OPTIMISTS clinched the Connaught Sunday League title by scoring a convincing seven-wicket win over Indian Recreation Club, and then watched nearest rivals Pakistan Association slip to an eight-wicket loss at the hands of Templars. A seven-wicket haul by Optimists' fast bowler Justin Strachan propelled the Hong Kong Cricket club side to their first League title since the 1989-90 season. 'It feels good to win the League,' said skipper Stewart Brew. But he, like most of his peers, called for a change in the format next season - to make it a more competitive one for the top sides. 'A new system has to be given a go. Everybody has to work out what is best for cricket in Hong Kong,' said Brew, who said a two division format comprising six teams each, playing under ICC rules should be considered. Batting first, IRC were bowled out for 153. Brew sent Mark Winstanley in as opener and he responded superbly by hammering an unbeaten 105 made off 62 balls. With the win and 20 points under their belts, and an early finish at the Diocesan Boys' School ground, the Optimists sped to nearby Kowloon Cricket Club to watch the Pakistan Association's game. Tight bowling from Templars' trio of medium pacers, Earle Pereira (five for 60), Rahul Sharma (three for 59) and Adam Clifton (two for 19) restricted the Pakistanis to 175. Sharma (85), despite being troubled by a hamstring, and Pat Fordham (59) figured in an unbeaten partnership of 129 as Templars knocked off the runs in the 36th over.