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In The International Spotlight…Nepal Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 11, 2008

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The Nepal national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Nepal in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1996, having previously been an affiliate member since 1988.

They have been participating in international matches since 1996, including every ACC Trophy tournament, the 2001 ICC Trophy and two ICC Intercontinental Cups.

History and beginnings:
Cricket was introduced to Nepal by the ruling Rana dynasty when they returned from studies in England and India in the 1920s, though the game was kept very much for themselves and the other elite. The Cricket Association of Nepal was formed in 1946 to promote cricket amongst the aristocracy.

When King Tribhuvan overthrew the Rana family in 1951, cricket began to spread to the rest of the population. A team of Nepali players visited India in 1954, and in 1961 the Cricket Association of Nepal became part of the National Sports Council, to attempt to promote cricket in the whole of Nepal, though this tended to be limited to Kathmandu until the 1980s.

Improvements to the communication and transport infrastructures in Nepal allowed the game to expand outside Kathmandu in the 1980s and Nepal became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 1988. A major development programme was begun in the early 1990s, with regional and district tournaments established and cricket being promoted in schools.

The interest in cricket increased quickly, and demand to play was such that teams in tournaments had to be restricted until more facilities were built in the mid 1990s. Nepal became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in 1996, which was the year the national side played for the first time, in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur, in which Nepal finished fourth out of six teams in their first round group, beating Brunei and Japan.

The facilities in Nepal had improved enough by 1998 to allow them to host that year’s ACC Trophy at grounds in Lalitpur, Kirtipur (at Tribhuvan University) and Kathmandu. Nepal themselves were unsuccessful in the tournament, going without a win.

In 2000, Nepal’s youth development policy began to pay off when the Nepal Under-19 team finished eighth in the Under-19 World Cup. The senior side had their best performance to date later in the year when they reached the semi-finals of the ACC Trophy before losing to Hong Kong at Sharjah. They competed in the ICC Trophy for the first and, to date, only time the following year. In the tournament in Ontario, they beat Germany and Gibraltar, but a loss to eventual runners-up Namibia prevented them from progressing past the first round.

In 2002, Nepal were runners-up to the UAE in the ACC Trophy in Singapore and they hosted the ACC Emerging Nations Tournament in 2003, winning easily against Bhutan and the Maldives. They won so comprehensively that they were not invited back to the tournament the next time it was played in 2005.

Nepal played first-class cricket for the first time in 2004, playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the UAE and Malaysia. They beat Malaysia, but drew with the UAE, failing to reach the semi-final stage. They finished third in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament during 2004, which qualified them for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and finished 5th in the ACC Trophy, which qualified them for the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished third in this tournament after beating Qatar in a play-off, meaning that they did not qualify for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. They beat the UAE and drew with Hong Kong in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, but missed out on qualification for the semi-finals by half a point. They were runners-up to the UAE in the 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament.

In March 2006, Nepal played Namibia in Windhoek in a play-off match to decide the final team in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Needing to win outright to qualify for the main tournament, the match was drawn after there was no play on the first day. Later in the year, they toured Pakistan, playing against the Pakistan Cricket Academy before playing in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. They finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Afghanistan in a play-off. They won the first ACC Premier League in 2006. They most recently played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait, where they finished fourth in their first round group.

Records:

Overall:

  • Highest team score: 397/8 against Bhutan, Kathmandu, 2003
  • Highest individual score: 108 by Mahaboob Alam against Malaysia, Kathmandu, 2005
  • Best innings bowling: 10/12 by Mahaboob Alam against Mozambique, Jersey, 2008,Record best at associate/affiliate level,only 3rd time in world cricket

    ICC Trophy:

  • Highest team score: 175/9 against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
  • Highest individual score: 52 by Dipendra Chaudhary against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
  • Best innings bowling: 4/23 by Parash Luniya against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001

    More:
    In May 2008, Nepal travelled to Jersey to play in Division Five of the World Cricket League. Although Nepal topped Group A after the group qualifying matches, they lost their semi-final to Afghanistan and finished third overall after defeating the USA in a playoff. With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Nepal missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further.

    They will also play in the ACC Trophy at some point in the year.

    Their top eight finish in the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup will mean that they will play in the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup, which will serve as a qualifier for the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games.

    Links to more information on Nepal Cricket:

  • List of Nepalese first-class cricketers
  • Cricinfo.com Profile on Nepal
  • Nepal Cricket Website
  • Cricket Association of Nepal Website
  • Nepal Cricket Timeline
  • ShangrilaCricket- Nepal’s First Cricket Academy

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In The International Spotlight…Nepal Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 11, 2008

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    The Nepal national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Nepal in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1996, having previously been an affiliate member since 1988.

    They have been participating in international matches since 1996, including every ACC Trophy tournament, the 2001 ICC Trophy and two ICC Intercontinental Cups.

    History and beginnings:
    Cricket was introduced to Nepal by the ruling Rana dynasty when they returned from studies in England and India in the 1920s, though the game was kept very much for themselves and the other elite. The Cricket Association of Nepal was formed in 1946 to promote cricket amongst the aristocracy.

    When King Tribhuvan overthrew the Rana family in 1951, cricket began to spread to the rest of the population. A team of Nepali players visited India in 1954, and in 1961 the Cricket Association of Nepal became part of the National Sports Council, to attempt to promote cricket in the whole of Nepal, though this tended to be limited to Kathmandu until the 1980s.

    Improvements to the communication and transport infrastructures in Nepal allowed the game to expand outside Kathmandu in the 1980s and Nepal became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 1988. A major development programme was begun in the early 1990s, with regional and district tournaments established and cricket being promoted in schools.

    The interest in cricket increased quickly, and demand to play was such that teams in tournaments had to be restricted until more facilities were built in the mid 1990s. Nepal became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in 1996, which was the year the national side played for the first time, in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur, in which Nepal finished fourth out of six teams in their first round group, beating Brunei and Japan.

    The facilities in Nepal had improved enough by 1998 to allow them to host that year’s ACC Trophy at grounds in Lalitpur, Kirtipur (at Tribhuvan University) and Kathmandu. Nepal themselves were unsuccessful in the tournament, going without a win.

    In 2000, Nepal’s youth development policy began to pay off when the Nepal Under-19 team finished eighth in the Under-19 World Cup. The senior side had their best performance to date later in the year when they reached the semi-finals of the ACC Trophy before losing to Hong Kong at Sharjah. They competed in the ICC Trophy for the first and, to date, only time the following year. In the tournament in Ontario, they beat Germany and Gibraltar, but a loss to eventual runners-up Namibia prevented them from progressing past the first round.

    In 2002, Nepal were runners-up to the UAE in the ACC Trophy in Singapore and they hosted the ACC Emerging Nations Tournament in 2003, winning easily against Bhutan and the Maldives. They won so comprehensively that they were not invited back to the tournament the next time it was played in 2005.

    Nepal played first-class cricket for the first time in 2004, playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the UAE and Malaysia. They beat Malaysia, but drew with the UAE, failing to reach the semi-final stage. They finished third in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament during 2004, which qualified them for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and finished 5th in the ACC Trophy, which qualified them for the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished third in this tournament after beating Qatar in a play-off, meaning that they did not qualify for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. They beat the UAE and drew with Hong Kong in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, but missed out on qualification for the semi-finals by half a point. They were runners-up to the UAE in the 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament.

    In March 2006, Nepal played Namibia in Windhoek in a play-off match to decide the final team in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Needing to win outright to qualify for the main tournament, the match was drawn after there was no play on the first day. Later in the year, they toured Pakistan, playing against the Pakistan Cricket Academy before playing in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. They finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Afghanistan in a play-off. They won the first ACC Premier League in 2006. They most recently played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait, where they finished fourth in their first round group.

    Records:

    Overall:

  • Highest team score: 397/8 against Bhutan, Kathmandu, 2003
  • Highest individual score: 108 by Mahaboob Alam against Malaysia, Kathmandu, 2005
  • Best innings bowling: 10/12 by Mahaboob Alam against Mozambique, Jersey, 2008,Record best at associate/affiliate level,only 3rd time in world cricket

    ICC Trophy:

  • Highest team score: 175/9 against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
  • Highest individual score: 52 by Dipendra Chaudhary against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
  • Best innings bowling: 4/23 by Parash Luniya against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001

    More:
    In May 2008, Nepal travelled to Jersey to play in Division Five of the World Cricket League. Although Nepal topped Group A after the group qualifying matches, they lost their semi-final to Afghanistan and finished third overall after defeating the USA in a playoff. With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Nepal missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further.

    They will also play in the ACC Trophy at some point in the year.

    Their top eight finish in the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup will mean that they will play in the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup, which will serve as a qualifier for the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games.

    Links to more information on Nepal Cricket:

  • List of Nepalese first-class cricketers
  • Cricinfo.com Profile on Nepal
  • Nepal Cricket Website
  • Cricket Association of Nepal Website
  • Nepal Cricket Timeline
  • ShangrilaCricket- Nepal’s First Cricket Academy

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In the International Spotlight…Afghanistan Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 1, 2008

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    The Afghan cricket team(Pashto:دافغانستان د کرکټ ملی لوبډله Dari: تیم ملی کریکت افغانستان) is a national cricket team representing Afghanistan. They have been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2001, and an Associate Member of the Asian Cricket Council since 2003.

    Originally the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had banned cricket as they had banned most other sports, but in early 2000 there was a change of heart and the government wrote to the Pakistan Cricket Board asking for the PCB’s support for an Afghan application to the ICC.

    Cricket was previously little known in Afghanistan, until civil war drove many Afghans as refugees into Pakistan, where they found the game of cricket common as a leftover from the British Raj; those refugees returning brought it back to Afghanistan. In 2001, the Afghan side took part in a four-match tour of Pakistan, visiting Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and the team also visited in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 Afghanistan played in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur – the regional qualifying competition for the ICC Trophy – and performed respectably, with the highlight being a surprise win over hosts Malaysia. They finished sixth in that tournament, only just missing out on progression along the qualifying path for the 2007 World Cup by one place.

    In 2006 Afghanistan hosted an MCC team led by former England captain Mike Gatting in a 40-over contest, and the Afghans won by 171 runs with Gatting being dismissed for a duck.

    Later in 2006 the team competed in the ACC Trophy for the second time and finished in third place, thereby gaining entry to Division Five of the ICC World Cricket League which forms part of the qualification pathway to the 2011 World Cup. In May 2008, Afghanistan reached the final of the Division Five competition to qualify for Division Four. In the final, Afghanistan defeated Jersey, the host nation. Afghanistan defeated Hong Kong in the final of the tournament, which means they both reached WCL Division 3 too. Afghanistan kept its unbeaten record by beating Fiji, Tanzania, Jersey, Hong Kong (2 times) and Italy in the tournament. Now, they are setting for the WCL Division 3 tournament which be held in Argentina in January 2009.

    2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Four Champions:
    Afghanistan made a dramatic victory in Tanzania winning their all 6 played matches and at the end defeating Hong Kong in the Final by 57 runs. Afghanistan team who bat first put a target of 180 to Hong Kong, and by having the best bowlers diminished Hong Kong on just 122. Spin bowler Mohammad Nabi got 4 wickets in 9 overs with just 9 runs and bowled some of the Hong Kong’s best batsmen like Butt Hussain, Najib Amar and Moneer Ahmad. Fast bowler Hamid Hassan actually broke the back-bone of Hong Kong Tabarak Dar, he was bowled. Afghanistan Cricket Team chose a new coach Kabir Khan in September 2008 prior to the tournament. Kabir Khan didn’t have much time to train the team practically but he actually made the team to be ready for the games mentaly and pyschologically, because Afghanistan have played their previous games very emotionally with less patience. They played with a new tactic under Coach Kabir Khan and the results were outstanding. Afghanistan will play Division 3 in Argentina in January 2009.

    2008 ACC Trophy Elite
    The Afghanistan National Cricket team left the country on 23 July to participate in ACC Trophy Elite 2008. The ACC Trophy started on 25 July and ended on 03 August 2008. The ACC Trophy is the premier tournament in the Asia development region. The finalists of the ACC Trophy Elite qualify for the immediately succeeding Asia Cup where they take on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in ODIs. Afghanistan finished 3rd in this tournament behind Hong Kong and UAE.

    2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five Champions:

    Afghanistan overcame Jersey and win a dramatic ICC World Cricket League Division 5 (WCL Div. 5) final in Jersey on 31 May. In a low-scoring match at the Grainville Jersey, Afghanistan completed the target of 81 runs with two wickets to spare. Afghanistan and Jersey join Hong Kong, Fiji, Tanzania and Italy in the six-team ICC WCL Div. 4 set for the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam from 4 to 11 October. In turn, the top two teams from that tournament will progress to WCL Div. 3 in Argentina next January and hope to finish in the top two to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 in the UAE, which incorporates Divisions 1 and 2. The top four Associate or Affiliate teams from the ICC World Cup Qualifier will book their places at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to be staged in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    Tour to USA: Compton Cricket Club vs Afghanistan national cricket team:
    A match with the Afghanistan national cricket team had been organised for June 7th. 2008. Unfortunately the match has had to be postponed due to lack of funding for the National Cricket team from Afghanistan to fly from their home camp to Los Angeles for the historical match.

    The 2 clubs are working towards another date fixture for this match.

    This will be the first time that a cricket team from Afghanistan has toured to America. The match will help raise money for an orphanage rebuilt by US marines in Afghanistan and continue the CCC’s vital work around the world promoting greater peace through ‘cricket diplomacy.

    Useful Links:
    Link to Afghanistani Squad members
    Asian Cricket Council page on Afghanistani Cricket

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

    Posted in ACC Trophy, Afghan cricket team, Afghanistan, Afghanistan National Cricket team, Asian Cricket Council, Hamid Hassan, ICC Trophy, ICC World Cricket League, Kabir Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Taliban | 2 Comments »

    In the International Spotlight…Afghanistan Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 1, 2008

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    The Afghan cricket team(Pashto:دافغانستان د کرکټ ملی لوبډله Dari: تیم ملی کریکت افغانستان) is a national cricket team representing Afghanistan. They have been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2001, and an Associate Member of the Asian Cricket Council since 2003.

    Originally the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had banned cricket as they had banned most other sports, but in early 2000 there was a change of heart and the government wrote to the Pakistan Cricket Board asking for the PCB’s support for an Afghan application to the ICC.

    Cricket was previously little known in Afghanistan, until civil war drove many Afghans as refugees into Pakistan, where they found the game of cricket common as a leftover from the British Raj; those refugees returning brought it back to Afghanistan. In 2001, the Afghan side took part in a four-match tour of Pakistan, visiting Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and the team also visited in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 Afghanistan played in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur – the regional qualifying competition for the ICC Trophy – and performed respectably, with the highlight being a surprise win over hosts Malaysia. They finished sixth in that tournament, only just missing out on progression along the qualifying path for the 2007 World Cup by one place.

    In 2006 Afghanistan hosted an MCC team led by former England captain Mike Gatting in a 40-over contest, and the Afghans won by 171 runs with Gatting being dismissed for a duck.

    Later in 2006 the team competed in the ACC Trophy for the second time and finished in third place, thereby gaining entry to Division Five of the ICC World Cricket League which forms part of the qualification pathway to the 2011 World Cup. In May 2008, Afghanistan reached the final of the Division Five competition to qualify for Division Four. In the final, Afghanistan defeated Jersey, the host nation. Afghanistan defeated Hong Kong in the final of the tournament, which means they both reached WCL Division 3 too. Afghanistan kept its unbeaten record by beating Fiji, Tanzania, Jersey, Hong Kong (2 times) and Italy in the tournament. Now, they are setting for the WCL Division 3 tournament which be held in Argentina in January 2009.

    2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Four Champions:
    Afghanistan made a dramatic victory in Tanzania winning their all 6 played matches and at the end defeating Hong Kong in the Final by 57 runs. Afghanistan team who bat first put a target of 180 to Hong Kong, and by having the best bowlers diminished Hong Kong on just 122. Spin bowler Mohammad Nabi got 4 wickets in 9 overs with just 9 runs and bowled some of the Hong Kong’s best batsmen like Butt Hussain, Najib Amar and Moneer Ahmad. Fast bowler Hamid Hassan actually broke the back-bone of Hong Kong Tabarak Dar, he was bowled. Afghanistan Cricket Team chose a new coach Kabir Khan in September 2008 prior to the tournament. Kabir Khan didn’t have much time to train the team practically but he actually made the team to be ready for the games mentaly and pyschologically, because Afghanistan have played their previous games very emotionally with less patience. They played with a new tactic under Coach Kabir Khan and the results were outstanding. Afghanistan will play Division 3 in Argentina in January 2009.

    2008 ACC Trophy Elite
    The Afghanistan National Cricket team left the country on 23 July to participate in ACC Trophy Elite 2008. The ACC Trophy started on 25 July and ended on 03 August 2008. The ACC Trophy is the premier tournament in the Asia development region. The finalists of the ACC Trophy Elite qualify for the immediately succeeding Asia Cup where they take on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in ODIs. Afghanistan finished 3rd in this tournament behind Hong Kong and UAE.

    2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five Champions:

    Afghanistan overcame Jersey and win a dramatic ICC World Cricket League Division 5 (WCL Div. 5) final in Jersey on 31 May. In a low-scoring match at the Grainville Jersey, Afghanistan completed the target of 81 runs with two wickets to spare. Afghanistan and Jersey join Hong Kong, Fiji, Tanzania and Italy in the six-team ICC WCL Div. 4 set for the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam from 4 to 11 October. In turn, the top two teams from that tournament will progress to WCL Div. 3 in Argentina next January and hope to finish in the top two to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 in the UAE, which incorporates Divisions 1 and 2. The top four Associate or Affiliate teams from the ICC World Cup Qualifier will book their places at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to be staged in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    Tour to USA: Compton Cricket Club vs Afghanistan national cricket team:
    A match with the Afghanistan national cricket team had been organised for June 7th. 2008. Unfortunately the match has had to be postponed due to lack of funding for the National Cricket team from Afghanistan to fly from their home camp to Los Angeles for the historical match.

    The 2 clubs are working towards another date fixture for this match.

    This will be the first time that a cricket team from Afghanistan has toured to America. The match will help raise money for an orphanage rebuilt by US marines in Afghanistan and continue the CCC’s vital work around the world promoting greater peace through ‘cricket diplomacy.

    Useful Links:
    Link to Afghanistani Squad members
    Asian Cricket Council page on Afghanistani Cricket

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

    Posted in ACC Trophy, Afghan cricket team, Afghanistan, Afghanistan National Cricket team, Asian Cricket Council, Hamid Hassan, ICC Trophy, ICC World Cricket League, Kabir Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Taliban | 2 Comments »

    In the International Spotlight…Hong Kong Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 28, 2008

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    The Hong Kong cricket team is a team representing the Chinese Special administrative region of Hong Kong in international cricket. They played their first match in 1866 and have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1969.

    They played their first One Day Internationals in the 2004 Asia Cup and have played in every ICC Trophy since the 1982 tournament with the exception of the most recent event. They played in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in the 2005 tournament, and are currently ranked at 25th in the World by the ICC and are the third highest ranked Asian non-Test nation.

    The sport was introduced to Hong Kong by the English, with the first recorded game taking place in 1841, and the Hong Kong Cricket Club being founded ten years later. The Cricket Club played a number of interport matches against sides on the Chinese mainland, the first taking place against Shanghai in 1866, and in 1890 played Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for the first time.

    1892 saw disaster when the SS Bokhara, which was carrying the team back from Shanghai, sank in a typhoon with the loss of 125 lives. There were only 23 survivors, which included only 2 of the 13 team members. The other 11 members of the team were lost.

    1948 saw the last game against Shanghai. After the communist take-over in 1949, no more games were possible in China. Jack Chegwyn led the first international team to Hong Kong in 1952, and the first tour by an MCC team was in 1966. The MCC, captained by Mike Smith played one match against the national side, winning by 74 runs. In 1969 the Hong Kong Cricket Association became an associate member of the International Cricket Council, cricket’s global ruling body.

    The year after gaining ICC membership, the Hong Kong national side played against an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis, drawing the game, but it was not until the 1982 ICC Trophy when the Hong Kong team next played. At that tournament the Hong Kong team, which featured future England Test cricketer Dermot Reeve, failed to progress beyond the first round.

    Hong Kong took part in the following three ICC Trophy tournaments, again failing to progress beyond the first round in 1986, reaching the plate competition in 1990 and the second round in 1994. They then played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, failing to progress beyond the first round after finishing third to Bangladesh and Fiji.

    In 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control and the year also saw Hong Kong record their best finish in the ICC Trophy, finishing in eighth place. They played in the ACC Trophy again in 1998, losing to Malaysia in the semi-finals.

    In 2000, Hong Kong reached the final of the ACC Trophy, qualifying for the 2002 Asia Cup, which was subsequently moved to 2004. They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy and lost to the UAE in the semi-finals of the ACC Trophy the following year. Their first taste of One-Day International cricket came in the 2004 Asia Cup, where they lost both first round matches to Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    Also in 2004, Hong Kong failed to progress beyond the first round of the ACC Trophy after losing in the group stages to Oman and Bahrain, missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. They also reached the final of the Fast-track nations tournament, losing to the UAE. Hong Kong played in the Intercontinental Cup for the first time in 2005. They lost to the UAE and drew with Nepal, failing to reach the semi-finals. They finished last in the fast-track nations tournament the same year.

    In 2006, Hong Kong again lost to the UAE in the final of the ACC Trophy, and finished fourth in the ACC Premier League. The following year, they travelled to Darwin, Australia to take part in Division Three of the World Cricket League, finishing fifth, relegating them to Division Four for 2008.

    In October/November 2007, Hong Kong took part in the inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup held in Kuwait, where they played in Group B against the UAE, Singapore, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Hong Kong finished 4th in their group and failed to make to the semi-finals stage.

    Other links relating to Hong Kong cricket are:

  • List of Hong Kong ODI cricketers
  • Hong Kong national cricket captains
  • Hong Kong Cricket Association
  • Hong Kong women’s cricket team
  • Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
  • Independant Cricket Club Association of Hong Kong”

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In the International Spotlight…Hong Kong Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 27, 2008

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    The Hong Kong cricket team is a team representing the Chinese Special administrative region of Hong Kong in international cricket. They played their first match in 1866 and have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1969.

    They played their first One Day Internationals in the 2004 Asia Cup and have played in every ICC Trophy since the 1982 tournament with the exception of the most recent event. They played in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in the 2005 tournament, and are currently ranked at 25th in the World by the ICC and are the third highest ranked Asian non-Test nation.

    The sport was introduced to Hong Kong by the English, with the first recorded game taking place in 1841, and the Hong Kong Cricket Club being founded ten years later. The Cricket Club played a number of interport matches against sides on the Chinese mainland, the first taking place against Shanghai in 1866, and in 1890 played Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for the first time.

    1892 saw disaster when the SS Bokhara, which was carrying the team back from Shanghai, sank in a typhoon with the loss of 125 lives. There were only 23 survivors, which included only 2 of the 13 team members. The other 11 members of the team were lost.

    1948 saw the last game against Shanghai. After the communist take-over in 1949, no more games were possible in China. Jack Chegwyn led the first international team to Hong Kong in 1952, and the first tour by an MCC team was in 1966. The MCC, captained by Mike Smith played one match against the national side, winning by 74 runs. In 1969 the Hong Kong Cricket Association became an associate member of the International Cricket Council, cricket’s global ruling body.

    The year after gaining ICC membership, the Hong Kong national side played against an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis, drawing the game, but it was not until the 1982 ICC Trophy when the Hong Kong team next played. At that tournament the Hong Kong team, which featured future England Test cricketer Dermot Reeve, failed to progress beyond the first round.

    Hong Kong took part in the following three ICC Trophy tournaments, again failing to progress beyond the first round in 1986, reaching the plate competition in 1990 and the second round in 1994. They then played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, failing to progress beyond the first round after finishing third to Bangladesh and Fiji.

    In 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control and the year also saw Hong Kong record their best finish in the ICC Trophy, finishing in eighth place. They played in the ACC Trophy again in 1998, losing to Malaysia in the semi-finals.

    In 2000, Hong Kong reached the final of the ACC Trophy, qualifying for the 2002 Asia Cup, which was subsequently moved to 2004. They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy and lost to the UAE in the semi-finals of the ACC Trophy the following year. Their first taste of One-Day International cricket came in the 2004 Asia Cup, where they lost both first round matches to Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    Also in 2004, Hong Kong failed to progress beyond the first round of the ACC Trophy after losing in the group stages to Oman and Bahrain, missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. They also reached the final of the Fast-track nations tournament, losing to the UAE. Hong Kong played in the Intercontinental Cup for the first time in 2005. They lost to the UAE and drew with Nepal, failing to reach the semi-finals. They finished last in the fast-track nations tournament the same year.

    In 2006, Hong Kong again lost to the UAE in the final of the ACC Trophy, and finished fourth in the ACC Premier League. The following year, they travelled to Darwin, Australia to take part in Division Three of the World Cricket League, finishing fifth, relegating them to Division Four for 2008.

    In October/November 2007, Hong Kong took part in the inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup held in Kuwait, where they played in Group B against the UAE, Singapore, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Hong Kong finished 4th in their group and failed to make to the semi-finals stage.

    Other links relating to Hong Kong cricket are:

  • List of Hong Kong ODI cricketers
  • Hong Kong national cricket captains
  • Hong Kong Cricket Association
  • Hong Kong women’s cricket team
  • Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
  • Independant Cricket Club Association of Hong Kong”

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In the International Spotlight…Thailand Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 16, 2008

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    The Thai cricket team represents the country of Thailand in cricket. It became an ICC Associate Member in 2005 and was elected into the ICC in 1995. The team is governed by the Cricket Association of Thailand.

    Thailand played in the South East Asia Emerging Nations tournament of February 2006. The tournament was a triangular series and was played against Bhutan cricket team and Maldives cricket team. Their first match was played against Bhutan and, thanks to a strong performance by R. Bowater, they reached 8/300. They ended up winning by 69 runs.

    Their second match against the Maldives was not so exciting, the match being abandoned without a ball being bowled. After the Maldives beat Bhutan, they faced Thailand again in somewhat better weather. This time Thailand were all out for 148 and the Maldives cruised to victory with 7 wickets in hand.

    In August 2006, they took part in the ACC Trophy. They finished third out of four teams in their group, their only win coming against Iran.

    TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

    World Cup:
    Thailand have never qualified for the World Cup.

    ICC Trophy:
    1979 to 2001: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
    2005: Did not qualify

    ACC Trophy:
    1996: First round
    1998: First round
    2000: Did not participate
    2002: First round
    2004: First round
    2006: First round

    More information and news about Thai Cricket can be found here:

  • Thailand board fails accountability test (Nov 23, 2007)
  • Bangkok league victim of Thai power game (Nov 2, 2007)
  • Report card: More homework needed (Jul 20, 2007)
  • Cricket comes to Paramaribo (Feb 13, 2006)
  • Chappell and Mullally line up in Phuket
  • Chiang Mai Sixes come of age
  • The Phuket International Cricket Sixes
  • Thailand’s rising star
  • Thailand board fails accountability test
  • Bangkok league victim of Thai power game
  • View the full list of 32 related articles

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org, cricinfo.com and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In the International Spotlight…Thailand Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 16, 2008

    Thailand U15 CRICKET

    THAI CRICKET

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    The Thai cricket team represents the country of Thailand in cricket. It became an ICC Associate Member in 2005 and was elected into the ICC in 1995. The team is governed by the Cricket Association of Thailand.

    Thailand played in the South East Asia Emerging Nations tournament of February 2006. The tournament was a triangular series and was played against Bhutan cricket team and Maldives cricket team. Their first match was played against Bhutan and, thanks to a strong performance by R. Bowater, they reached 8/300. They ended up winning by 69 runs.

    Their second match against the Maldives was not so exciting, the match being abandoned without a ball being bowled. After the Maldives beat Bhutan, they faced Thailand again in somewhat better weather. This time Thailand were all out for 148 and the Maldives cruised to victory with 7 wickets in hand.

    In August 2006, they took part in the ACC Trophy. They finished third out of four teams in their group, their only win coming against Iran.

    TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

    World Cup:
    Thailand have never qualified for the World Cup.

    ICC Trophy:
    1979 to 2001: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
    2005: Did not qualify

    ACC Trophy:
    1996: First round
    1998: First round
    2000: Did not participate
    2002: First round
    2004: First round
    2006: First round

    More information and news about Thai Cricket can be found here:

  • Thailand board fails accountability test (Nov 23, 2007)
  • Bangkok league victim of Thai power game (Nov 2, 2007)
  • Report card: More homework needed (Jul 20, 2007)
  • Cricket comes to Paramaribo (Feb 13, 2006)
  • Chappell and Mullally line up in Phuket
  • Chiang Mai Sixes come of age
  • The Phuket International Cricket Sixes
  • Thailand’s rising star
  • Thailand board fails accountability test
  • Bangkok league victim of Thai power game

  • View the full list of 32 related articles
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    In the International Spotlight…Fiji Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 13, 2008

    In the International Spotlight…Fiji Cricket

    Mid morning cricket game in fiji
    Cricket in Fiji

    The Fiji national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Fiji in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1965, though their history goes back to the late 19th century.

    They regularly take part in regional tournaments including the cricket tournament at the South Pacific Games. They have taken part in every ICC Trophy tournament with the exception of the 2005 event. They are currently ranked at 28th in the world by the ICC, and are the second ranked non-test team in their region.

    Early days:
    Cricket was introduced to Fiji by European settlers in 1874, and the native population began taking up the game in 1878. The governor of Fiji at the time listed introducing cricket to the native Fijians as one of the achievements of his tenure in his memoirs.

    Early tours:
    Fiji was playing first-class cricket just 21 years after cricket was introduced to the country, when they toured New Zealand in early 1895.
    1895 tour of New Zealand

    Fiji’s team on the tour in 1895 was captained by John Udal, whose great-grandson Shaun would eventually play Test cricket for England. The first match of the tour was a two-day match against Auckland, which Fiji lost by an innings.
    A low scoring second match against Otago was drawn after rain washed out the first of the two days. The third match against Canterbury was also lost by an innings, before a draw against Wellington.

    The final two matches of the tour went much better for the Fijians, winning against Hawke’s Bay by an innings after a century from John Collins, and beating Taranaki by two wickets.

    1908 tour of Australia:
    In January 1908, Fiji toured Australia. Only one result is known from this tour, a draw against Queensland in a two-day match, highlighted by a seven wicket haul for Pope Cakpbau.

    Post War period:
    Fiji toured New Zealand twice more, in 1948 and 1954. Fiji’s first match against a Test-playing nation came in 1956, when the West Indies visited. Fiji won the match against a team featuring the likes of Garfield Sobers by 28 runs despite being bowled out for 91, largely thanks to a six wicket haul from John Gosling.

    1948 tour of New Zealand:
    Like the tour in 1895, the 1948 tour started with a defeat to Auckland, by 168 runs. Fiji won their next match against Wellington by one wicket, before losing to Canterbury by 36 runs.

    The tour continued with a 46 run defeat by Otago and concluded with a 115 run win against Auckland. One notable player for Fiji on this tour was IL Bula, who scored the most runs and the only century on the tour. Bula’s full name is Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau, and his name is thought to be the longest of any first class cricketer.

    1954 tour of New Zealand:
    Just four matches were played on the 1954 tour, which started with a two wicket defeat to Otago. The tour continued with another two wicket defeat, this time to Canterbury, before a 117 run defeat to Wellington. The tour ended with a seven wicket win against Auckland. The team included Ratu Kamisese Mara who would go on to become the Prime Minister and President of Fiji.

    ICC Membership:
    Fiji gained associate membership of the ICC in 1965. They played in the first ICC Trophy tournament in 1979, and played in every one until 2001. They also played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, losing in the semi-final to the UAE.
    In 2001, Fiji played in the first Pacifica Cup in Auckland, reaching the final where they lost to the New Zealand Māori by three wickets. They played in the 2002 tournament in Samoa, finishing third after beating the Cook Islands in a play-off.
    In 2003, Fiji hosted the South Pacific Games. The cricket tournament saw the hosts lose to Papua New Guinea in the final. The following year, they took part in the EAP Challenge in Fuji City, Japan, winning after beating Tonga in the final. This qualified them for the repêchage tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy. At that tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, they reached the final, where they lost to Papua New Guinea by 30 runs, thus missing out on the 2005 ICC Trophy.

    In 2006, Fiji played in the 2006 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Brisbane, Australia. They won the tournament winning all of their matches against the Cook Islands and Japan, qualifying them for Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin, Australia. They warmed up for the tournament with a three match series at home against Vanuatu, winning all three matches, but were unsuccessful in the tournament itself, losing all five games they played, thus meaning they will have to take part in Division Four in 2008.

    Later in 2007, they took part in the cricket tournament at the 2007 South Pacific Games, losing to Papua New Guinea in the final group game, meaning that they went home with the silver medal.

    Tournament History
    ICC Trophy:
    1979: First round
    1982: First round
    1986: First round
    1990: Plate competition
    1994: Plate competition
    1997: 11th place
    2001: First round
    2005: Did not qualify

    ACC Trophy:
    1996: Semi-finals

    South Pacific Games:
    2003: Silver medal
    2007: Silver medal

    Players:
    Fiji’s most famous player is Neil Maxwell, who played first-class cricket for New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, and for Canterbury in New Zealand in addition to representing Australia A. Nat Uluiviti is the other Fijian to have played first-class cricket for a team other than Fiji, playing for Auckland in the 1950s.
    2007 Fiji National squad

    Fiji’s squad for the 2007 South Pacific Games cricket tournament was as follows:
    -Josaia Baba
    -Josefa Baleicicia
    -Malcolm Bossley
    -Eric Browne
    -Iniasi Cakacaka
    -Samuela Draunivudi
    -Kida Jikoivanualevu
    -Ratu Lesuma
    -Sakaraia Lomani
    -Vuiyasawa Mateiwaqa
    -Joeli Mateyawa
    -Iliesa McGoon
    -Rajeev Patel
    -Sekove Ravoka
    -Colin Rika
    -Josefa Rika
    -Seci Sekinini
    -Jone Seuvou
    -Kiti Tavo
    -Colati Tupou
    -Roko Uluiqalau
    -Filimoni Vuliwaqabaca
    -Taniela Waqaituinayau

    Some links to more info on Fijian Cricket can be found below:

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    Fiji at Cricket Archive
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    History page at official site
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    2007 South Pacific Games cricket points table
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    ICC Trophy matches played by Fiji at Cricket Archive
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    One-day rankings at the official website of the ICC
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    Fiji in New Zealand, 1894/95 at Cricket Archive
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    John Udal at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 25 January 1895 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 1 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 8 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 15 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Hawke’s Bay v Fiji, 19 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Taranaki v Fiji, 22 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
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    Fiji in Australia, 1907/08 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Queensland v Fiji, 1 January 1908 at Cricket Archive
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    Fiji in New Zealand, 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
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    Fiji in New Zealand, 1953/54 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Fiji v West Indies 12 January 1956 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 13 February 1948 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 1 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 5 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 13 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 3 April 1948 at Cricket Archive
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    First-class Batting and Fielding for Fiji in New Zealand 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
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    IL Bula at Cricinfo
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    Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 12 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 19 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 26 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
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    Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 6 March 1954 at Cricket Archive
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    1996 ACC Trophy results summary at Cricinfo
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    2001 Pacifica Cup at CricketEurope
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    2002 Pacifica Cup at CricketEurope
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    Report from final of the 2003 South Pacific Games
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    EAP qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
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    Scorecard of Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 27 February 2005 at Cricket Archive
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    Vanuatu in Fiji, 2006/07 at Cricket Archive
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    http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/DATABASE/2007/TOURNAMENTS/WCLDIV3/about.shtml 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, at CricketEurope
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    WCL structure for 2006-2009
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    Papua New Guinea take home the gold, by Andrew Nixon, 2 September 2007 at CricketEurope
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    1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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    Neil Maxwell at Cricket Archive
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    Nat Uluiviti at Cricket Archive
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    Teams lists for the 2007 South Pacific Games cricket tournament
  • *Acknowledgements to http://www.cricinfo.com, http://www.cricketarchive.com, http://www.sportingpulse.com, http://www.cricketeurope4.net, http://www.wikipedia.org

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