Sarawak in MCA Challenge final
Posted on June 27, 2012, Wednesday
Squad beat Pahang by seven wickets to top Group A, eye promotion to elite league
KUCHING: Sarawak qualified for the MCA Challenge Inter-State Cricket League final after beating Pahang by seven wickets in their Group A match at Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu early this month.
On winning the toss, Pahang decided to bat only to be all out for 143 runs in 60 overs.
Sarawak’s bowlers had a fair share of the wickets with Sri Lankan Ashen Jayasinghe two for 16, Ali Hamzah two for 17, Dave Henderson two for 19 and Maxwell Stephen two for 51 runs.
In their runs chase, Sarawak was all out for 194 in 74.5 overs thus having a small lead of 51 runs.
Captain Maxwell Stephen had a fine innings scoring 76 runs while other Sarawak batsmen who contributed were CP Cheong with 26 runs, Victor Graman 16 runs, Ashen Jeyasinghe 12 runs, Azaharuddin 12 runs not out, Edmund Henry 12 runs and M Syahziman 10 runs not out.
In their second innings, Pahang only managed to score 74 runs when they were all out by the 33rd overs.
This time around Sarawak’s Ali Hamzah took five wickets for 22 runs in his 13 overs spell off which two were maidens and Dave Henderson took two wickets for 11 runs in three overs.
With this Sarawak only needed 23 runs for an outright win but they lost three wickets before securing the victory.
Victor Graman scored a useful 13 runs not out to confirm their victory in 12.2 overs.
Following this victory over Pahang, Sarawak who have previously drew with Sabah in their group match are now table-toppers in Group A.
The win put Sarawak in the final to be held on July 14-15 at Kinrara Ground in Kuala Lumpur against the top team from Group B. Teams in that group are Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Winners will gain promotion to the MCA Elite Inter-State League next year.
Sarawak Cricket Association president, Awang Mahyan Awang Mohammed was very pleased with the performance of the team, saying that the team was motivated by the fact that the State government through the chief minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, had agreed to help the association secure a permanent cricket ground.
Taib also stated that SCA had embarked on a four-year development plan to make Sarawak a powerhouse in cricket by 2016.