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Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
Countries Hong Kong
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format Six-a-side
First tournament 1992
Last tournament 2012
Tournament format Double round-robin and Knockout
Number of teams 8
Current champion South Africa
Most successful Pakistan (5 titles each)
Website Official website
2012 Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is an annual 10-team international (12 since 2011) cricket tournament held at the Kowloon Cricket Club and fully sanctioned by the International Cricket Council. The tournament is made for television, 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.

History

In 2007, Sri Lanka defeated the much-fancied All-Stars team, while in 2006 South Africa beat four-time champions Pakistan.

The 2008 event was played on 8 and 9 November. It saw the return of the All-Stars team that in 2007 featured such cricketing luminaries as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Shane Warne. West Indies batting great Brian Lara and New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming took part in the 2008 team. The All-Stars joined nine representative international teams in the tournament – 2007 champions Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh and hosts Hong Kong.

The 2009 tournament was held from 31 October to 1 November and 8 Teams participated in this event.South Africa won the tournament by defeating Hong Kong in the final.

In 2011, the Hong Kong Cricket Association have been awarded HK$3.5 million from the Hong Kong SAR government's Mega Event Fund for the KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes. In line with the objectives of the Mega Events Fund to promote the SAR as an events capital of Asia, the HKCA have confirmed some exciting innovations for the event. These include expanding the tournament from two to three days, with tournament play to start on the Friday of the event weekend. The field will also be increased from 8 to 12 teams – three of them national teams from world cricket powers and the fourth an invitational squad of international legends, emulating the All Star format that helped make the 2007 Sixes a big hit among fans.[1]

In 2013, the Hong Kong Cricket Association cancelled the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes due to the difficulty in securing government funding and private sector backing.[2]

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).[3]
  • 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
2012 South Africa (4) Pakistan Umar Akmal (201) Lyall Meyer (7) Umar Akmal
2011 Pakistan (5) England Umar Akmal (254) Rory Hamilton-Brown, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Akmal (6) Umar Akmal
2010 Australia (1) Pakistan Ahmed Shehzad (218) Shoaib Malik, Kaushalya Weeraratne (5) Glenn Maxwell
2009 South Africa (3) Hong Kong Peter Trego (184) David Wiese (7) Irfan Ahmed
2008 England (5) Australia Dimitri Mascarenhas (185) Irfan Ahmed (7) Dimitri Mascarenhas
2007 Sri Lanka (1) All Stars Craig McMillan (148) Saman Jayantha (6) Craig McMillan
2006 South Africa (2) Pakistan Robin Singh (129) Sylvester Joseph, Nicky Boje (5) Imran Nazir
2005 India (1) West Indies Thilina Kandamby (125) Robert Croft (6) Reetinder Sodhi
2004 England (4) Sri Lanka Ravindu Shah (126) Arshad Ali, Darren Maddy, Dilruwan Perera (5) Hussain Butt
2003 England (3) Pakistan Saman Jayantha (152) Gerald Dros (7) Saman Jayantha
2002 Pakistan (4) England Dene Hills (159) Naved-ul-Hasan, Chris Silverwood (6) Dene Hills
2001 Pakistan (3) South Africa Kaif Ghaury (158) Upul Chandana, Ahmed Nadeem (5) Wasim Akram
1997 Pakistan (2) England Floyd Reifer (133) Matthew Fleming, Ben Hollioake, Mohammad Zubair (6) Zahoor Elahi
1996 West Indies (1) India Derek Crookes
1995 South Africa (1) England Jonty Rhodes
1994 England (2) Australia Robin Smith
1993 England (1) Sri Lanka Phil DeFreitas
1992 Pakistan (1) India Wasim Akram

Successful Teams

Team Winner Runner up
Pakistan (5) 1992; 1997; 2001; 2002; 2011 2003; 2006; 2010; 2012
England (5) 1993; 1994; 2003; 2004;2008 1995; 1997; 2002; 2011
South Africa (4) 1995; 2006; 2009; 2012 2001
Australia (1) 2010 1994; 2008
Sri Lanka (1) 2007 1993; 2004
West Indies (1) 1996 2005
India (1) 2005 1992; 1996;

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sixes boost". The Standard. 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Just not cricket as Sixes bowled out". The Standard. 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hong Kong Cricket Sixes Rules & Regulations". www.hkcricketsixes.com. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 

External links

  • Hong Kong Cricket Sixes official homepage
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