10 Apr 2018

HK Domestic Cricket Review - 5th, 7th and 8th April 2018

Saturday Championship

The SCC Lancers caused an upset against the HKCC Witherers on the public holiday at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.  The Witherers won the toss and elected to bat but were in early trouble with Nusrullah Rana taking 3 early wickets to have them reeling at 23 for 4.  Captain Jonathan Worby did his best to get his side back into the contest making a run a ball 53 not out but none of his team would go with him, eventually dismissed for 110 in 26 overs.  In reply the SCC Lancers started well with Ravi Lulla (44 from 39) and Ankur Vasishta (30 from 33) and always had things under control, eventually chasing down the total in under 18 overs.  A great win for the SCC Lancers who pushed their way up the ladder and gave themselves a chance at avoiding relegation with one match to go, the loss for Witherers puts them at risk of going down.

In the second division the KCC Tartars and the Taipan-Sky Warriors played in an important match in deciding who would gain promotion into the first division.  The Tartars won the toss and elected to bat first and were immediately in control of the match, opener Kalhan Marc Challu scored a brilliant run a ball hundred with number 3 Najeeb Amar also managing to notch three figures, finishing with 103 from just 57 balls.  That helped set up a commanding total of 319 for 6 from their full 35 overs.  It always looked a difficult chase for the Taipan-Sky Warriors, and it proved to be so as they were bundled out for 115 in just 22 overs, Ghulam Iqbal picking up 5 for 39 from 5 overs to be the pick of the bowlers for the KCC Tartars.


Sunday Elite

The HKCC Optimists took on the East Asia Vagabonds at the Hong Kong Cricket Club in a match they needed to win to remain in the hunt for promotion.  After winning the toss and electing to bowl the HKCC Optimists were in early trouble with Mo Khan (42 from 53) and Mohammad Saqib Khan (70 from 98) combining for a 40-run partnership.  Mo Khan’s wicket brought Ankur Vasishta to the crease who pummeled the Optimist bowling to finish with 64 from just 48 balls and put on 123 with Mohammad Saqib Khan to leave the Vagabonds in a strong position of 192 for 2 with 15 overs remaining.  Enter Optimist captain, Elliot Andrews who dismissed Vasishta and then took another couple of quick ones to halt the progress of the Vagabonds.  The lower order offered little resistance and were eventually dismissed for 258 inside 49 overs, a competitive score that would take some chasing.  Elliot Andrews the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 for 43 from his 10 overs.  Sam O’Malley in reply got the Optimists off to a solid start making 39 from 36 before he was runout, another couple of quick wickets had the home team in all sorts of trouble.  When Hamish Dickie was dismissed for 22 the score was 105 for 4 and out strode Martin Versfeld to join his skipper Elliot Andrews.  The pair went about dismantling the Vagabond bowling and put on 155 for the 5th wicket to see the Optimists home by 6 wickets.  Andrews finished with 102 not out from 108 balls including 17 fours and 3 sixes, Versfeld played his part with a well compiled 47 not out.  The win sets up a do or die final between USRC/MCC Elite and the HKCC Optimists this weekend, the winner will gain promotion to the first division for next season.


Women’s T20

On the public holiday the HKCC Cavaliers and the HKCC Willow Wielders faced off at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.  The HKCC Cavaliers lost the toss and were sent in to bat and managed to amass a competitive 144 for 8 from their full allotment of overs.  Natural Yip top scored for the Cavs with 63 from just 59 balls and Mariko Hill was the best of the bowlers finishing with 3 for 18 from 4 overs.  In reply only Yasmin Daswani (15 from 17 balls) and Ish Gidwani (10 from 14 balls) managed to reach double figures and the Willow Wielders were bundled out for 53 off 12.4 overs.

The HKCC Cavaliers were looking to back up their great win against the Willow Wielders on Thursday and make it two on the bounce against USRC on Saturday at PKVR Reservoir.  They won the toss and batted with Cathy Miller top scoring with 66 not out from 67 balls, only losing two wickets for the innings.  They eventually finished with 190 for 2 from their 20 overs.  In reply USRC did well with the bat managing 120 for 1 from their full allotment of overs.

The KCC Maidens looked to increase their lead on top of the table when they faced the HKCC Willow Wielders on Sunday, after losing the toss and being sent in to bat the Maidens they posted a competitive 5 for 119 with Keenu Gill top scoring with 59 from 52 balls.  Yasmin Daswani did her best for the Willow Wielders by making 38 from 56 balls but it wasn’t enough as they fell just 10 runs short, Keenu Gill continuing a strong all-around performance grabbing 4 wickets.

The DLSW Wasps were hoping to keep their title hopes alive with a win over CCC Fung Wong in the Sunday afternoon match.  CCC Fung Wong were sent in to bat and managed to score 105 for 6 from their 20 overs with Kary Chan top scoring with 42 from 37 balls, Shanzeen Shahzad managed 2 wickets.  In reply the Wasps did it easily, winning by 7 wickets and 27 balls remaining.