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.