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.


The Inaugural Fusion T20 Cricket Cup

The First Fusion T20 Cricket Cup will be held in Shanghai at the Shanghai Community Sports Club ground during the Dragon Boat Festival from June 7–9, 2019.

Cricket is developing at good pace in mainland China, and notwithstanding the heritage of club like Shanghai which was originally founded in 1858, most of the teams involved are quite new to the cricketing scene. The time is ripe however for cooperation and competition between these fledgling gladiators from further afield. Each team will head to the contest with great excitement and high hopes.
The tournament features eight team with players from 10 different countries representing six cities:
Group AGroup B
Shanghai DragonsShanghai Pirates
Shenzhen Cricket ClubHangzhou Cricket Club
Yunnan Cricket ClubHong Kong Asia XI
Beijing Cricket ClubShanghai Hengfeng Cricket Club

The format for the three-day T20 contest will be two groups of four followed by semi-finals and a final. The matches will take place at the Shanghai Community Sports Club ground, located at the northeast of the city. SCSC is home for SCC where they play SCC League matches.

The main purpose of this competition is to raise cricket as a sport and attract more and more local athletes. The local Chinese club in Shanghai will also send representatives to participate in the competition, which is a great encouragement for the Shanghai Cricket Club and other participating teams. With many honors, competition for player awards and attention from the Chinese cricket world, all teams and players have a responsibility to do their best to create a truly memorable T20 Cricket Cup.

We are glad that CR DADIMA, Chinese NRI are sponsoring the inaugural Fushion T20  Cricket Cup. 4D Sports, SG and BDM Cricket are kit and ball sponsors for the tournament. Longman’s and Bollywood Indian Restaurant are the food and beverage partners for the event.

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”