2012-13 HKCA KARP Group Sunday Championship League
2012-13 HKCA Sunday Cup
- Infidels v. LSW Knights @ KCC, 14th October 2012
- Infidels v. HKCC Scorpions @ HKCC, 4th November 2012
- Infidels v. HKCC Optimists @ KCC, 11th November 2012
- Infidels v. Templars @ KCC, 18th November 2012
- Infidels v. SLCC @ KCC, 25th November 2012
- Infidels v. USRC/Millennium @ KCC, 9th December 2012
- Infidels v. Pakistan Association AMSUA @ KCC, 23rd December 2012
- Infidels v. LSW JKN @ PKVR, 3rd February 2013
- Infidels v. HKCC Wanderers @ HKCC, 17th March 2013
- Infidels v. Shaffi's Vagabonds CC @ Mission Road, 24th March 2013
- Starts 1st April 2013
Following 2011/2012’s disappointing season where we finished last in the HKCA Sunday League, the Infidels were determined to put on an improved performance for the 2012/13 season. With some new recruits joining the ranks, namely ex New Zealand Test Cricketer Lou Vincent, as well as a disciplined training ethos entrenched by KCC Head Coach and Captain Peter Wooden, the Infidels managed to finish strong in 4th place and thus booked ourselves a qualifying berth in the Semi Finals.
There were definite early signs of the strength and determination of the new Infidels pack, and the boys showed no mercy when bowling out arch rivals HKCC Wanderers for a meager 98. Young openers Ateeq Rehman and Gurjant Singh laid the foundations taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively and were brilliantly supported by a composed and mature bowling display from young leg spinner Kai Ming Li. He dazzled the HKCC batsmen with his beautifully flighted deliveries, taking 4 wickets in the process. The batsmen chased down the total in just 16 overs and the Infidels wrapped up the match by 7 wickets with Hong Kong’s Babar Hayat top scoring with 30.
These were some real positives going into the next game and with the boys on a high we were determined to make it 2 wins from 2. This wasn’t the case however, and on a bright sunny day down at Kai Tak the Infidels were bowled out for 149 after making a strong start through openers Matt Collins and Anthony Barnet. The result was easily chased by our opponents, Sri Lanka CC, who knocked off the required runs in 30 overs, losing only 4 wickets in the process.
In hindsight, this was a good wakeup call for us to ensure that if we wanted to finish the season on a high, we would have to apply ourselves better for future games. The reaction from the players was exemplary and the Infidels comfortably won their next 5 games. Notable performances included bowling the KCC Templars out for just 105 with Ateeq Rehman taking 5 wickets, and later on beating Pakistan Association in a thrilling match at home. Pakistan Association, choosing to bat first, managed to recover from 81/5 to post a respectable 224/8 after 50 overs. KCC began the chase poorly and we soon found ourselves stranded on 98/5. With Lou Vincent not available for the match and Captain Peter Wooden back in the Pavilion, this game looked dead and buried. However, as with so many times this season, the determination and maturity of our young players came through. Gurjant Singh and Simandeep Singh put together a hundred run partnership, running singles and twos hard and punctuated by boundaries. They took the score to 183 before Gurjant departed for a well played 63. Simandeep Singh then took on the role of anchor, rotating the strike efficiently and with the help of youngsters Mohammad Khan and Alex Lee, saw the Infidels home to 225/8 after 48 overs, with Simandeep Singh not out on 52.
The next two games ended our 5 win streak as the Infidels put in poor performances against HKCC Scorpions and LSW JKN; however, we were able to get our season back on track with a big win in unfavorable weather conditions at PKVR against Millenium CC. Another poor loss, this time at the hands of the KCC Templars, meant that the Infidels had ended the league in 4th place and thus were drawn against the top ranked team, Pakistan Association in the Semi Finals.
As with many occasions during the season, our batting did not support the good work of our bowling unit, and this time was no different. After being set a very modest total of 137 for victory, the Infidels once again faltered and were bowled out for 71, thus ending our season in a disappointing manner.
On the whole, the season was a big improvement on many fronts and for which we can take many positives. Most notably the contributions of our youngsters was encouraging with Ateeq Rehman, Gurjant Singh, Karan Shah, Mohammed Khan, Simandeep Singh, and Ansh Lulla all proving to be effective contributors to the much improved Infidels performances throughout the season.
We will be starting the new season in September without our Captain and KCC’s Head Cricket Coach, Peter Wooden who has taken on the role of Head Coach for Vanuatu. We wish him all the best in his new role and thank him sincerely for his time, efforts and help in promoting and developing KCC Cricket over the past 4 years.
Submitted by Sean Montague & Nigel Shroff
The 2010/2011 season was split into 2 formats for the first time seeing a 20/20 competition, the Sunday Cup and also the standard 50 over format of the Sunday League.
The Sunday Cup saw the Infidels come 4th and we were in the race for the title right up until the 3rd last round where we went down to the eventual winners Little Sai Wan. The result of 4th was not a bad end for us, as I believe we never really hit our straps throughout the Sunday Cup; however we were able to keep on stringing the wins together, with this in mind it just shows what we will be able to achieve next year. There were some notable performances throughout the Sunday Cup; the first one that springs to mind was Pete’s 150 in the 2nd game of the season after being dropped on 0 in the first over, to say that was a costly drop is an understatement! Immy also bowled extremely well throughout the season and half way through saw him lead the bowling stats, and also picking up a hat trick.
The Sunday League format was definitely not a year to be remembered for the Infidels. We struggled throughout the whole season putting the same team on the park week in and week out through lack of availability from players and this definitely showed in the results. Even though we struggled to post wins on the board, there were a number of close games that could have gone either way, and if they did, the season would have been a completely different one. There were good performance’s that did come out of the season. Usman’s batting at the top of the order helped us lay a platform to start our innings off and a big score is definitely not far off for Ussy. The ever reliable Damien P Kelleher and Peter’s batting and bowling really helped hold us together.
I am looking forward to next season and going 3 places better in the Sunday Cup and also making a big push for the top 4 in the Sunday league which we are definitely capable of.
By Sean Montague
There was a about a 40 min break till the second T20 and with everyone resting up it was time to take to the Optimists. Nugget started the ball rolling with his fantastic coin toss and after making it 3 wins from 3 attempts we decided to have another bat.
After some changes to the team for the second game we set about making up for our early effort. The Optimists opened their attack with a young off spinner and off his first rock of the game Woody skied a chance to mid wicket who decided to grass a very easy chance. This was going to prove slightly costly for the HKCC and Woody went about taking them to the cleaners. Shan another new addition to the mighty Dels showed us he will be making plenty of runs for us this season and went about building a very effective partnership with Woody by turning the strike over to let Woody tee off which put us in a fantastic position to push home for a huge total which we did! Woody continued his liking for the HKCC bowling and soon brought up his second century for the club in 2 weeks. Unfortunately the pain did not stop here for the HKCC and the Goose was called for, with the crowds flooding into the KCC to see some serious bombing, Woody and Usman put on a 50 run partnership to end off the innings with Woody ending the innings on 150 and the Dels setting a huge total of 204.
The HKCC started off at a rate of knots however they were going to struggle to maintain this. Jammy was brought on from the short end and had an immediate impact snaring 3 wickets and putting the HKCC on the back foot. With the crowd consisting of Macnulty and K Dawg roaring form the top of the pool pavilion (you shouldn't drink in the sun boys) the Infidels proceeded to take wickets at regular intervals it was left to Waq Attack to clean up the tail who ended with figures of 3 for 7. Even though it was very hot and it was also our second game of the day the fielders and bowlers all chipped in, with special mention going to Usman who kept well throughout the whole day and kept his chirp up and kept the boys keen!
We have got our first win under our belt with many more to come!
Go the Dels!
The Dels first T20 of the season saw us come against us the Vagabonds again and we had a great chance to make up for last weekend’s loss. Nugget started the game off well winning the toss and we decided to have a bat on another KCC road.
The Vagabonds made an early in road into our batting however Woody and K Dawg/Henry the Octopus set about bringing the crowds back and started hitting boundaries at will. However just when we were looking at a possible total of 200, 2 quick run outs (well done Nugget) put us on the back foot and suddenly we were looking at total of 140. Enter Farooq and with his late hockey styled hitting and with Waq Attack chipping in we posted a very respectable 166.
Unfortunately we never really set the standard in the field, the Vagabonds got off to a good start and were flying until Chris Macnulty made 2 quick break throughs. Unfortunately with a couple of dropped catches and some wayward bowling again the Vagabonds passed our total 4 down with 2.5 over's left.
It was a disappointing finish as I thought with our bowling 166 was going to be enough, however extras and dropped catches proved our undoing again. T20 cricket is quite new to all of us having only played a very limited amount of this type of cricket and the double header provided us with a great opportunity to get our season underway with a victory and to make up for the previous game.
Our first Sunday game of the season did not turn out the way we wanted it to. On a cracker of a day we won the toss and decided to have a bat on a road at the home of cricket the KCC!
With a lighting quick outfield and a belter of a deck a par score was going to be around 240 at the least, with some good batting by Daniel Fullgrabe a new addition to the Dels, the K Dawg as he likes to be known and a fantastic ton by Woody we set a very competitive total of 265. The team batted well to get to this total as Vagabonds were bowling good channels however with the tempo being lifted from mid innings to the end a very competitive total of 261 was set.
We started off with Immy making in roads at the top of the order and Chris Macnulty taking his first wicket for the Dels and we had them reeling at 4 for 75. Unfortunately with some dropped catches and some wayward bowling the Vagabonds started to get away from us even though wickets were falling at regular intervals. With a couple of their batsmen teeing off late in the game and a big ton from one of their top order the Vagabonds passed our total 9 down with 2 overs to go.
Even though we lost our first game of the season some good things could be taken from the game and once we clear the rust from all our systems, we will be in with a great chance to push for the title.
Vagabonds - please be at the ground 9.10 for a 10am start
Game 2 vs Optimists please be at the ground as early as possible to support or at the latest 12.30 for warm ups.
The Infidels had a mixed season this year, making the semis was not a bad result however I honestly believe we could have made it further and that's what we will do next year.
Splitting into two teams this year was what the KCC needed to do and we are already starting to see some great young talent coming through and over the next 2 years both KCC teams will be at the forefront of HK cricket and winning trophies. This year however definitely tested player numbers and depth and the end result of making the semis was still a very good effort when at times we really struggled to get a team on the park, however over the season there were some great individual performances as well as team performances.
The Infidels I believe struggled this year in stringing performances together and also performing as a team on a regular basis, however when we did perform as a team we showed the competition what we were capable of . The victory of the HKCC Wanderers was a real standout for me this year and next year we should be striving to play like this all year. In this game everyone contributed both with bat, ball and in the field which resulted in beating the team that came third by over 100 runs, this was one of the most enjoyable victories I have had over the HKCC.
Peter Wooden came into the Infidels on his arrival into HK and really made his mark on the Sunday comp both with his professionalism and with wickets and runs. He helped us to get into the right frame of mind for games through warm ups and by also showing us the attitude we should be taking into games, I would like to thank Peter for his help throughout the season for organising the warm ups and also his on field advice.
A new introduction to the Infidels this year was player fines which Matt I want to be a Crusader Collins looked after and in fact took great pride in looking after. After every game a fine session would be held around the esky, with players receiving fines for genetics , dropped catches, golden ducks, ducks, lateness and general stupidity throughout the game, this built a substantial fines kitty which was used for a very enjoyable end of season lunch.
I personally had a very enjoyable season with the Infidels and would like to thank everyone in the squad, as everyone contributed to creating a great team environment. I strongly believe if we keep this team environment up, get everyone to training which will result in us becoming more consistent we will go from making the semis to lifting the Sunday trophy.
- Sean Montague