Pakistan Cricket Club Taipei (PCCT) won the 10th TSCC Annual Tournament over the weekend, beating hosts Taiwan Southerners Cricket Club (TSCC) in the final in Chiayi on Sunday.
PCCT batted first and made a healthy 147 for 4 from 18 overs thanks to an opening stand of 77 from captain Mujahid Muhammad (43) and Shezhad Khan (48). Their dismissal probably saved TSCC from being totally overwhelmed as a total of 180 appeared a distinct possibility. Graham Terblanche was the best of the bowlers with 1-22 off his four overs.
TSCC made a game of it by starting strongly, but lost key batsman Terblanche for 26. Worse was to come when Jeff Black was run out off the very next ball. At that stage they required 55 with six overs left.
Andrew Carrick (37) was dismissed soon after and though Roy Horgan kept them in the hunt with 32, disciplined bowling from Thomas Nel (2-19), Utpal Patel (1-18) and Mubashir Shaikh (1-20) ended any possibility of a dramatic finish.
The tournament opened on Saturday with TSCC taking on Taipei Cricket Association (TCA) in the first clash. TCA won the toss and batted, a ploy that backfired as they were bowled out for 83.
Black was the best of the bowlers with 2-14. TSCC made short work of the below-par score, finishing the game in less than 10 overs with Carrick finishing on 32 not out.
The second match was a showdown between Formosa Cricket Club (FCC) and the Badshaws. After FCC made 136, the Badshaws’ reply started badly as they were reduced to 30 for 3 in the first six overs. They were unable to recover and fell 26 runs short despite a useful knock of 35 by Shoaib Tanveer.
Next, PCCT took on the Badshaws in what turned out to be a mismatch. The Badshaws batted first and Tanveer was again in the runs with 55 not out as they posted 145 for 6. However, PCCT made short work of the imposing total as Khan hit 66 not out and Muhammad 50.
TSCC then faced old rivals FCC, in which TSCC were restricted to 53 for 3 after 10 overs. However, Carrick’s 52 and a rapid 31 for Ben Winmill propelled them to 155 for 5. The reply started well but hit the rocks when Black took two wickets in the third over.
Ric McGrail (25) batted gamely but runs did not come quickly enough as they fell short by 29.
The last match on Saturday saw PCCT beat TCA by seven wickets.
In other matches on Sunday, TSCC comfortably saw off the Badshaws and PCCT outclassed a brave, but undermanned FCC.
Chasing only 111, Khan and Muhammad were untroubled in taking the game away from FCC with an opening stand of 82.
TCA completed a horror weekend for the Badshaws, defending 157 for 2 and then accounted for FCC thanks to an impressive spell of bowling from Manoj Kriplani.