championship

The HKCC Witherers took a step closer to relegation after DLSW Sarjan easily accounted for the on-Saturday afternoon thanks to a superb hundred by Moner Dar.  The Witherers won the toss and elected to bat, getting off to a reasonable start as number 3 Ben Zanol (50 from 59) and Alexander Nash (45 from 43) made useful contributions.  The score was 103 for 4 after 21 overs with a seemingly solid platform to launch from, but leg spinner Ghanzanfar Mohammad bowled beautifully to pick up 3 wickets and restrict the HKCC middle order, eventually finishing on 9 for 165 from their full 35 overs.  In reply DLSW Sarjan always had things under control, as openers Harpreet Singh and Moner Dar combined for a 138 run opening stand, Dar finished on 122 not out from 68 balls including 15 fours and 6 sixes as DLSW chased down the total in just 18.4 overs.  Any two of the four bottom teams including SCC Lancers, DLSW Sarjan, the KCC Crusaders and the HKCC Witherers are still a chance of relegation, the coming weekends matches should go a long way towards seeing who will play in Div 2 next season.

In the second division a top of the table clash between Lamma CC and the KCC Tartars was played at the Kowloon Cricket Club.  The winner would most likely go on to win the division and gain promotion.  Lamma won the toss and elected to bowl, the Tartars were in all sorts of trouble when their captain Farooq Saeed came to the crease.  He proceeded to smack the Lamma bowling all around the ground and made a fantastic 110 not out from just 74 balls, unfortunately he received very little support and the Tartars could only manage 191 from their 35 overs.  Nikhil Gupte was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4 for 23 from his 7 overs.  In reply Lamma opener Duncan Emslie got his side off to a great start, smashing 5 sixes in his 42 from just 25 balls, the Tartars hit back with the ball thanks to Ghulam Iqbal and Ateeq Iqbal who both took 3 wickets.  Nikhil Gupte though continued his strong all-around game making a composed 44 from just 36 balls to see his side to victory with just 1 wicket and 3 balls remaining.  Lamma now on the cusp of promotion as well as taking out the title in second division, very much deserved for the team who have been by far the best all season.


Sunday Elite

The KCC Infidels played the CHK Dragons at KCC, unfortunately due to the inclement weather no play was possible and the match was abandoned.

Over at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, the match between the HKCC Optimists and USRC/MCC Elite was played to decide on who would be promoted into division 1 next season.  The Optimists won the toss and chose to bowl, with plenty of rain around.  Only a couple of overs were bowled before the players came off with USRC/MCC 6 for 1 the time, it would be a few hours before they returned to the field of play and the umpires decided to reduce the match to 30 overs a team.  USRC/MCC had valuable contributions from the majority of their batsman and were able to post 172 from their 30 overs, a competitive score for HKCC to try and chase down.  The Optimists started poorly and were always behind the rate, Simon Cook (44 from 36 balls) and Martin Versfeld (35 from 38) put on a partnership to give their side an outside chance of chasing down the total, but when Cook was run out the match was all but over.  Eventually they were dismissed for 145 from 28 overs handing USRC/MCC the win and promotion.

Women’s T20

On Saturday the HKCC Cavaliers took on CCC Fung Wong and chased down the total of 107 in just 13.2 overs, strengthening their hold on second position behind the KCC Maidens with just two matches to play. Unfortunately Sunday’s rain meant the matches between KCC, USRC, HKCC Willow Wielders and DLSW Wasps were washed out.