March 16, 2008

Thailand

The Phuket International Cricket Sixes

Will Luke

This year's Phuket International Cricket Sixes gets underway from April 17 this year, and Mark Burns has all the details.

The Phuket Sixes of course attracts club cricket teams from around the world, along with local Phuket sides, to enjoy the competition and camaraderie of cricket every year at the Karon Stadium in Phuket.

First held in 2004 the tournament has gone from strength to strength and regularly attracts up to 28 cricket teams from the APAC region (including Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Australia) and the UK.

Star players such as former England Test cricketers Adam Hollioake and Alan Mullally and former Australian international Trevor Chappell have all competed at the 'Sixes by the sea.'

Featuring a full schedule of beach cricket, Player Welcome Party and a fantastic Gala Awards Dinner at the Hilton Arcadia in addition to the cricket sixes matches, the Phuket Sixes cricket tournament is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and makes for a fantastic cricket holiday on the wonderful island of Phuket.

Sixes cricket is the ultimate hybrid version of the game; fast & furious with just 5 overs (30 balls) per innings and six players per team. Matches take just 45 minutes to complete.

For further information and stock images contact Mark Burns media@phuketsixes.com

Event Facts:

Dates: 17 - 20 April 2008 Time: 10am - 6pm daily Venue: Karon Stadium, Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand Competing teams: up to 28 teams from Thailand, Australia, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Korea, China Format: six-a-side teams compete in Cup, Plate, Bowl & Spoon divisions First held: 2004 Website: www.phuketsixes.com Enquiries: media@phuketsixes.com Spectators: entry for spectators is free and food and drinks are available at the stadium Charity Match: A Twenty20 format floodlit charity match featuring the best 22 players in the tournament will be held from 7pm on Friday 18th April at the Karon Stadium. All proceeds to the local children's charity "Childwatch"

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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