Big turnout for Chinese national championship
Forty-eight teams took part in the final round of the Chinese National Cricket Championships this year, 21 more than last year. The senior finals were played in Shanghai and the junior finals in Linhai. Shenyang Sport University, as they always have been, were the men’s champions, this time joined by their women’s team and a local high school team win as overall victors.
In all other categories there were new champions. “The matches were competitive and the standard was higher than in other years,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
Sixty-six schools and universities across Beijing, Jinan, Linhai and Shanghai took part in the qualifying round for the championships. Eighty-nine T20 matches were played in the final rounds for the men, women and youth teams. Eight grounds, as yet with artificial turf, were used in Shanghai and Linhai and they. along with local umpires and scorers, were all in good condition. The highlights of the men’s final and the results were shown on Shanghai television.
“This is a milestone achieved as this will help to promote cricket in the country,” said Chinese Cricket Association Deputy Secretary General Zhang Tian.
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