30 August 2018
The Hong Kong World Tape Ball Cricket 8s concluded on Saturday 25th August 2018 at the Po Kong Village Road Reservoir Ground. The day started with the Hong Kong qualifiers where 3 teams competed for the only spot in the Main Event. Under the leadership of Farooq Saeed, The HK Star Legends won through with former Hong Kong Captain Najeeb Amar within their playing ranks.
On to the Main Event and 5 teams were left to compete for the title of the 2018 Hong Kong World Tape Ball 8s Champions featuring Pakistan led by Yaser Mohammad, India led by Prakash Chakarvati, Sri Lanka led by Udaya Kumarsinghe, Hong Kong led by Farooq Saeed and Bangladesh led by Maruf Niaz.
The tournament kicked off with Sri Lanka defeating Bangladesh to open proceedings. Throughout the day, matches were relatively low scoring and one sided games with teams who bowled first winning the majority of the matches.
The final of the tournament was played between Pakistan and Hong Kong, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Sheryar Saeed and Muhammad Ali opened the Hong Kong innings and were quickly dismissed by Ateeq. Manjinder Singh struck a few lusty blows at the end of the innings taking the Hong Kong to 36 in their allotted 5 Overs. In reply, Yaser Muhammad and Awais Muhammad made short work of chasing down the HK total finishing the game with 11 balls to spare to be crowned inaugural Hong Kong World Tapeball 8s Champions.
Awais Muhammad was crowned the player of the tournament. Sheryar Saeed was awarded the Batsman of the tournament and Daniyal Bukhari from Pakistan team was awarded the bowler of the tournament.
Tournament Director Ajaz Khan who has been central to the introduction of Tapeball within CHK over the last 6-8 months and he was full of praise for the tournament and the players who took part:
“It was a tremendous tournament played over the summer and the amount of passion and talent displayed was indescribable. Congratulations to Team Pakistan for winning the tournament and Hong Kong for coming runners-up”.
Thanks to the sponsors (Kowloon Zalmi and Tayyarah) who have sponsored the event and hopefully this tournament will continue to grow leading into the 2nd edition planned for later in the 2018-19 season.