Category: Club News

2016 Season Opening Sixes Champs

Season Off to Flyer with Successful Sixes

By Paul Malpass, SCC President

The 2016 cricket season in Shanghai is now truly underway after a successful weekend of sixes kicked things off in style.

Twelve teams from across nine clubs battled in near perfect weather at Wellington College which resulted in K2 being crowned champions after defeating the Leopards in the final. This is K2 second successive title following last years D1 championship and as we enter the regular season, they must be considered favourites for the season ahead.

Aside from K2’s success, there were other notable performances, with a young promising Dulwich team reaching the semi finals. This should bode well for their season ahead as they make the step up to Division 2 for the first time. Continue reading “Season Off to Flyer with Successful Sixes”

Pirates vs Tongji

SCC Pirates Defeat Tongji University in Season Opening Friendly

By Mark Henwood and Andy Scott

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 Annual T20 Championship Finishes Strong

Sunday, July 26 saw the culmination of the SCC’s mid-season T20 tournament with Finals Day at SCSC. With players from all clubs being drawn to represent six teams the tournament didn’t fail in being a fun filled, action packed that brought he whole SCC community together.

After two weeks of rain affected preliminary rounds the scene was set for an exciting Final’s Day with Dayne’s World and Amogh’s Armateurs facing off in the championship game.

Dayne’s World skipper Dayne Wotton won the toss and just to bat first in the searing heat. Despite the loss of an early wicket the batting side made the most of some generous bowling to head into the much needed drinks break at 73-1, the stop in play didn’t slow down the batting side as they continued their onslaught with Wotton (73) James Keel (38) and Extras (62) leading the way to set Amogh’s Armateurs a daunting 199 to win. Continue reading “SCC Annual T20 Championship Finishes Strong”

Beijing Defeats Shanghai, Retains China Cup

By Dayne Wotton, SCC Club Captain

The 2015 China Cup clash began with a win for Shanghai, Skipper Waqar Khattak calling the toss correctly and electing to bat. Good signs for a good day of cricket, with the weather markedly improved from the previous days arrival under cloudy skies. With luck seemingly going Shanghai’s way, this was the day to take back the china cup.

Shanghai started positively; Waqar and Yousaf Khan getting the innings off to a good start, no loss for 40 after 10 overs with positive stroke play from the opening pair taking making it look comfortable against the opening bowling attack. Even after the fall of both openers in quick succession Shanghai looked in a good position, with Wayne Voogt and Jonti Leibowitz taking over and rotating the strike well for a partnership that threatened to take the game away from Beijing. Continue reading “Beijing Defeats Shanghai, Retains China Cup”

SCC Squad Announced for China Cup Match

Team Skipper Waqar Khattak after winning the China Cup in Beijing in 2013
Team Skipper Waqar Khattak after winning the China Cup in Beijing in 2013

Shanghai Cricket Club Captain Dayne Wotton announced a 12 man squad for the upcoming China Cup match with Beijing Cricket Club in Beijing on June 7.

Team skipper Waqar Khattak will lead the squad, with Paul Malpass his lieutenant. Also included are Jonti Leibowitz, fresh from his historic batting performance, Jon Newton, John Swain, Deepak Nautiyal, Kevin Wright, Sajid Anwar, Dayne Wotton, and debutants Wayne Voogt, Alex Todorov and Guru Kalyan.

The 50 over match will be the 10th time Shanghai and Beijing have played for the cup; Beijing holds both the advantage in victories at 6-3 as well as the cup, having won it in 2014 in Shanghai.

The first China Cup was held in Shanghai in May 2007 with the return match in Beijing played in October 2007, with each club winning their home fixture. In 2008, only one match was held, with Shanghai prevailing. Since 2009, the China Cup has been played on an annual basis, with each club hosting every other year. Continue reading “SCC Squad Announced for China Cup Match”

SCC Pirates Grind Out Win Over China Women

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By Mark Henwood

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”

Jonti Leibowitz Scores 268*, Sets League Batting Record

Jonti-PageDaredevils batsman Jonti Leibowitz faced the first ball of the innings against the Bashers on Sunday for a dot, 39.4 overs after that, he faced the last ball of the innings and hit it for a four. In-between those two deliveries, Leibowitz was masterful, powering to 268* with strokes to all parts of the ground as the Daredevils rolled to a team high total of 389 for 7 in their 40 overs.

Leibowitz’s first boundary came in the second over of the game – a four – and by the end of the innings, he had scored 29 fours and 17 sixes.

The Bashers had no answers for the South African opener, and will rue the few chances they had. After point was unable to get a hand to a chance cut shot while Leibowitz was in his 40s, the fielder at long on misplayed a loopy mishit that bounced over the his head for four when the Leibowitz was on 80. The final chance came when Leibowitz, on 196, went for his double century with a big hit to long off that picked out the fielder on the boundary, only to see the catch dropped. Continue reading “Jonti Leibowitz Scores 268*, Sets League Batting Record”

Mei Chunhua takes Hat-trick in Friendly with Chinese Uni

By Mark Henwood, Bashers Cricket Club

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”

SCC World Cup Party

There is a change of plans for the Cricket World Cup Finals. The previously scheduled party at the Jinqiao Arena has been canceled. Instead, enjoy watching Australia and New Zealand fight for the championship at one of the following two options.

Option A: The Camel Puxi – The Camel will be telecasting the 2015 CWC final with special Australian and New Zealand beer for only 30 RMB + 50 RMB BBQ Special.

Address: N0. 1 Yueyang Lu, Near Dongping Lu (岳阳路1号,近东平路)

Option B: The Hit Wicket – Join Pudong CC for Indian food along with the usual pizza, burgers, etc. SCC members can enjoy drinks for RMB 35.

Address: Shop number 3-1, 36 Gongping Lu, cross Haiping Lu, after Daming Lu (公平路36号3-1单元近东大名路, 海萍路附近)