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2011, 10/1-2 Formosa Cup

October 1&2, 2011 saw a return of the Formosa Cup!

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Saturday, October 1.

Saturday in Chiayi City saw a tough battle for top spot in the Formosa Cricket Cup. All five teams staked claims for the title to be decided tomorrow. First up, the Badshaw team won a last ball thriller over the Daredevils. They chased the 114 target set up by Daredevil captain Duane Christie (45) with some comfort until Caleb Kenyon bowled the first three balls of the last over for no runs. Mujahid Hamid (41*) scrambled the winning runs from the last ball. It was the youngest player, James Daly (3-11) who set up the Daredevil’s fight with some good straight bowling in a pressure situation backed up by one stinging catch at point by Kenyon.

In the other morning match Taipei’s Pakistan side saw off Taipei’s Indian side comfortably. Pakistan captain Mujahid Mohammad saw his side to 150/3 and despite a blazing 44 from Anant Patel, the Indian side fell 18 runs shy.

The host team took on the bruised egos of the Daredevils next but fell victim to the wiles of Graham Terblanche (2/18) and Daly (1/17) trying to chase 144. Christie was again in the runs with a chancy 66.

The Badshaws made huge inroads into the Pakistan batting lineup in the other afternoon match sending back the top order very cheaply. But a fighting 40 from Amjad Zafar saw them to 130 which proved too much, especially against a fired up Shezhad Khan who claimed two big wickets and a catch.

Then came the biggest boilover of the day as the Indian side bowled up a storm to dismiss the Badshaws for only 66 runs. Sachin Bhimani (1/15) bowled with swing and Anant (3/2) sent down three unplayable overs. The match was completed with only 6 overs needed for the Indian batters to slam the runs needed.

Formosa kept up the upset trend by defeating the Pakistan side. Dhananjay Magar was the star picking up 37 runs and buying the key wicket of Khan (35).

The standings, with four matches to be played today, are:
Pakistan Cicket Club Tapei: 7pts (3 matches); Daredevils (TSCC): 4pts (2); Formosa Cricket Club: 4pts (2); Indian Cricket Club Taipei: 4pts (2); Pakistan Badshaws Cricket Club: 5pts (3).

Umpire Marc Feltham praised the standard of the organisation at the event. And with Taiwan Cricket fighting a running battle against the new Chinese Taipei Cricket Association, it seems the events are going to become ever more important. November 12-13 is next with the annual Cricket Sixes competition to be help in Chiayi City.

Sunday, October 2.

The Daredevils beat out the other four sides to claim Taiwan Cricket’s Formosa Cup in Chiayi City yesterday. With four matches to play the only team not in contention were the Badshaws. Perhaps the situation contributed to their tardiness and the morning got off to a disappointing start with the first forfeit in the competition’s history.

The Daredevils set themselves up for a good day with a spanking win over Taipei’s Indian side (ICCT). 178 runs were far too many to chase as Graham Terblanche, supported by Jeff Black (42*), launched 81 runs to all parts of the ground and outside it. A pair of 21s from Hitul Jogani and Anant Patel was enough to get to only 113 as Caleb Kenyon (3/16) ran through them.

The hosts had a chance to push for a tournament win by also beating the ICCT. Captain Heinrich Nothnagel belted 52, but the opposition’s captain, Nirav Shah (1/10), helped restrict Formosa to 119. Patel hit a half century of his own in reply as the hosts were bundled out of their own tournament. ICCT placed second overall leading the other two teams who won twice on net run rate.

The last match to finish was between Taipei’s Pakistan side (PCCT) and the Daredevils. With the trophy on the line, the action did not disappoint. PCCT’s Shezhad Khan and Shoaib Meer bowled Terblanche and captain Duane Christie before Ninad Malwade, bowling with a broken hand, had Andrew Carrick LBW. At 27 for 3 the situation was dire, but Roy Horgan (49) has come to enjoy the PCCT attack. With a series of cross-batted swipes he wrested the initiative back. Black (30) and Kenyon (15) helped boost the target up to 135.

The reply hit early trouble as well with Black (2/22) and Jared Painter (1/12) causing the batsmen great trouble. Carrick took a good, low catch to remove Khan before Terblanche launched himself at a ball falling behind him and held a stunning one-handed catch after Rehan Naeem was surprised by Painter’s pace. PCCT captain Mujahid Muhammad (79*) showed some steel and hit Kenyon out of the attack with six fours in the one over. But with 23 required off the final over, the target proved 11 runs too much.

Final Standings: 
1st - Daredevils 10 points
2nd - ICCT 8pts
3rd - PCCT 8pts
4th - FCC 8pts
5th - Badshaws 5pts.

The schedule was:

Sat. 1st. 
  • Daredevils v Badshaws - 9:45am-12:15pm (Field 1 - Umpire Grant)
  • PCCT v ICCT - 9:45am-12:15pm (Field 2 - Umpire Formosa)
12:15-1:00 Lunch break (list of vendors to be provided) 
  • Daredevils v Formosa - 1:00-3:30pm (Field 1 - Umpire Marc)
  • PCCT v Badshaws - 1:00-3:30pm (Field 2 - Umpire Grant)
These matches will start 15 minutes after the completion of the previous match. 
  • PCCT v Formosa - 3:45-6:15pm (Field 1 - Umpire Marc)
  • Badshaws v ICCT - 3:45-6:15pm (Field 2 - Umpire Grant)
Sun. 2nd.
  • Daredevils v ICCT - 9:00am-11:30pm (Field 1 - Umpire Grant)
  • Badshaws v Formosa - 9:00am-11:30pm (Field 2 - Umpire Marc)
11:30-12:30 Lunch break (list of vendors to be provided)
  • Daredevils v PCCT - 12:30-3:00pm (Field 1 - Umpire Grant)
  • ICCT v Formosa - 12:30-3:00pm (Field 2 - Umpire Marc)

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Contact:
Grant Dexter (Tournament Administrator).
cell: (09) 3900 4653
email: grantjohndexter@gmail.com
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