LAMMA Cricket Club will make their annual pitch to become part of the Saturday League circuit in the Knockout Cup competition which begins today. It is that time of the year when the territory's social sides get the opportunity to figure in 'serious' cricket. The Saturday Cup competition offers sides like Lamma, Wallem CC, Ladies Recreation Club, HK Flyers and City Polytechnic the chance to play in one of the main Hong Kong Cricket Association tournaments. While most of the social sides are just content to play for fun, the stakes are higher for Lamma. They are aiming high and want to be recognised within Hong Kong's cricketing fraternity. 'We want to play in the Saturday League. 'We have been knocking on the door for a number of seasons, but so far we've been unable to get recognition for our efforts,' said club secretary Ian Harling. 'It's been an uphill battle. We have had good performances in the past and can field a competitive side,' added Harling. According to Harling, Lamma have a crop of talented players in the team, have acquired new nets and gained sponsorship from Hong Kong Electric and the local Island Bar. Now all that Harling and his team will need is a couple of good results as the Saturday Knockout Cup commences. Their opponents in the qualifying round today are Craigengower Cricket Club. Lamma, who beat KGV in last season's competition, before losing by one run to eventual champions Witherers, expect to benefit from the pace and bounce of the newly-laid track at Blackdown Barracks. 'The track is quite a lively one, which can only be good for our pace bowlers,' said Lamma skipper Andy Haddon. So with high ambitions, Lamma begin their tilt at the Saturday Cup, hoping that this time, they can convince the HKCA that cricket is thriving on the outlying islands.