Author: Mark Henwood

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”

Six Over Square Leg: Vikas Laxman Calls Them How He Sees Them

LaxmanThis month we caught up with Vikas Laxman, a regular member of the DPR Hot Dogs D2 side and responsible for organising the umpires in for the SCC League competition.

1. How and when did you get involved in cricket in Shanghai?
In 2006 I was walking around Jinqiao and saw some expats playing cricket in whites at the Dulwich ground. I was so keen to join them that I went there and met Irfan Idress, who was playing for the Hot Dogs. I asked him if I could play in any of the teams, and he introduced me to Chad, the then Hot Dogs D1 captain. I joined the nets on the following Saturday, and it’s been the best thing to happen to me in Shanghai.

2. Who taught you to play cricket?
Actually, in India, no one needs to teach any kid to play cricket. It’s the most loved and played game by almost every kid. So I didn’t get any formal training. Instead I played gully cricket, and then in local grounds with a tennis ball. I started playing with a leather cricket ball from the age of 13-14 at a local club, Hindu Gymkhana, so I got some coaching from the club coaches. My father was also a good player, and we’ve always had good discussions about the game, so that contributed as well. Continue reading “Six Over Square Leg: Vikas Laxman Calls Them How He Sees Them”

SCC Pirates Win Plate at Beijing Sixes

Pirates in Beijing: (L-R) Sameer Jolly, Amogh Kashyap, J.J. Lim, Ed Jones, Duncan Cockburn, Ben Collins, Sean Malcom, Channa Phillip Front: Manoj Zalpuri, Andy Baggot
Pirates in Beijing: (L-R) Sameer Jolly, Amogh Kashyap, JJ Lim, Manoj Zalpuri, Ed Jones, Andy Baggot, Duncan Cockburn, Ben Collins, Sean Malcom, Channa Phillip

The SCC Pirates represented the Shanghai Cricket Club strongly at the Beijing Sixes last weekend by winning the Plate final. The SCC was also represented at the tournament by the Bashers and Daredevils. Supported by all the Shanghai players during the tournament, the Pirates only lost one game over the weekend. They finished in style by beating the Beijing Misfits in the Plate final with a strong team performance.

Bashers Win Bowl at Beijing Sixes

The Bowl Winners: (L-R) Sean Malcom, Ed Jones, Manoj Zalpuri, Sameer Jolly, Duncan Cockburn, Ben Collins
The Bowl Winners: (L-R) Sean Malcom, Ed Jones, Manoj Zalpuri, Sameer Jolly, Duncan Cockburn, Ben Collins

The Bashers touring side, captained by Sameer Jolly, won the Bowl at the Beijing Sixes last weekend to make it two out of three trophies for the SCC. The Beijing Sixes is always a tough tour in the heat of Beijing and the demands of nocturnal activities. However, despite the Bashers losing their games in pool play, they finished strongly by winning the Bowl final against a cigar smoking Canadian team.

Six Over Square Leg: Catching Up with Andy Baggot

This month we caught up with Andy Baggot, a regular member of the Pudong club, and repeat SCC Pirates tourist.

1. How did you start playing cricket with the SCC?
I’d been in Shanghai for eight years before I got the cricket twitch. I googled cricket in Shanghai, emailed the SCC and was opening the bowling for Rak Mistry’s “Hard Dogs” side that same Sunday!

2. What was your first ever cricket bat?
It was a Gunn & Moore, and about the cheapest bat available in 1979. It was a banjo – ruined me as a player! Continue reading “Six Over Square Leg: Catching Up with Andy Baggot”