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3/10-11, 2012. Shanghai Daredevils Tour

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TAIWAN CRICKET Shanghai Daredevils Tour.

March 10 - 11, 2012.

The Shanghai Daredevils toured Taiwan and took on the Taiwan Daredevils!

Date: Mar. 10-11, 2012.
Saturday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm.
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Schedule, Reports and Scorecards (Reports from the Taipei Times, scorecards from CricHQ):

Cricket in Taiwan is set to reach a new height tomorrow in Pingtung when the nation hosts a team from China for the first time.

The Shanghai Daredevils, the reigning Shanghai League Champions, are visiting and they hope to help promote the game in Taiwan by showing how far the game has developed in such a short space of time in China.

Shanghai Cricket Association representative Jon Newton, a former Taiwan Daredevils player, is looking forward to doing battle with his former side and also developing a close relationship with the Taiwanese side with an eye on future tournaments and the development of cricket on both sides of the -Taiwan Strait.

“I’m looking forward to playing against my Taiwanese brothers and I expect to see a higher standard of cricket played compared to the times when I was there in 2005,” Newton said, tongue in cheek.

Taiwan Daredevils have developed into a formidable side and they hope to show Shanghai just how high the standard now is on this side of the Strait.

New Taiwan Daredevils captain Jared Painter, a Sydney second-grade pace bowler, is expecting a close battle and he hopes to “ruffle a few feathers” with his bowling.

Newton retorted: “Well, Taiwan hasn’t seen our speedster Sanjay Anugula, known as the ‘Indian Express.’”

After being played in Taiwan for 12 years, cricket is still a sport that hardly gets recognized and it is always up against the popular sport of baseball when it comes to finding venues.

Taiwan Daredevils chairman Andrew Carrick has spent countless hours negotiating with the Greater Kaohsiung Government trying to find suitable venues for cricket, but to no avail.

However, a pitch at the Taiwan Sugar Corp factory on Fushin Road in Pingtung will host the showdown between the Daredevils tomorrow from noon until 7 pm, while the Pro ground on Fushin Road will host Sunday’s encounter from 10am until 5pm, thanks to the positive approach of Pingtung County government officials, who always welcome cricket to the city.

China has more than 1,000 youth cricket teams and Shanghai has about 450 players and about 40 teams, which they hope to increase by 300 percent by 2015.

The goal is for China to become an international playing nation. That only highlights how the sport is being left behind in Taiwan and how much work needs to be done.

The opening ceremony for the historic match will see the two teams exchange gifts and a carnival atmosphere is expected during the weekend, as the Shanghai Daredevils get their first taste of floodlit cricket tomorrow evening when two Twenty20 matches are scheduled be played.

Saturday, March 10: 12:00 - 20 overs. 3:45 - 20 overs.

The Shanghai Daredevils took to the field in two Twenty20 cricket matches against their Taiwanese namesakes in Pingtung City yesterday in the first ever matches between teams from either side of the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan captain Jared Painter wanted to send Shanghai in to bat first to test them in unfamiliar conditions. Painter (1-12) had his way and lived up to his word. His first delivery saw a confident LBW appeal turned down. His opening partner, Jeff Black (1-22), claimed the first wicket bowling Sanjay Anugula (3).

Former Taiwan player Jon Newton (44) sent two sixes over the long-on boundary to balance the ledger. He was supported by a pair of 23s from Sid Sinha and Taipei’s Kannan Murugasen, but Taiwan’s Duane Christie (2-29) and Graham Terblanche (1-14) combined to swing the match.

Christie first ran out Sinha, then he bowled Newton and Terblanche grabbed a caught-and-bowled chance from Murugasen.

Chasing 147 to win, Taiwan soon found life not so easy when asked to bat themselves. Anugula (2-30), who opened the bowling as well, had Andrew Carrick (5) and Christie (0) caught in the first few overs.

Terblanche (31) launched a counterattack with two sixes. When he was stumped by off-spinner Aravind Arasu, the run rate was better, but the three wickets were a worry. Jeff Black (47 not out) followed, hitting 10 controlled boundaries as Taiwan cruised to victory with six overs to spare.

In the second match, Painter chose to bat and Taiwan turned the heat up with 255. Carrick (72 not out) batted the 20 overs, scoring largely from the outside edge, including a top-edged six to the very short fine-leg boundary.

Terblanche, who hit 65 in the second match, had himself stumped again, but not before slogging Shanghai out of the match. And Roy Horgan (56 not out) got all his runs from just 20 deliveries.

Anugula (0-26) emerged relatively unscathed among the bowlers and hit 70 in the forlorn reply, which was put to an end with an “all bowled” hat-trick from Christie.

Today’s matches will be played on the Pro Ground in Pingtung City on Bangciou Road beginning at 10:30am.

Sunday, March 11: 10:30 - 20 overs.

Taiwan Daredevils send China side home winless

The Shanghai Daredevils’ cricket tour of Taiwan concluded at the Pro Ground in Pingtung City yesterday. The third in the series of Twenty20 matches finished in another convincing win for the home team.

The Taiwanese side, batting first, seemed intent on being defensive, with just 19 runs coming in the first five overs. If it was defensive, however, it failed as Shanghai’s Gopi Mathivanan (2-16) had Hercules Malan (2) caught and induced an edge from Roy Horgan (0). Sanjay Anugula (1-24) then ran out Rob Smyth (6) with a direct hit.

Jared Painter (36) and Jeff Black (48) hit back in more attacking fashion, carving some wayward bowling.

Black continued his lessons in risk-free accumulation, staying very still and hitting straight. He kept his shots along the ground and defended the straight ball until well set. When set, he launched the shorter ball over the square and point boundaries for six. The shot became his undoing though, as he mishit one to Kannan Murugasen in the covers. By then, the base for a competitive score was set and Duane Christie (23 not out) saw Taiwan to 155 for six.

Murugasen (33) found the target a challenge after Taiwan hatched a short-length bowling plan to him. Coupled with some hesitant running, the free-hitting opener struggled to establish a high enough run rate.

The other Shanghai batsmen who might have threatened the target fell at regular intervals. Shanghai finished on 104 for eight.

The next generation of Taiwan cricketers made the step up to senior level with Andrew Carrick’s son, Ryan, on debut. He withstood the pace of Shanghai’s Kris Belling, played a nice cut shot and finished not out with one run.

Shanghai’s Sid Sinha promised the Taiwan side a better challenge on a reciprocal tour, and with plenty of teams and proper cricket facilities across the Taiwan Strait, the invitation to Taiwanese teams seems a very tempting one. Despite the on-field results, the guests were thankful to the Taiwan Daredevils and Andrew Carrick for arranging an enjoyable weekend.