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Pakistan Association Wins T20 Cricket Final Easily in Hong Kong

Cricket—Twenty20 Final

Bill Cox
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 9, 2013 Last Updated: January 10, 2013
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And another six ... Jahanzheb Khan scored 155 runs for USRC/Millennium in their win over HKCC Scorpions in the Sunday Champions League on Jan 6. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

And another six … Jahanzheb Khan scored 155 runs for USRC/Millennium in their win over HKCC Scorpions in the Sunday Champions League on Jan 6. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

Pakistan Association are 2012-2013 HKCA Premier League Twenty20 champions after defeating Kowloon Cricket Club by eight wickets on Jan 5.

In his first year as captain of Pakistan Association, Tanwir Afzal was thrilled to win the Hong Hong Cricket Association (HKCA) Premier League T20 title. Things went his team’s way from the toss.

“We have [a] strong bowling side, so we decide to bowl first if we won the toss. KCC won the toss and they batted, so [I] was happy with that,” Afzal told The Epoch Times.

KCC batting first scored 130 in their 20 overs, but this was not sufficient to cause Pakistan Association major problems as they reached the total for the loss of two wickets in 15 overs.

“We had a good start in first six overs, which helped us to restrict them to 130. Which was [a] really good total to chase in that small ground.

“We had a good start with the bat as well, which makes the chase really easy for us,” said Afzal, who won the Man of the Match award with four wickets off four overs conceding 21 runs, while notching up 39 runs not out from 18 balls that included four 6’s and two 4’s.

The Final between Pakistan Association and KCC was brought forward from Jan 6 to Jan 5.

Sunday Championship League

Winning the toss and batting first USRC/Millennium’s (a combined team from United Services Recreation Club and Millennium Cricket Club) batsmen found run-making easy in their HKCA Sunday Championship League match against HKCC (Hong Kong Cricket Club) Scorpions at PKVR Sports Ground on Jan 6.

Opening batsman for USRC/Millennium Jahanzheb Khan scored a magnificent 155 runs before being bowled by Simon Derrick. Haseeb Amjad hit 67 and Aljab Mohammad scored 45 in their huge total of 387 for seven wickets.

Charles Bright opening batsman for HKCC Scorpions turns a ball to leg during his solid innings of 106 in the HKCA Sunday Championship League match against USRC/Millennium at PKVR Sports Ground on Jan 5. Even this performance did not allow his team to reach the match winning total of 384 set by USRC/Millennium. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

Charles Bright opening batsman for HKCC Scorpions turns a ball to leg during his solid innings of 106 in the HKCA Sunday Championship League match against USRC/Millennium at PKVR Sports Ground on Jan 5. Even this performance did not allow his team to reach the match winning total of 384 set by USRC/Millennium. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

The HKCC Scorpions struggled in the early stages of their innings against the opening attack of Haseeb Amjad and Jahanzheb Khan picking deliveries carefully for scoring chances. Charlie Bright made a solid, professional 106 supported by Simon Derrick (35), Courtney Kruger (16) and Mark Fergusson (17). Mark Wright miss-timed his first delivery pushing it for a simple catch to Asif Hussain. Philip Holmewood then joined Bright who was on 72 at that time. But at 164 for four off 32 overs they were struggling to keep up with the USRC/Millennium run rate.

The Scorpions finished with 276 for 7 off their allotted overs. Holmewood was unbeaten on 58. USRC/Millennium picked up five points taking them onto 15 points from seven matches.

HKCC Optimists against SLCC

A disappointing batting performance by Headwin SLCC (Sri Lankans Cricket Club) playing against HKCC Optimists at the HKCC ground saw them all out for 55 runs in 13 overs. D. Singh took seven wickets for 30 runs in 7 overs. The Optimists knocked off the runs in 16.2 overs for the loss of two wickets.

Pakistan Association AMSUA against HKCC Wanderers

The Wanderers batted first in this match at Mission Road and were dismissed for 99 runs. Nadeem Ahmed took five wickets for 30 runs and Tanwir Afzal two for 13.

Pakistan Association AMSUA reached the total without loss in 14.2 overs. Aizaz Khan made 51 not out and Hussain Butt was undefeated on 35. Five points were awarded to Pakistan Association putting them on 20 points and third in the standings after four matches.

Next week 

There is only one Sunday Championship match scheduled for Jan 13: Headwin SLCC against USRC/Millennium at Mission Road.

The second round of the Premier League 2-day matches are scheduled for Jan 12-13: HKCC against LSW (Little Sai Wan) Prism at HKCC Ground; and KCC (Kowloon Cricket Club) verses Pakistan Association AMSUA at KCC Ground.

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