Hong Kong add fixture against Sydney Sixers to Australian tour
HKCA press release
Hong Kong will play inaugural Big Bash League champions Sydney Sixers as part of their 10-day tour to Australia in December.
The fixture means Hong Kong will now play two matches against Big Bash League teams, following last week's announcement of a fixture against Sydney Thunder.
The clash against the Sixes will take place at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales on Friday 16 December.
The game will see many of the Sixers stars have their final hit out before the start of the KFC T20 Big Bash League on 20 December.
Along with the match, the Sixers will host a cricket clinic on the Friday afternoon with the players passing on some of their cricket knowledge to the local community between 4pm and 5pm.
Hong Kong Cricket Association CEO Tim Cutler said the opportunity to come to Australia and showcase the talents of Hong Kong players would be hugely beneficial.
“The opportunity to play in the country, and experience country NSW life is a great opportunity for the guys and will be a great character building experience,” said Cutler.
“Australia only probably got a taste of what Hong Kong has to offer with Ming Li being the Sixers community rookie last year…so this is another great chance for Australians, and especially country Australians, to see what talent there is in Hong Kong.”
The match itself will start at 6pm and will be the last chance for players to stake their claim ahead of the Club's BBL opener on Tuesday 20 December at Spotless Stadium.
“The guys are fortunate enough to be heading to Coffs Harbour which will be four days before our first BBL match,” said Sixers and Australian spinner Steve O'Keefe.
“It's vitally important that we hit the ground running and we're at top speed at that time of year, but not only that it's important that we get out there and showcase our skills to the local people of Coffs Harbour.
Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond confirmed the Club's commitment to the area.
“It is a great opportunity for our fans to experience Big Bash in their home area and interact with our players during the pre-game clinic. It is an added bonus that our friends from The Hong Kong Cricket Association are sending their National team to play.
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, said the match reinforced Coffs Harbour's relationship with Cricket NSW.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Sydney Sixers and international guests, the Hong Kong National team, to the beautiful Coffs Coast,” said Councillor Knight.
“This will be our third cricket match of the year and we are very excited to welcome the excitement of T20 to our region.
“This announcement comes as a result of Council's ongoing partnership with Cricket NSW. It further supports C.ex Coffs International Stadium's position as a premier regional destination for elite level sports.”
The match will be free of charge for everyone wishing to attend, and registration details for the clinic will be released closer to the date.