FCC represent at Shanghai International
The players that
represented Formosa CC at the tournament were Darren (C), Shardul, Cilliers, Prem, Tom, Adrian, Will (borrowed) and Gordon
started with a practice session, in real nets, on Friday afternoon.
Barbarians vs. Shanghai Barbarians
there was a warm-up game between the Formosa
Barbarians and the Shanghai Barbarians. Formosa made 74/4 from its
5 overs. Darren 30 not out, Shardul 13. Shanghai was then kept to just 49/4 after their 5 overs. Cilliers and Shardul took
1 wicket each, but Prem was the star conceding only 4 runs in his over.
vs. Hong Kong CC
in the same group as the Hong Kong CC and the party animals from Chiang Mai (CBB SK). Our first match was against Hong Kong
CC and was memorable for the amount of wides we bowled. Tom – 6, Shardul – 4, Cilliers – 5 and Darren –
us helping them with wides, they had Atul, a former Indian international, in their team, and he got hold of Prem. It must
be added immediately that Mr Prem didn’t bowl a single wide in the tournament. Well done! They ended on 83/3.
tried hard put came up just short at 73/3. Darren again was the top scorer hitting a huge six over long off as he worked with
Will to try and secure an unlikely win.
wasn’t helped by the wolf as he refused to take runs in the last over -- Atul bowling the last over at international
standard to concede just 6 runs.
vs CBB SK
As CBB had
beaten Hong Kong in the first match, we knew that if we could beat CBB, we still had a chance to win our group.
17/4, before fighting back to post 49/5. We now had to score at a fast rate to try and overtake the Hong Kong team. Towards
the end Darren got hold of the bowling and we reached 52/0 in 3.2 overs.
that we had done enough. The official scorer came to us to inform us that our run rate (minus wides and no balls) was 8.42
as compared to Hong Kong’s 8.00. We were happy – FCC into the top four again! Our semi-final was scheduled for
12:30pm on Sunday. Darren was named Man of the Match
But the story
was just beginning. On Sunday morning we returned from our big breakfast and some took a shower, some took a rest, some were
on the toilet, when we got an urgent call.
We had to
be at the field in 10 minutes to play! It was 10:50am. We were rattled, confused and perturbed. It turned out that the village idiot in charge of scoring made a mistake and we were second in our group.
We had to
rush to the field, and with no warm up, we had to play our plate semi-final less our star keeper batsman Tim.
first and couldn’t get the bowling away. After 5 overs we had only scored 44 runs. Shardul made a nice 20 and Cilliers
bowling continued and they easily passed our score after just 3 overs and 1 ball. Needless to say, nobody was happy. From
joint third last year we dropped to joint seventh.
we can blame it on the mathematical error, but in reality it was our bowling. We should never have lost the first game against
Hong Kong. 32 runs off wides alone were just too much. A similar case can be made for the semifinal.
But the skipper
would like to thank all the boys for making it to shanghai after a number of lat withdrawals weakened the side – a special
thanks to Tom and Adrian!
All in all
the weekend was enjoyable. There were big breakfasts, classy dinners, free beer,
negotiations with ladies of ill repute, picture sessions with Viv Richards, faithful Formosan groupies that came out with
us every night, lost ladies appearing in the fifth floor and Japanese love trouble.
are stories best told over a few beers at MOP.
If only we
had bowled better…