While the Hong Kong team is playing matches in Sydney, the Sunday Championship continues with three matches played last Sunday Oct 13.
Hong Kong Cricket Club Scorpions played hosts to LSW Knights; Kowloon Cricket Club Templars hosted USRC/Millennium; and Sri Lankans Cricket Club played HKCC Wanderers at Mission Road.
HKCC Scorpions vs LSW Knights
Missing some of their star players on tour with the Hong Kong team, HKCC Scorpions put into bat by LSW Knights scored 250 all out in 48.2 overs in their match at the Hong Kong Cricket Club Ground.
James Redmayne (56), Stuart Henwood (68) and Toby Brown (61) were the main contributors, while good bowling performances for LSW Knights were had by opening bowler Niaz Ali (3-26), Hamid Khan (3-42) and Gurjeet Singh (3-32). Singh took the wickets of both Henwood and Brown.
Knights in reply were soon in terrible trouble losing their opening batsman for nought off the second ball of their innings caught at second slip off bowler Giacomo Lamplough.
Lamplough (3-31), D. Richard (2-28) and the young first change off spinner Jhath Subramanyan (3-42) had the batsmen in all kinds of trouble and at one stage Knights were 59-7, but H. Tabarak batting at No.7 buckled down to the task well and was 50 not out at the close.
He was supported by Singh (18) and Khan (24) to take the total to 145-8, but just as it was looking like Scorpions had lost their way, Subramanyan and Rizwan Raja (2-14) mopped up the last two wickets to close out the innings at 157 giving the Scorpions deserved victory.
KCC Templars vs USRC/Millennium
After their defeat by club-mates (Infidels) on Sept 22, Kowloon Cricket Club Templars (also missing players currently on the Hong Kong Cricket tour to Sydney) lost their second match of the Sunday Championship against USRC/Millennium at the Kowloon Cricket Club Ground also on Sunday Oct 13.
Millennium batted first and scored 240 off their allotted 50 overs. Templars were on 229 by the close of play, losing by 11 runs.
Meanwhile, HKCC Wanderers beat SLCC in the match at Mission Road.
On Sunday Oct 21 Shaffi’s Vagabonds play AMSUA Pakistan Association at Mission Road; HKCC Optimists play KCC Templars at KCC Ground; and HKCC Optimists play KCC Templars at Hong Kong Cricket Club Ground.