IF INFIDELS had harboured hopes that their Kowloon Cricket Club-mates, Templars, would miss absent captain Steve Atkinson in yesterday's home derby, those expectations were soon laid to rest.
Atkinson's leadership and batting qualities were hardly called for as Templars romped to a crushing 10-wicket win, to consolidate their hold on the Connaught Sunday League.
Chasing a target of 153, openers Rahul Sharma and Pat Fordham flayed the Infidels attack at will, to tot up the winning runs by the 26th over.
The stylish Sharma, a former Ranji Trophy player, sped to 80 in 74 balls. His innings comprised three sixes and seven boundaries. Fordham matched Sharma stroke for stroke at the other end hitting 62, including 11 fours.
Infidels were earlier bundled out for 153 with Ray Brewster collecting 50 runs. Wily right-arm off-spinner Yarman Vaccha showed what an asset he will be when Hong Kong take part in the mini-World Cup in Kenya by taking six for 62 in 22 overs.
The emphatic win gave Templars a 56 points lead over second-placed Optimists.
The other noteworthy performance of the day was a massive 303-run partnership between Jonathan Orders (158 not out) and Tim Smart (147) which enabled Scorpions (331 for three) to score a 251-run win over IRC.