Stevens impresses at Hong Kong Sixes

Sunday 29th October 2017

Men’s First XI

Stevens impresses at Hong Kong Sixes

Darren Stevens got some useful match practice as he starred for the MCC in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament.

Stevens hit a best of 36 off just 10 balls in the cup quarter-final – striking three fours and four sixes as the MCC fell 17 runs short of Pakistan’s 112-2 total.

The Kent all-rounder earlier took 1/19 and Berg took 1/11 as Pakistan scored 30, 24 and 23 off the other three overs.

The five-over tournament favours all-rounders as everyone except the wicketkeeper is required to bowl an over in the five-over innings.

MCC lost all three group games before reaching the Plate final, losing to hosts Hong Kong at the Kowloon Cricket Club.

Stevens ended the tournament with 139 runs at an average of 69.5 and a strike rate of 302.17.

With the ball, the 41-year-old took five wickets at an average of 22.8 and an economy rate of 19.

In the field, Stevens took three catches, including a superb juggling boundary catch against South Africa on Saturday.

The MCC side featured Stevens, Gareth Berg (Hampshire), Jordan Clark (Lancashire), Rikki Clarke (Surrey), Ryan Higgins (Glos), skipper Samit Patel (Notts) and John Simpson (Middlesex).

South Africa beat Pakistan in the Cup Final in the nineteenth edition of the tournament, revived for the first time since 2012.