Axed Sai Wan cry foul

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 March, 2008, 12:00am

JKN Little Sai Wan captain Tabarak Dar hit out at an 'unfair format' which resulted in his team being knocked out of the Sunday League competition by Kowloon Cricket Club at Mission Road yesterday.

Sai Wan, who had been unbeaten all season, lost by 60 runs to KCC, who were inspired by Rahul Sharma, who scored 61, took three wickets and pouched a couple of catches too. KCC will now meet Pakistan Association to decide the league champions this season.

'It is so disappointing that the league is being decided on a knockout format. We have been unbeaten all season, winning 14 games, but one bad day and we are out. I don't know why this should be called a league competition,' a dejected Dar said.

The loss of two pitches at Po Kong Village Road last December resulted in the latter part of the Sunday League being reduced to a 'play-out' format.

'I can understand that this format might not reward the most consistent team. But then again if Sai Wan were consistent, they would have beaten us today,' said Sharma. 'This format has kept lesser teams motivated until the end and given us a second chance.'

The semi-retired Sharma - it was his third game this season - figured in a 140-run opening stand with Anthony Barnett (96), laying the foundation for KCC's total of 237 for nine.

Sai Wan, who had flown back Munir Dar from Bangladesh (where he is playing as a professional) couldn't muster a run-chase as they were bowled out for 177 in 47 overs with Afzaal Haider picking up three wickets, including the key ones of Zain Abbas and Munir Dar.