Kowloon Cricket Club Corporate 6’s
16-17 November, 2018
The event was a long time in the making with us slowly getting a squad together for an extremely well put together event. A few days before we had our squad team-building at the FCC, and if that was anything to go by we thought we’d do well.
This event, one of the ‘must-dos’ for the season is a considerable outlay for the Club, but for the fortunate participants the organising is top notch with coloured clothing provided, live coverage on Facebook, umpires, scorers, programme, photographer and social media experts assigned to take care of us all. Not to mention free-flow beer, breakfast and lunch all provided. We just provided the flags, mascot and ourselves.
The KCC draw had it in for us, with two early morning starts for the weekend event. Our team tent was however kindly placed next to the Peroni Beer Garden. Was this more preparations to see LCC fail? The weather was overcast on Saturday but the ground looked fabulous, the team tents off to one corner and the beer garden sandwiched in between them.
Our first match saw us beaten by Merton Warriors/Charlie Bears before we got on our winning ways, soundly beating ‘Wings’ and pulling the plug on ‘Pacific Basin’.
Making the most of the Peroni beer garden, we stayed well into night-fall and joined in the conversation with old & new friends before stumbling our way out for the night.
A wickedly early start against tournament favourites KARP the next morning saw a very one-sided game as we lost heavily to a team taking things very seriously indeed.
The sun came out as we took on Anglo-Eastern to see if we go into the Cup or the Plate round and once again we were well beaten so that lose took us into the Plate semi-final - against our friends and foes, Charlie Bears.
The game of the tournament began with CB’s running up a massive score of 95/0 and it appeared game over as far as they were concerned. That certainly wasn’t the attitude from LCC as Woodsy describes the chase … Lamma CC chasing a difficult 96 to win against arch rivals, The Charlie Bears. Richie retires after a brilliant 30. Woodsy wobbles to the crease. 9 runs needed to win from 3 balls, closes eyes, swings hard, gets a tiny bit of bat on it. One run. 8 needed to win from 2 balls. Sammy Chall on strike. Cleverly places the ball through the keepers hands for 4. Four runs needed off the final ball of the match for a win that would place Lamma CC in the Plate Final. Sammy Chall spots a short one early and pulls it to the square boundary and helps himself to 4 more. Lamma win in a memorable chase and are through to the Plate Final!
The final is again against Merton Warriors/Charlie Bears and we bat first. For the first time Boots failed with the bat and we make slow progress with the score and manage to make 57/3. We made them work hard in the chase as we chipped away their wickets and not giving many boundaries nor easy runs, but unfortunately the score set was not quite enough and they got the winning runs with 2 balls to spare. It didn’t seem to spoil the enjoyment of the weekend and one direction from God was carried out as we drank the Peroni draught dry!
Big thanks go out to Charlie Bourke and the KCC for organising the event and making us all so welcome. We would also like to thanks Royce and Wardy (and his James) for coming down to offer their support, and of course Godders for leading his squad along its merry way.
Nearly all images courtesy of Kowloon Cricket Club