The Hong Kong Cricket Club sets a high bar when it comes to the development of cricket in Hong Kong. An internationally acclaimed Club, the Hong Kong Cricket Club provides a structure under which all players, regardless of age or ability, can thrive.
The ground is set against a backdrop of the picturesque Hong Kong skyline and the immaculate outfield, combined with our square of top class turf pitches, offers quite a remarkable playing experience. In addition, players have the opportunity to benefit from one of Asia’s leading indoor facilities, ensuring each and every player has the opportunity to bring their game to new heights.
A large and well-structured junior programme is pivotal to the success of any club and it is in this area, perhaps more so than in any other, where the Hong Kong Cricket Club really shines. Our “Gappers” junior programme exposes more than four hundred children under the age of 13 to the game each and every week, under the tutelage of dedicated coaches and parent helpers. In addition, the Club fields fifteen junior sides in competitive cricket with both boys and girls participating across five junior age brackets, ensuring that the balance between group development and competitive cricket is well and truly established.
In Men’s Senior Cricket, the Club is represented in the domestic leagues by six individual squads covering both Saturday and Sunday cricket, through an extensive playing season lasting from September to May. From these teams, we select our highest performing individuals to represent the Club in its Premier League XI; a squad that competes in all formats against Hong Kong’s strongest domestic competitors.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club has been the leader in the promotion of Ladies Cricket in Hong Kong and China. We field two Ladies teams who compete in both 35 over and T20 formats on a regular basis throughout the season.
Men’s Senior Squad Training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm onwards. Ladies squad training takes place every Friday evening from 6:30pm onwards and new competitors across both genders, regardless of ability, are absolutely welcome to attend.
With a dedicated staff of four full time coaches, we offer private one-on-one and group sessions as well as our regular organised team practice. If you want some focussed advice or simply want to spend time improving your game under expert supervision, we can tailor a programme for you.
News / Events
Swansong from Ex-Captain of Cricket…
By Paul Watkins, Ex-Captain of Cricket
Following closely in the footsteps of the allconquering Gap Ramblers, the Nomads won their final match of the season, beating Pakistan Association soundly by 5 wickets. Victory in the 25th over earned them a critical bonus point and they finished the season in 2nd place, narrowly ahead of KCC Saracens by 0.08 on Net Run Rate. Mr Consistency, Toby Brown took 4-38 and Rambler of the Year, Harry Ledger, also bowled beautifully, taking 3-12 from his 6 overs. In reply, after a few jitters at 4-80, Toby and Andrew Swan steadied the ship with a 70 run partnership to see the Nomads home.
So, a 1-2 finish in the Saturday League and Witherers not far behind in 5th topped off another great Saturday campaign. Well done to everyone involved!
A disappointing round of washouts and abandoned matches concluded the Sunday League season, with only the Scorpions getting a match in. They destroyed Vagabonds by 171 runs in a lop-sided affair at PKVR. Raag Kapur continued his great season, scoring 73 at the top of the order. James Redmayne and Giacomo Lamplough then put on an unbeaten 120 run, 4th wicket stand to close out the innings; Redders amongst the runs again with 62* and Giacomo belting 71* off 49 balls. A stunning effort in the field saw Scorps complete 3 run outs with Raag in the thick of things throughout. The bowlers then finished things off with a couple of wickets each to Wrighty, Matt Rafter and Raag. It was a most dominant effort to end an excellent season in which the Scorps only lost one match. They suffered three washouts and only finished 2 points behind the eventual champions. With a small dose of luck on their side, they could easily have lifted the trophy.
New Head Coach
After a long search we are pleased to announce that Craig Wright will start as our new Head Coach on 1st August. Craig is an ECB Level 4 coach, and a former captain and Head Coach of Scotland. He played 194 matches for Scotland and is their highest capped player. He has also played in 20 ODIs and 16 First Class matches. Craig is well known to many Club Members who have been involved with the Hong Kong national team and associated cricket and I’m sure he will fit right in as our new Head Coach. Please make him feel welcome.
Thank You to Gary Wines
After a decade at the helm, Gary Wines has elected to step down as the Gappers Convenor. When Gary took over, there were barely 150 kids participating on Saturday mornings; now there are well over 500. Over the years, Gary has put in countless hours organising the sessions, ordering uniforms, buying kit, recruiting coaches and emailing parents. Today, we are fortunate to have a great coaching and sports and rec staff to help out, but in the early days it was very hands-on and Gary and his wife Riza committed an incredible amount of their time to ensuring a smooth Gappers season. So, on behalf of HKCC and the Members, I’d like to thank Gary and Riza for all they have done over the years. Enjoy your free time, but I am sure we will see you at the Club most Saturday mornings anyway!
New Captain of Cricket
And so, my two-year stint as the Captain of Cricket has come to an end. It seems just like yesterday when I penned my first article for The Pinkun; how time flies. I have enjoyed the role immensely and have been fortunate to be a part of some wonderful experiences: tours to New Zealand and Melbourne watching (and playing in!); Saturday League titles for both the Nomads and the Gap Ramblers; seeing Courtney Kruger take the Premier League team to an unprecedented winning season last year; the list goes on...
I hand over the reins to Sean Robson, whom I am sure will do an outstanding job in the role. Sean has been a Member of the Club since 1999 and his unerring medium pace has been a fixture of the Witherers for the past 16 years. Sean is also currently on the F&B subcommittee and a genuine “wine expert”, so I look forward to some great “wine-themed” cricket functions in the future!
To Sean, and to your lovely wife Jeanette, I wish you all the best for the next two years!
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By Mark Wright
Datchet Cricket Club in Berkshire played host to the Hong Kong Cricket Club on Sunday 8th May. The match was played at the Wally Gage Memorial Ground on a fantastic early summer’s day with players entering the ground through the famous Varty Gates which were named in honour of Graham Varty. Graham was an active member of the Datchet Cricket Club for over 30 years and is spoken of in high esteem by all those connected to the Club. Graham’s brother Paul has been involved in Hong Kong Sport for a number of years and we appreciate his efforts in connecting us to Datchet CC to make this game possible. The Hong Kong Cricket Club team consisted of a number of HKCC Members who currently reside back in the UK in addition to 2 of the Club’s junior elite players (Jhatha Subramanyan and Giacomo Lamplough) who are connected to Wellington College and High Wycombe Cricket Club respectively.
HKCC were invited to bat first on a decent pitch with Simon McConnell and Nick Gavin Brown striding purposefully out to the middle. Gavin Brown played one of the shots of the day in caressing a cover drive through the offside but fell shortly after, bringing HKCC captain Simon Derrick to the middle. Simon, a former captain of the HKCC Witherers played watchfully early on and then was dismissed by a fantastic diving catch in the slips. The gentleman in question had earlier in the morning completed a 4 & 2 golf victory in the Club Championships, enjoyed the offerings of the 19th hole and then proceeded to take a fantastic catch. Simon McConnell and Drew Olsen began to up the tempo in a stand of 45 before Olsen was removed for a well-made 30. McConnell passed 50 and put on 61 with Jhatha Subramanyan, scoring becoming easier against the older ball. McConnell departed for a top score of 61 on the day and Subramanyan reached 33 before being caught by the Datchet CC captain, Steven Naylor. Some lusty blows by Richardson (15), Mark Edwards (37) and Nick Armstrong (11) took the Club up to a competitive total of 236-9 after the allotted 35 overs.
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