Saturday, October 31, 2009

How many more sleeps until the cricket?


Keegan has been counting down the days until he and Craig attend the cricket tournament known as the Hong Kong Sixes.


From the website:

Six-a-side cricket is the quickest, most fun-filled version of the glorious old game – a feast of world class players, thrilling matches, huge hits and spectacular catches. The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the longest-running, best-established and most high-profile sixes tournament in the world. It offers two days of fast and furious action in a festival atmosphere – 8 international teams, 45-minute clashes, global TV coverage and thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs. First played in 1992, the tournament is fully sanctioned by the International Cricket Council and backed by the boards of the test-playing nations. Stars who have taken part include Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve and Mark Waugh, Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Adam Gilchrist and Wasim Akram. Adding to the excitement is the exotic venue: Kowloon Cricket Club, situated in the heart of Hong Kong with the teeming city’s skyscrapers providing a breathtaking backdrop. England, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, India and South Africa – all have triumphed at the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes. But the real winners are the fans, who enjoy two days of pulsating action. And it is all for a worthy cause – profits from the tournament are ploughed directly back into cricket development in Hong Kong through the Hong Kong Cricket Association. The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes: the first, the biggest, the best. Nobody does it better.



Keegan's drawing of himself playing for Australia.

At last the day arrived! Craig and Keegan left early for the Kowloon Cricket Club, realised they had left the all important tickets at home, made a quick detour, and finally got to the cricket match about an hour late. At least they didn't miss seeing the Aussies play!



Unfortunately the Australian team lost this match.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
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And the Aussies lost this one too. Sigh...

So some of the kids decided to play their own game of sixes. And with Keegan as a representative for Australia, the Aussies at least had a good chance of winning!

Keegan takes a quick single
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And then it's his turn to bowl
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Back home Keegan fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow. .."all snug in his bed while visions of cricket bats danced in his head..."


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