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2/18-19, 2012 - Cauldron Trophy

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Taiwan Cricket
TAIWAN CRICKET Cauldron Trophy.

February 18 - 19, 2012.

Date: Feb. 18-19, 2012.
Saturday: 9:00am - 8:00pm.
Sunday: 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Cauldron Tournament 2012 Points Table

Scorecards from CricHQ:

Semifinal: Daredevils v FCC

Taipei Times Reports:

Taipei's Pakistan Cricket Club (PCCT) have qualified for the final of today's Taichung's Cauldron Trophy with a win and a tie in their two matches yesterday. In the first match of the new year, the PCCT took on Taipei neighbors the Formosa Cricket Club (FCC). Upon winning the toss, captain Mujahid Muhammad did not hesitate to send the FCC in to bat. His thinking was spot on as openers Stephen McElhinney and Dhananjay Magar struggled against Shoaib Meer (1/12) and Ninad Malwade's (4/32) tight line and length. By the end of the sixth over, three FCC batsmen were dismissed for just 18 runs.

Timmy Chang (32) saw off the early challenge and unfurled his favored pull shot to push up the scoring rate. Salim Indiradevi (29) and Murugesan Kannan pushed the rate up more with Kannan putting his first two deliveries into the stands.FCC's 136/6 was no challenge, however, to Rehan Naeem (51) and Malwade (42*) with the bat. Dropped catches, including Naeem first ball, cost the FCC dear and the PCCT won with nearly four overs to spare.

FCC bounced back against the Daredevils in the next match thanks to Murugasen's rapid-fire 77* and Salim joined in the fun smacking Jared Painter onto the roof of the stadium. Their 158 proved too much as Salim (3/14) bowled brilliantly to tie down the Daredevil batters. Only Duane Christie (30) showed significant resistance in the total of 115.

The final match ended in a tie as the PCCT, needing one run to win saw their last man run out. The match seesawed throughout. Andrew Carrick (35) put pressure on the field hitting three consecutive fours immediately after being felled by a nasty bruise to the elbow. His wicket and another injury to Christie limited the total to 117. Elmar Sobers (1/16) created two turning points by trapping Naeem (14) LBW and taking a sharp catch to dismiss Shezhad Khan.

The Daredevils take on the FCC this morning for the right to face PCCT in the afternoon final.

POINTS: PCCT 5, FCC 4, Daredevils 3.

Taipei's Pakistan Cricket Club (PCCT) won Taichung City's Cauldron Tournament on Sunday overcoming neighbors the Formosa Cricket Club (FCC) and the Daredevils from the south of Taiwan with big hitting and lively fielding.

In the final, PCCT captain Mujahid Muhammad won the toss and chose to bat. Graham Terblanche inspired a strong start to the Daredevil's attack taking a good low catch off Amjad Zafar and continuing Shezhad Khan's (20) poor weekend with the bat by running him out with a direct hit as he backed up too far. Muhammad (67) was in fine form, however. In partnership with Ninad Malwade (58*) he saw the total through to 147 in the 15th over. From there, wicket-keeper Asif Tanoli (33) and Malwade shared eight sixes, plundering 70 runs to set 217/6.

Requiring ten an over from the outset, Andrew Carrick (38) latched on to some length bowling and provided impetus. His wicket was important as he fell to Khan the ball after putting him into the stands, but of greater value was Jeff Black's (37) who employed something of a block-smash approach. Newcomer Elmar Scheepers (18), captain Jared Painter (18) and Kyle Mullaney (2*) provided late entertainment, but the chase fell 55 runs short.

In the semifinal the Daredevils survived a consistently threatening FCC bowling attack to post and defend 141. Their total was made possible by Carrick (64) who opened the batting and was last man out. His conservative approach was offset by Black who smashed 42. He was well caught which put the brakes on the scoring rate. Carrick, though, held his nerve, shepherded the tail and set up the win. Bowlers Salim Indiradevi (2/13) and captain Ric McGrail (3/16) capped off impressive weekends with the ball.

The FCC chase was held together by Dhananjay Magar (41) who found too few partners able to stay with him for long. Govindaraj Sridhar (29) put his hand to the task, but with Black (0/14) in a miserly mood, the chase ended nine runs shy.

The action returns to Chiayi City on April 30 for the Jan Hong Tournament.