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