Author: Mark Henwood

Pirates Celebrate Season of 2017

The Pirates celebrated the season in style with a tasty dinner at India Kitchen over the weekend. Pirates skipper, Mark Henwood, handed out awards for some of the better performances this season:

Ben Collins 87* (37) vs Jiaozhi, 14 October 2017
Alex Cumming 68 (37) vs Jiankang, 21 October 2017
Jamie Boynton 57* (29) vs Huazhen, 23 September 2017
Suresh Kumar 52* (22) vs Huazhen, 23 September 2017
Govind Raj 50* (14) vs Huazhen, 23 September 2017
Sameer Jolly 43* (19) & 2-0-7-0 vs Jiaozhi, 14 October 2017
Ankit Kawatra 19 (20) & 3-0-9-1 vs Hong Kong C.C., 3 September 2017
Mark Henwood 3-1-6-4 vs Hong Kong C.C., 3 September 2017
Mark Henwood 2.4-0-9-4 vs Jiankang, 21 October 2017
Mukul Singh 2 Catches, 3 Stumpings

There will be additional Pirates awards at the SCC AGM on the 2nd December. All Pirates are encouraged to attend to celebrate the whole SCC cricket season of 2017.

 

Pirates defeat Jiankang

The Pirates slowly assembled on a sunny, but breezy, Saturday afternoon at the artificial Jiankang field (Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Science). Pirates skipper, Mark Henwood, won the toss and elected to bat.

A few stragglers were still walking up from the metro, so Jamie Boynton (0 off 3) and Vinny Viswanath (100* off 47) went out to open the batting. Amogh Kashyap went out to field at mid-off, while the Jiankang side waited for their final player to arrive. He was immediately in the action, taking an easy catch to remove Boynton in the first over. Continue reading “Pirates defeat Jiankang”

Pirates Defeat Jiaozhi

The morning dawned gloomy, with a typhoon hitting Southern China. The Pirates assembled sleepily at Jiankang University for the supposed 9am start against Jiaozhi (Shanghai Communications Polytechnic), only to discover the schedule changes had pushed the game to 2pm.

So the ten Pirates at the ground decided to have a warm up on one of the fields, playing partnerships. Ben Collins and Andrew Jackson finished on top with 38 off their 4 overs, including one huge six over the stadium roof into the adjacent construction site. A team lunch was arranged at a nearby Cantonese restaurant, and the team was in good spirits despite the mixup and the delayed start. Jackson and Alex Cummings, who could not make the afternoon game, were replaced by Jagath Ratnayake and Ravinder Reddy at the last minute. Continue reading “Pirates Defeat Jiaozhi”

Pirates vs Tongji Washed Out

The match between the Pirates and Tongji University over the weekend was rained out midway through the Pirates innings.

The Tongji skipper won the toss and elected to field first. Alex Cumming (21) began with a lovely off-drive for four, and the opening partnership, together with Suresh Kumar (42), took full advantage of the short boundaries at the Tongji field. Kumar was particularly elegant through and over the leg side, effortlessly finding the gaps in the field. The Pirates lost a couple of quick wickets as first Cumming top edged a pull to be caught at midwicket, and then Dayne Wotton (2) was given out L.B.W. after a dramatic appeal from the bowler. Achal Gurnani (22*) began with a straight six, and continued to bat aggressively, particularly through backward point. Continue reading “Pirates vs Tongji Washed Out”

HKCC Beat Pirates in Exciting Finish

The Pirates match against HKCC drew an overwhelming response of players available for the fixture, so the Pirates squad included a full 13 players. So discussions at the tour dinner on Saturday night between the captains, Mark Henwood and David Varley, led to a 13-a-side game the following morning. The following morning was pleasantly warm, with a gentle breeze across the field, and ideal for cricket. The Hong Kong skipper won the toss and elected to bat.
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Pirates vs Tongji

SCC Pirates Defeat Tongji University in Season Opening Friendly

The Shanghai Cricket Club Pirates kicked off the 2016 season with a friendly Twenty20 match against Tongji University over the weekend.

The Pirates won the toss and elected to bat. Mark Henwood and Ankit Kawatra opened on a pitch that was an artificial soccer field, providing varied enough bounce to keep things interesting. Henwood batted through to the 14th over for 34 off 33 before being bowled. Pirate debutant Adrian Russell settled in and saw his unbeaten half century move the SCC's score to 180 from their 20 overs.

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SCC Pirates Grind Out Win Over China Women

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Cricket was the winner on Sunday, May 3, as the SCC Pirates fought out a tough two wicket victory over the Chinese National Women’s team. The Pirates were a mixed team, selected out of volunteers from the Bashers, Hot Dogs and Pudong.

It was a clear, sunny day, and the Chinese captain won the toss and elected to bat. Chirag Bhansali started off with consecutive maidens, before striking in his third over, helped by a fine catch by Kerstin Petersen at cover. Amogh Kashyap was also bowling well from the other end, and the score after six overs had only managed to get to 16/1. The Chinese were maintaining a solid defense without scoring, and it took a fine piece of fielding from Amogh Kashyap to effect a run out from deep fine leg just before drinks. Continue reading “SCC Pirates Grind Out Win Over China Women”

Mei Chunhua takes Hat-trick in Friendly with Chinese Uni

A mixed team of Bashers assembled to play a Chinese team of university students at Songjiang University on Saturday, March 28, having organized the match following the SCC 6s last November as a pre-season warm-up.

The match was played on a rolled out matting pitch in a football field, surrounded by a running track, out at Songjiang University. That made for short square boundaries, but the unpredictable bounce of the pitch promised to even the contest for the bowlers. The enthusiasm of the Songjiang team was evident in their 8.30am practice ahead of the friendly 20-20 scheduled to start at 12 noon, and the crowd of happy students assembled along the boundary to watch the match. Continue reading “Mei Chunhua takes Hat-trick in Friendly with Chinese Uni”