<![CDATA[Play Cricket in Hong Kong at the Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) - 2013 News Blog]]>Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:29:08 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Hong Kong into T20 World Cup]]>Sat, 07 Dec 2013 10:07:48 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/hong-kong-into-t20-world-cupPicture
Congratulations to the Hong Kong team for their historic win against Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament in the U.A.E.

Hong Kong has now qualified for the T20 World Cup which will be held in Bangladesh in March next year.

Special mention to the KCC’s Jamie Atkinson (captain), Waqas Barkat (vice captain), Roy Lamsam, Kinchit Shah and Ankur Sharma. You’ve done us proud lads.

The team performed brilliantly in this tournament and a great deal of thanks needs to go to departing national coach Charlie Burke. He has worked tirelessly over the past 3 years and his commitment, drive and vision has had a huge impact on the playing group. You will be sorely missed Charlie and good luck with your future endeavors.

Submitted by Matt Collins

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<![CDATA[KCC Maidens Update]]>Sun, 01 Dec 2013 10:09:37 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/kcc-maidens-updateWith the onset of the cooler weather, KCC Maidens have run into a deep vein of form. The lady cricketers of KCC have won their last three games, to end the first week in December in third place in the Women's League. The whole team has done well, with particularly outstanding performances from Keenu Gill and Maheen Haider, taking three wickets in the first over of the game against LSW and CCC respectively!! Our victories were against LSW, CCC and HKCC Cavaliers, but we came out second best against Pakistan Association and HKCC Willow Wielders.

Ladies of KCC - we need your support to put us in contention for the title - no experience needed. We have a great coach and a friendly group of players to help you! Just come along to one of our regular Friday evening training sessions (Time: 7pm-8.30pm, KCC). For further information, please contact Allyson at Allyson.Ko@gmail.com.

Submitted by Allyson Ko

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<![CDATA[KCC Crusaders vs Pakistan Association]]>Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:08:59 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/kcc-crusaders-vs-pakistan-associationThe Crusaders turned in a strong performance on Saturday 30 November to defeat Pakistan Association by 8 wickets at KCC.  Stand-in captain James Millington lost the toss and Pakistan elected to bat first, but the Crusaders were off to a typical strong start in the field through opening bowler Aditya Kanthan who returned 27/3 from his 7 overs. Despite some big hitting by Pakistan in the late overs, Crusader's fieldsman David Millington used his head to maintain the pressure on the Pakistan batsmen, resulting in wickets falling throughout the innings. Good performances with ball from Karan Shah 39/3, Brendan Smallbone 28/1 and Bill Garnett 23/1 saw Pakistan bowled out for 172.

Crusaders openers Akash Sureka (18) and Ashley Caddy (20) ensured the Crusaders were off to a brisk start in the run chase, but both were out prior to the drinks break. This brought Man of the Match, Dylan Dearing (78 no) and Damian 'Killer' Kelleher (33 no) together in what would prove to be the decisive partnership of the match. Despite a near calamitous run out, Dearing and Kellleher shared a 100 plus run partnership at better than a run per ball to ensure the Crusaders victory by 8 wickets was achieved in the 26th over, thereby earning the team a vital bonus point.

Man of the Match - Dylan Dearing

Submitted by Leigh Stewart

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<![CDATA[KCC Saracens vs. HKU]]>Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:31:08 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/kcc-saracens-vs-hkuThe Saracens overcame a HKU onslaught to win by 10 runs and keep themselves at the top of the table.

After winning the toss, the Saracens elected to bat and put up 192/4 off their allotted 35 overs. The formidable "Sharma partnership" continued to flourish at the top with a 64-run stand before a mix-up led to Apurv's dismissal for 20. That brought the veteran Sujanani to the crease, who held the innings together, scoring 67. Ankur missed out on another half-century with 42 and Simandeep finished unbeaten on 33.

In defence, Ateeq (5.4-2-10-3) and Gurjant (2/30) bowled immaculate opening spells, bamboozling the batsmen with a combination of accuracy and movement. Some sloppy fielding and power-hitting/poor bowling allowed HKU back into the game, but Ankur (1/28), Ateeq and Gurjant bowled intelligently at the death to seal a tight game.

Next up is the derby we have all been waiting for!]]>
<![CDATA[KCC MaidensĀ ]]>Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:30:29 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/kcc-maidensThe Maidens had a bit of a rough start to the 2013/2014 season with a round of 20/20 league games in September. But they made a huge comeback winning their last 20/20 game on October 1st against CCC.

On October 5th, the Maidens started the 35 over league games with a bang! The team beat LSW with 9 wickets in hand. The Maidens showed true teamwork and played with great spirit when fielding, cheering each other on.

Pema Ghale, Karishma Sujan, Amy Lai, Rachel Eames, Allyson Ko, Sobia Janasher, Rani Samtani, Lucy Eames and Maheen Haider were all stars on the field. The Maidens managed to bowl LSW all out for 87 runs. Anindita Ghosh and the Gill sisters, Keenu and Reenu, then batted incredibly well winning the game and scoring 89 runs in only 18 overs.

The Maidens have a lot of new players this season that are still getting the hang of the game. But everyone has been training regularly and each player has shown great improvement since the start of the season. The girls look forward to doing even better throughout the rest of the season.

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<![CDATA[KCC Tartars vs. Taipan CC]]>Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:29:50 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/kcc-tartars-vs-taipan-ccTaipan batted first and they scored a good total of 190 all out in there 35 overs.

We lost both openers for 0 runs and at one stage we were 10 for 3. Farooq went into bat at number 4, but soon we were 30 for 4 after 4 overs and then 56 for 5. But then there was a great partnership between Farooq Saeed, playing a captain’s role (112 not out) and young Nikhil Makaria (48 not out) who took the total to 190 for 5 in 32 overs with 3 overs to spare.

Farooq Saeed scored 112 with the help of 7 sixes.

The Tartars are a very young side with most of the players under the age of 21. It’s a great mixture of juniors and a few good seniors.]]>
<![CDATA[Robbie Lee Shield]]>Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:28:24 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/robbie-lee-shieldOn a Sunny day, KCC took on the might of CCC for the Robbie Lee Shield.

KCC welcomed back Mark Eames for this game and also welcomed Allyson Ko.

KCC lost the toss and CCC did not play to the script of inserting KCC, but decided to bat first.

CCC opened the batting with Sam O'Maley and Rodney Miles. Sam made a brisk 57 not out even though he was dropped twice and the CCC captain Jonathan Brunello made a good 30 not out while Dinesh Tandon chipped in with 24 right at the end.  KCC’s bowling attack shared the wickets, with Ravi Sujanani and Steven Pratt picking up a brace each.  The highlight of KCC's fielding was Nick Brennan's catch at Square Leg and Jon Mckinley's catch at Mid-On.  CCC eventually scored a daunting total of 193 in 35 overs.

KCC went into bat, and we opened with Ravi Sujanani and Nick Brennan, and they got KCC off to a flyer, scoring at 10 an over. Ravi then retired and in came Mark Eames who also scored 30 and retired. Nick Brennan scored 24 and retired and in the end Connor McLeod scored 31 not out while Steven Pratt was 24 not out. KCC chased down the runs in 28 overs.

Man of the Match for CCC was Sam O'Maley and the KCC Men of the Match were Ravi Sujanani and Steven Pratt.

KCC was the first team in the Robbie Lee Shield to field a local female player in Allyson Ko; she fielded and bowled very well.

The Shield now rests in our cabinets for another year. We will defend the Shield again next year on 1st October.]]>
<![CDATA[Junior Cricketer of the Month]]>Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:29:15 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/junior-cricketer-of-the-month
This month’s Junior Cricketer in Focus is talented right arm off spinner Mitt Shah. Mitt comes to us from the very good cricket school of KGV. His biggest weapon in his armory is his ability to spin the ball and this will only improve as he continues to learn and grow. Mitt is also very dangerous with the bat and this is an area which I see will also improve greatly in time.

Mitt played for the Dragons last season as well as the Under 15s and 17s side where he took wickets and bowled with a very good economy rate. This good form attracted the attention of the National selectors and Mitt was included in the Hong Kong Under 16’s National Squad. This side will tour in January and fingers crossed Mitt will represent KCC at this tournament.

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<![CDATA[KCC Saracens vs Taipan CC]]>Sat, 07 Sep 2013 21:32:05 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/kcc-saracens-vs-taipan-ccThe Saracens' season got off to a flyer, demolishing Taipan by 190 runs to claim all five points on offer!

Losing the toss, the Saracens were put into bat. A solid opening stand by the Sharmas set the foundation, with Apurv caressing a textbook 38. Ankur was then involved in a 115-run partnership with Waqas, who continued his rich vein of form from Darwin, mustering 61. Ankur scored a magnificent hundred on his Saracens debut, which was epitomized by a couple of glorious cover drives when in the nervous nineties. Simandeep and Nigel finished off the innings in style, adding 35-odd between them in the final few overs to help the Saracens post a mammoth 252/3 off 35 overs.

In defence, Ateeq and I demolished Taipan with the new ball, taking 4 wickets each, as they were fighting to salvage some pride at 25/8. Dawood cleaned up the wagging tail as they were eventually skittled out for 63.

Overall, a brilliant start to the season, but it is just that - the start. Long way to go, Champs!]]>
<![CDATA[Preseason Trip to Shanghai]]>Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:36:13 GMThttp://www.kcccricket.com/2013-news-blog/preseason-trip-to-shanghaiAfter a solid preseason program, Nigel Shroff led an all star cast to the beautiful city of Shanghai to re-establish a connection with the Shanghai Cricket Club which dates back to 1927 when the 2 clubs first met. 
A group of 5 of the lads arrived on Thursday night so they could enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful Chinese city. The Bund is a favorite place for tourists and the lads took in all the city had to offer.
With the full squad assembling on Friday night, we took the chance to fully bond as a team and go over game plans and team analysis data provided by the coach at a little place called Bar Rouge. With input from all players the guys felt very confident about the match the next day.
After an hour bus ride to the Shanghai Cricket Club, the lads warmed up and skipper Nigel Shroff won the toss and elected to bat. Unfortunately wickets tumbled early and the innings battled to gain any momentum until Nigel & Roy Lamsam put on a solid partnership, Nigel top scoring against his former club with 59 & Roy adding 30 to help us post a competitive 183/6 from 40 overs. Unfortunately this score couldn't be defended despite the brilliant and heroic wicket keeping of Phil McNicholas, who battled on bravely despite an injured hand & not keeping for 5 years.
With the team despondent and struggling for answers to the loss, the coach called an emergency meeting to lift spirits and discuss our short comings at a venue called M1nt, a popular Shanghai venue which is well known for its ability to reinvigorate the tired traveller. The unit immediately responded and with confidence renewed, I felt a better performance in the T20 match the next day was assured. Special mention must go to new KCC member "Walter" who provided the team with some good technical points about throwing techniques and sandwich making.
The team meeting seemed to work as the KCC lads came out blazing. Led by a brilliant Dylan Deering innings of 94 not out, KCC amassed 181/3. This seemed to be a winning score but unfortunately with the opposition at 100/6, the heavens opened and the match was abandoned.
All in all it was a fantastic trip and special thanks must go to Nigel Shroff who organized everything from the venue to the tourist guides and buses. I look forward to this trip being a regular interport between 2 great clubs.

Ryan Campbell]]>