Hong Kong's newest operational cricket ground at the Po Kong Village Road Sports Centre
© HKCA / Travis Pittman

Hong Kong will start their new season in September with a new ground, the redeveloped Po Kong Village Road Sports Centre. It is the tenth cricket ground in the region and is being leased on a long-term basis from the government.

The Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) will be using the ground on Saturdays and the first Sunday of each month throughout the season, which runs to April, with provision for Wednesday evening cricket too.

“This ground, along with another at the Po Kong Reservoir (a huge concrete tank upon which there is grass and an astro-turf wicket) will be used exclusively for juniors and women, as their numbers are growing the most in Hong Kong,” says HKCA General Manager Danny Lai. Two women’s teams have joined the Hong Kong League this year. “More men’s teams are waiting to join the League, but we can’t slot them in as we don’t have enough grounds yet. We expect that these new grounds will ease the pressure on the others and we can expand the competitions next year, adds Mr. Lai.

In addition to these two grounds in Kowloon, one other will be ready at St. Stephen’s College in Stanley at the start of October, a small football ground with an artificial wicket in the school compound.

With land at a premium in the Special Administered Republic, Hong Kong has shown much ingenuity in creating sports facilities, cricket has been played at the site of the old Kai Tak Airport since last season. Furthermore, once the 2010 Asian Games in nearby Guangzhou are completed, Hong Kong cricket will be making use of Guanggong International Cricket Stadium for high-profile matches, starting with Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.

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Filed August 20th, 2010