The ball may be over but one-man band Rahul Sharma continues to play on. All-rounder Sharma, one of Hong Kong's most enduring cricketers, smacked 89 runs and then grabbed two vital wickets as KCC Templars beat Friends XI by 13 runs to stay in contention for second place in the Sunday League. The title has already been won by JKN Little Sai Wan. But life goes on for the rest of the league as they chase their own personal triumphs. This is certainly the case with Sharma who is presently 40 runs short of becoming the first player to score 1,000 runs this season, a milestone he has achieved on four previous occasions. 'If I do it next week, then I will have scored 1,000 runs in five of the past seven seasons I have played in Hong Kong,' says Sharma proudly. Yesterday against Friends XI, he played the anchor role as Templars totalled 264 for eight. Sharma then claimed the key wicket of top-scorer Aftab Ahmed (57) as Friends XI were restricted to 251. Meanwhile, Pakistan Association scraped through to a four-run win over Optimists at Mission Road. The Pakistanis were bowled out for 173 with Malcolm Costain taking four wickets. Wasim Imtiaz top-scored with 63. Optimists fell short in their run chase. Khalid Khan, back after a short break, was the main wicket-taker with figures of four for 63 including the key wicket of Stewart Brew, clean bowled. Damian Green (184) and Steve Scanlon (103) successfully led Infidels to a six-wicket win over Vagabonds. Set 339 for victory, Infidels overhauled the target with an over to spare. In the final game, Scorpions beat Colts by 67 runs. Tim Smart (113) and John Powell (112) figured prominently for the Scorpions who totalled 279 for four. Colts were restricted to 212 for nine.