The Formosa Cricket Club (FCC) returned to form with a team effort, beating the well-performing Pakistan Cricket Club (PCCT) in the final of Chiayi City’s Jan Hong cricket tournament yesterday.
The biggest contributor to the win was opener Murugasen Kannan (84 not out), who hit the final ball of the penultimate over for four. It was a long series of mini-partnerships that got FCC to the win. Dhananjay Magar (7) ended an otherwise impressive tournament with a low score and wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter.
PLAYER OF TOURNAMENT
The target of 139 was set up by player of the tournament Shezhad Khan (49) and captain Mujahid Muhammad (34), who capitalized on the fielding restrictions by hitting over the inner ring.
They had reached 68 when Thomas Rayen bowled an unplayable delivery to Muhammad, inducing an edge.
Keeper Thomas Day completed the catch and added two stumpings as Rayen (1/18) and Salim Indiradevi (1/21) put the brakes on the scoring.
PCCT might have thought their total adequate, but it was nothing compared with their semi--final effort when Khan (102 not out) hit a century and set Taipei Cricket Association an unbeatable 174.
FCC defended 144 against hosts the Badshaws, which their batsmen threatened to chase down.
BOWLER TO WATCH
However, Rayen (2/21) was again the bowler to watch, edging out Shoaib Tanveer (50) and having Touseef Ahmed (22) caught in the deep by Magar. Amjad Zafar (98 not out) and Khan (56) showed no mercy to the Scunners team, with a total of 203/2.
Their other win against the new Royals side was not so easy. Selvakumor Palanisamy picked up two wickets, including Zafar cheaply, to restrict PCCT to 123. The Royals chased valiantly with Suresh Rangapillai (35) leading the way, but their 84 was too few.