May 11, 2001 Issue #12
Welcome to this edition of the IECC Newsletter.
Kanto Cricket League Underway
The newly formed Kanto Cricket League(erstwhile Kanto Cup) is underway with three matches being played on April 22.
In a major upset, minnows Wyverns, a Japanese University team subdued the fancied Shizuoka Kytes with excellent bowling performance by J. Hanada 5/22 and H. Kojima 4/7.
Wyverns C.C.: 72 (T. Phillips, 4/6; R. McKenna, 3/25)
Shizuoka Kytes C.C.: 62 (J. Hanada, 5/22, H. Kojima, 4-7)
Wyverns won by 10 runs
In other matches: In a closely contested match in which the second major contribution came from Mr. Extras who scored an unbeaten 50, Tokyo Giants managed to avoid another upset by defeating Millennium by 57 runs and in the third match, Fuji Far East was outplayed by Sri Lankan Lions. Brief scores:
Tokyo Giants C.C.: 193/8 (Mumtaz Alam, 61; Extras, 50; Y. Yamamoto, 3/25)
Millennium C.C.: 136 (N. Miyaji, 34; Mumtaz Alam, 3/14; Razzaq Cheema, 3/20)
Fuji Far East C.C.: 82 (Sujith Dharmasena, 4/12)
Sri Lanka Lions C.C.: 85/2 (Gamini Perera, 34*)
Glenn Carter scores first century of KCL
The first century of the KCL season was scored by Glenn Carter(106*) against Adore on the weekend match.
Fuji Far East C.C.: 241/2 (G. Carter, 106*, T. Kawashima, 51*; extras, 62) (40 overs)
Adore C.C.: 112 (H. Takahashi, 4/14; K. Orita, 3/20) (37.4 overs)
Brief results and points tally so far can be viewed at www3.ewebcity.com/iecc/. Follow the link ‘Kanto Cricket League’.
Read latest developments in Japanese cricket at Beyond The Test World on CricInfo.
Web site Updated
IECC web site has been updated with latest Kanto Cricket League results and other links. A new link to Archives has been added. You can find here all that was published on this site in the past. Follow the link ‘Archives’ under Etceteras.
Japan Cricket Association makes first Administrator appointment
Naoki Miyaji has been appointed as the first ever dedicated cricket administrator of JCA. Miyaji, 22, who has a Japanese University Degree in Laws and is the opening bowler for the Japan National XI with whom he has toured internationally, will commence his duties immediately. Miyaji, who has lived in Japan all his life, is fluent in English and will be based in Tokyo on a 20-hour working week basis
JCA Board Chief Secretariat, Kenichiro Matsumura, said, “This is an exciting time for Japan cricket and the JCA is delighted to have arranged someone of Miyaji’s calibre to fulfil the Administrator role. This is a very important appointment for us.”
The focuses of the Administrator’s role will be those matters which will enable Japan to achieve its vision of progressing from an Affiliate to Associate Member of the ICC, a development which would see the JCA greatly benefit from additional support and attention. These will include; strategic and financial planning, playing and practice facility development, coach and umpire development programs, schools programs, fundraising/sponsorship, stakeholder relationships with government and facility owners etc., promotion and marketing of the sport in Japan, and initiatives to grow participation numbers in the sport amongst persons of all ages, both male and female.
ICC East – Asia Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, said, “There are many hard-working volunteer officials and players in Japan who have done a fantastic job to grow the sport in that country. However, they are very busy people in their own professions and the further growth of cricket in a country such as Japan requires a dedicated well-planned and continuos approach. It is seen as time that some additional manpower support is provided to these JCA Board members and other stakeholders so that more development initiatives can be undertaken amongst this enthusiastic and expanding cricket community. Miyaji’s appointment is sure to be a boost for the sport.”
ICC announces partnership with Victorian Cricket Association, Japan & South Korea
A combined release from the Victorian Cricket Association (VCA) & International Cricket Council (ICC) East – Asia Pacific Development Region announces that VCA has been engaged in a cricket partnership agreement with the Japan Cricket Association and Korea Cricket Association that will see it deliver coach, umpire, player and administrator development courses and other activities to grow the sport in these countries.
The initial agreement is for a period of 12 months but it is hoped that this will develop into a long-term relationship. The partnerships will also involve the significant provision of cricket equipment and development resources as well as other suitable VCA support mechanisms.
ICC East Asia – Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, said, “Both these countries have proven to be pro-active within the Program and cricket is at an exciting stage in these nations with many current activities and initiatives. This additional support will be invaluable in assisting the hard-working volunteer officials and players in both Japan and South Korea to achieve their aims of cricket progression.
The ICC Development Program contributes US$3.2 million globally on an annual basis to developing the game in non-Test countries.
Darrell Hair’s next test – Developing Cricket umpires in East Asia – Pacific!
Current Australian Test Umpire, Darrell Hair, has been engaged by the International Cricket Council to undertake the first ever Umpire Development Project in its East Asia – Pacific (EAP) Development Region.
Whilst focussing on the three ICC Associate Members of the Region, the project will establish the status of cricket umpiring and a proposed plan for its future development in all 14 countries of the East – Asia Pacific Development Program:
ICC Associate Members in EAP – Fiji, Hong Kong & Papua New Guinea
ICC Affiliate Members in EAP – Brunei, Cook Islands, Japan, Philippines, Samoa, Tonga & Vanuatu
ICC “New Territories” in EAP – China, Indonesia, New Caledonia and South Korea.
ICC East Asia – Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, said, “The ICC Development Program is about progressing all aspects of the sport in the countries involved. This includes, but is not limited to, facilities and equipment, administration, elite and grass roots development, tournaments, junior and schools programs, coaching, umpiring and scoring.
The Kyushu League has started
Saga C.C. resumed their old rivalry with Fukuoka C.C. by beating them in their first encounter: Saga C.C. 152/6 (Rohan 76*), beat Fukuoka C.C. 141(R. Bennett41; Thrisantha, 4/21), by only 11 runs!
That’s all in this edition. Hope you enjoyed reading it.