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Pakistan Association AMSUA Move to the Top of HK Sunday League

Cricket - Sunday League

By Bill Cox
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 30, 2013 Last Updated: January 30, 2013
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M.T. Rafter, number six batsman for HKCC Scorpions, steers a ball through the off-side fielders on his way to making 50 runs for his side against Pakistan Association AMSUA in the Hong Kong Cricket Association Sunday Championship League on Sunday Jan 27. However, their total of 158 was insufficient and Pakistan Association won the match by five wickets with 20 overs to spare. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

M.T. Rafter, number six batsman for HKCC Scorpions, steers a ball through the off-side fielders on his way to making 50 runs for his side against Pakistan Association AMSUA in the Hong Kong Cricket Association Sunday Championship League on Sunday Jan 27. However, their total of 158 was insufficient and Pakistan Association won the match by five wickets with 20 overs to spare. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

Wins for Pakistan Association AMSUA and KCC (Kowloon Cricket Club) Templars take Pakistan Association to 30-points and to the top of the Hong Kong Cricket Association Sunday League with Templars on 28-points.

Dramatically dropping from first to second on the table, the Templars were deducted five points for a rules’ violation in their match against Shaffi’s Vagabonds – which has virtually handed the Championship to Pakistan Association. The Vagabonds were awarded the five points, helping them to move up to a more respectable fourth.

Next week is the important top of the table clash between Pakistan AMSUA Association and KCC Templars, which may still give the Templars a chance of recovering to a winning position. But KCC only have three games left and Pakistan Association have four, so the recovery chance is slim.

 

HKCC Scorpions vs Pakistan Association

HKCC (Hong Kong Cricket Club) Scorpions batted first but lost four quick wickets on a greenish pitch. Stalwart batsmen C. A. Bright, C. K. Kruger, P. M. Boa and captain M. D. Ferguson were all out cheaply to the bowling of T. Afzal and A. Khan.

Number two batsman M. J. Lyons and M. T. Rafter then consolidated the position putting on 70 runs before Lyons (45) was out bowled by N. Ahmed with the score on 109.

Two disastrous run-outs both by I. Muhammad, dismissed the next two batsmen; Rafter (50) with the score on 137 and D. C. Varley (11) with the total at 149. R. Rais put up some resistance making 14 runs but the last three batsmen were dismissed without scoring. HKCC Scorpions made a total of 158 off 45 overs. Afzal took four wickets for 15 runs off eight overs.

In reply, Pakistan Association AMSUA made 161 for five wickets in 29.4 overs – winning the match by five wickets with 20 overs to spare, securing five standings points. I. Ahmed made 50 runs, M. Hussain 28 and Afzal 38. This takes Pakistan Association AMSUA to the top of the standings for the first time this season.

Other matches

LSW (Little Sai Wan) JKN batted first and scored 196 off 41.5 overs in the match against KCC Templars. The main run-getters were T. H. Dar (30), M. M. Ahmed (50) and W. Khan 48.

KCC Templars made 197 for eight wickets in 48.2. KCC won by two wickets with nine balls, of the match remaining – four standings points to the Templars.

Meanwhile, the LSW Knights beat HKCC Wanderers by two wickets low scoring match. HKCC Wanderers batted first and were dismissed for 93 runs in 19.3 overs. In reply LSW Knights made 95 for eight wickets in 25.2 overs.

Next week

LSW Knights play HKCC Optimists at HKCC; KCC Templars play Pakistan Association AMSUA at KCC; and KCC Infidels play LSWJKN at PKVR Sports Centre. All matches are scheduled for Feb 3.

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