Big-hitting Eames leads Infidels home

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 December, 2000, 12:00am

Mark Eames hit his highest Sunday League score in the 13 seasons he has been in Hong Kong as he spearheaded KCC Infidels to a three-wicket win over HKCC Optimists at Mission Road yesterday.

Eames, playing his first Somerley Sunday League match since returning from last month's Asian Cricket Council Trophy in Sharjah, hit a local best 179 not out as Infidels successfully overtook a massive total of 333 set by Optimists.

'I was so fresh as I had not played much in Sharjah. All these runs were just in me,' joked Eames.

The left-handed opening batsman, who was deputy to Stewart Brew at the ACC Trophy, played in only two of Hong Kong's five-match campaign which ended in the final.

Yesterday he was in sparkling form as he batted right through and played the main role in the Kowloon Cricket Club team's victory with six balls to spare.

Brew, carrying on from Sharjah, and fellow-opener Andy Roxburgh were chiefly responsible for Optimists reaching 333 for three in their allotted 50 overs. Brew was unbeaten on 144 while Roxburgh hit 103.

But the Hong Kong captain was unable to bowl and his absence in the Optimists bowling lineup was telling as Infidels set about chasing the target with gusto. Eames figured in useful partnerships with Ray Brewster (63) and Toby White (33) as they overhauled the target comfortably.

'It is my highest score in the Sunday League. I don't know how many boundaries I scored but I certainly did not do much running. I'm pleased that we won,' said Eames.

The win keeps Infidels within shouting distance of leaders Pakistan Association, who yesterday defeated Vagabonds by 91 runs to keep their unbeaten record this season intact.

Infidels are currently lying in second place, 31 points behind the Pakistanis, who have now taken their win-streak to nine. The KCC outfit will have to hope their rivals drop a match or two to truly come into contention.

The title ambitions of Friends XI took a hit after HKCC Scorpions beat them by 45 runs at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.