I do not know about their cider but you should have a look for
all the photos on England Cricket & Cricketers
(Click on central pic first!)
Friendly Sites & Sister Clubs
Martin Firbank's Letter
Shaun Williams' Japan Coaching
Cricket Contacts/Links in Japan
Cricket Contacts/Links Abroad
2000 Season Articles
2001 Season Articles
2002 Season Articles
Kanto Cricket League Rules
Kanto Cricket League Team Members
Kanto cricket League Representatives
Kanto Cricket League Grounds
Kanto Cricket League Schedule
2002 Kanto Cricket League Tables
2002 KCL Miscellaneous Statistics
2002 Kyushu League Schedule
2002 Kyushu League Table
2002 Gunma Cup Schedules
2002 Gunma CupTables
2002 Kanto Universities
2002 Kanto Universities Championship
2002 Ladies Corporate Championship
2002 Ladies Corporate Championship
2002 Ladies Universities
2002 Ladies Universities Championship
Shizuoka County C.C.
Shizuoka County Cricket Club members
has left us!
For Rugby Lovers
More about Rugby
League & Union
Winter Sports in Japan
Sakhalin Cricket Club plays match in Hokkaido
of the weekend here
With their suit and tie for official meetings in one hand
and the cricket outfit in the other, the Sakhalin Cricket Club left for
Sapporo on the northernmost island of Hokkaido on May 10. They had high
hopes for victory over the international cricket team of Hokkaido, as they
had won the first cricket match ever on Sakhalin against the Hokkaido team
in September 2001. This year, the composition of the teams was very different
with many new players in both teams, making it difficult to predict the
On arrival in Sapporo, the Sakhalin visitors were welcomed
by the Hokkaido International Business Association (HIBA), the organiser
on the Japanese side. HIBA had arranged an official reception for which
Japanese companies and officials had been invited. HIBA chairman Simon
Jackson noted that organising the event had been a "great exercise", resulting
in 200 e-mails forth and back. "My wife thought I had started an online
relationship," Jackson smiled.
Organiser on the Sakhalin side Prabhjot Singh - better
know as PJ - said the team was very happy to be in Hokkaido. Addressing
the Japanese businessmen at the reception he said: "It is a great opportunity.
The excuse is the cricket, but we also like to meet with you." Dozens of
business cards were exchanged after the official speeches.
On the morning of May 11, it was time for the match.
Before reaching the playing ground in Ishikari at 15 kilometres from Sapporo,
the bus made a tour around the port, which Ishikari mayor Katsusuke Taoka
hoped to promote with the Sakhalin team. At the playing ground, television
crews were awaiting the teams to report on this historical first international
cricket match on Hokkaido.
Ishikari mayor Katsusuke Taoka tossed the coin to decide
what team could choose to 'bat' or 'field' first. The Sakhalin team won
the toss and chose for batting.
The mayor hit a respectable first ball: the first in
his life. "When I hit the ball I thought it [cricket] might become popular
in Japan. Baseball is already popular. They might like cricket too," Taoka
said. "Today is a big event and good advertising. Many people from all
over the world now get to know Ishikari."
An overcast sky and chilly conditions left the supporters
shivering at the side, while the Sakhalin team was scoring runs. Luckily
tea and Samosas were served to keep the spouses of the teams and other
supporters warm. The Sakhalin team scored 147 runs in 26 overs - all were
out. The most successful innings were by Sandeep Joshi (55) and Prabhjot
The teams broke for an excellent Indian lunch served
by Taj Mahal. This company runs five restaurants in Sapporo and is considering
opening a branch in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Many of the Sakhalin players promised
to become regular customers when the restaurant opens in Yuzhno.
Then it was time for the Hokkaido team - mainly comprising
of HIBA members - to bat. Although the Sakhalin Cricket Club did its best
to prevent the opponents from scoring runs, the Hokkaido team won by a
narrow margin. After four hours of playing the score was 148 over 5 in
27 overs with a bit of a disappointing 'wide' that ended the game. Rod
Kelly and Gamini Jayawardane were most successful with 51 and 49 innings
New teams were formed - mixing home and visiting teams
- and a second game of a few more overs was played. By then, the supporters
were frozen to the bone and withdrew inside for more tea and Indian snacks.
The inviting team had arranged to warm-up in a Japanese
hot spring, 'on-sen' in Japanese, which has some similarities to the Russian
banya tradition. The Japanese take off all their clothes before entering
the bathing area. A small towel is provided for those who wish to ?hide?
their private parts. Then they wash and rinse before they enjoy the bathes
of different temperatures. The team was urged in a HIBA note not to use
the bath for rinsing off soap, because contrary to popular opinion, the
Second World War started when Harry Truman dove into a bath covered in
soap while visiting a Japanese on-sen in China located next to a bridge..
The day was concluded with a dinner at the bathing house and the hand-over
of the trophy.
The aim is to make the Hokkaido/Sakhalin cricket match
a yearly event. Plans for visiting other locations are already being made:
PJ leaves Sakhalin for Delhi, a great excuse for the Sakhalin Cricket Club
to go to India for a match. The Sakhalin team is also playing with the
thought to invite the cricket team from Singapore over to Sakhalin.
The idea for the first international cricket match played
on Sakhalin first popped up in March 2001, when Jackson was visiting Sakhalin
and met PJ, who said he was getting a cricket ball over soon. Jackson said
that it would be nice to get the Hokkaido team to Sakhalin for a game.
PJ then started putting a team together on Sakhalin and in September 2001
the Hokkaido team came to Sakhalin for the first cricket match in Sakhalin
history. The Hokkaido team lost and challenged Sakhalin for a return match
in May 2002.
Cricket Match Summary
Sakhalin batted first:
Final score was 147 all out (in 26 overs)
Sandeep 55 runs
PJ 45 runs
Geoff 23 runs
Rodney Kelly 4 wickets for 8 runs
Sunil 3 wickets for 9 runs
HIBA batted second:
Final score was 148 for 5 wickets (in the 26th over)
Rodney Kelly: 51 not out
Gamini Jayawardane 49 not out
Bradley Roberts 35 runs
PJ: 2 wickets for 23 runs
Lee: 1 wicket for 12 runs
Sandeep: 1 wicket for 11 runs
Final result: Hiba won by 5 wickets
Hampshire CCC Expats Page
Other Cricket Homepages in
British Embassy C.C.
Indian Engineers C.C.
(also in Japanese)
C. & A. C.
Japan Cricket Association
Chuo University C.C.
Tokyo Bay District
Tokyo Kooka University
For Cricket lovers
(For Cricket players)
These are the flags of the countries of all
the cricketers who played for the Shizuoka county Cricket Club