Hong Kong’s Yasmin Daswani continued her impressive start to the English season with an almost run a ball 79 to help Finchley set Hampstead 167 off 30 Overs. Rain meant Hampstead were set a revised target of 124 from 20 Overs with Finchley running out winners by 20 runs in the Middlesex Cricket Women’s League. This followed on from Daswani leading Finchley to victory over Hutton CC last weekend with 76 no.
Pictured - Yasmin Daswani batting for Hong Kong in the 2017 East Asia Cup
Speaking about her start, Yasmin said, "I have been training over the Covid-19 period whenever possible with Nathan Jeganathan-- my batting coach in England. We've been working on boundary options, using my feet against spin and hitting over the top.
It has been great to have the time to work on these aspects of my game, and I've been happy that the hard work has paid off in the first two games of the season.
Back in Hong Kong, our captain, Kary Chan has done a great job of leading the team through an uncertain time, and ensuring that we all keep fit and accountable. Although it's a shame that we haven't had the chance to play many games together this year, I have really enjoyed seeing the girls on Zoom for our bi-weekly workouts, and hope that they become a regular part of our fitness regime."
Daswani’s schedule in the UK is quite congested as she is working as a trainee Solicitor at Fladgate in London, and she has a decent amount of travel to do to get to training and matches, especially in this current uncertain period
Reflecting on Daswani’s start to the season, Hong Kong’s Head Coach, Chris Pickett said, “it’s a fantastic start when so many players are struggling to get out there playing. It’s pleasing to see her converting her hard work into physical performances on the field as essentially it is performances not potential that will win matches. For me this is a reflection of why she has been Hong Kong’s most consistent batter over the last few seasons. Hopefully Yasmin’s performances can inspire the players here in Hong Kong to convert their hard work in training into performances on the field once they can get out there in matches themselves.”
As Daswani mentioned, Training has been interrupted considerably for her team mates based in Hong Kong by the local Covid-19 situation, closing sports facilities and grounds for extensive periods. It has restricted them to home based activities apart for a short period of about 5 weeks when they were able to get back into training, though even then, only in small groups to fit in with social distancing protocols. That period has again been interrupted as a 3rd wave of Covid-19 has meant restrictions and facility closures returning to Hong Kong. During these periods the group have been inventive in how they ensure they continue to develop, taking part in Zoom Fitness sessions lead by S&C trainer, Sing Wong as part of CHK’s partnership with THEi. In addition to this they have a weekly running program and have taken part in Zoom Nutrition lectures through THEi. In terms of technical work although quite restricted in this aspect of training they have been using home drills to develop any parts of their game they can.
Pickett commented “Over what has been a really uncertain and disruptive period in Hong Kong, the players have done a great job to keep training momentum going as best they can. They’ve been lead well be Kary, our skipper, who herself is learning about the role of a captain and the responsibility it brings. She has done a great job considering how unprecedented things have been recently for us all.