Hong Kong Cricket Association
Hong Kong Cricket Association



1998 Tuanku Ja'afar Cup
Hong Kong welcomes teams from Malaysia and Singapore for the 1998 Tuanku Ja'afar Cup to be played during 3-6 December 1998.

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News & Tournament Information

With the withdrawal of Thailand from the competition, the fourth team will be made up from a composite HKCA President's XI, however they will not be eligible to participate in the final and no points will be awarded for matches against them.

Defending champions and Asian Cup finalists Malaysia have sent a strong team and they will be tough to beat again this year. The hosts and 1996-97 winners Hong Kong have a new look side and they will benefit from the home town advantage. Meanwhile Singapore will be looking to reverse a few of the recent results against their Asian rivals.

Matches will be played on a round-robin basis with fixtures played at the Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) and Hong Kong Cricket Club (HKCC).

Day One Review

Cool, damp conditions greeted the players for the opening round of matches.

At HKCC, wet ground conditions resulted in a 12:15pm start, with the match being reduced to a 35 over per side affair and bowlers restricted to a maximum 7 overs each. Malaysia batted first and reached 155-8, with Ramesh Menon (38) and Matthew William (46) the chief contributors, whilst Joshua Dearing and Stacey Muruthi took two wickets each. Half centuries by Dearing and Johann Pieris secured Singapore the victory in 29 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Hong Kong amassed 280-6 in their 50 overs against the President's XI played at KCC. Most of the top order scored runs, including Stewart Brew (40), Hashmi Ali (58 ret.), Nick Waters(42) and Mark Davies (53). Best of the bowlers were Richard Nuttall with 2-29 and Aftab Ahmed with 2-34. In reply, valiant knocks by Nassir Hameed (96) and Ilyas Gul (60) were not enough to secure victory as the President's XI could only manage 245-6. Javaid Iqbal with 3-39 was the best of Hong Kong's bowlers.

Day Two Review

At HKCC, Singapore batted first on a wicket that offered variable bounce and could only manage a total of 66 runs. Andrew Scott (20) was the only batsman to offer any sort of resistance against the Hong Kong attack. Hong Kong's captain Stewart Brew did most of the damage, taking five wickets for only five runs. With the possibility of run-rate being a factor in deciding final places, Hong Kong set about their small target with haste. Sada Hussain hit a rapid 39 not out as the match was wrapped up in the tenth over.

At KCC, Ilyas Gul scored 115 and skipper Richard Nuttall 51 as the HKCA's President's XI scored 260-4 against a Malaysian team resting strke bowler Muniandy. Matthew William was the best of the Malaysian bowlers capturing 2-43 from his ten over spell. In reply most of the Malaysian top order batsmen got starts but failed to go on to big scores and the side was eventually dismissed 97 runs short of their target for 163. For the President's XI, Malcolm Constain took 4-32 and Bharat Gohel 3-36.

Singapore's poor showing gives Malaysia a chance of making Sunday's final, but they'll have to beat Hong Kong and hope their run-rate is better than one of the other two.

Day Three Review

Hong Kong progressed to the Tuanku Ja'afar final after beating Malaysia by four wickets at KCC. Batting first, Malaysia struggled to get on top of the unorthodox Hong Kong attack, which saw them opening with the pace of Mohammed Zubair and the spin of Javaid Iqbal. Ramesh Menon played well at the top of the order for his 46, receiving good support from his skipper, Suresh Navaratnam (47) and Navin Durairetnam (22). However Malaysia's total of 212 runs looked light on the easy paced KCC wicket. For Hong Kong, Zubair and Iqbal finiahed with three wickets each, whilst skipper Stewart Brew claimed two.

Hong Kong's reply was initially cautious but once the openers had settled the runs started to flow. Sada Hussain was the first to depart after scoring 24, deceived by a slower ball from Muniandy. When Rahul Sharma was dismissed shortly afterwards by a sensational piece of fielding, the game looked to be swinging in Malaysia's favour. Brew was then joined by Salim Malik and together the two put together a good partnership, before Brew was caught behind from the bowling of Madhavan. Mark Davies came to the wicket and proceeded to play an accomplished innings, seeing Hong Kong through to a deserved victory. Malik was dismissed shortly after reaching his half century, whilst Davies finished undefeated on 63. The winning runs were scored in emphatic style, when Mohanna Marzook lifted the ball into the pavilion from the first ball of the 48th over. Malaysia's loss sees them exit the tournament, a big disappointment for them I am sure. The final will be played between Singapore and Hong Kong.

In the day's other match, Singapore defeated the President's XI by three wickets at the HKCC. For the President's XI, half centuries by Damien Green and Ilyas Gul saw them reach 228-7 in their 50 overs, with Sandeep Seth and Joshua Dearing claiming two wickets each. Singapore's chase was led by Andrew Scott, who finished undefeated on 89 and Dearing (66). Jamshed Khan was the best of the President's XI bowlers, claiming 3-58. Singapore reached their target in the 47th over.

Day Four Review - The Final

Hong Kong batted first and managed to accummulate 219-9 in their 50 overs. Stewart Brew, Rahul Sharma, Mark Davies and Ravi Sujanani all got starts but none reached the half century mark. Tight bowling from Gary Higgie and Andrew Scott, combined with some poor running between the wickets which resulted in three run outs, kept the total to less than what Hong Kong would have liked. It could have been worse had the tail-enders not managed to string together a few lusty blows and bring the total over 200.

After Singapore's openers had departed cheaply, Joshua Dearing (62) and Johann Pieris (70) combined for what looked like a match winning partnership. Some tight bowling in the middle stages by Salim Malik curbed the flow of runs and when the pressure got too much, the batsmen cracked. With victory in sight, the last seven batsmen could only manage collectively to score 25 runs and Singapore came up 21 runs short of a shock win. As a consolation, Dearing earned the Man of the Match honours.

Congratulations to hosts Hong Kong, who went through the tournament unbeaten.

Contact Information

Teams and officials may be contacted at the following hotel:

Majestic Hotel
348 Nathan Road,
Yau Ma Tei,
Tel: (+852) 2781 1333
Fax: (+852) 2781 1773
E-mail: info@majestichotel.com.hk

Hong Kong

Stewart Brew (Captain), Tim Smart, Sada Hussain, Rahul Sharma, Salim Malik, Anthony Booth, Ravi Sujanani, Mark Davies, Tabarak Dar, Marzook Mohanna, Mohammed Zubair, Javaid Iqbal, Nick Waters, Hashmi Ali


Suresh Navaratnam (Captain), K Ramadass (Vice Captain), Rakesh Madhavan, Rohan Selvaretnam, CP Ramesh Menon, Chew Pok Cheong, Shanker Retinam, M Muniandy, Siswanto b. Moksun Hadi, Matthew Wiliam, Mevinder Singh, Navin Durairatnam, Thomas Matthew, Venu Ramadass, V Vijayalingam (Manager/Coach), A Jeyasegaran (Assistant Coach), Anul Selvan (Umpire)


Johann Pieris (Captain/Team Manager), Gary Douglas Higgie (Vice Captain), Sandeep Puri, Varma Kuldeep Radhakisan, Avinash Thomas Abraham, Sandeep Seth, Zeng Renchun, Stacey Muruthi, Manbhir, Goh Swee Heng, Joshua Edwin Dearing, Rishi Kaul, Andrew Scott

HKCA LogoPresident's XI

Richard Nuttall (Captain), Nassir Hameed, Ilyas Gul, Tiku Patidar, Wasim Imtiaz, Paul Hutchinson, Aftab Ahmed, Jamshed Khan, Adrian Watermeyer, Steven Harwinkels, Jignesh Tailor, Damian Green, Adnan Butt, David Mallinson, Trupty Nimkar, Bharat Gohel, Malcolm Constain, Brett Morley, Priyantha Fernando

3rd December Hong Kong v. President's XI KCC
Singapore v. Malaysia HKCC
4th December Hong Kong v. Singapore HKCC
Malaysia v. President's XI KCC
5th December Hong Hong v. Malaysia KCC
Singapore v. President's XI HKCC
6th December Final KCC
Weather forecast

Day One - 3.12.98

At HKCC: Malaysia 155-8 (R Menon 38, M William 46; J Dearing 2-23, S Muruthi 2-30) lost to Singapore 158-4 (J Dearing 51, J Pieris 57; M Muniandy 2-31) by six wickets.

At KCC: Hong Kong 280-6 (S Brew 40, H Ali 58 (ret.), N Waters 42, M Davies 53, R Sujanani 26, S Malik 23*; R Nuttall 2-29, A Ahmed 2-34) beat President's XI 245-6 (N Hameed 96, I Gul 60, A Ahmed 28*; J Iqbal 3-39) by 35 runs.

Day Two - 4.12.98

At HKCC: Singapore 66 (A Scott 20; S Brew 5-5, M Mohanna 3-15, M Zubair 2-26) lost to Hong Kong 67-0 (S Hussain 39*) by ten wickets.

At KCC: President's XI 260-4 (I Gul 115, R Nuttall 51, H Nasir 34, A Butt 25; M William 2-43) beat Malaysia 163 (R Madhavan 42, K Ramadass 23, R Selvaretnam 25; M Constain 4-32, B Gohel 3-36, J Khan 2-20) by 97 runs.

Day Three - 5.12.98

At KCC: Malysia 212 (R Menon 46, S Navaratnam 47, N Durairatnam 22; M Zubair 3-37, J Iqbal 3-38, S Brew 2-39) lost to Hong Kong 215-6 (S Hussain 24, S Brew 37, S Malik 51, M Davies 63*; R Madhavan 2-36) by four wickets.

At HKCC: President's XI 228-7 (D Green 53, I Gul 57; R Nuttall 33, N Hameed 30) lost to Singapore 228-7 (A Scott 89*, J Dearing 66; J Khan 3-58, R Nuttall 2-36) by three wickets.

Final - 6.12.98

At KCC: Hong Kong 219-9 (S Brew 35, R Sharma 27, M Davies 36, R Sujanani 25; G Higgie 2-40, A Scott 3-41) beat Singapore 198 (J Dearing 62, J Pieris 70; S Malik 3-37, M Zubari 2-28, S Brew 2-42) by 21 runs.


The Tournament shall be known as TUANKU JA'AFAR CUP 1998 and shall be organised by Hong Kong Cricket Association and shall take place between 3rd - 6th December 1998 in Hong Kong.


a) At least 6 of the playing eleven must either qualify by birth, hold a permanent identification card or citizenship for that country. The former (by birth) may represent their country without any further conditions and the latter must have been physically resident in the country they are representing since 1st December 1997. The balance of the playing eleven must have been physically resident in the country they are representing since 1st December 1997.

Professionals: no professional cricketers shall be allowed in this tournament. Professionals shall be defined as persons who have played professional cricket or for payment in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand or Hong Kong, or who are paid full time to coach cricket in the country they are intending to represent.


1. Each team will be limited to 14 players from which their teams will be selected throughout the Competition. Nomination of the players must reach the Organising Committee one week before the scheduled start of the tournament.

2. Each nominated player registered must be in accordance with the qualification rules.

3. Only players registered with the Organising Committee will be eligible to play.

4. Unless otherwise stated, the Laws of Cricket shall prevail throughout this tournament.


1. Law 1.2 - 'Before the toss for innings, the Captains shall nominate their players in writing who may not thereafter be changed without the consent of the opposite Captain.' In addition, the full names of the nominated players and the reserves shall be submitted to the Umpire(s) and opposing Captain or his deputy, before the toss for the innings.

2. If a player nominated to play in a match does not turn up within an hour of the actual commencement of play, it shall be the nominated substitute, who shall immediately thereafter replace the absent nominated player.


(HKCA President's XI)



Except as varied hereunder the Laws of Cricket (1980 Code) Second Edition - 1992 and subsequent amendments, ICC Code of Conduct and ICC Regulations (SEP. 1997) shall apply.


The matches will consist of one innings per side and each innings will be limited to 50 six ball overs. A minimum of 25 overs per team shall constitute a match.


Each team will play one match against the other three competing teams. The top two teams will play in the final after determining positions as per 14.1 All matches will be played at Hong Kong Cricket Club & Kowloon Cricket Club grounds as per above fixtures.


SESSION 1 - 1000 - 1315
LUNCH - 1315 - 1400
SESSION 2 - 1400 - 1715


The innings of the team batting second shall not commence before the scheduled time for commencement of the second session unless the team batting first has completed its innings at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled interval, in which case a ten minute break will occur and the team batting second will commence its innings and the interval occur as scheduled. Where play is delayed or interrupted the umpires will reduce the timing of the interval:

Time lost - Interval
Up to 60 minutes - 30 Minutes
Between 60 and 120 minutes - 20 Minutes
More than 120 minutes - 10 Minutes

Note : Refer also the provisions in Clause 7.2


Drinks breaks shall be taken after the 17th and 34th over of each innings. Any player may receive a drink either on the boundary edge or, at the fall of a wicket on the field, provided that no playing time is lost. No other drinks shall be taken onto the field without the permission of the Umpires. Any player taking drinks onto the field shall be appropriately dressed in cricket attire.



A Panel of Umpires consisting of One Umpire from Malaysia and others from Hong Kong will officiate throughout the competition. Appointment of umpires will be at the discretion of the Organising committee.


The Organising Committee will provide an official scorer for each match. Individual teams may also have their own scorers for their matches. The scores maintained by the Official Scorer shall prevail.


The Captains, dressed in cricket attire, shall toss for the choice of innings on the field of play 30 minutes before the scheduled or rescheduled time for the match to start. The Referee/Umpires will accompany the Captains and supervise the Toss.



(a) Each team shall bat for 50 (six ball) overs unless all out earlier. A team shall not be permitted to declare its innings closed.

(b) If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first session, play shall continue until the required number of overs have been bowled. Unless otherwise determined by the Referee, the innings of the team batting second shall be limited to the same number of overs bowled by it, at the scheduled time for cessation of the first session. The over in progress at the scheduled cessation time shall count as a completed over. The interval shall not be extended and the second session shall commence at the scheduled time. The Umpires may increase the number of overs to be bowled by the team bowling second if, after consultation he/they are of the opinion that events beyond the control of the bowling team prevented that team from bowling the required number of overs by the scheduled time for the cessation of the innings of the team batting first.

(c) If the team batting first is all out and the last wicket falls at or after the scheduled time of interval, the innings of the team batting second shall be limited to the same number of overs bowled to the team batting first at the scheduled time for the interval (the over in which the wicket falls to count as a complete over).

(d) If the team batting first is dismissed in less than 50 overs, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 50 overs.

(e) If the team fielding second fails to bowl the required number of overs as provided by 17.15 hrs the hours of play shall be extended until the required number of overs are bowled or a result is achieved or until bad light stops play.


The Laws of Cricket shall prevail: i.e. reduce the overs to be faced by one over for each complete span of 3 minutes lost. If for example 3 overs are lost by rain or bad light in the first innings, the number of overs to be faced in the 2nd innings shall be reduced by the like amount. At least 25 overs per side must be played to constitute a result.


Two semi circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi circles have as their centre the middle stumps at either end of the pitch. The radius of each semi circle is 30 yards (27.5m) and the ends of each semi circle are joined to the other by a straight line drawn on the field on the same side of the pitch.

The field restriction area should be marked by continuous painted white lines, markers or 'dots' at 5 yard (4.5m) intervals, each 'dot' to be covered if possible by white plastic or rubber disc measuring approx 7 inches (18cm) in diameter.

At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than 5 fieldsmen on the leg side.

For the first 15 overs, 9 fieldsmen shall be inside the field restriction marking at the instant of delivery. For the remaining overs 4 fieldsmen shall be inside the field restriction marking at the instant of delivery. If the fielding side has less than 11 players on the field the above restrictions shall still apply.

Two inner circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The circles have as their centres the centre point of the popping crease at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the circles is 15 yards (13.72 metres). The field restriction area should be marked by 'dots'. The segment of the circle reserved for the slip positions shall not be demarcated. (Refer Appendix 1).

In the first 15 overs there must be a minimum of 2 stationary fieldsmen within this 15 - yard field restriction at the instant of delivery. The two stationary fieldsmen may be permitted to stand deeper than 15 yards (in the un-demarcated area) provided only that they are standing in orthodox slip positions and not in short third -man positions.

Where play is delayed or interrupted affecting the innings of the team batting first in the first 15 overs of the game and the total number of overs available is thereby reduced, the number of overs in regard to the above 15-over field restrictions shall be reduced proportionately for both teams.(i.e. if the team batting first loses 2 overs because of rain, the fielding restriction of 9 men in the circles shall be reduced to 13 overs.) Where the innings of the team batting second is delayed or interrupted, the number of overs in regard to field restrictions shall be the same as the first innings. (i.e 13 overs in the above scenario).

In the event of an infringement of the above, either Umpire shall call and signal 'No Ball'.


No bowler shall bowl more than 10 (six ball) overs in an innings. In a delayed or interrupted match where the overs are reduced for both teams or for the team bowling second , no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total allowed. This will not apply if a bowler has completed his quota of overs before the interruption to play.

In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls will be bowled by another bowler. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler's limit is concerned. The scoreboard shall if possible show the total number of overs bowled and the number of overs bowled by each bowler.


Short Pitched Bowling - If a ball passes or would have passed above shoulder height of the striker standing in his normal batting stance at the crease, either Umpire shall call and signal No Ball.

The Laws of cricket shall apply in relation to the bowling of full pitched balls which pass or would have passed the striker above waist high.


Umpires are instructed to apply very strict and consistent interpretation in regards to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket.

Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the Umpire does not give the batsman a reasonable opportunity to play a cricket shot shall be called and signalled 'Wide'.


Each fielding team shall have one new ball for its innings. Organisers shall provide a Platypus red four piece cricket ball which will be used in all matches. Each fielding team shall have one new ball for its innings.

The Umpires shall retain possession of the match ball(s) throughout the duration of the match when play is not actually taking place. During play Umpires shall periodically inspect the condition of the ball and shall retain possession of it at the fall of a wicket, a drinks interval, at the end of each over, or any other disruption in play.

Ball Lost or becoming unfit for play.

In the event of a ball during the play being lost or, in the opinion of the umpire, being unfit for play through normal use, the umpires shall allow it to be replaced by one that in the opinion has had a similar amount of wear. If the ball is to be replaced, the umpires shall inform the batsman.


13.1 A result can be achieved only if both teams have had the opportunity of batting for at least 25 overs, unless one team has been all out in less than 25 overs or unless the team batting second scores enough runs to win in less than 25 overs.

All matches in which both teams have not had an opportunity of batting for a minimum of 25 overs, shall be declared 'No Result'.

13.2 TIE

In matches in which both teams have had the opportunity of batting for the agreed number of overs, the team scoring the higher number of runs shall be the winner. If the scores are equal, the result shall be a 'Tie' and no account shall be taken of the number of wickets which have fallen.


If the innings of the team batting second is delayed or interrupted and it is not able to receive its full quota of overs, the target score shall be calculated of run rate: total runs scored = run rate balls received.



The points system shall be as follows:
Win - 2,
Tie or No Result - 1,
Loss - 0.

In the event of the teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the Final match will be decided by the most wins in the preliminary matches or, when teams have both equal wins and equal points, the team which was the winner of the preliminary match (played between them) will be placed in the higher position or, if still equal, the higher net run rate. Run rate shall be total runs scored in the previous games divided by total balls faced.

14.2 FINAL

If no result is achieved in a final then the winner shall be:

(a) The team with higher points in the preliminary round or if finishing equal,
(b) the team with most number of wins in the preliminary round matches or if still equal,
(c) the team which was the winner of the preliminary match ( if played between them) or if still equal,
(d) team with better net run rate or if still equal,
(e) decided by spin of the coin.


The Laws of Cricket apply.


The Laws of Cricket apply.


The Laws of Cricket apply.


The Laws of Cricket apply.

In the event of any dispute, the Referee/Umpires, in consultation with Organising Committee, will rule and this ruling will be final.


ALL MATCHES SHALL BE PLAYED ON NATURAL TURF PITCHES unless weather conditions dictate otherwise. Players should have suitable footwear for both types of surface. No metal spiked footwear shall be allowed in games on synthetic pitches.

19.1 Law 10.1 - Rolling of Pitch.

The Laws of Cricket apply.


Where possible ground authorities shall have covers available to protect the pitch overnight and from rainstorms during the game.


At no time on any day of the match shall there be any bowling or batting practice on the pitch or the square except in official netted practice pitch areas. In addition there shall be no bowling or batting practice on any part of the square or the area immediately parallel to the match pitch after the commencement of play on any day.


The Laws of Cricket apply.


Law 24.1 Will apply except that the bowler may not deliver the ball underarm.

25. LAW 30 - BOWLED

The Laws of Cricket apply.


The bowling of fast, high full pitched balls is unfair.

A fast , high full pitched ball shall be defined as a ball that passes, or would have passed, on the full above waist height of a batsman standing upright at the crease. Should a bowler bowl a fast high pitched ball, either Umpire shall call and signal 'No Ball'. In the event such unfair bowling the Umpire at the bowler's end shall adopt the procedure of caution, final warning, and action against the bowler and reporting as set out in Law 42.8.

27. Organising Committee will consist of:

James Middleton, Tournament Organiser
Mr Mike Walsh, Chairman HKCA
Mark Burns, HKCA Executive