Around 80 of our cricket and sporting section members have just completed a tour of Hong Kong led by CEO Stephen Gough where our reciprocal club, Hong Kong Cricket Club (HKCC), played host to six of our sporting groups – bowls, cricket, golf, netball, squash and tennis.
While individual sports have had various levels of engagement with their HKCC counterparts at different times over the years, this is the first time the MCC has toured Hong Kong as a multi-sport group.
The two clubs played a number of ‘trophy’ and ‘friendly’ matches over a six-day period, although the unusually poor weather did affect the activities of the golfers and cricketers to a degree.
Thankfully all the ‘trophy’ matches were completed. The golfers went down to our hosts, five matches to three. MCC netball won a high standard match 45-39. Our cricketers put in a reasonable performance in the field, but our batting left us well short.
MCC squash won their match, while the bowlers were tested by slow conditions that were vastly different to what they experience at home. The tennis tie was declared a draw so the result across all sports was a 3-2 victory to HKCC – well played!
While all the sports would value their relationship with HKCC, our netballers deserve special mention.
This was first occasion MCC netball has toured anywhere in their relatively short existence. However, we sense that the 20-strong representation recognised the ‘birth’ of MCC netball that occurred when a group of MCC members formed a team to play HKCC on its 2011 Melbourne tour before netball became an MCC sport.
Off the field and courts of play, the HKCC were also winners in terms of their warmth of friendship and hospitality that is second to none. The sports were individually welcomed and entertained.
Collectively, all sports gathered for a cocktail party for HKCC to honour the MCC on the evening of Friday April 4. When all competition had been completed, a farewell function and presentation dinner was held on the Sunday evening.
The relationship with HKCC that we so highly treasure was enhanced once again.