KIWIS SEND STRONG SQUAD FOR 2003 CATHAY PACIFIC/STANDARD
CHARTERED HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL CRICKET SIXES
HONG KONG, October
6: New Zealand will be aiming to upset the odds when they make
a welcome return to the fray at the 2003 Cathay Pacific/Standard
Chartered Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes.
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Making their first appearance in the competition
since 1996, the Kiwis, who will be led by Matt Horne, are anxious
on their record in the event that carries prize money of
Opening batsman Horne is one of three international
stars in the New Zealand squad for the ninth staging of the world's
premier Sixes competition – the others being aggressive
all-rounder Andre Adams and diminutive wicket-keeper/batsman
They will be joined at Kowloon Cricket Club
on November 1-2 by Aaron Barnes, Auckland's Batsman of the Year, Tama Canning,
Auckland's Player of the Year, Wellington all-rounder Matthew
Walker and Joseph Yovich, a linchpin of the Northern Districts
"All four (Barnes, Canning, Walker and Yovich)
are prominent first-class cricketers, each of whom are still
in contention for selection
to the New Zealand team," said Martin Snedden, Chief
Executive Officer of New Zealand Cricket Inc.
New Zealand have been drawn in Pool 1 alongside
defending champions and tournament favourites Pakistan, hosts
Kong and India.
Having competed in the first five editions
of the competition, the Kiwis have not participated since 1996.
Their only silverware from the Sixes came
on their last appearance when they defeated Australia in the
final of the Bowl. At
Kowloon Cricket Club next month, their target will be to
the Cup knockout stage.
Horne's team have been presented with the perfect opportunity
to make a fast start as they will take on Hong Kong in the opening
match of the 2003 tournament, at 8.30 am on Saturday, November
The top two teams from Pool 1 will qualify
for the Cup knockout stage where they will face the leading two
from Pool 2, which
is made up of England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and tournament
debutants Kenya. The bottom two teams in each of the pools
will compete for the Plate.
"We are delighted that New Zealand are making
a return to the tournament and also that they are sending such
a young and powerful
group of players," said Mike Walsh, chairman of the Hong
Kong Cricket Association.
Tickets for the 2003 Cathay Pacific/Standard
Chartered Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes are selling fast. 'Early bird' two-day
ticket prices have been set at HK$300 for adults and HK$150 for
children under the age of 15. From October 18, the prices will
increase to HK$380 for adults and HK$200 for children.
Games are played in five-over innings, with
each team member, other than the wicket-keeper, bowling one over.
New Zealand squad: Matt Horne (captain), Andre
Adams, Aaron Barnes, Tama Canning, Chris Nevin, Matthew Walker,
The 2003 Cathay Pacific/Standard
Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes will take place at
Kowloon Cricket Club, 10 Cox's Road, Kowloon on November
1-2. Early bird two-day passes cost HK$300 for adults and
HK$150 for children
aged 15 years and younger, and are on sale through Cityline
as well as at the following outlets:
- Hong Kong Cricket Club
(137 Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Happy Valley, 2574 6266);
- Kowloon Cricket Club (10
Cox's Road, Jordan,
- Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
(Prince's Building, Central 2810 6988);
- Hong Kong Cricket Association (Room 1019 Sports House, 1
Stadium Path, So Kon Po,
Provided by CCIL/Hong Kong Cricket Association. For further
information, please contact Danny Lai at (852) 2504-8102.