Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

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Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
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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  England and  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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Winner Runner up Leading run scorer Leading wicket takers Man of the Tournament
2012  South Africa (4)  Pakistan Pakistan Umar Akmal (201) South AfricaLyall Meyer (7) Pakistan Umar Akmal
2011  Pakistan (5)  England Pakistan Umar Akmal (254) England Rory Hamilton-Brown, Pakistan Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan Umar Akmal (6) Pakistan Umar Akmal
2010  Australia (1)  Pakistan Pakistan Ahmed Shehzad (218) Pakistan Shoaib Malik, Sri Lanka Kaushalya Weeraratne (5) Australia Glenn Maxwell
2009  South Africa (3)  Hong Kong England Peter Trego (184) South Africa David Wiese (7) Hong Kong Irfan Ahmed
2008  England (5)  Australia England Dimitri Mascarenhas (185) Hong Kong Irfan Ahmed (7) England Dimitri Mascarenhas
2007  Sri Lanka (1) All Stars New Zealand Craig McMillan (148) Sri Lanka Saman Jayantha (6) New Zealand Craig McMillan
2006  South Africa (2)  Pakistan India Robin Singh (129) Antigua and Barbuda Sylvester Joseph, South Africa Nicky Boje (5) Pakistan Imran Nazir
2005  India (1)  West Indies Sri Lanka Thilina Kandamby (125) England Robert Croft (6) India Reetinder Sodhi
2004  England (4)  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 (3)  Pakistan Sri Lanka Saman Jayantha (152) South Africa Gerald Dros (7) Sri Lanka Saman Jayantha
2002  Pakistan (4)  England Australia Dene Hills (159) Pakistan Naved-ul-Hasan, England Chris Silverwood (6) Australia Dene Hills
2001  Pakistan (3)  South Africa United Arab Emirates Kaif Ghaury (158) Sri Lanka Upul Chandana, United Arab Emirates Ahmed Nadeem (5) Pakistan Wasim Akram
1997  Pakistan (2)  England Barbados Floyd Reifer (133) England Matthew Fleming, England Ben Hollioake, Hong Kong Mohammad Zubair (6) Pakistan Zahoor Elahi
1996  West Indies (1)  India South Africa Derek Crookes
1995  South Africa (1)  England South Africa Jonty Rhodes
1994  England (2)  Australia England Robin Smith
1993  England (1)  Sri Lanka England Phil DeFreitas
1992  Pakistan (1)  India Pakistan Wasim Akram

Successful Teams[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 

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