hurricanes champions league match reports

hurricanes champions league match reports

Round 1

A perfect day for cricket at the beautiful ground at Montrose Bay, with all teams excited to start the season.

First match started with Derwent Scorpions winning the toss and bowled out for 81 runs. TPS lead by captain Gagan Virk chased the total in just 7 overs with some big hits and two lost balls. 

Pak Eagles on the other ground chased a decent total of 131 runs with 9 wickets in hand and debutante team International Raiders lost the match, although they acquitted themselves very well.

Spartan XI put a target of 188 for Subbies who were all out on 80 runs. 

The highlight of the day was Gurkha Legends defeating Van Diemens devil by 6 wickets. 

Man of the match awards

Khusvinder Singh  (TPS) 

Saad Bajwa (Pak Eagles ) 

Ram (Gurkhas Legend) 

Hummam Mohammed (Spartyan XI)

All scores can be found here.

 

Round 2

Round 2 of the HCL kicked off with an exciting match between defending champions the Crusaders and the International Raiders. The Crusaders posted a healthy total led by Aakarshan Arora with 53 not out. The wind was fierce but this worked well for the Crusaders’ fast bowlers in reply as they rattled the International Raiders who were all out for only 70 runs. 

In the second game of the day, the first century was scored in the HCL season by TPS player Khusvinder Singh who scored 123 not out. This helped TPS to post a massive total of 185 runs. Gurkhas Legend had a slow start in their innings but managed to post 146 runs in their 20 overs. 

Over at Abbotsfield Park, The Pak Eagles won their second match of the season, comfortably overcoming the Spartan XI by 8 wickets. The star was Arslan Iqbal for the Pak Eagles who hit 48 runs. 

The Subbies had tough day as they were bowled out for just 66 runs by the Derwent Scorpions. It wasn’t all smooth sailing by the Scorpions, who in return chased down the runs with 6 wickets in hand. 

This weekend, it was great to see many new faces for a number of teams with some players from other local competitions now playing with various teams which has brought new opportunities for many HCL players to connect with and find new friends at mainstream club level. 

Man of the match awards

Khusvinder Singh  (TPS) for his 123 against the Gurkhas Legends 

Arlan Iqbal (Pak Eagles ) for his 48 against the Spartan XI

Jackson Mann (Derwent Scorpians) for his 2/15 against the Subbies

Aakarshan Arora (IC Crusaders) with 53 against the Subbies

All scores can be found here.

 

Round 3

The competition is hotting up with all teams now flexing their muscles and setting their sights on reaching the finals. 

The 3rd round opened with IC Crusaders vs Spartan XI. The Spartans posted a solid total of 136 off their 20 overs with the defending champions Crusaders confident of chasing down the total. It wasn’t to be though as the Spartans’ tight bowling and fielding restricting the chase and ensuring victory by 26 runs.

The Gurkha Legends batted first against the Subbies, Pawan leading the charge with 54. They posted a total they were very happy with – 6/147 off their 20 overs. In reply, the Subbies made 111 but are finding their feet in the HCL and hopefully their first win is not far away. 

Tasmanian Pujabi Society (TPS) had a great day out making 174 with Sarwan Kumar scoring 56 runs – a great effort after they lost their star batsman and captain Gagan Virk cheaply. In reply, the Van Diemens Devils had to take a few risks chasing the large total but in the end lost the match by 70 runs. 

The Pak Eagles (one of the competition favourites) had a scare with the Derwent Scorpions doing a great job in reaching 145 facing the strong bowling lineup of the Eagles. The Pak Eagles cruised to victory though with the dominant Saad Bajwa hitting 68 not out to lead them to victory by 7 wickets and 6 overs to spare. 

After three rounds, the TPS and Pak Eagles are on top undefeated with 6 points followed by Gurkha legend and Spartan XI on four points each. The Crusaders and Derwent Scorpions have 2 points each and Subbies / International raiders/ Van Diemens Devils still searching for their first wins.

Man of the matches awards

Saad Bajwa (Pak Eagles) for his 68no against the Derwent Scorpians

Sarwan Kumar (TPS) for his 57 runs and 1 wicket against the Van Diemens Devils

Sandeep (Spartan XI) for his 42 runs and 2 wickets against IC Crusaders

Pawan (Gurkha Legend) for a solid 54 runs against Subbies

All scores can be found here.

 

Round 4

Sunday rolled around again – fast becoming the day known for the Hurricanes Champions League. Teams and their respective communities await to get on the ground and enjoy the game. 

Round 4 started with IC Crusaders scoring massive 210 against Derwent Scorpions which is the highest score so far for this season. Fuelled by Janoti (53), Arora (44) and Simerpreet Singh (41), the Crusaders total proved too daunting for the Scorpions who put up a fight but fell by 58 runs short. 

Spartan XI set the International Raiders a target of 151 off their 20 overs with solid contributions across the board. Confident of victory, in response the Raiders could only manage 116.  

The saying goes when love exceeds its limits, it becomes a rage and the game between Gurkha Legend and Pak Eagles took that turn. Gurkhas batted first posting 139 with the loss of only 6 wickets. Things went down to the wire in the Eagles innings with a nail biter on the cards. Off the very last ball, the Eagles were dismissed only one agonising run short.

The ever-improving Subbies batted first against a strong Van Diemen’s Devils side scoring 92 runs. This total didn’t pose many problems for the Devils who chased down the total with all 10 wickets in hand in the space of just 10 overs thanks to Nick Cuff (43no) and Matt Bedford (38no).

Cricket is an emotional game and yesterday proved one thing - how much Cricket is loved by all communities. Win or lose it was a great day had by all. 

Man of the matches awards

Jithin (Spartan XI) 23 runs and a wicket vs the International Raiders

Deepak Janoti (IC Crusaders) for 53 and 1/21 against the Derwent Scorpians

Sagar (Gurkhas Legend) for 68 vs the Pak Eagles

Ben Hall (Van Diemen’s Devils) 4/22 vs the Subbies

 

Grand Final

The scene was set for a fantastic evening of family entertainment, music, cultural celebrations and cricket for the Hurricanes Champions League Grand Final at KGV Oval in Glenorchy.

Two of the best teams of season reached the final in TPS (Tasmanian Punjabi Sports club) which remain undefeated for the whole tournament to date playing against the Pak- Eagles, another strong outfit. Both teams have a very interesting history with their origins of India and Pakistan showcasing national pride in the cricket world. However, the spirit displayed for the Grand Final was that of unity and harmony and a celebration of our great love of cricket.

The game started with Pak eagles winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. Opening pair Sarwan Kumar and Nrip Parmar giving TPS a brilliant start with a partnership of 74 runs. Captain Gagan then strode to the crease and took on the task of maintaining a strong run rate with 41 runs, including two towering 6 sixes and 3 fours. At the end of their 20 overs, the TPS mounted a massive total of 5/196 providing a big task for the Pak Eagles to chase down.

Knowing a quick start was vital for the Pak Eagles, they were unable put together enough partnerships to make a real dent in the imposing total of the TPS and stumbled to be all out in 14 overs with 105 on the board.

Man of the match was Gagan Virk with 41 runs and 3 wickets for the TPS. His teammate Sarwan Kumar was also awarded player of the tournament on the evening, amassing 300 runs and taking 20 wickets for the season. The best first year team was awarded to the Gurkha Legends and Fair Play award to the Derwent Scorpions for their cheerful performance and aligning with the HCL vision.

A fantastic evening to finish the season as KGV went into party mode after the Grand Final with Bollywood tunes playing well into the night.

Attention now moves to the ICSL Dream Team (the representative side selected from the tournament) who will play against the Margate Cricket Club on Australia Day January 26th. Play will commence at 11am at the Margate Oval. 

Scores for the Grand Final can be found here.

 

Match reports written by Raj Chopra.

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