It was more silverware for KCC on Sunday as the Templars produced one of their best performances of the year to brush aside the Pakistan Association.
Skipper Roy Lamsam won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Captain of Cricket Matt Collins continued his sparkling Sunday Cup form with a quick fire 27 to the tone for the batting. Kinchit Shah was the star with the bat for KCC, sent in up the order at number 5, he compiled a brilliant 80 including 3 sixes in a row towards the end of the innings. He was helped out by coach Ryan Campbell who chipped in with 95 in a total of 261.
Pakistan were soon in early trouble thanks to some fiery bowling from Imran Arif. He took the first 5 wickets and Pakistan struggled to fight back after that. Some good bowling from Waqar Darwood and Kinchit sealed the deal as they were bundled out for just 174. This completed a very good season for the Templars, who only lost the one match all year.
In the Saturday Cup final the Tartars played Little Sai Wan up at HKCC. The Tartars bowled first in drizzly conditions and bowled well, restricting LSW to 161 from 29 overs. This target was always going to be a tough chase but an opening partnership of 50 between Ravi Lulla and Hersh Khatri set a great foundation. Unfortunately wickets started to tumble and the tartars were unable to stop the slide falling 20 runs short.
Congratulations to skipper Afzaal Haider and his men for having a fine season and there is still pleanty of improvement that will come from the Tartars next season.
The final match of the year will be a 2 day Premier League match at KCC against LSW, a good performance there will earn KCC the 2 day Premier League title to put with the One day Premier League title we have already won.
Saturday 13th April saw KCC Tartars play one of the most important matches of the season – the Cup semifinal against arch rivals KCC Saracens, a KCC Saturday Club Derby. The star-studded Saracens captain Kunal Parwani won the toss and elected to bat first on a slow and low KCC turf. Saracens had an ideal start as their decision to bat first looked very positive and useful until the first drink break when they were 88 for 2 in their 17 overs. But then the Tartars’ spinners had a lovely time especially the young 15 year-old leg spinner Ansh Lulla, who destroyed the strong middle order and took four wickets for 17 runs in his 7 overs. His first 6 overs conceded only 7 runs with 3 maidens. Ghulam Mustafa took 3 wickets for 32 runs including Club Head Coach and ex Australian International Ryan Campbell. Daood Ashfaq & Ninad Shah shared one wicket each. KCC Saracens were bundled out for 121 runs in 29.4 overs.
In reply KCC Tartars finished the match in 32.5 overs for the loss of six wickets. Miten Khatri played a vital role in batting and scored 30 useful runs not-out to make sure that Tartars were on the winning side. Muhammad khan scored a quick 26, Afzaal Haider 15 runs & Kinchit Shah 12 runs.
KCC Tartars won the match by 4 wickets and qualified for the Cup Final, which will be played against LSW at HKCC on Saturday 20th April, 2013.
Man of the Match: Ansh Lulla
It's a massive week of cricket for the KCC with a big double header of local derbies in both the Saturday and Sunday Cups after resounding wins by the Saracens, Tartars, Infidels and Templars on the weekend. Sadly the Crusaders were the only team to lose a quarter final, finding the HKCC Nomads too good.
The Tartars flexed their muscles by disposing of Kai Tak up at PKVR by 9 wickets. Kai Tak batted first and made 174, a target that was always well in hand thanks to brilliant batting by Mo Khan (85no) and Kinchit Shah (65no).
In the other match, Saturday League Champions the Saracens, dismissed the challenge of HKU with a minimum of fuss. Batting first HKU were bundled out for just 125, Waqar Dawood doing most of the damage. In reply the Saracens made light work of the chase, making the 126 required for victory in just 12 overs, Waqas Barkat remaining 65 not out.
In Sunday action the Infidels stormed into the Semi Finals of the Sunday Cup, thumping Little Sai Wan by 121 runs.
Batting first, the Infidels set a foundation of 82-3 before veterans Ankur Sharma (103) and Ravi Sujanani (63) put on a elegant and brutal 160 run partnership which spearheaded KCC to a fine total of 270/6 after 50 overs.
In reply, LSW were exposed to hostile bowling with Ehsan Nawaz and Ateeq Ul Rehman setting the pace before Ashley Caddy, Ankur Sharma, Ravi Sujanani, and Karan Shah all finished tightly. Little Sai Wan were put out of there misery in the 38th over when they were bowled out for a meager 149 runs.
At KCC the Templars batted first and amassed 8/255 against Millenium thanks largely to ever green veteran Afzaal Haider who made 66 not out late in the innings, skipper Dylan Deering assisted with 47. Millenium, added by some shocking catching from the Templars, were on target for victory until 2 wickets to Waqar Dawood and 3 to coach Ryan Campbell stopped the run chase in its tracks.
So Saturday the Tartars and the Saracens will do battle for a place in the Final at KCC while on Sunday the Infidels and Templars will battle it out at Mission Road. Good luck to all teams.
KCC Tartars won the toss and asked a strong Kai Tak to bat first in the Royal Po Kwong Village cricket stadium. Kai Tak started very well and looked solid until the first drink break, but then they struggled and only managed to score 173 runs for 6 in their allotted 32 overs. Ghulam Mustafa, Suhaib Ahmed and Afzaal Haider shared two wickets each.
In reply, KCC Tartars won the match by 9 wickets, as our two super youngsters, Muhammad Khan and Kinchit Shah, destroyed the Kai Tak bowling attack and finished the match in 21.1 overs. Muhammad Khan continued his rich vein of form and was not-out on 85 runs & Kinchit Shah scored a quick 65 not-out as Tartars qualified for the cup semifinal.
Man of the Match: Muhammad Khan
HKU won the toss in Sandy Bay and elected to bat first, but had no answer to the tight and disciplined bowling by Tartars. The opposition was bundled out for 117 runs in 26 overs. Ansh Lulla took four wickets for 17, Ghulam Mustafa 3 for 13 & Suhaib Ahmed 2 for 22.
In reply KCC Tartars achieved the target in 11.2 overs and won the match by 9 wickets. Muhammad Khan scored 65 runs not-out and Kinchit Shah scored 52 runs not-out.
KCC Tartars finished as the number 3 side in the table in the HKCA Saturday League.
Man of the Match: Muhammad khan