The race for the Sunday League title is developing into an intriguing three-way battle. Defending champions Pakistan Association and challengers JKN Little Sai Wan might like to think that they are the only teams in contention. But they better watch out for KCC Templars. Yesterday, Pakistan Association all-rounder Saleem Malik said: 'We only have to worry about Sai Wan.' Malik was freely dispensing his views as he watched Sai Wan convincingly beat Friends XI by 61 runs at Mission Road. Malik and the rest of his teammates had wandered over from the Kowloon Cricket Club after completing a massive 205-run victory over KCC Colts, the mainly schoolboys outfit. But Pakistan Association and Sai Wan will have to keep an eye on Templars, who seem to be the only other team capable of posing a challenge for top honours. With the halfway mark in this millennium season a fortnight away, Pakistan Association are on top with 98 points. Sai Wan (92) are second and Templars (90) third. 'It looks a three-way race at the moment,' conceded Scorpions' batsman David Mallinson after Templars had posted an emphatic 91-run win over the Hong Kong Cricket Club side yesterday. Once again Rahul Sharma showed what a difference he can make to the fortunes of Templars. Last week he was missing in action and Vagabonds quietly stole a tense six-run victory. Yesterday he was back in the fray and hammered 147 runs as he led the charge at Wong Nei Chung Gap Road. Templars finished on 315 for seven in their 50 overs. They then bowled out Scorpions for 224, with Sharma taking four for 71. If not for last week's blip againt Vagabonds, Templars might have been a point or two behind Pakistan Association. As it is, they are still breathing down their necks. Sai Wan had to be thankful for a 120-run second-wicket partnership between top-scorer Azhar Illahi (75) and Riaz Farcy (43) which formed the backbone of their 220 for nine in 48 overs. Big-hitting all-rounder Mohanna Marzook chipped in with a valuable 36 to give Sai Wan's innings a wholesome look after Friends XI fast bowler Gohar Ali (five for 48) had ripped out the middle order. Mohammed Zubair took two early wickets to put Friends XI on the backfoot at 51 for three. Then Marzook grabbed three wickets in as many overs to send the opposition tumbling to 94 for six. A 43-run stand for the eighth wicket between Sandeep Dukhande (20) and Mukhtar Ahmed (23) raised a flicker of hope, but that was soon extinguished when Zubair took a diving catch at mid-wicket to see the back of Dukhande. The end followed quickly.