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TAIWAN CRICKET Sixes 2013.

March 16 - 17, 2013.

The 13th Taiwan Sixes Tournament was on March 16 and 17! The last champions were the Southerners. Read about the previous tournament and the finals.

2013 Reports:
Six teams gathered in Chiayi City yesterday for the annual Cricket Sixes organised by Taiwan's Chinese Cricket Development Organisation for a light-hearted start to the season.

Taipei's Pakistan Cricket Club (PCCT) led the pack through group play winning all of their five matches. Rehan Naeem starred with the bat retiring at 33 once and being dismissed only once all day. They faced the host team, Kaohsiung's Daredevils, in the best match of the day. Batting first, PCCT put on 72/2 in their 5 overs. Captain Mujahid Muhammad blazed 22 from 9 deliveries and Shoaib Meer finished off the innings with 6,4,4 and 6. Youngster Mahroof Hussain replied in kind with three straight driven sixes to retire from 10 deliveries. But with 15 required, up stepped Naeem to bowl a seven run final over to seal the match. The Daredevils (two wins) finished in fifth place.

A name change saw a successful start for the Kaohsiung's Stars team as they put on 24 runs in the final over to beat the Scunners. Most impressive was their control with the ball sending down very few of the costly wides. And Kashif Mansour bowling a maiden, a great rarity with only four fielders. The Stars finished second to PCCT with three wins.

Newcomer to the Taiwan cricket scene, Anthony Liu, followed his wife from India to open a restaurant in Taipei. "Taiwan is a lot different to India, but I don't mind where I play. But in Taiwan, I get more chances to play proper cricket". Anthony joined the Formosa Cricket Club (FCC - two wins) who benefitted from his services with 28 not out in their final match against the Wildfire Geckos. It proved just enough as the Geckos failed to secure their third win by 3 runs.

Iain Coulson added some mystery to the normally predictable Scunners outfit. His offspin had PCCT's Asif Tanoli's eyes lighting up, but after one four he saw his middle stump pegged back. Iain's form didn't end there as he kept up a fine economy. His team weren't quite as successful however recording no wins.

Also in attendance was Professor Vincent Wang of the Taipei Cricket Federation. He said, "In order to advance the game in the north I want to see the game in action." His organisation plans to build a dedicated cricket ground for Taipei.

Today sees the finals played with all teams still in contention. FCC will play the Stars in one semifinal while PCCT will wait to find their opponents from the best of the three bottom placed teams. There are also a couple of exhibition matches on with the Darling Daredevils taking on Chang Jung Christian University in the first women's competition in Taiwan.

The Taiwan Cricket Sixes organised by the Chinese Cricket Development Association concluded in Chiayi City yesterday afternoon with the Taiwan Stars making good use of their new name winning in the final against host team the Daredevils.

In the first innings, Mahroof Hussain carried his bat for 31 to put the backbone into the Daredevil total while captain Duane Christie made 22. Tanveer Shoaib's over went for 13, but he picked up three wickets which were, more importantly, dot balls.

The chase started well until Hussain once again entered the fray conceding just nine off his over. Fatigue took its toll on the rest of the bowlers after three earlier matches in the morning and too many wides allowed the Stars batsmen to reach their target off the final ball.

In the semi finals Formosa racked up 85/2 against the Stars with Charles Engelbrecht retiring on 30. Tathagat Bhowmick put Formosa on track to defend that with a 4 run over that included the wicket of Tanveer Shoaib. But Imran Syed hammered 4,4,6,2 and 4 from the last over to put his team through.

Hussain's heroic bowling (3/7) in the other semifinal were overshadowed by controversy as a rarely employed law was invoked which added 5 runs to Taipei's Pakistan Cricket Club's (PCCT) target. With the heart of the batting torn out, the Daredevil bowlers managed to contain their otherwise unbeaten opponents.

Earlier the Daredevils qualified for the semifinals by beating the Scunners and the Wildfire Geckos. The Scunners ended the weekend winless after also going down to the Geckos.

Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) took on the Darling Daredevils in the first women's cricket match on Taiwan Soil. In 12 overs the Darlings put on 71/1 with Mary Mullan Christie top scoring with 14. Yuhsuan Hsu (許瑜軒) was CJCU's best bowler with 1/11. Hanlie Fourie took one wicket and captain Mary Mullan Christie a catch in defending the total, but strong leg side shots from Yiru Ma (馬憶茹) saw her finish on 29 not out and her team easily winning.

The Darlings turned that result on its head chasing 61 in a six-a-side match. Their opening batters, Aniena Joubert and Shani Engelbrecht shared an unbeaten partnership to win.

Christie bubbled with enthusiasm for the sport to continue. "We invite the CJCU girls back next month for more games and any other girls teams that want to join in!" she said.

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