Taiwan Southerners Cricket Club (TSCC) won the Jan Hong Annual Cricket Tournament in Taichung on Sunday, squeezing out Pakistan Cricket Club Taiwan (PCCT) in what eventually turned out to be a one–sided final.
Put into bat after losing the toss, the Southerners found themselves in trouble at 17 for 3 in the third over after all-rounder Shehzad Khan took two wickets in consecutive balls with a couple of fast yorkers.
Jared Painter fended off the hat-trick ball and then steadied the ship in tandem with Graham Terblanche, who eventually fell in the eighth over to leave TSCC 61 for 5.
Ean Eygelaar and Andrew Carrick then saw out the rest of the innings with some smart boundaries to take the Southerners to a respectable 117 for 5 off their 14 overs, Eygelaar top scoring with 42 not out.
The PCCT reply never really got going as tight bowling by a strong TSCC attack restricted them to just a few singles per over, with the Pakistanis only making 23 off the first six overs.
Even a couple of dropped catches failed to make a difference as the PCCT batsmen continued to struggle to get bat on ball, with the 50 not coming up until the 10th over.
A flurry of late boundaries kept PCCT in with a faint hope of victory before more wickets fell leaving them with what proved to be the impossible task of scoring 35 off the last over, handing the Southerners victory.
Despite another strong showing by the Southerners, the talking point of the tournament remained the controversial decision by the Kings 11 to walk off the pitch during their semi-final against PCCT after they disputed several umpiring decisions. The team is likely to face a lengthy ban.
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