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U11 Championship Finals Day

02 May 2018

The Finals Day of the U-11 Championship took place this last Saturday, with the two Pool 1 Hardball Semi-Finals taking place simultaneously at 8 AM, followed by the two soft-ball Semis at 9:30 AM, concluding with the grand finals at 11 AM.

Pool 1 Semi Final 1 – HKCC Sharks vs DLSW Tigers

HKCC Sharks 125/4 tied with DLSW Tigers 125/3 – HKCC Sharks make it through to the final based on League position

Table toppers HKCC Sharks elected to bowl first against 4th placed DLSW Tigers, and after an early wicket found themselves on the end of fine innings from Aarez Dar (20 off 21, 4 fours), Muhammad Ali Usman (20 off 20, 4 fours) and Uzair Iqbal (25 off 17, 3 fours 1 six). In response, George Eyre (20 off 16, 2 fours) and Shiv Mathur (20 off 13, 4 fours) lead the way for the HKCC run chase, and with James Gearing (17 off 20) providing able support. It all came down to 13 needed off the final over, which thanks to a boundary and an overthrow became 1 run needed off the final two balls. Muhammad Ali Usman then broke through Gearing’s defence, and attempt to pinch a bye was then thwarted by Aarez Dar behind the stumps, leading to a tied game! A dramatic finish, however the Sharks had done enough to secure their spot in the final.

Pool 1 Semi Final 2 – KCC Wasps vs DBS Blue

DBS Blue 107/1 beat KCC Wasps 104/3 by 3 runs – DBS Blue make it through to the final

Having been sent in to bat, DBS openers Daniel Panckhurst (22 off 20, 4 fours) and Isa Sobhani (22 off 21, 3 fours) saw of the young KCC quicks, after which Danny Mapp (17 off 15, 4 fours) picked up the runrate, and Hanif Sobhani added the final flourish by hitting the last two balls of the innings for 4 and 6, taking DBS to a challenging 107/1 in their 14 overs. Olli Shale was the pick of KCC’s bowlers, as his 4 overs for 20 kept a lid on the runrate. He also didn’t concede a single no-balls or wide – a big achievement for the U11s! The KCC runchase started slow, Danny Mapp (4-0-25-2) securing a runout and taking a wicket in his first two overs to reduce them to 17/2 in 4 overs. Ibrahim Kashif (21 off 19, 4 fours) and Vivaan Daga (24 off 22, 2 fours 2 sixes) rebuilt the innings, but DBS stayed ahead of the game thanks to tight bowling and fielding, lead by Isa Sobhani economical spell of 4-0-12-0. With 16 to win in the final over, Arnav Jain managed to find the fence twice, but it was too little to late, as DBS Blue secured a tight 3 run victory.

Poor 2/3 Semi Final 1 – USRC Avengers vs DLSW Littles

USRC Avengers 93/0 beat DLSW Littles 90/4 by 7 wickets – USRC Avengers make it through to the final

The USRC Avengers showed the same form that saw them finish the league season unbeaten with a dominant performance against DLSW Littles. After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, Jacob Lim took 3 wickets (4-0-25-3) and skipper Parwinder Singh (4-0-20-0) kept the runs down to keep the DLSW Littles to just 90/4 – Little’s skipper Anay Mehta top scoring with 23 off 23 balls (4 fours). In response, Parwinder Singh (22 off 18, 1 four 1 six), Salman Muhammad (23 off 15, 5 fours) and Mannat Kincha (23 off 14, 5 fours) chased the target down on their own, crossing the line in just 9.1 overs to secure USRC’s spot in the final.

Pool 2/3 Semi Final 2 – HKCC Hawks vs Lantau Buffaloes

Lantau Buffaloes 129/4 beat HKCC Hawks 104/5 by 25 runs – Lantau Buffaloes make it through to the final

The Lantau Buffaloes scored the highest score of the day after being put in to bat first – lead by Pranshu Prakash (21, 4 fours) and Gishaan Kanamkandy (20, 2 fours 1 six). Veer Mathur was the pick of the bowlers for Hawks, finishing with 2/28 off his 4 overs. In response, the Buffaloes fielded and bowled very well – 3 bowlers took a wicket a piece and 2 runouts were secured in the field, as they secured a comfortable 25 runs victory. Samuel Johnson top scored for the Hawks with 15 (3 fours), but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Pool 2/3 Finals – USRC Avengers vs Lantau Buffaloes

USRC Avengers 83/2 beat Lantau Buffaloes 82 a/o by 5 wickets – USRC are Pool 2/3 Soft-Ball Champions

A dominant performance by USRC to end a fantastic season – electing to bowl first, Parwinder (4-0-24-2), Jacob (4-0-31-2) and Mannat (3-0-17-1 and a runout) combined to bowl the Buffaloes out for 82 inside 13 overs. Pranshu Prakash (16 off 16, 3 fours) put on another solid performance opening the batting, and Manudev Moolekkudiyil (19 off 9, 1 four and 1 six) played an excellent cameo after the middle order collapsed, but it wasn’t to be enough. Despite losing two wickets (Romir Singhal finishing with 2-0-17-2) they chased down the target in just 8.4 overs, Salman Muhammad’s rapid 21 (10 balls, 1 four, 2 sixes) being the highlight.

Pool 1 Finals – HKCC Sharks vs DBS Blue

HKCC Sharks 81/3 beat DBS Blue 80/6 by 4 wickets – HKCC Sharks are Pool 1 Hard-ball Champions

DBS Blue won the toss elected to bat – bucking the trend of finals day so far. However, they lost a wicket in the second over, and the introduction of spin by the Sharks saw DBS Blue collapse to 46/5 in 8.3 overs. With the innings in need of rebuilding, Pratish Vyas scored a useful 10 (13 balls, 2 fours), top scoring for his team, and with Josh Williams (8 off 12, 1 four) managed to take DBS Blue to a defendable 80/6 in their 14 overs. The Blue struck with an early wicket of their own, but Maxi Clayton (20 off 22, 2 four) and skipper Basil Mallinson (20 off 21, 3 fours) absorbed the pressure brilliantly. Once they retired there was still work to be done, and the DBS Blue attack, lead by Isa Sobhani (4 overs for 13) continued to build the pressure. It all came down to 3 runs needed to win off the final over. With 2 to win off the last three balls, the umpire then called a wide, thus bringing an exciting game to an anti-climatic end, as the HKCC Sharks emerged as the deserved champions of the U-11 Hard Ball Championship.

A fantastic team effort, evident by 5 bowlers taking a wicket a piece, 1 runout, 2 catches and stumping from the keeper, and contributions throughout the lineup during the runchase. What made this even more impressive is that Sharks used 11 different players across both games on Finals day – a testimony to their squad depth and strong team culture.

Overall, a fantastic day out at PVKR Reservoir, with plenty of excitement, drama and entertainment for all the kids and parents present. CHK would like to thank everyone’s support for the U11 program this season, and we hope to see you all again next year!