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ACC Archived News - April 2011

MCC And The MCC In Hong Kong, China
Marylebone Cricket Club and the Melbourne Cricket Club are in Hong Kong to play each other and the Hong Kong Cricket Club this week. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) are opening and closing their tour with games against China, the first in Hong Kong and the second in Guangzhou. “We’re thrilled to be playing MCC again,” says Wang Lei China’s captain. “It’s a great privilege and I hope we will impress them.”
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Oman's Doors To Manuel
ACC Umpiring Resource Person and ICC Regional Umpires Performance Manager Peter Manuel is in Oman to groom the next batch of umpires in the country. The six-day course has 24 participants, one of whom is a lady. They are all graduates of the Level 0 course held in Oman last July.
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U-14s Embark On Sea Voyage
Young cricketers from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore join hosts Thailand in Chiang Mai at the end of April, to play the first South East Asia U-14 Championship. “This was something we discussed at the 2010 ACC AGM in Singapore, and it was felt to be a very good step in giving our players tournament practice,” says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.
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Emirates Fly High
UAE’s cricketers regained World Cricket League Division 2 four years after first winning it, by beating Namibia in the tournament final in Dubai. They won by five wickets after bowling out Namibia for 200 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

”To be among the top teams after the ten Test playing nations is encouraging,” says Emirates Cricket Board Administrator Mazhar Khan, “It's a great moment for UAE cricket. We need to look ahead for more such victories and all the new players in the team have contributed brilliantly to the team's success."
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Thimphu's Time Again
Five years ago, Bhutan held its first ever Level 0 course. “The basic basics were what was needed, cricket was so unknown back then,” says Bhutan’s national coaching co-ordinator Damber Singh Gurung, who didn’t have to co-ordinate too much coaching back then in comparison to now.

With so much cricket developing around the country Damber felt the time was right to bring it back to new prospective coaches in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.
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Saw Pong Going On
The Myanmar Cricket Federation report progress in construction of their first cricket ground: “The square has filled up with clay; the preparation of the grass plantation is in progress; water has been stored inside and outside the ground; the water pipeline and the drainage for the ground specially on both sides of the wicket has been done”.
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Khon Kaen Boys Win With Bangkok Girls
Cricket featured in the 27th National Youth Games of Thailand for the first time this year and they concluded last week with gold medals for Khon Kaen’s boys and Bangkok’s girls. The Uttaradit Games were run by the National Sports Authority. Cricket’s presence represents just the fourth instance of cricket being officially incorporated into a nation’s sporting set-up.
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