After waiting patiently for three weeks to make their debut in the Sunday League, newcomers Sri Lanka Club were thrown right into the deep end by Little Sai Wan, who swept to a massive 286-run victory at Mission Road yesterday. The debutants had hoped to have a ball. Instead they ran into Khalid Khan, the Hong Kong international who was the forgotten man during the recent ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur having played only one game. The left-arm medium-pacer grabbed eight wickets for 13 runs. 'They can only get better. They are a new team and I'm sure they will gain in confidence. But today they didn't have a chance,' said Khalid after his best-ever performance in the local league. Khalid claimed seven of his victims by clean bowling them. He was twice on a hat-trick, and could have had a ninth wicket, but was unfortunately no-balled on that occasion. Last season he played for Pakistan Association. Now he has switched sides and it seems Sai Wan will benefit from his presence. For not only did he impress in bowling; in batting too, he played a huge role figuring in a 179-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Munir Dar which pulled Sai Wan out of trouble from a precarious 139 for eight. Dar and Khalid came together in the 33rd over with the debutants on top. If not for some poor fielding - at least a dozen catches were grassed - and some poor bowling from left-armer Neil Wijeya Kumara, who conceded a dozen no-balls (extras totalled 47), Sai Wan would have been even further in trouble. Three run-outs hadn't helped Sai Wan's cause, but they needn't have panicked for Dar and Khalid hammered the bowling to all parts of the field. Dar blazed his way to 121 including eight sixes and seven fours while Khalid shored up the other end with an entertaining and unbeaten 47 with four sixes. 'Khalid was on fire today. He seems to have a point to prove,' said Sai Wan captain Tabarak Dar. While the batting was poor, the Sri Lanka Club bowling had a bite to it and it was here that Khalid proved useful - playing the foil to Dar's bludgeon. Yesterday's defeat will only leave defending champions HKCC Scorpions crying. Last Sunday, their game against Sri Lanka Club was washed out and points had to be shared. On first appearance, it seems Sri Lanka Club will be easy meat to opposing sides this season - unless they manage to get down some batsmen surnamed 'De Silva' or 'Jayasurya'. HKCC Wanderers, returning to the Sunday League after an absence of a few years, easily accounted for Vagabonds at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, winning by 151 runs. Imran Idrees top-scored for Wanderers with 134, while Darren Tucker hit an unbeaten 80 as the home team scored 310 for four in 40 overs. Tucker then grabbed three for 32, and with Neil Jones and Martin Holcombe also getting a brace each, Vagabonds were bowled out in the 31st over for 159.