March 24, 2009

Indonesia

Jakarta League reaches quarter-final stage

Tony Munro

The 11-team Jakarta Cricket League reaches the business stage of the season this weekend when eight sides contest the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals begin a knock-out process which culminates in the Grand Final on May 17.

The three quarter-finals being played this weekend are minor premier Senayan vs Bogor at Cibubur, Ceylon v Rebels at Karawaci and GMIS-1 plays India XI at Purwakarta on March 22. The fourth semi-finalist will be decided when ISCI Woods plays Challengers at Cibubur on April 5.

The highlight of the domestic season was the addition of the Jakarta Globe Tigers, the first club in the league to be run completely by Indonesian officials, and comprise primarily locally born players. Although winless, the players showed great improvement as the season went on.

Those players will no doubt be keen to play the visiting Marylebone Cricket Club when it visits Indonesia in October.

And other international cricket will be played in Indonesia when seven teams - Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands descend on Jakarta to join the host for the East Asia-Pacific Under-15 tournament.

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