03 May 2018

HK Domestic Cricket Review - 28th and 29th April 2018

Saturday Championship

HKCC Gap Ramblers vs HKCC Nomads

The Gap Ramblers had the chance to win the league on Saturday afternoon when they took on the HKCC Nomads.  The Nomads won the toss and chose to bat first, opener Kym Graham batted well for his 32 and middle order batsman Daniel Clyne scored a well compiled 39 from 39 balls but no other Nomads batsman could make a significant contribution as the captain of the Gap Ramblers, Belan Aiyadorai ran riot with the ball, collecting 5 for 36 from 6.4 overs to eventually dismiss the Nomads for an under par 148.  The equation was simple for the Gap Ramblers, chase down the 149 and win the league, however it could not have started worst for the home team, losing both openers before a single run has been scored.  When number 3 Rory Caines was dismissed the score was 9 for 3 and the Gap Ramblers were staring down the barrel of a shock loss.  That brought Peter Boa and Stuart Tohill to the crease who combined for an 87-run stand to stead they ship.  Both were dismissed in quick succession breathing life into the match, but Tom Ingram (27 from 19 balls) and Satyendra Singh (17 from 8 balls) saw their team home in the final over of the match to register a famous win and third consecutive title for the HKCC Gap Ramblers.


KCC Crusaders vs HKCC Witherers

In a match that would decide who would get relegated the Crusaders hosted the Witherers at Cox’s Road, KCC won the toss and chose to bat first and a used wicket that proved difficult to negotiate last weekend.  They were in early trouble at 41 for 3 but as has been the way this year the middle order stepped up for the Crusaders, led by ex-coach Peter Wooden who batted masterfully to finish with 69 from just 73 balls.  Ashley Caddy was next best with 25 as the Crusaders managed to post a competitive 164 from their 35 overs.  For the Witherers Ashley Smith and Ben Zanol both finished with 3 wickets.  It was never going to be an easy chase with a wicket that was quickly deteriorating and so it proved, Ashley Caddy did the damage early collecting 3 for 9 from 5 overs and it was left to the spin of Peter Wooden and medium pace of Bill Garnett to finish off the job for the Crusaders.  The Witherers eventually dismissed for just 94 in 20.5 overs to send them down to division 2 in 2018-19.  For the Crusaders it was a case of the great escape, after winning just 2 matches in the first round.


Saturday Championship – Knockout Cup

Borrelli Walsh Centaurs vs Kai Tak CC

In match 2 of the knockout cup, the Centaurs faced off against Kai Tak CC at Mission Road and we were treated to a fantastic game of Cricket.  The Centaurs won the toss and chose to bowl first, opener JP Du Plessis started well and ended up top scoring for Kai Tak in making a well made 47 from 68 balls.  Middle order batsman Nicolas Cameron also batted well for a quick fire 38 from 35 balls to help Kai Tak post a slightly under par 156 from their full allotment of overs.  In reply opener Naveed Khawaja started well with 41 from 42 balls but when he was dismissed the chase faltered, at one point the Centaurs were 66 for 6 from 18 overs with David Belcastro taking 3 quick wickets.  The lower order for the Centaurs rescued the game though, with Steve Brammer and Shiva Sethuraman combining for a mini partnership, before Ayub Khan hit the winning runs in the last over to finish a magnificent game of Cricket, the Centaurs progress to take on USRC/MCC in the semifinals.

USRC/MCC Championship vs Pioneers

It was always going to be a difficult one for the Pioneers in match 3 of the Saturday knockout cup, and so it proved.  USRC/MCC won the toss and batted, the proceeded to pile on 468 from their 35 overs with Rameez Raja retiring on 150 and Iftikhar Ahmed retiring on 100.  The Pioneers were only able to muster 57 in reply as USRC/MCC ran out comfortable winners and progressed to the next round.


Sunday Elite

KCC Infidels vs East Asia Vagabonds

The KCC Infidels were looking to close out their season with a win over the Vagabonds and had no hesitation in winning the toss and batting first.  Adit Gorawara and Sunny Bhimsaria put on 68 for the first wicket before the home team lost 4 for 20 to leave them in some trouble at 88 for 4.  Kalhan Challu and Farooq Saeed steadied the ship but couldn’t go on with it, the Infidels eventually dismissed for 183 from 44.3 overs.  Sohail Mohammad was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 3 for 32.  In reply only, opener Muhammad Khan (26 from 30) and number 8 Saad Mahmood (36 from 51) showed any resistance as the Vagabonds were bundled out for 117 from just 27 overs.  Vishal Sharma picked up 4 wickets and Ateeq Iqbal also took 3 to help their side to victory and finish the season on a positive note.


DLSW JKN vs HKCC Scorpions

The HKCC Scorpions won the toss and chose to bat first at the Hong Kong Cricket Club on Sunday afternoon.  Opener Anshuman Rath continued his good form, making 31 from 33 before he was removed by Ehsan Khan.  Charlie Bright also batted well for his 42 from 49, number 3 David Varley eventually finished not out on 34 as the lower and middle order offered no resistance.  The Scorpions were dismissed for 161 in 43 overs with spin twins Ehsan Khan (5 for 33 from 10 overs) and Ghazanfar Mohammad (3 for 20 from 8 overs) doing the damage.  It wouldn’t be an easy chase for JKN with HK opening bowlers Tanveer Ahmed and Ehsan Nawaz both in the Scorpions line up, and so it proved.  JKN were reduced to 21 for 3 before a superb partnership between Ehsan Khan and Shahid Wasif all but put the game beyond doubt, Khan finished with 69 from 103 balls and Wasif 48 from 65 balls as JKN eventually passed the total, 7 wickets down.


Women’s T20

HKCC Cavaliers vs DLSW Wasps

The DLSW Wasps won the toss and chose to bowl first, they were able to restrict the HKCC Cavaliers to just 72 thanks to some superb bowling from Mehreen Yousaf, who picked up 3 for 5 for 3.5 overs.  Ruchita Venkatesh top scored for the Cavaliers with 29 from 34 balls.  Mehreen Yousaf completed a fantastic all-around game by top scoring with 35 from 32 balls along with Shanzeen Shahzad (20 from 16 balls) as the Wasps easily chased down the total for the loss of only 1 wicket in 9.2 overs.  The win for the Wasps meant they secured 2nd spot on the Women’s T20 ladder.


CCC Fung Wong vs HKCC Willow Wielders

The HKCC Willow Wielders won the toss and inserted Fung Wong and were immediately on the front foot, Hong Kong captain Mariko Hill ripped through the Fung Wong batting to claim 5 for 6 from just 2 overs as Fung Wong were bundled out for just 33 runs.  The Willow Wielders made light work of the small total, losing just 1 wicket and taking 6.5 overs with Yasmin Daswani top scoring with 24 from 25 balls.  The win meant that the Willow Wielders finished third on the table.


KCC Maidens vs USRC Women’s T20

The KCC Maidens had already secured the title but were determined to finish the season with a win, after winning the toss and choosing to bowl the were able to restrict USRC to just 68 runs thanks to opening bowler Anum Ahmad who took 4 for 14 from her 4 overs.  Anum then opened the batting and top scored with 23 from 22 balls as they chased down the total in 6.5 overs.  A very successful season had come to a close for the ladies from Kowloon in which they finished second in the women’s league and took out the title in the women’s T20 competition.