The Taipei Cricket Federation held its first tournament, the CKS Cup, over the weekend. Fourteen teams played in four divisions at Shilin District’s Shezi Island Baseball grounds.
The Children’s Division on Sunday pitted three six-a-side teams from Wuliao Elementary School in New Taipei City against the Crazy Dragons team, with the Dragons proving too strong on the back of quick bowler Shaban Wu’s nine tournament wickets.
The three Wuliao teams shared a win and a loss in games among themselves, but they all lost to the Dragons. In the final, the Wuliao A team restricted the Dragons — who were batting first for the first time in the tournament — to 21-2 in five overs. Steven Lin picked up 2-11 in his three overs.
However, Wu’s bowling was of a higher pace and the Wuliao batters struggled to hit the ball away, though they did learn quickly how to keep the ball out. They fell short by nine runs.
One performance that stood out came from Wuliao B player Ben Lin. In their match against the Dragons they had folded for just eight runs. However, Lin responded with two wickets, both bowled, in the first over and then ran backward from mid on where he was fielding in the second over to catch a skied shot over his shoulder.
The chase was completed soon afterward, but the result was almost secondary to the diminutive player’s efforts.
Two women’s teams played three matches with Greater Tainan’s Chang Jung Christian University beating the Darling Daredevils from Chiayi City 2-1 on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the Fighters team topped the Open Division. Each of the three teams won one and lost one match and the championship was decided officially by wickets taken. However, the Taiwan Cricket playing conditions had the Crazy Cloud team first and Taipei’s Shida University team second on net run-rate.
Taipei’s Indian Cricket Club’s A team took out the International Division beating Taipei’s Pakistan Cricket Club in the final by 14 runs.
Anant Patel scored 25 not out, batting first in the five-over match and contributing to the total of 63-1 for the Indian side, who went through both days of competition undefeated with wins against their B team, the Shih Hu Junior High School team from Yunlin County, the Taiwan Cobras and Pakistan in group play.
Scorecards are available at www.crichq.com/competitions/2376.