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LSW JKN Pick Up New Year Points in Hong Kong Cricket

Cricket — Sunday Championship League

By Bill Cox
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 3, 2013 Last Updated: January 3, 2013
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Not all plain sailing … LSW’s Tabarak Dar misses this cut shot when playing a ball from left arm spinner Anas Khan in the tightly fought match between LSW JKN and USRC/Millennium at Mission Road on New Year’s Day. LSW JKN went on to win the match by four wickets. Image credit: (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

LSW JKN picked up 10 points in two matches for the new year in the Sunday Championship League in Hong Kong.

LSW (Little Sai Wan) JKN played Headwin SLCC (Sri Lankans Cricket Club) on Sunday Dec 30 and USRC/Millennium (a combined team from United Services Recreation Club and Millennium Cricket Club) on New Year’s Day, both matches were played at Mission Road.

These wins bring them to second place in the league ladder on 23-points. KCC (Kowloon Cricket Club) Templars still lead on 29-points with Shaffi’s Vagabonds in third place on 16-points and HKCC Scorpions are on 15-points all having played six matches. Pakistan Association are still looking strong on 15-points after playing only three matches.

LSW JKN against SLCC

LSW JKN fielding a weaker side than normal and giving their younger players the opportunity to bat up the order, won the toss and batting first scored 288 runs all out in the 50 overs. Zain Abbas scored 61, Amandeep Singh 61 and Ehsan Khan 44.

SLCC in reply lost early wickets: Sandeep was bowled by Waqas first ball, Kalum was run out and Gurjinder was caught behind for four. Afzal scored 23, Buddika 48 and Shan 14 put up some resistance but the team could only reach 115 before being dismissed. Moner Ahmed (Monir Dar) took two wickets in his first over. Other wickets were shared among the bowlers and two unnecessary run-outs added to SLCC’s misery.

SW JKN against USRC/Millennium

Although a low-scoring match, this was an exciting game to watch with good bowling attacks from both sides and one could never be certain which way the game would finish until late in the match. The quickies gave the batsmen trouble and the spinners also kept the game tight.

USRC/Millennium won the toss and batting first scored 127 all out in 39 overs. Haseeb Amjad scored 23 and Anas Khan made an unbeaten 53. Amandeep Singh took three wickets for 11 runs, Ehsan Khan took two for 10, Sarfraz Khan two for 28 and Waqas Khan and Monir Dar took one wicket each.

LSW JKN all-rounder Amandeep Singh’s scored 28 not-out while batting in the unbeaten seventh wicket partnership with Waqas Khan (17). They were instrumental in taking LSW JKN to victory in the Sunday Championship League match on New Year’s Day at Mission Road ground. Singh also took three wickets for 11 runs during the USRC/Millennium innings. Image credit: (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

LSW JKN all-rounder Amandeep Singh’s scored 28 not-out while batting in the unbeaten seventh wicket partnership with Waqas Khan (17). They were instrumental in taking LSW JKN to victory in the Sunday Championship League match on New Year’s Day at Mission Road ground. Singh also took three wickets for 11 runs during the USRC/Millennium innings. Image credit: (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

In reply, LSW JKN lost three wickets early in the match and were 31 for four. Ehsan Khan and Tabarak Dar, batting down the order steadied the ship and took the score to 80 before both were dismissed within a run of each other by Ilyas Gull. Tabarak mistimed a ball and pushed it for an easy catch and Ehsan Khan was adjudge LBW when the score was on 81.

Amandeep Singh and Waqas Khan finished of the required runs. Neither teams found scoring easy. Haseeb and Jamanzheb medium fast bowling gave the batsmen lots of trouble and the two spinners—left-arm Anas Khan and right-arm tweeker Ilyas Gulld—were difficult to score against, but the two final batsmen finally got on top with a flurry of runs to finish the match.

Coming Matches

Matches planned for Jan 6 are: HKCC Optimists against SLCC at HKCC; Pakistan Association AMSUA against HKCC Wanderers at Mission Road; and USRC/Millennium play HKCC Scorpions at PKVR Sports Ground.

Also scheduled for Jan 6 at KCC ground is the Final of the T20 Premier League, which is likely to be between KCC and Pakistan Association AMSUA. We have not yet received any notification whether the Pakistan Association AMSUA Sunday League match on Jan 6 will be postponed because of the clash in fixtures.

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