A recent update to the website means that KCC members can now login to the KCCCRICKET.COM Forums using their Facebook or Twitter account names (or a number of other social networking accounts).
To join the forum (which will enable you to read and post entries), simply register by clicking on the icon of the social network you wish to register from and follow the instructions. It's pretty straightforward.
Of course, you will need to know the password for the forum as access to this area of the website is restricted to KCC members. To get the password, please contact your team captain or email the Webmaster.
Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
It's been a big week for the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes with the announcement that the KARP Group has signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal that effectively secures the financial security of the event for the next five years. The deal is expected to cover the loss of funds from the M-Mark deal that expires in 2010.
In addition, the Hong Kong Sixes organisers announced at the Press Conference on 29th September 2010, that Jet Airways had come on board as the official airline partner. It is hoped that this link will open up the lucrative Indian market for cricket sixes related tours.
The teams participating in this year's competition will be Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. China will also make an appearance for the first time when they play an exhibition match against a Hong Kong Development team during the Sunday lunch interval.
Ticket prices for the event were also announced. There are HK$730 for an adult 2-day ticket and HK$380 for a child ticket. Single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are also available.
Finally, it was announced that pink balls will be used at this year's event. It will be the first time that pink balls will be used in an internationally televised event and it is expected to improve visibility for players and spectators at the ground and the for TV audiences around the world.
For more details, please visit the website: Official Hong Kong Cricket Sixes website
The cricket committees of KCC and HKCC are pleased to announce that a series of Twenty20 matches will be held over the weekend of 11th and 12th September that will be used as trial matches for the 2010/11 season, which is scheduled to start in earnest the following weekend. Both Clubs will field two teams in the Twenty20 competition.
The schedule and format for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday - 11 September
Match Number: 1
Match Number: 3
The expectation is that if you play you will make an effort to socialise after the match with both our own players and the HKCC members.
Please email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org before 8th September and tell him which games you are available for and he will begin to construct teams.
In the event that the KCC has limited members wanting games then the Under 23 future Leaders will represent one of the sides on both days with myself and Sean Montague playing for them.
The HKCA has today released the fixtures for men's Saturday and Sunday cricket for the 2010-11 season. There are a number of notable changes to the fixtures on both days as described below.
On Saturdays, the Police CC has withdrawn from the Saturday League competition and their place is taken up by Taipan CC, who have been regular participants in the social/challenge league over the past few years.
The withdrawal of the Police CC team also means that the Police Training College ground will no longer be available on a regular basis for matches. However, the ground loss will be compensated by the return of Po Kong Village Ground, which has been transformed into a state-of-the-art sports stadium with a fully artificial surface, lighting, electronic scorecard, dual cricket nets, changing rooms with rentable lockers, toilets and showers and other modern facilities. The PKVR Stadium will be commissioned on 1st September and will be available to the HKCA for cricket every Saturday afternoon and on the first Sunday of each month. More details about the new PKVR Stadium will be published in a separate story.
The first matches of the 2010-11 Saturday League season will be played on 11th September 2010. All teams will play 14 regular matches (i.e. 35 overs per side), which is four more games or 40% more than last season. There will be a play-off series at the end of the round robin matches, however the dates for this have not yet been established.
Link: 2010-11 HKCA Saturday League Fixtures
Sunday League/Sunday Cup
Sunday will see the greatest change. While there are no changes to the teams playing, 2010-11 will see the start of a new Twenty20 competition for Sunday teams - to be called the Sunday Cup. The Sunday League (50 overs per side) and Sunday Cup (Twenty20) competitions will run simultaneously, so teams will play different formats of the game throughout the season. Generally, on days when Sunday Cup matches are scheduled, two matches will be played on the same day, with the first match played between 10AM and 1PM and the second match played from 1:30PM to 4:30PM. All teams, at some time during the season, will be required to play back-to-back Cup matches on the same day.
The majority of Sunday Cup games will be played in the early part of the season so that players will get plenty of practice in that format of the game leading up to the Asian Games in November.
The first matches of the Sunday League competition will be played on 19th September while the first Sunday Cup matches will be played on 26th September. All teams will play 22 matches, including ten Sunday Cup matches and twelve Sunday League matches. A play-off series for the Sunday League, will be played at the end of the round robin matches.
Finally, the start time for regular Sunday League matches (i.e. the 50-overs per side games) has been moved forward to 10AM, with a finish time of 5PM.
Related Links: 2010-11 HKCA Sunday League Fixtures | 2010-11 HKCA Sunday Cup Fixtures
Rules and other information for the 2010-11 season are currently being finalised and will be distributed to teams shortly.
Fixtures for the HKCA Women's League and Cup will be released soon.
The finals of the EPS2010 will be played at the Kai Tak Cricket Ground this Sunday, 8th August. The final will be played between Victory and Peaks while Stormers and Dragons will contest the 3rd/4th play-off. This will be the last chance for players to impress the selectors and national Coach Charlie Burke before the 2010 national squad and the Asian Games squad will be announced.
As an added treat for spectators, former Aussie ODI player Ryan Campbell will be turning out for the Stormers in the 3rd/4th Play-off match.
Links: 2010 Elite Player Series
The HKCA has announced that the 2010 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 28th August. The meeting will be the first held under the Association's new constitution whereby voting is controlled by teams rather than individual members. Captain's of their respective teams must attend the meeting and vote in person. Nominations for positions on the HKCA Executive Committee must be submitted by 17th August 2010.
Guidelines for the meeting are provided on the HKCA website.
Peter 'Woodworm' Wooden hit a blistering 89* off just 51 balls but his Stormers team was blown away for the second week in a row at the 2010 Elite Player Series being played at the Kai Tak Cricket Ground. Set a target of 172 for victory, Stormers got off to a flying start as they raced to 52-0 off just 5 overs. But wickets tumbled regularly from then on and they came up 22 runs short.
In the other match, Anas Khan claimed 4-14 from his four overs as Victory were restricted to 129-9 from their 20 overs. In reply, Kinchit Shah scored 51 off 43 balls as Dragons cruised to an 8 wicket victory in 16 overs. Nasir Hammed also scored 57* off 52 balls for the Dragons.
The Hong Kong Cricket Association is seeking to the change the way members vote at its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held at the Hong Kong Cricket Club on Friday, 16th July 2010.
The reasons for these changes were circulated to members in June 2010 (see HKCA announces proposals to change HKCA Executive structure and introduce team-based voting to HKCA Constitution).
In a nutshell, the proposed revision of the HKCA’s Constitution will see the voting change from a system whereby members cast their votes individually to a system whereby the teams represented in the senior leagues (i.e. the Saturday, Sunday and Women's Leagues) will each cast a single vote.
Changes to the structure of the HKCA Executive Committee will also be made. In recognition of their Club’s growth and development, representatives from the Little Sai Wan Cricket Club and the Pakistan Association will join the Executive Committee as full members. Previously, the Independents Cricket Clubs delegate represented these clubs. There would remain an Independent Cricket Club’s representative, to be drawn from the remaining independent clubs, and there will also be representation from the umpires and scorers because of their particular impact and role in the game.
In addition to providing a fairer system of voting, it is believed that the changes will make the HKCA more efficient and ensure that at all times it is the wishes of the members, through the teams in which they participate, that will guide the and determine policy formulation.
UPDATE: The changes were passed unanimously at the EGM on 16th July.
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