The side everyone wanted to see being beaten this season, Pakistan Association, lost yesterday as the KCC Templars successfully defended their Sunday Knockout Cup title. Templars who had come the closest to beating the Pakistanis this season, succeeded at their third attempt. Victory earned them the Lai Sun Cup and also the honour of becoming the only side in 1995-96 to defeat the Pakistanis. 'It was a great effort. I always knew that we could win something with this side and they proved me right,' said an elated Templars captain Tony Correa afterwards. Correa maintained that his side remained confident despite setting only a 155-run target. On most days, such a target would have been accepted with glee by the powerful Pakistani batting lineup. But not yesterday. A slow, soft and turning track at the Hong Kong Cricket Club saw the Pakistanis crumble in the face of a three-pronged spin attack. With the ball failing to come on to the bat, the Pakistani batsmen struggled. And this time, the Templars did not let them off the hook, holding their catches and keeping the pressure on. 'In both our meetings in the league, we came close to beating them. The first match we lost by one wicket and the second we should have won if we didn't drop Saleem Malik early on,' recounted Correa, who played a captain's role yesterday. Taking over the leadership permanently after the departure of Harvey Davies, Correa has infused the Templars with conviction and plenty of spirit. And he led from the front yesterday with an all-round performance. Correa's top score of 40 was the cornerstone of the Templars' innings. He also took three catches and two wickets, including the prize wicket of Pakistan Association captain Sada Hussain, who was the last man out. If Correa was worthy of the Man-of-the-Match award, the bowling award should be handed on a silver platter to the pony-tailed Quentin O'Reilly. The left-arm orthodox spinner took three for seven in eight overs with six of them being maidens. 'Quentin bowled superbly. He was turning the ball a yard,' said Correa, pleased that O'Reilly had at last showed his true potential and come up with a match-winning performance. Pakistan Association won the toss and put the Templars in. The decision seemed sound as Templars scratched together a total of 154. They had Correa (40), Rahul Sharma (31) and Yarman Vachha (21) to thank for that effort. 'We knew the way the wicket was playing that this total was defendable. We were confident of winning from the outset,' said Correa. Templars got the dream start they wanted when Pakistani opener Mazhar Lodhi was caught behind by Pat Fordham off Sharma's first ball, the first of the innings too. When Hashmi Ali followed soon after, caught bat and pad at short leg by Dean Kelly off Sharma, the Pakistanis were on the back foot with only four runs on the board. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with O'Reilly claiming the dangermen Wasim Imtiaz, bowled by a wicked arm ball, and then Saleem Malik caught at first slip by Vachha. The Pakistanis tried to fight back by hitting themselves out of trouble. But on a slow track, that approach proved suicidal. KCC Infidels scored an effortless seven-wicket win over Dragons to win the Plate final. Dragons were bowled out for 111 in the 36th over with Ravi Sujanani top-scoring with 24. Veteran Jim Middleton grabbed four for 28 in 10 overs to return the best bowling figures for the Infidels. Skipper Ray Brewster (44) and Glyn Davies (38 not out) led the Infidels charge towards victory, accomplishing their goal in the 24th over.