KCC Magazine - December 2012
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After more than a decade the Kowloon Cricket Club regained the Hancock Shield from long time adversaries Hong Kong Cricket Club over the weekend. Led by skipper Dylan Deering, KCC won the toss and elected to bat first but were in early trouble. A hundred to Ryan Campbell and a half century to Deering helped KCC to post 272. This target was not as big as the team would of hoped but enter evergreen fast bowler Afzaal Haider. The swing bowler completely bamboozled the HKCC top order leaving them in ruins at 7/100 when stumps were called on day 1 with HKCC coach Mark Wright not out on 51.
When play resumed on day 2 Imran Arif removed the dangerous Wright and Haider continued his party to knock over the tail, HKCC dismissed for 139 with Haider finishing with 7/49.
Forced to follow on HKCC's batting did not fair much better, this time Arif was the main destroyer. Thanks to some brilliant catching and some wonderful bowling, KCC managed to dismiss HKCC for a second time for 186. Needing just 54 to win from a minimum of 14 overs, Waqas Barkat made sure that those overs wouldn't be needed and it was fitting that a big six was hit to bring up victory and bringing the Hancock Shield back to KCC for the first time in more than a decade.
Premier League Cricket returns to KCC this Saturday where they take on LSW in a T20 match starting at 1PM.
It what is always one of the biggest matches on the calendar for KCC, the Premier League side ventured up to the Hong Kong Cricket Club for a T20 match. KCC had 3 players making their premier League debut in Ankur Sharma, Ashley Caddy and coach Ryan Campbell.
Stand in skipper Dylan Deering lost the toss and the home side decided to bat first. HKCA batted aggressively and were always on target to post a big total. Eventually they scored 4/200 thanks mainly to a brilliant hundred from McMahon. The pick of the KCC bowlers was youngster Karan Shah but most bowlers took some stick on the small ground.
Set an imposing 10 runs per over run rate KCC appeared to always have the big total in hand. Openers Waqas Barkat and Ryan Campbell set a solid base and then good contributions from all batsmen maintained the momentum. Barkat in particular was at his brilliant best. Sadly when a century looked his for the taking he was run out for 98. This left experienced duo Roy Lamsam and skipper Deering to finish the job which they did with 1.1 overs to spare.
The Premier League continues this weekend with the playing of the Hancock Shield 2 day match against HKCC away from home. This promises to be the game of the year and all KCC members should make the trip to support your team.
In the other match over the weekend, KCC Infidels struggled against USRC Millennium. KCC batted first and were bundled out for 153, with only Sean Montague and Ashley Caddy making any significant contributions with the bat. Poor fielding then cost the Infidels any chance of pulling off a win as they dropped 6 catches before Milenn
It was a great weekend for the KCC Sunday teams this weekend with both Templars brushing aside LSW Knights and the Infidels winning a thriller against the HKCC Optimists.
In the first match LSW won the toss and decided to bat first on a good batting wicket at Mission Road. They were soon regretting this decision as Afzaal Haider and Aditya Kanthan made early inroads and continued to wreak havoc, they were well backed up by some fine Templars catching. In the end only 2 bowlers were used and the innings was completed for just 46 in 12 overs, Adi finishing with career best figures of 5/21 and Affy 4/24. In reply the Templars took completed a 10 wicket win with a bonus point.
In the game of the day the Infidels amassed a competitive 212 thanks mainly to a magnificent hundred from Ankur Sharma. In reply the Optimists looked well on the way to victory at 3/120 but some fighting bowling from Ateeq Rehman, Ankur Sharma, Ashley Caddy and Ehsan Nawas dragged the game back for the Infidels. In a heart stopping final over from Caddy with the score at 8/211, he managed to dismiss the number 9 batsman LBW and then followed up the very next ball to dismiss the number 11 and bring the Infidels a magnificent first victory of the season.
This all sets up a stellar battle next Sunday when the hometown derby commences at Kowloon at 10am between the Templars and Infidels
KCC's Sunday League teams had mixed results in their latest fixtures. After an extended break for the International Sixes, the Templars shook off any cobwebs with a powerful display against the HKCC Optimists. After winning the toss, captain Roy Lamsam had no hesitation in batting first and his decision reaped immediate results with the side posting a formidable 349, thanks to a brilliant century from Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson. His hundred was backed up by Dylan Dearing who scored 79 and Waqas Barkat who made 65. The Optimists never looked like challenging this target and were soon dismissed for 184. Evergreen fast bowler Afzaal Haider took 3 wickets and Waqas Barkat added to his good day with 4 wickets.
In the other match the Infidels were kicking themselves when they dropped HKCC coach Mark Wright early, he went on to make 92 and help his team to a competitive 281, Ateequ Iqbal continued his good form with 2/40 and Kuunal Parwani grabbed 2/52. The Infidels were on target to chase down the target when they reached 1/141, thanks to Mo Khan's 63 and Ankur Sharma's 40 but the fall of key wickets saw the run chase unravel and the side dismissed for 185.
Sunday league cricket continues this weekend with the Templars taking on LSW Knights at Mission Road while The Infidels will do battle with
Professional Australian Rules Football team the Fremantle Dockers came to Hong Kong for their annual end of season trip and Captain Matthew Pavlich and KCC Coach Ryan Campbell(a devoted Freo fan) organised a T20 match between the 2 teams.
Although the Dockers first love is Football, many of the boys are closet wannabe cricket players.
The toss was won by KCC who elected to bat and they amassed 8/178 from their 20 overs led by Roy Lamsam and ever green veteran Simon Millington. Despite early losses, the Freo boys swung hard and often and managed to reel in the target in 19.1 overs.
Youngster Hugh Longbottom was the standout for KCC taking 3 wickets. A definite upset result but all involved had an amazing day of cricket and lively banter.
Through the passionate work of ex Captain of Cricket Simon Scanlon and his successor Matt Collins, the first turf practice facility in Hong Kong is now open for use right here at our very own KCC.
Curator genius Ricky Aitken and his devoted ground staff have done a brilliant job preparing the new wickets for use.
With the ground in full International Sixes preparation mode and the astro wickets out of commission, the new wickets were used by the senior playing group for the first time on Tuesday 16th of October.
Templars captain Roy Lamsam was quoted as saying "They're the best turf practice wickets I've ever batted on in Hong Kong!!!"
Craig McDermot takes the KCC bowlers through their paces.
Former Australian fast bowler and Cricket Australia bowling coach, Craig McDermott is in Hong Kong for a brief visit thanks to the efforts of the Hong Kong Cricket Association. McDermott agreed to stop over in Hong Kong on his way back to Australia after undertaking an assignment as bowling coach for the Ireland team at the ICC T20 World Cup being played in Sri Lanka.
Despite only stepping off the plane at midday, a travel-weary McDermott still put on three bowling clinics for KCC, the Hong Kong women's team and the Hong Kong men's team under the lights at KCC.
KCC's bowlers getting a taste of McDermott's experience included Imran Arif, Aditya Kanthan, Ninad Shah, Usman Manj and Jack Scanlon.
Jamie Atkinson on his way to 101* against FECC.
KCC's Jamie Atkinson has taken a distinct liking to the bowling of the Footscray Edgewater CC team in three outings against the Premier club from Melbourne, Australia.
Atkinson has hit scores of 56, 101* and 90* in a stunning display of batsmanship by the young Hong Kong and KCC Premier League captain.
His first score was the best for Hong Kong on the artificial wicket at Mission Road on Sunday, 23rd September, in which Hong Kong set a total of 241 in 50 overs and then clung on to win by 26 runs despite a valiant 85 from FECC skipper Ben Green.
In the second match, played at KCC on Tuesday, Atkinson entered the fray with Hong Kong in a spot of bother at 31-2 with the new-ball bowlers still getting plenty of purchase from the track. He stroked a brilliant 101* off just 78 balls to take Hong Kong past their victory target of 187 in just 28 overs, bringing up the winning runs and his hundred with a massive six into the KBGC grounds.
If that wasn't special enough, Atkinson's third innings of the series saw him smote an unbeaten 90 for KCC in a T20 match played in the afternoon on Wednesday, 26th September. FECC looked set to put on a big score but faltered mid-innnings and could only muster 147 when 180+ looked likely earlier on. Ryan Campbell hit three sixes in a brief cameo but Atkinson was once again the star of the show as KCC blazed to victory in the 17th over.
Jamie will lead Hong Kong on their ACC Trophy Elite 2012 campaign being played in the UAE. He departs for Dubai with the rest of the Hong Kong squad on the evening of 30th September 2012. We hope his rich vein of form continues in Dubai, where conditions are expected to be extremely hot. We wish Jamie and the rest of the Hong Kong boys all the best for their tour.
After my first month as coach it is great to see that season 2012/13 is underway. With players enduring a pretty tough pre-season, including shuttle runs up Cambo's hill forwards and backwards, as well as centre square and running around the KCC perimeter, I'm pretty sure the players are happy that the start of the season has arrived.
With great numbers coming to training and the talent pool very large, I have no doubt the push for Sunday League and Premier League places will be hotly contested.
Congratulations to Afzaal Haider and the Tartars for notching up win number 1 of the season, sadly at the expense of the Crusaders. I'm sure Chris McAnulty and the Crusaders outfit will be super keen to notch their first win of the season when they take on the Saracens at KCC this Saturday. Good luck also must go to Sean Montague, who will take our youngsters (plus CoC Matt Collins), into battle for the first time under the Dragons banner. The club has worked hard to get this fourth team and it should be a great breeding ground for our future stars.
So with the tougher part of the year behind us, let's really enjoy the fun of playing a game we all love. Hopefully by seasons end, we will have some new silverware in the cabinet to celebrate about.