November 19, 2007

Hong Kong

Hong Kong bids farewell to Po Kong Village Road

Martin Williamson

Cricket teams and supporters from all parts of the world as well as Hong Kong will descend on the cricket grounds at Po Kong Village Road, Kowloon for the final time for the annual Ichor International Hong Kong Invitational Cricket Festival 2007. The three-day event starts on November 30.

The lease will shortly expire on the picturesque cricket grounds, turned into one of the largest sports fields in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Cricket Association in 2001, and the government will take back the land for redevelopment on December 13.

"It's a 'last hurrah' for Po Kong Village Road," said festival director Brad Tarr, "PKVR has been the home of the festival since 2004 so unfortunately we'll have to find a new venue for the tournament next year."

The festival features up to 34 men's and women's cricket teams competing in five divisions using the popular cricket sixes format.

For further information see the tournament website www.hkcricketfestival.com or contact Brad Tarr on mobile 9422 5907 or brad@cricketsixes.com

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Posted by Ali on (November 26, 2007, 9:18 GMT)

There is lot of cricket in Hong Kong but unfortunately, Hong Kong Cricket and Gov. of Hong Kong are doing very less to improve the game, which is really sad. We need more grounds with bit of International standards otherwise this game is going no where :(

Posted by David Burgess on (November 20, 2007, 23:52 GMT)

Its a disgrace that Hong Kong Cricket is being robbed of grounds without any additional assistance from the Hong Kong Government. It is true to the fact that sportsman in HK are not of International Standard because of instances like this.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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