Few Setbacks for DLSW Teams in Matches over Easter
The DLSW suffered a surprised defeat by Sri Lankan Cricket Club on 13th March 2016. Rain brought about an earlier conclusion to the match at Mission Road after which Headwin Tritons SLCC were declared the winners over DLSWCC JKN thanks to a superior run-rate.
DLSWCC JKN opted to bat first after winning the toss but they were in early trouble at 3/8 thanks to three early strikes by Aizaz Butt. Anas Khan held the DLSWCC JKN’s innings together with a solid 60 but his was a lone hand and they were eventually all out for 157 in the 38th over. Aziz Butt finished with 3/44 from ten overs while Mukhtar Ahmed mopped up the tail-enders to finish with 3/15 from 5.2 overs.
The SLCC reply got off to a shaky start as they lost two early wickets however, a partnership of 78 between Khizar Hayat (46) and Akbar Khan (35) got them to 111 when the third wicket fell. Shortly afterwards, there was a short break for rain before the players got back on the field although there was no adjustment to the target score. At 4/128 after 28.4 overs, conditions deteriorated again and the players left the field for the last time. The umpires quickly calculated the run-rates and SLCC were declared the winners; earning themselves a bonus point in the process.
At Mission Road: DLSWCC JKN 157 from 37.2 overs lost to Headwin Tritons SLCC 4/128 from 28.4 overs by superior run-rate
The JKN Side has one more match against the HKCA Dragons on 24th April which will end their season.
On 19th March at Mission Road, DLSWCC Sarjan got back to winning ways with a resounding 75-run victory over Division 2 bound Centaurs.
Hudugur Gururaj top-scored with 65 while Sarfaraz Khan hit 46 and Aftab Hussain 43 as the Sarjan team racked up a total of 7/221 from their 35 overs. Ayub Khan was the only Centaurs bowler to inflict much damage as he claimed 3/50 from six overs.
Naveed Tariq led the Centaurs reply with 33 but his efforts were not enough to overhaul the Sarjan score and their chase petered out at 9/146. Mohammad Ghazanfar was the best of the Sarjan bowlers with figures of 3/23 from seven overs.
At Mission Road: DLSWCC Sarjan 7/221 from 35 overs beat Centaurs 9/146 from 35 overs by 75 runs.
On 26th March, Saturday, a thrilling game was played at Mission Road where DLSWCC Sarjan
squeaked home against CCC Jing Sun off the last ball of the game.
CCC Jing Sun elected to bat first after winning the toss and they made a good start with the openers putting on 65 for the first wicket. However, the DLSWCC Sarjan bowlers struck back and the other CCC Jing Sun could only add another 99 runs to their total that reached 8/164 after 35 overs. Giacomo Lamplough was the top-scorer with 53 while Mohammed Ibrahim did the damage with the ball for DLSWCC Sarjan as he claimed 5/25 runs in his seven over spell.
The DLSWCC Sarjan reply got off to a reasonable start with Gururaj hitting 33 at the top of the order. However they lost their way somewhat and slipped to 6/96 before Aftab Hussain hit 38 runs to lift them to 7/156. However, two wickets fell at that score and the last pair were at the wicket with still nine needed for victory. With seven runs needed off the last over, the last two batsmen held their nerve and DLSWCC Sarjan got over the line off the last ball to claim an important victory. Giacomo Lamplough completed a good double, claiming 3/23 to go with his first innings half-century.
At Mission Road: CCC Jing Sun 8/164 from 35 overs lost to DLSWCC Sarjan 9/165 from 35 overs by one wicket.
DLSW Sarjan have a final game against KCC Crusaders on 16th April at Kowloon Cricket Club
On 19th March 2016, in an early match at PKVR Park, USRC/MCC improved their chances of promotion to Division 1 next season with a narrow victory over DLSWCC Spartans.
A strong opening bowling performance by Balal Mohammad (3/30) and Banny Singh (3/11) saw DLSWCC Spartans dismissed for 110 after electing to bat first.
The USRC/MCC reply got off to a poor start and they were struggling at 5/27 as Amanat Khan grabbed 3/12. However, Banny Singh came through with the bat to hit 40 and USRC/MCC squeezed home in the 33rd over with two wickets to spare.
At PKVR Park: DLSWCC Spartans 110 from 25.4 overs lost to USRC/MCC 8/113 from 32.3 overs by two wickets.
On 4th April The Ching Ming Festival holiday allowed one more match to be played in the Saturday Championship Division 2 competition and it was a doozy with Taipans chasing down a big score to beat DLSWCC Spartans.
The Spartans team batted first after winning the toss and they would have been happy with their efforts in a total of 6/263 from 35 overs. While all the Spartans’ batsmen made useful contributions, Hiren Patel (81) and Haroon Arshad (72) were outstanding in a third wicket partnership worth 121 runs.
The Taipans batsmen weren’t daunted by the formidable total and they prospered after the early loss of Romy Singh. Gurjinder Singh (36) and Zeeshan Haider (83) put on 90 runs for the second wicket while Jagmeet Brar (50*) added a further 60 runs with Haider for the third wicket. Manjinder Singh then struck an unbeaten 61 in an unbroken 108-run fifth wicket stand with Jagmeet that took Taipans to victory in 28.1 overs, earning them a bonus point.
At Mission Road: DLSWCC Spartans 6/263 from 35 overs lost to Taipans 4/266 from 28.1 overs by six wickets.
DLSW Spartans have two more games this season, against Laguna Gully on 26th April 2016 and Lamma CC on 4th May, both games are at Mission Road
On 13th March A couple of rain interruptions affected the second match of the day between DLSWCC Wasps and HKCC Willow Wielders.
A delayed start saw the match reduced to 19 overs per side after which DLSWCC Wasps batted first and scored 8/146. Shanzeen Shahzad top scored with 35 while Manpreet Kaur and Jaswinder Kaur scored 34 and 24 respectively. Marina Lamplough was the best of the HKCC bowlers with figures of 4/29 from her four over spell.
Another rain break between innings saw the HKCC Willow Wielders target reduced to 115 from 15 overs. The Willow Wielders had little trouble reaching the revised target thanks to unbeaten knocks of 61 by Mariko Hill and 39 by Marina Lamplough.
At PKVR Reservoir: DLSWCC Wasps 8/146 from 19 overs lost to HKCC Willow Wielders (target reduced to 115 from 15 overs) 1/116 from 13.4 overs by nine wickets.
On 20th March One-sided games were the order of the day as DLSWCC Wasps smashed USRC in the only Women’s T20 Cup match played.
The USRC women batted first but they could only manage a total of 46 in 12.1 overs with Mega Rawat scoring 14. In reply, Shanzeen Shahzad struck an unbeaten 29 as the DLSWCC women stormed to victory inside four overs.
At PKVR Reservoir: USRC 46 from 12.1 overs lost to DLSWCC Wasps 0/47 in 3.3 overs by ten wickets
On 27th March In the early morning match, DLSWCC Wasps and CCC Fung Wong fought out a close game with the CCC women prevailing in the end.
CCC won the toss and elected to bowl first. Manpreet Kaur opened the innings for DLSWCC Wasps and she top-scored with 43 in their total of 4/122 from twenty overs.
In reply, CCC Fung Wong lost two early wickets but an unbeaten 70 from Kary Chan got them over the mark in the 17thover. The unbroken third wicket partnership garnered 118 runs.
At PKVR Reservoir: DLSWCC Wasps 4/122 in 20 overs lost to CCC Fung Wong 2/123 in 16.2 overs by eight wicket
DLSW Wasps ended up 4th on the points table, which is slightly dissapointing from where they started. However the consistent improvement in the side was witnessed by all and DLSW Wasps will be one of the sides to watch out for in the coming seasons.
DLSW Wasps have the HKCA Sixes tournament starting on 17th April 2016 which they are defending champions.