In a major pathway provided to aid the development of Cricket Hong Kong (CHK) Dragons players, three including Jason Lui, Li Kai Ming & Ken Tsang were selected in the Hong Kong “A” squad for 2018/2019 season, announced by Tabarak Dar (Chairman of Selectors) today.
The CHK Dragons take part in Sunday Elite 50-overs competition in the domestic structure in Hong Kong cricket. The Dragons are currently in the second of the two six-team divisions in CHK’s pre-eminent 50-over league.
Li Kai-Ming & Jason Lui have had prior experience in playing Hong Kong’s T20 Franchise based league, Blitz for Galaxy Gladiators Lantau & Hong Kong Island United respectively.
Both played one match during the 2018 HK T20 Blitz – each side was mandated to play their Dragon player in at least one match) – with modest returns.
Li Kai-Ming has previously been in the main squad having been the Sydney Sixers’ Community Rookie in BBL 05 (2015/16). He was also employed as a development officer during the 2016/17 season.
Lui was selected – as the best performing Dragon at the time – with the full HK side in late 2016 when the squad toured Australia. Matches were played against both Sydney BBL clubs and a NSW 2nd XI. Lui made his debut in the final match on tour versus the NSW team.
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Despite going down in all matches the tour saw a memorable century for Nizakat Khan against the then-reigning BBL champs, Sydney Thunder.
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With the “A” squad providing both exposure and future opportunities in the Hong Kong men’s national squad, the three CHK Dragons players will benefit immensely from the program and will carry the experience when they play for Dragons again in the domestic tournaments, as well as for their club sides (generally Craigengower CC & Pioneers CC) during the 35-over Saturday Championship League.
Ken Tsang had a productive outing with CHK Pioneers in the 2nd division of Saturday Championship tournament, where he scored 174 runs in 3 games with two half-centuries and with a strike rate of over 135, coming in the middle-order in the line-up.