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Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
2012 logo
Countries Hong Kong
AdministratorInternational Cricket Council
FormatSix-a-side
First edition1992
Latest edition2017
Tournament formatRound-robin tournament and Knockout
Number of teams8
Current champion South Africa (5 titles)
Most successful Pakistan
 England
 South Africa (5 titles each)
WebsiteOfficial website
2017 Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is a six-a-side international cricket tournament held at the Kowloon Cricket Club comprising between eight and twelve teams. Organised by Cricket Hong Kong, it is sanctioned by the International Cricket Council. The tournament is designed for television viewing, with rules and a venue that encourage aggressive batting and high scoring. Because every player (except the wicket-keeper) is required to bowl one over, the format suits all-rounders.

All editions of the tournament have been held at the Kowloon Cricket Club except for the 1996 and 1997 editions, which were held at the Hong Kong Stadium.[1][2]

History

In 2007, Sri Lanka defeated an All-Stars team (featuring players such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Shane Warne) to take the title.

The All-Stars returned for the 2008 event with West Indies batting great Brian Lara and New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming as members. They joined nine representative international teams in the tournament – defending champions Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and hosts Hong Kong.

The 2009 tournament, held from 31 October to 1 November, saw eight teams competing, with South Africa defeating Hong Kong in the final.

In 2011, the Hong Kong Cricket Association was awarded HK$3.5 million by the Hong Kong SAR government's Mega Event Fund (MEF) to organise the event, with added sponsorship from the KARP Group. To comply with the Mega Events Fund's objectives of promoting Hong Kong as an events capital in Asia, some changes were made to the format. These included expanding the tournament from two to three days, with tournament play starting on the Friday of the event weekend. The field was also increased from 8 to 12 teams with the addition of three more national teams and an invitational squad of international players.[3]

The HKCA did not make another MEF application in 2012 due to time constraints, preferring instead to rely on a smaller grant through the government's 'M' Mark scheme. This resulted in a downscaled tournament played over two days on 27–28 October with eight teams (excluding the All-Stars side).[4]

In 2013, the Hong Kong Cricket Association's applications for MEF contributions (at first HK$10 million then revised to HK$5 million) were turned down, leaving it with a budget of HK$1 million from the M-Mark scheme to organise the tournament. The association felt that a further HK$500,000 to HK$1 million would be needed to organise the tournament and cancelled it after not securing private sponsorship.[5]

On 28 June 2017, Cricket Hong Kong announced that the Hong Kong Sixes would return on 28–29 October following a five-year absence. The event that year took place at the Kowloon Cricket Club.[6]

Match rules

The Laws of Cricket apply, except:

  • Games are played between two teams of six players, and each game consists of a maximum of five six-ball overs bowled by each side (eight-ball overs in the final match).[7]
  • Each member of the fielding side bowls one over, with the exception of the wicket-keeper.
  • Wides and no-balls count as two runs.
  • If five wickets fall before 5 overs are completed, the last remaining batsman bats on with the fifth batsman acting as a runner. He always takes strike. The innings is complete when the sixth wicket falls.
  • Batsmen retire not out on reaching 31 runs. The idea being to reach 36 runs by hitting 6 sixes. A retired batsman can return to the crease after lower-order batsmen either retire or are out.
  • A tournament points system awards two points for each match won.

Past winners

Year Winner Runner-up Leading run scorer Leading wicket takers Man of the Tournament
2017  South Africa  Pakistan Hong Kong Nizakat Khan (192) Hong Kong Ehsan Khan, South Africa Sarel Erwee, South Africa Corné Dry (6) Hong Kong Nizakat Khan[8]
2012  South Africa  Pakistan Pakistan Umar Akmal (201) South Africa Lyall Meyer (7) Pakistan Umar Akmal
2011  Pakistan  England Pakistan Umar Akmal (254) England Rory Hamilton-Brown, Pakistan Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan Umar Akmal (6) Pakistan Umar Akmal
2010  Australia  Pakistan Pakistan Ahmed Shehzad (218) Pakistan Shoaib Malik, Sri Lanka Kaushalya Weeraratne (5) Australia Glenn Maxwell
2009  South Africa  Hong Kong England Peter Trego (184) Pakistan Shoaib Malik (7) Hong Kong Irfan Ahmed
2008  England  Australia England Dimitri Mascarenhas (185) Hong Kong Irfan Ahmed (7) England Dimitri Mascarenhas
2007  Sri Lanka All Stars New Zealand Craig McMillan (148) Sri Lanka Saman Jayantha (6) New Zealand Craig McMillan
2006  South Africa  Pakistan India Robin Singh (129) Cricket West Indies Sylvester Joseph, South Africa Nicky Boje (5) Pakistan Imran Nazir
2005  India  West Indies Sri Lanka Thilina Kandamby (125) England Robert Croft (6) India Reetinder Sodhi
2004  England  Sri Lanka Kenya Ravindu Shah (126) United Arab Emirates Arshad Ali, England Darren Maddy, Sri Lanka Dilruwan Perera (5) Hong Kong Hussain Butt
2003  England  Pakistan Sri Lanka Saman Jayantha (152) South Africa Gerald Dros (7) Sri Lanka Saman Jayantha
2002  Pakistan  England Australia Dene Hills (159) Pakistan Naved-ul-Hasan, England Chris Silverwood (6) Australia Dene Hills
2001  Pakistan  South Africa United Arab Emirates Kaif Ghaury (158) Sri Lanka Upul Chandana, United Arab Emirates Ahmed Nadeem (5) Pakistan Wasim Akram
1997  Pakistan  England Cricket West Indies Floyd Reifer (133) England Matthew Fleming, England Ben Hollioake, Hong Kong Mohammad Zubair (6) Pakistan Zahoor Elahi
1996  West Indies  India Cricket West Indies Stuart Williams, South Africa Derek Crookes, India Atul Bedade (123) Sri Lanka Ruwan Kalpage (6) South Africa Derek Crookes
1995  South Africa  England South Africa Jonty Rhodes
1994  England  Australia
1993  England  Sri Lanka

Most successful teams

Team Tournaments won Years won Tournaments runner-up Years runner-up
 England 5 1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2008 4 1995, 1997, 2002, 2011
 South Africa 5 1995, 2006, 2009, 2012,2017 1 2001
 Pakistan 4 1997, 2001, 2002, 2011 5 2003, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2017
 Sri Lanka 1 2007 2 1993, 2004
 Australia 1 2010 2 1994, 2008
 West Indies 1 1996 1 2005
 India 1 2005 1 1996

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hong Kong Sixes organisers want to replicate Rugby Sevens success – but they need a bigger venue". South China Morning Post. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  2. ^ "HK: Cricket Sixes switch to HK Stadium (1 Jun 1996)". ESPN. 1 June 1996. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Sixes boost". TheStandard.com.hk. 2 August 2011. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. place before
  4. ^ Sallay, Alvin (18 September 2012). "Hong Kong Sixes down to eight teams because of a shortage of funds". SCMP.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ Sallay, Alvin (11 September 2013). "Hong Kong Sixes scrapped due to lack of sponsorship". SCMP.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  6. ^ "HK Sixes back on – 'Maximum entertainment' vowed". The Standard (Hong Kong). 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Hong Kong Cricket Sixes Rules & Regulations". hkcricketsixes.com. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Hong Kong Sixes 2017". Archived from the original on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
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