Cricket Sixes open in Beijing

15:03, June 24, 2010      

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The third Beijing Cricket Sixes will swing away at the Dulwich College sports ground on Friday.

The three-day event will feature 15 teams including sides from Australia, Malaysia, Shanghai, Hong Kong and also a team comprising Beijing-based West Indians.

The tournament is going from strength to strength and tournament director Simon Pendergast said he was particularly happy to see athletes from other sporting codes take part in this year's event.

"We have got the Beijing Devils rugby team and Beijing Bombers (Australian Rules) fielding sides this weekend and that's great for the tournament," Pendergast said.

"Next year we hope to expand even further and have some Chinese youth sides involved in the event."

AB Mauri are the defending champions but they can expect a tough fight with the Sri Lanka Embassy, the winners in 2008, for this year's title.

Six-a-side cricket is an abbreviated form of the game which sees each team bowl five overs at its opponents with the overs bowled by different players. A batsman must retire after breaching the 30-run mark.

Action starts each day at 9:30 am and there is no admission charge. Food and drinks will be available. The event is sponsored by Holiday Inn Lido, Yamei Electronics and Santa Fe.

Source: China Daily


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