Merchants' record duo pound HKU
A RECORD first-wicket partnership of 232 runs between Sada Hussain and Jawaid Iqbal paved the way for Merchants Cricket Club to score an easy victory over Hong Kong University in the Connaught Saturday League at Sandy Bay yesterday.
Merchants merrily collected runs at ease to finish on a huge 321 for seven off the allotted 35 overs with Hussain hammering 140, Iqbal (79) and Gautan Mudbhatkal 58.
They then restricted Hong Kong University to 165 for nine in their 35 overs, with Papu Butani claiming five for 54, to record a massive 156 run victory.
The Merchants openers, Hussain and Iqbal belted the double ton stand, a club record for any wicket, in only 28 overs. Hussain was particularly domineering as he hit 11 sixes and 13 fours in his hurricane innings. In one sequence of eight balls, Hussain hammered five sixes and three fours.
The victory keeps Merchants right behind table leaders Nomads and second-placed Tartars, who both scored comprehensive wins over their opponents yesterday.
Nomads swept to a 76 run victory over CCC at So Kon Po while Tartars were given a closer game by St Georges, before registering an 18 run triumph at Mission Road.
Hong Kong representatives Steve Foster and John Garden figured prominently in the Nomads innings, both scoring half-centuries, to help their side reach 227 for six. Foster scored 68 while Garden got 67.
CCC in reply could only muster a paltry 151 for nine in their 35 overs to give Nomads their eleventh win this season.
At Mission Road, Tartars batting first had Andy Braund, who made 80, to thank for a respectable score of 204 for five.
Medium pacer Steven Ward took four for 56 off his ten overs as the Tartars attack bowled out St Georges for 184 in 34 overs.
Bottom-placed KGV claimed the scalps of Kai Tak, who are currently lying in fourth place, defeating them by seven wickets at DBS.
Ravi Sujanani played a key role in KGV's victory taking three for 53 and then hitting a useful 40 as his side chased a target of 202 in 35 overs.
They reached the target in the 27th over, bolstered by a superb unbeaten knock of 105 from J. Francis.
Among the other victors yesterday were Police Strollers, Little Sai Wan and Witherers.