Ling gets hat-trick on debut

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 January, 1994, 12:00am

TEENAGE schoolboy Maurice Ling made a sensational debut in local competitive cricket when he grabbed a hat-trick to help Little Sai Wan speed to a nine-wicket win over Indian Recreation Club in the Connaught Sunday League at DBS yesterday.

Ling, a member of the all-Chinese Dragons, took four for nought in 2.3 overs as IRC were bowled out for a mere 77. LSW then rattled off the required runs in 16 overs.

''I'm not much of a batsman, but he bowled really well,'' recounted Papu Butani, one of Ling's hat-trick victims.

In the first ball of his third over, Ling, a right-arm medium-pacer clean bowled Butani. He then yorked H. Vivek before having Naresh Venkath caught behind to wrap up the IRC innings.

It was a day for bowlers yesterday with Rahul Sharma snapping up nine wickets to give would-be Sunday League champions Templars a massive 199-run victory over Vagabonds at Mission Road.

Sharma was unfortunate he did not get the final Vagabonds wicket, with teammate Bharat Gohel picking up the last man.

Vagabonds, chasing a total of 249, were bowled out for 50.