Cricket Hong Kong
CRICKET IN HONG KONG
Cricket arrived in Hong Kong with the British during 1841, and enjoyed access to a myriad of grounds including many armed forces and police facility fields during the city's 156 years as a colony.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club was established in 1851 which became the de facto national team in 'Interport' series against Shanghai, against teams from what became Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In 1903 the Hong Kong cricket league was founded and competing clubs came to include the likes of Kowloon CC, Craigengower CC and Little Sai Wan CC, as the sport maintained a high level of popularity among the broader expat community, which only intensified as more and more families started migrating from South Asia in the late 20th century. Beyond the global notoriety of the HK Sixes in the '90s and '00s, the men's national team saw significant improvement during this period culminating in 2013-14 when they qualified for HK's first (T20) World Cup and also attained ODI status. The team competed in another T20WC in 2016; the same year Michael Clarke and Sandeep Lamichhane came to the city to play in the inaugural HK T20 Blitz. Much effort and funding has been directed toward growing the game within the majority local community with some success. The all-Chinese HK Dragon men's team competes in the East Asia Cup against China, Korea and Japan, and around half of the women's squad is HK Chinese with much of this success due to the pioneering work in the early 2000s by the late Anita Miles.
First men’s international match: vs. Shanghai, HKCC (Central), 15 February 1866 Major international victories: vs. Bangladesh, Chittagong, 2014 (T20 World Cup) vs. Afghanistan, Bulawayo, 2018 (ICC CWC Qualifier) Leading men’s international players: Five from Peter Hall's 1999 book 150 Years of Cricket in Hong Kong: Herbert Richard Budd "Dick" Hancock (1901-29), Thomas Alexander "Alec" Pearce (1933-55), Jal Sorab "Jalu" Shroff 1959-75), Patrick Carlisle "Carl" Myatt (1961-77), Peter Winston Anderson (1975-86), Dermot Alexander Reeve (1980-82) And since: Rahul Sharma (1993-2007), James John "Jamie" Atkinson (2008-), Mark Sinclair Chapman (2011-2016), Anshuman Rath (2014-2019) WCL History: Division 3 2007 (7); Division 4 2008 (2); Division 3 2009 (4); Division 3 2011 (1); Division 2 2011 (2); Championship / Division 1 2015-17 (3) World Cup appearances: U19: 2010, T20: 2014, 2016 Asian Games: 2010, 2014
First women’s international match: vs. Pakistan, Lahore, 17 September 2006 Major international victories: vs. Thailand,13 Jul 2007 & 11 Jul 2009 vs. China, 24 June 2007 Leading women’s international players: Neisha Pratt, Connie Wong, Keenu Gill Mariko Hill, Ka Ying (Kary) Chan. World Cup appearances: 0 Asian Games: 2010 & 2014
Hong Kong Cricket Club (Central 1851-1975, Wong Nai Chung Gap 1975-present)- Kowloon Cricket Club (Opened 1908) Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (aka Mission Road, opened in 1976)