Hong Kong Invitational Cricket Festival
The Biggest & Best Invitational Festival yet as the spirit of 'friendship through cricket' is realized in Hong Kong! The fourth annual Ichor International & Chesterton Petty Hong Kong Invitational Cricket Festival 2005 concluded on Sunday at Po Kong Village Road was the biggest club sixes event in the world and the best ever Hong Kong Invitational Cricket Festival.
Thirty four men's and women's teams competed over 3 days in three divisions – Open, Spoon, Women's – and fourteen overseas sides, organized by ACST's Mike Maher, flew into Hong Kong to participate alongside the twenty local cricket sides. Eighty matches were completed on the two PKVR pitches; twenty four sides competed in the Open competition, five competed for the Spoon and five women's teams, including two from Shanghai, participated in the Women's competition.
The theme of the Festival was 'friendship through cricket' and this was certainly lived up to at the two major event social functions. At the Gala Dinner on Friday night, in the Diamond Ballroom of the Eaton Hotel, we were entertained by the amusing tales of Heath Streak and Doug Walters. Will the Sydney to London record of 49 cans ever be beaten?! And the friendship of the tournament participants was extended to the Festival's charity, the Make A Wish Foundation (www.makeawish.org.hk), as over HK$15,000 was raised on the night to support the moving work of this local children's charity.