PNG Cricket Board Appoints Operations Manager
The Papua New Guinea Cricket Board, with support from the ICC EAP Development Program, has just announced the appointment of Mark Bainbrigge to its new position of Operations Manager (full-time). Mark, who was born in PNG and spent his childhood in Port Moresby, is a former Australian police detective/officer who has had extensive experience in the sport industry in both a paid and volunteer capacity, and also has a background in junior coaching. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the PNGCB, plus other various roles including:
Vanuatu Under 15 Championships
With Mark Stafford & Patrick Haines
The inaugural Vanuatu Cricket Association (VCA) Unelco Under 15 Cricket Championships commenced in the first week of September, with four school teams participating in the month long competition. Each of the teams benefited from equipment donated to enable them to participate in the tournament. The donations were made on behalf of the VCA and came in the form of playing kits, providing the children with the opportunity for the first time to progress from Kanga Cricket to real match conditions. The level of commitment shown by the young players has been beyond all expectations and has been reflected in their individual and team performances. Each of the schools involved has benefited from VCA coordinated training sessions twice a week throughout the tournament. This provides the opportunity to adapt their newly acquired skills under real match conditions.
Like Vanuatu senior teams, the most significant area for improvement is the mental approach of the players. It is perhaps in the nature of all those native to Vanuatu to hide their passion - happy just to participate - allowing the opposition to take the upper hand. There is no doubt that the juniors possess the skills and physical attributes to succeed, but the ability to get the players to believe in themselves and their own abilities is perhaps the hardest task of all.
This tournament provides the opportunity for these young players to participate against others in the same age group, allowing them the chance to gain in confidence. The successful implementation of the Under 15 tournament is imperative if the gap between junior and senior cricket in Vanuatu is to be bridged. Well done to all at the VCA!
Papua New Guinea Umpire Role at NZ One Day International!
Thanks to the on-going support of New Zealand Cricket and, in particular, NZC Umpiring Manager, Brian Aldridge, the development opportunities for umpiring in the EAP Region continue to grow. PNG umpire Frank Griffin has been selected to stand at the NZ Under 17 National Championships next Dec/Jan and his busy placement to Napier will surely further his learning and progression as a leading umpire in the Associate & Affiliate countries of this part of the world. On top of this, excitingly, Frank will be part of the ICC/NZC Playing Control Team as 4th Umpire for the NZ vs India ODI at McLean Park on 29 Dec - an invaluable experience and involvement at the highest level.
Brian has also helped develop an ICC EAP Introductory Umpiring Course which, as reported last month, will be delivered throughout the EAP by new Regional Umpiring Coordinator, Tony Cooper from Fiji. Frank, with PNG Cricket Board, is also planning similar activities in his homeland.
Flicx Competition Update
Over the past month, a further two entries have been received from Indonesia to the global Flicx pitch competition and they now go in the running to win one of the remaining Flicx pitches for the EAP Region this year. The are still 4 Flicx pitches to be given away in the EAP Region in 2002 and for further details on the competition, please see the Flicx Competition Page and enter!
Indonesia Cricket Initiatives
The Indonesia Cricket Foundation recently held its Annual General Meeting and saw many highlights of the past 12-months with major achievements relating to growing initiatives in junior development. The past year has seen a newly established junior league in Bali, with 5 regional teams competing in weekly 20 over-a-side matches, running over 13 weeks. The competition was played with a hard ball and protective equipment. This new league assisted in increasing the number of children now involved in cricket on some level in Bali to over 3,000. Junior coaching programs have also been developed in Karawang and Bogor (near Jakarta), the latter having a boy-to-girl ratio of 1:1.
It was also confirmed at the AGM that the ICF would become involved in the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour. The Jakarta International Cricket Sixes is a joint initiative between the ICF and the Jakarta Cricket Association and will be held over the first weekend in October. For further information visit the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour website. Bali will join the tour in 2003.
Japan Cricket News
With a number of Japanís local competitions coming to a close, the following provides a brief update.
YC&AC Sixes Trophy
The YC&AC Sixes Trophy was recently completed in Kanto, Japan. The tournament consists of 8 teams who compete on a nationality basis with only one team per country and one international team eligible to participate. This year saw representatives from Japan, England, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, ANZAC, YC&AC & an international team. In the final, India defeated YC&AC to take the trophy for the first time in 6 years.
KCL finalists decided
September saw the completion of the final round in the Kanto Cricket League, with current title holders Tokyo Giants and Friends XI winning through to the final. Friends were undefeated through the preliminary rounds, while the Giants reached the final with a superior net run rate than the other contenders. The final will be played in Fuji on October 6.
Changing Lives Through Cricket
From Alan Wilson, Indonesia (Flicx competition entry)
Made Sudarsa, known as Suda, a is 13 year old boy who used to live with his parents in a poverty stricken area on Jimbaran Beach, Bali. His parents struggled to support their family, with Sudaís father battling an illness.
This all changed when Suda was introduced to cricket through Sony Hawoeís clinics on Jimbaran Beach early in 2001. Sony, National Development Officer, coordinates the national schools program funded by the Indonesia Cricket Foundation. Suda was one of the first children taught in this program and proceeded to follow Sony to the beach clinics after his initial introduction to the game.
Over a period of 18 months Suda has developed into a very good young cricketer, training several times a week. He has moved to the Udayana Eco Lodge so that he can be near the training centre and is now employed by the Lodge as a part time gardener. Suda has also joined the Jimbaran C.C. junior team of which he is now captain and lead his team to victory in the Bali Under 15 League, while also having a taste of senior cricket when elevated to the Jimbaran Senior side when they were two players short in a league match against Kuta. Kuta. Suda impressed taking 5 wickets for 21 runs with three of these wickets being experienced Australians with 30 plus years of experience. The performance made the front cover of the Bali Sun. It also made us realize what a great achievement the ICF Schools program has been.
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