Hong Kong’s Carnegie’s Sri Lankans Cricket Club (SLCC) gave a lesson on how cricket should be played last weekend. Meanwhile, their chairman had more than just admiration for his team to share regarding the state of cricket in Hong Kong.
The youngest club of the Premier League, organised by the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA), handed defeat to the Sunday League runners-up Pakistan Association (PA) and the Defending Sunday League Champions JKN Little Sai Wan (LSW) – they chased 227 in 29 overs and 286 in 34 overs respectively in the 50 over league.
“I’m so proud of my boys and this should not just be a defeat for the senior and National players of both teams, but should be a lesson for them to improve their skills,” Chandrin J. Dissanayake, the Founder/Chairman and Captain of the Carnegie’s Sri Lankans Cricket Club, said in a statement to The Epoch Times.
“I hope that the weekend’s events can serve as a catalyst for the administration of Hong Kong Cricket to take a hard look at the standard of our National players and implement appropriate strategies to raise the standard of Hong Kong Cricket to a higher level,” appealed Dissanayake.
LSW and PA, who collectively boast 79 per cent of the Hong Kong National team, had no clue on how to stop the extraordinary performance of the Carnegie’s SLCC players, which questions some selection choices by HKCA. Having said that, when 11 of the 14 take to the field, Roy Lansam of Kowloon Cricket Club is the only likely non-LSW/PA player to be included and he is half Chinese.
This comes as Hong Kong prepares for the upcoming 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division 3, which it is hosting next week. Rumours swell as many believe that the national team has problems – ones that are not in the interests of putting the best HK representative XI on the pitch.
January 1, 2011 Carnegie’s Sri Lankans Cricket Club Beat JKN Little Sai Wan (Defending Sunday League Champions) by 3 wickets in 34 overs:
JKN LSW 284 all out Nizakat 113 / Haseeb 40 / Nazir 35 / M Khan 34 (Chandrin Dissanayake 3-45 / Kaushal Hasanga 3-36) Lost to Carnegie’s Sri Lankan’s CC 285-6 wickets Ibrez Syed 122 / Pavan 85 / Wagle 25 (Haseeb 5-54).
January 2, 2011 Carnegie’s Sri Lankans Cricket Club Beat Pakistan Association (Defending Sunday League Runners Up) by 6 wickets in 29 overs:
Pakistan Association 226 all out Imran A 48 / Ankur S 42 / Husain B 44 (Joshi 4-26 / Ramesh 2-23) lost to Carnegie’s Sri Lankans C C 229-4 Joshi 108* / Pavan 100*(Azar K 4-37).
David vs Goliath
Over the week-end Carnegie’s Sri Lankan’s Cricket Club handsomely beat both Little Sai Wan JKN and Pakistan Association who are, by some margin, the top two teams in the premier Sunday League.
Carnegies SLCC was established to give underprivileged kids and refugees an opportunity to play cricket in Hong Kong and, as such, have long been the “kicking boys” of the League.
The efforts over the week-end were a real “David vs Goliath” story.