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Domestic Leagues Review - 28th and 29th September 2019

02 October 2019

Unfortunately, due to public transport being disrupted by public events, all league games on 1st October were abandoned with points being shared between all teams. We still had league games over the weekend though - read on for a full review!

Premier League T20

Sunday 29th Sept – USRC Premier League vs HKCC Premier League at HKCC – 01:30 PM – Full Review

Hong Kong Cricket Club (69/4 in 10.2 overs, Kinchit Shah 21*, Shan Raja 2/13) beat United Services Recreation Club (67 a/o in 17 overs, Daniyal Butt 21 a/o, Martin Versfeld 5/11, Kinchit Shah 4/10) by 6 wickets

Cricinfo Scorecard | CricHQ Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – PACC Premier League vs KCC Premier League at KCC – 02:00 PM – Full Review

Pakistan Association Cricket Club (143/9 in 19.4 overs, Zeeshan Ali 52, Manjinder Singh 32*, Ateeq Iqbal 3/34) beat Kowloon Cricket Club (140 a/o in 19.3 overs, Nizakat Khan 32, Mohammad Ishtiaq 4/32) by 1 wicket

Cricinfo Scorecard | CricHQ Scorecard

PACC were crowned champions of the CHK Premier League T20 competition this past Sunday, after a 1-wicket victory in a thriller at KCC! The final group stage game lived up to the hype, with a match filled with twists and turns, that was ultimately decided by the finest of margins! And at HKCC, the hosts ended their season on a strong note, bowling out USRC for just 67, before romping home with plenty of time to spare. This weekend also saw the first hattrick and the first five-wicket haul of the 2019-20 Premier League competitions, in an exciting finish that capped off an excellent month of cricket.

Full reports for each match can be found in the links above. These games were streamed across our YouTube and Facebook pages, so if you missed it, be sure to check it out!

Saturday Championship

Saturday 28th Sept – Division 1 – USRC Championship vs HKCC Nomads – HKCC – 01:00 PM
USRC Championship 209/9 (Daniyal Butt 76, Toby Brown 4/32) beat HKCC Nomads 150 a/o (Paul Watkins 51, Hussain Mahroof 6/27) by 59 runs. | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept – Division 1 – Lamma CC vs KCC Tartars – KCC – 01:00 PM
Lamma CC 231/8 (Justin Heathcote 117, Sunny Bhimsaria 3/52) beat KCC Tartars 228/8 (Sunny Bhimsaria 95*, Prashanth Shivappa 2/30, Justin Heathcote 2/34) by 3 runs | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept – Division 2 – CHK Pioneers vs DLSW SkyWarriors – TKRRG – 12:50 PM
DLSW SkyWarriors 378/8 (Mehran Zeb 129, Peter Doshi 79) beat CHK Pioneers 64 a/o (Clement Woo 21, Parinkumar Dipak Shah 5/16) by 314 runs | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept – Division 2 – Laguna Gully vs Borrelli Walsh Centaurs – GDB – 01:00 PM
Laguna Gully 189/8 (Pranav Shah 62, Kezar Bhusavalwala 51, Ayub Khan 5/19) beat Borrelli Walsh Centaurs 188/8 (Nasir Hameed 93, Pranav Shah 3/49) by 2 wickets | Scorecard

A couple of big wins, and a couple of thrilling games took place this past Saturday, one each in each Division. In Division 1, USRC Championship returned to winning ways, beating the HKCC Nomads on their home turf by 59 runs. Daniyal Butt struck an excellent 76 off just 59 balls to guide USRC to 209/9 in their 35 overs. Nomads got off to a slow start, reaching 79/2 in 20 overs, and the introduction of legspinner Hussain Mahroof into the attack triggered a collapse - Nomads losing 8 wickets for just 48 runs to be bowled out for 150, Mahroof finishing with 6/27 in 6.5 overs. Meanwhile, at KCC, Lamma CC and the Tartars played out a high-scoring thriller. Electing to bat first, Lamma posted 231/8 in their 35 overs, powered by 117 off just 70 balls from Justin Heathcote. Sunny Bhimsaria took 3 wickets for the Tartars, and carried the runchase for them as well - opening the batting, he was still out there in the final over, KCC needing 6 more runs to win the game with 4 wickets in hand. Prashant Shivappa delivered an excellent over though, conceding two runs, taking a wicket, and being involved in a runout. It came down 4 needed off the final delivery, but unfortunately Bhimsaria could only manage a single. He finished on 95* off 89 balls, and Tartars fell just 3 runs short - Lamma starting off their season with a dramatic victory.

In Division 2, Mehran Zeb -fresh off the CHK Premier League T20, belted 129 for the DLSW SkyWarriors against the CHK Pioneers at Mission Road. Peter Doshi hit a quick 79 too, as the SkyWarriors piled up 378/8 in the 35 overs. In response, the Pioneers were bowled out for just 64 - Parinkumar Shah taking 5 wickets, and Clement Woo battling through heatstroke to top score with 21. And finally, at GDB, Laguna Gully picked up their second consecutive victory, with yet another thrilling run-chase, this time over the Centaurs. After winning the toss, Laguna sent the Centaurs to bat, and kept them to just 188/8 in their 35 overs. Nasir Hameed top scored for the Centaurs again, batting for over 30 overs in the heat for 93 off 92 balls to anchor the innings. In response, opener Kezar Bhusavalwala hit a fifty before retiring hurt in the 18th over, after which Ayub Khan took three wickets in 22nd, leaving Lagua stuttering at 113/5. But Pranav Shah battled on, scoring 62 to revive the chase, and was Ayub's fourth wicket with the score reading 161/6 in 29.1 overs. A chaotic few overs followed, with Ayub Khan completing his five-wicket haul, but the Laguna lower order held their nerve to pull off the win with just 2 wickets and 4 balls to spare.

Women's T20 League

Sunday 29th Sept - HKCC Cavaliers vs USRC Women - HKCC - 09:30 AM
HKCC Cavaliers 289/2 (Alison Siu 67*, Amanda Cheung 52) beat USRC Women 45 a/o (Amanda Cheung 2/1, Alvina Tam 2/8) by 244 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept - KCC Maidens vs CCC Fung Wong - KCC - 10:00 AM
KCC Maidens 165/2 (Keenu Gill 79, Jen Davies 53) beat CCC Fung Wong 14 a/o (Sherina Mahtani 3/1) by 151 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept - SCC Divas vs HKCC Willow Wielders - PKVR Reservoir - 11:10 AM
HKCC Willow Wielders 52/3 (Mariko Hill 22*) beat SCC Divas 51 a/o by 7 wickets | Scorecard

Only three Women's T20 League games took place this weekend, with APCC Women unfortunately forfeiting their game against the DLSW Wasps. All three games were rather one-sided. At KCC, Jen Davies and Keenu Gull continued their fine form as an opening pair, putting on 137 runs, as the Maidens ended on 165/2 in their 20 overs. An under-strength Fung Wong side was then blown away for just 14 runs - the lowest team score across all our leagues this season thus far. Rida Haider started the collapse with two wickets in the first over, including that of talismanic skipper Kary Chan for a golden duck. No batter crossed 3 runs as wickets continued to fall at an alarming rate, including two run-outs, and Fung Wong were bowled out inside 7 overs. Meanwhile at HKCC, the Cavaliers piled on 289/2 in their 20 overs, with fifties from openers Amanda Cheung and Alison Siu. Together they put on 162 runs in just 11.3 overs, as the hosts marched to the highest Women's T20 League score of the season thus far. They were aided in no small part by 130 runs conceded in extras, the USRC bowlers struggling for control. In response, they bowled out the 9-women team for just 45 runs - Alvina Tam and Amadan Cheung each taking two wickets in their solitary overs. And on Sunday at PKVR Reservoir, the SCC Divas were sent in to bat first, in what would be the more competitive match of the weekend. Wickets were shared by the Willow Wielders bowlers, skipper Mariko Hill leading from the front, bowling two wicket maidens as the Divas were bowled out for just 51. In response, the Divas reduced the Wielders to 15/3, giving them a minor scare, before Mariko biffed a quick 22 to finish the game off with no further loss.

Under-15 T20 League

Saturday 28th Sept – Premier – CHK Women's National Team vs DB Smashers Gold U15 – TKRRG – 09:00 AM
CHK Women's National Team 60/5 (Kary Chan 19, Sameen Dar 3/10) beat DB Smashers Gold U15 59/7 (Malhar Pendse 17, Kary Chan 3/3) by 5 wickets | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept – Premier – HKCC Optimists U15 vs DLSW Tigers U15 – GDB – 09:30 AM
DLSW Tigers U15 94/2 (Ansh Doshi 49*) beat HKCC Optimists U15 93/9 (Ahvaan Thakur 35, Asim Mohammad 4/19, Kaif Mohammad 3/14) by 8 wickets | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Elite – DLSW Cheetahs U15 vs Lantau Lions U15 – GDB – 08:00 AM
Lantau Lions U15 200/5 (Khan Qasim 101, Syed Ahamed Malik 2/25) beat DLSW Cheetahs U15 65 a/o by 135 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Premier – DB Smashers Gold U15 vs DLSW Tigers U15 – TKRRG – 09:30 AM
DSLW Tigers U15 132/3 (Jaiveer Sandhawalia 61*, Ansh Doshi 43, Sameen Dar 2/26) beat DB Smashers Gold U15 114/7 (Avaneesh Vankamaddi 31, Mehmood Tabarak 2/8, Asim Mohammad 2/26) by 18 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Premier – HKCC Optimists U15 vs PACC U15s – TKRRG – 01:30 AM
HKCC Optimists U15 74/2 (Hursh Singh 34*) beat PACC U15s 70 a/o (Aman Bhargava 2/1) by 8 wickets | Scorecard

There was plenty of action in the Premier Division of the CHK U15 T20 League. The CHK Women, returning from a successful East Asia Cup, made it 3 wins in 3 games by beating DB Smashers Gold U15 at Mission Road on Saturday. Kary Chan once again starred for her team, taking 3 wickets just 3 runs as the Women kept the Smashers to 59/7, before scoring 19 to guide the runchase. Later that afternoon, Asim Mohammad and Kaif Mohammad took 7 wickets between them to keep the HKCC Optimists U15 to 93/9, Ahvaan Thakur scoring a third of those runs himself, before Ansh Doshi struck 49* to win the game for DLSW Tigers U15. They also picked up a win on Sunday, Doshi hitting 43 and Jaiveer Sandhawalia 61* as the Tigers posted 132/3 in their 20 overs. They then bowled economically to keep the DB Smashers Gold to 114/7. And then Sunday afternoon saw the HKCC Optimists pick up a win, handing PACC U15s their fifth consecutive defeat. Wickets were shared as PACC were bowled out for just 70, before Hursh Singh hit 34* to guide his side home. Only one game was possible in the Elite Division - Khan Qasim belting yet another century as Lantau piled on 200/5 in their 20 overs against the DLSW Cheetahs U15. The Cheetahs, in reply, were bowled out for just 65 - Mohammad Marwan, Khan Anas, Muhammad Sudais and Kharel Samir taking 2 wickets each.

Under-13 League

Saturday 28th Sept – Premier - APCC Green U13 vs USRC Gunners U13 - PKVR Reservoir - 02:45 PM
APCC Green U13 81/7 (Parwinder Singh 2/7) tied with USRC Gunners U13 81/6 (Salman Muhammad 19, Naman Sabhnani 2/12) | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Premier – KCC Crusaders U13 vs PACC U13s – KGV 1 – 01:10 PM
KCC Crusaders U13 173/6 (Abdul Samad Khan 63) beat PACC U13 36 a/o (Ollie Shale 3/2) by 137 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Elite Pairs – APCC Sky Warriors U13 vs HKCC Wanderers U13 – KGV 2 – 01:30 PM
APCC Sky Warriors U13 191 (Ishaan Pandey 18) beat HKCC Wanderers U13 150 by 41 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Elite Pairs – KCC Buccaneers U13 vs HKCC Optimists U13 – KGV 1 – 04:00 PM
HKCC Optimists U13 183 (Siddhesh M.A. 16) beat KCC Buccaneers U13 179 by 4 runs | Scorecard

Sunday 29th Sept – Elite Pairs – LMC U13 vs CHK Dragons U13 – KGV 2 – 04:00 PM
LMC U13 266 (Shahab Udin Mohammad 27, Sufyan Khan 21, Gabriel Lam 3/27) beat CHK Dragons U13 138 (Mohammad Saad Niaz 3/20) by 128 runs | Scorecard

This Saturday saw the first match at newly-laid PKVR Reservoir centre wicket, and what a cracker it turned out to be - a tied Premier Division U13 T20 between APCC Green and the USRC Gunners! With five needed to win in the final over, young wristspinner Krishiv Mehandiratta conceded just two runs of the first 5 balls, but the batsmen were able to steal 2 byes off the final ball to tie the game. Then on Sunday at KGV, Abdul Samad Khan hammered 63 off just 29 balls for KCC Crusaders U13, who then proceeded to bowl out PACC U13 for just 36, handing them their third consecutive loss of the competition.
In the Elite-Pairs competition, the APCC Sky Warriors picked up their first win, comfortably beating the HKCC Wanders U13 by 41 runs. LMC U13 continued their dominating form, scoring a massive 266 runs against the CHK Dragons U13, while the HKCC Optimists U13 and KCC Buccaneers U13 played out a thrilling game, the HKCC side winning by just 4 runs.

Under-11 League

Saturday 28th Sept - Pool 2 - KCC Hornets U11 vs USRC Gunners U11 - PKVR Reservoir 2 - 08:00 AM
USRC Gunners U11 186 (Mohammad Usman Shahid 17) beat KCC Hornets U11 127 (Tyger Leverton-Griffiths 17, Arnav Jain 3/8) by 59 runs | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept - Pool 2 - HKCC Rebels U11 vs DLSW Littles U11 - PKVR Reservoir 3 - 09:40 AM
DLSW Littles U11 245 (Italia Shrut 25, Mangukiya Preet 21) beat HKCC Rebels U11 114 (Mangukiya Preet 3/5) by 141 runs | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept - Pool 1 - HKCC Cobras U11 vs DLSW Tigers U11 - PKVR Reservoir 2 - 09:40 AM
DLSW Tigers U11 171 beat HKCC Cobras U11 141 (Casper Green 21) by 30 runs | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept - Pool 1 - DLSW Cheetahs U11 vs HKCC Hawks U11 - PKVR Reservoir 2 - 11:20 AM
DLSW Cheetahs U11 192 (Dev Goyani 19) beat HKCC Hawks U11 125 (Mannat Khicha 2/6) by 67 runs | Scorecard

Saturday 28th Sept - Pool 3 - HKCC Rhinos U11 vs DLSW Kangaroos U11 - PKVR Reservoir 3 - 01:00 PM
DLSW Kangaroos U11 186 beat HKCC Rhinos U11 176 (Mohammad Zain Ul Abideen 2/13) by 10 runs | Scorecard

The Under-11s got underway this Saturday, with plenty of exciting games across all three pools. Playing Pairs Cricket to start with, the Under-11 League allows for players to develop their skills, before the teams take part in the Under-11 Championships in early 2020. The highlight for this week was the exciting game between DLSW Kangaroos U11 and the HKCC Rhinos U11, while Mangukiya Preet put in an excellent all-round performance for the DLSW Littles U11.

Challenge League

Sunday 29th Sept – Division 3 – DLSW Master Blasters vs HKU Students – GDB – 02:30 PM
DLSW Master Blasters 160/5 (Gurpreet Narula 35, Vishal Kumar 33*) beat HKU Students 159/9 (Ayush Mimani 41, Akhil Sapra 3/22, Ujjal Roy 3/23, Niranjan Naik 3/24) by 5 wickets | Scorecard

And finally, the DLSW Master Blasters started their Challenge League season with a hard-fought win over the HKU Students. Akhil Sapra, Ujjal Roy and Niranjan Naik combined for figures of 9/69, as the Students were kept to 159 in their 20 overs. They then chased it down with 16 balls to spare, with thirties from Gurpeet Narula and Vishal Kumar guiding the chase. The Students didn't make it any easier on themselves, conceding 45 runs in extras.

- Nitesh Hemlani