24 Apr 2017

Rain plays havoc with final Premier League round, Dragons fall short


The Hong Kong Premier League season had an anti-climactic finish with rain cutting short two evenly poised matches.

Kowloon Cricket Club, who had already sealed the title in the penultimate round posted 255-8 against Diasqua Little Sai Wan with Ehsan Nawaz enjoying his promotion to number three in the order with 78. Hong Kong wicket-keeper Chris Carter helped push up the rate in the final overs with 63 from 56 balls. Mudassar Hussain was the pick of the bowlers for Little Sai Wan with taking 3-43.

In reply, the chase had begun well for DLSW as they reach 63-1 in 12 overs before rain cut short the match. It was the third washout for DLSW this season, which didn't help with their title defence.

https://www.crichq.com/#matches/506764/2nd_innings

At Hong Kong Cricket Club, Tim Cutler and Charles McInerney took four wickets apiece to reduce the CHK XI to 172.

The home side were 1-18 when the rain came down and cut short the match. The result ensuring a second placed finish for HKCC.

https://www.crichq.com/#matches/506714/1st_innings

In the Elite League the Sportsroad Cricket Hong Kong Dragons saw an early advantage slip away as they fell to a rain-affected loss to USRC/MCC.

Li Kai Ming was again impressive and went to the equal top of the wicket-taker standings for Elite League with 3-27 from his 10 overs. 

The figures were even more impressive given USRC's total 302, which ballooned out from the score 170-6 at one stage. Rain affected the second innings, but 20 overs were snuck in before the weather with the Dragons 68-6, needing a revised score of 122 to win.