Twenty teams including five teams in the women's
division will be competing at Mission Road in Kowloon this weekend
as the 8th annual Private Capital Hong Kong Cricket Festival 2009
gets underway (4 - 6th December).
"It's great to welcome back the women's division
to the Festival with 5 strong teams including two overseas teams
new to the tournament," said Tournament Director Brad Tarr of
Lamma Cricket Club. "We have a wonderfully diverse mix of
men's and women's teams once again with sides flying from
Australia, China, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, as well as
local Hong Kong sides, so it will be a great showcase of the
spirit of cricket."
In the men's
competition, Lamma CC 1 will be looking to defend their title, but
face tough opposition in a strong competition which features
former champions the Shanghai Dragons and the CBB SCs, plus local
sides including Kowloon CC and Kai Tak.
In the women's
division, reigning Champions Waratah Mayfield have not returned
this year, but in a difficult division to call, compatriots the
Custom Cockatoos from Adelaide will be going for the title against
the Singapore Slingers and experienced local sides Lamma CC, HKCC
Willow Wielders and combo unit Six in the City.
The men's competition
features 15 teams split into 5 groups of three who'll play round
robin matches to determine their progression to Cup, Plate and
Bowl competitions. The women's division will be a straight
round robin of the 5 teams with the top 2 ranked sides playing off
in the final.
Matches in the 3 day Festival will take place
from 8.45am - 5pm daily at Mission Road Sports Ground, Tin Kwong
In addition to the action on the field for
the participants there will be a Welcome Drinks function at the
Kangaroo Lounge on Friday evening and a Gala Dinner at Spice
Restaurant on Knutsford Terrace on Saturday evening. The
Awards Presentation ceremony will be held at the venue after the
final match on Sunday afternoon.
teams will be staying at the Empire Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, the
Official Hotel of the 2009 Festival.
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