Category: Tours

SCC Defeats HKCC, Retains Bokhara Bell

In what turned out to be a historic day for Shanghai Cricket Club, SCC Dragons defended the Bokhara Bell Memorial Trophy in convincing style by defeating Hong Kong Cricket Club by a healthy margin of 102 runs. This is the first time SCC have recorded back-to-back victories over HKCC since 1930-1931.

It was an impressive all-round display from an SCC side with four debutants all keen to make an impression. A customary quickfire 40 from Adrian, a steady 50 from debutant Mark and a swashbuckling man of the match performance from Azeem helped the hosts to a respectable 248. In response the visitors struggled to build partnerships throughout, with Kamal and Govind tormenting the batsmen throughout as they picked up 3 wickets apiece. Only C Bright and M Versfeld provided any kind of resistance before they stuttered to 146 all out in the 40th over.

Having won the toss Waqar chose to bat first, allowing Adrian to get the hosts off to a solid start with a flurry of boundaries, despite an early mix-up which led to both openers stranded at one end, with the unfortunate Suresh having to depart without troubling the scorers in the 2nd over. Biplav steadied the ship and Adrian looked in fine form until he was clean bowled for a run a ball 40. Mark and Biplave kept the scoreboard ticking along slowly, but with boundaries hard to come by, SCC needed to inject a bit of energy into the innings if they were to reach the pre-match target of 250. This much-needed impetus came from Azeem who came to the crease with the hosts 105-4. Boundaries were now flowing with consummate ease and it looked like 280 might be on the cards until Mark – struggling with a hamstring injury – holed out to long on with the score at 183. Azeem kept finding the boundary – to the dismay of the HKCC captain whose constant field tinkering wasn’t having the desired effect – and eventually fell in the final over for a match-winning 79 off 74 balls.

The chase didn’t start well for HKCC as a rampant Kamal (8-0-29-3) dismissed both openers, including a jaffa which sent the skipper D Varlev trudging back for a golden duck. Requiring 5 per the over, the visitors were still confident of chasing down what looked like a par total, especially when A Nash belted a maximum over the long leg side boundary. However, SCC kept building pressure and taking wickets at the crucial moments, epitomised by a superb spell from Govind (10-2-28-3) who was a constant threat, especially to the left-handed set batsman C Bright. When he was dismissed in the 23rd over leaving the visitors struggling on 81-7 it was just a matter of time before victory was wrapped up with a couple of late wickets from leg spinner Adrian, who finished with impressive figures of 2-1-3-2.

 

Shanghai Cricket Club Claims Bokhara Bell in Thrilling 1 Wicket Win

HKCC 194/9 40 overs. SCC 195/9 38.3 overs. SCC’s first away win over HKCC in 87 years

The Shanghai Cricket Club claimed the Bokhara Bell Memorial Trophy in a tensely fought match at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, claiming a 1 wicket victory on December 15 over HKCC, with a 24 runs undefeated last wicket partnership and a possible dropped catch to the winning runs.

The SCC collected one of the most dramatic wins in the Bokhara Bell history with Sanjay scoring the winning runs required off a top edged pull to secure victory over the HKCC. Needing 46 off 6 overs and just 2 wickets in hand the SCC were almost looking down a defeat, but no.10 batsman Govind smashing 3 back to back boundaries on his arrival to the crease in his reply to his partner at the other end (Paul) when he was asked” can you bat?… let’s try to stretch this game, we might have a shot at the target” . Paul(31) was dismissed with SCC still needing 24 runs with a wicket in hand. Sanjay (16*) and Govind (19*) with an unbeaten partnership finishing off the target with 9 balls to spare and handing over SCC its first touring victory since 1931. Continue reading “Shanghai Cricket Club Claims Bokhara Bell in Thrilling 1 Wicket Win”

Shanghai CC Host Victoria Veterans Team

With the beating sun erasing any last-night worries of a washout, an experienced Veterans Cricket Victoria squad arrived in  Shanghai on Sunday May 13 to take on the Shanghai CC Pirates in two Twenty20 fixtures.

Victoria captain Greg Johnson was automatically awarded the toss and opted to send the Pirates to the crease, where they opened with two of their oldest players, Andy Steele and Paddu Subramoniam. Continue reading “Shanghai CC Host Victoria Veterans Team”

SCC Dragons Announced for China Cup Match

Shanghai Cricket Club Captain Mitesh Desai announced a 13-man squad for the upcoming China Cup match with Beijing Cricket Club at Wellington College on June 10.

SCC Dragons

Samuel Kett Zhang Yufei
Adrian Russell Govind Raj
Akeem Akram Deepak Nautiyal
Dayne Wotton Adam Hopkins
Waqar Khattak Shreyas Achrekar
Vaibhav Krishnan Julian Wilson
Yousaf Khan  

The match will be the 13th time Shanghai and Beijing have played for the cup; Beijing holds both the advantage in victories at 9-4 as well as the cup, having won it in 2017 in Beijing. Continue reading “SCC Dragons Announced for China Cup Match”

Bokhara Bell 2017

Match Report: Bokhara Bell 2017

The Shanghai Cricket Club lost by 26 runs to Hong Kong CC in a well contested Bokhara Bell Interport match at the Shanghai Community Sports Club.  Hong Kong’s superior fielding and early inroads with the new ball ultimately proved to be the difference between the sides, although Shanghai put up a fight to the very end and at one point during the run chase were arguably favourites for victory. Continue reading “Match Report: Bokhara Bell 2017”

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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Shanghai to Defend China Cup in Beijing

The SCC Dragons will head to Beijing on Sunday 4 June 2017 to take on Beijing CC in the annual China Cup. The Dragons won lasts year’s game comprehensively and Dragons Skipper Kevin Wright will be looking for another repeat performance this year.

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The tour itinerary and pre-tour net sessions will be updated shortly along with the team selection once announced.

150th Anniversary SCC-HKCC Interport Match

The Shanghai CC Dragons faced Hong Kong CC in the 150th anniversary Interport cricket match between the two clubs on Saturday, 10 December 2016, to play of the Bokhara Bell Memorial Trophy

The game offered the rare opportunity for the tourists to play on a turf wicket. Dragons captain Kevin Wright called number as opposed to Bauhinia and elected to bat, SCC openers Wooton and Kett took to the field for under a blue sky and much warmer temperature than a Decembers day in Shanghai. Continue reading “150th Anniversary SCC-HKCC Interport Match”