A number of Hong Kong cricketers have made their presence felt during the summer of 2019, through their participation in various competitions, events, and overseas tours.
Over in Ontario, Hong Kong cricket is being well represented in the second edition of the Global T20 Canada, with Nizakat Khan (Montreal Tigers), Anshuman Rath (Edmonton Royals), Ehsan Nawaz (Edmonton Royals) and Babar Hayat (Brampton Wolves) all taking part. The GT20C features cricketers from all around the planet, including illustrious names such as Yuvraj Singh, Kane Williamson, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle, and provides great exposure for the Associate cricketers taking part. The HK players in particular have been in the spotlight – Babar Hayat hitting 119 runs in 3 innings off just 78 balls for only once dismissed, whilst Anshuman’s 87* on Saturday was pivotal to the Edmonton Royals successfully chasing down 198. Our Hong Kong fans can watch the entire tournament live on Star Sports, with games running from 12:30 AM HK Time onwards.
Meanwhile in the UK, our Women’s national team skipper Mariko Hill and spinner Ruchitha Venkatesh took part in a series of friendly games for the Fairbreak XI. Fairbreak Global is a non-profit group, focused on creating opportunities in sport, business, media, arts and education to achieve gender equality on a truly global scale. They assembled a team of female cricketers from around the world, with 10 different countries represented, to take part in a series of friendly games to raise awareness for the cause. The Fairbreak XI includes the likes of Alex Blackwell and Sana Mir, providing our girls with some valuable experience of playing alongside top tier players. They were victorious in all four of their games, beating Kent Women, a Paul Gatty XI, and the MCC in back-to-back games that were live streamed on YouTube.
And out in Shanghai, the Craigengower Cricket Club woman’s team finished second in the 2019 China National Cricket Competition, where they played against teams from Shanghai (上海), Shandong (山東) and Shenyang Sports University 沈體(女).More details about the matches can be found at the CCC Fung Wong Facebook page.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club have had a busy summer too. Their Under-17s took part in the Pro Coach International Cricket Tournament held at Ampleforth, Yorkshire, where they competed against two local youth teams and a team out from the USA, for a total of 6 T20s and 3 50-over games. Their Women’s team are now on tour South Africa, where they will play a mix of 50 over and T20 games against local state and club teams.
And last, but not least, the Diasqua Little Sai Wan Cricket Club are set to make club history, with their championship-winning Women’s team about to set off on their first ever tour. They will be visiting Malaysia from 16th to 21st August, where they will play a mix of T20 and 40-over games vs a Malaysia President’s XI.
But it’s not just the local clubs that have been busy with tours – charitable organization Operation Breakthrough have taken a team of cricketers on tour to England, where they are playing Leicester City Cricket Academy in two T20s and two 35-over games between the 1st to 9th of August. Operation Breakthrough (奮進行動) is a charity focusing on introducing sports and related activities, together with positive interaction with role models, to disadvantaged teenagers and first time offenders.
Cricket Hong Kong would like to show its support for all the cricketers, clubs and organizers involved, and thank them for their hard work and passion to develop the game.