Hong Kong T20 Blitz

‘Doctor’ Dwayne Smith hopes to hit more centuries on his return to Kowloon Cantons for HK T20 Blitz

The West Indian scored 121 off 40 balls in this year’s tournament and wants more of the same next year at Mission Road

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 November, 2017, 10:42am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 November, 2017, 10:30pm

West Indian Dwayne Smith, who helped Kowloon Cantons to the Hong Kong T20 Blitz title this year, will return to the franchise in their bid to defend their crown at Mission Road in February.

The 34-year-old Smith, known as “The Doctor”, smashed 100 off 31 balls for Cantons against City Kaitak in a round-robin game, going on to make 121 in 40 deliveries as his team romped to an eight-wicket victory.

It was one of the fastest centuries in Twenty20 cricket and Cantons said they were always wanting to bring the big-hitting player back.

“We are delighted to have Dwayne back on board as part of the Cantons family this year. He was a key factor in our success last year and I’m sure he will have a major influence on the tournament again in 2018. I’m very much looking forward to working with him again” said Cantons coach Craig Wright.

In T20 cricket, Smith has established a strong reputation of being a hard-hitting batsman and was part of the Mumbai Indians squad in the Indian Premier League until 2013 before being bought out by Gujarat Lions.

He played an important role in Mumbai’s victory over Chennai Super Kings when he hit a six and two consecutive fours with his team needing 14 runs off the final three deliveries.

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“Looking forward to playing for Kowloon Cantons again in the Hong Kong Blitz, should be spectacular and I hope that I can repeat, or even better what I’ve done last year and help Kowloon Cantons win the T20 Blitz again,” said Smith in a video message to the team.

Also taking part in the February 6-11 tournament are City Kaitak, Hum Hom JD Jaguars, Galaxy Gladiators Lantau and Hong Kong Island United.

The five teams play each other once in a round-robin with the best two teams advancing to the final.

Cantons will be skippered by Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat and can boast a strong line-up of local players to back up their international stars.