Cricket Hong Kong

Fantasy lifestyle gives real insight

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 February, 1994, 12:00am

WHAT is needed to reach the top in your chosen sport? Determination, dedication and natural talent are the first three things which spring to mind - and are three of the qualities possessed by cricketer Dermot Reeve.

The power of positive thinking, self-belief and confidence have also helped Reeve make his mark in world cricket.

If you don't believe me, just read this article from the Hong Kong Cricket Association's Scoreboard magazine entitled: ''How I would spend THE day of my life'', by Dermot Reeve.

Noon (Perth time, Western Australia): Awake from lie-in.

12.10 pm: Brunch in bed, fresh fruit salad, ham and cheese croissant, coffee.

12.20 pm: Read sports pages while having my feet massaged.

12.40 pm: Stroll to Cottesloe beach for a quick swim and body surf.

1 pm: Helicopter to airport.

1.10 pm: Space shuttle to Geneva, Switzerland.

7 am (Geneva time): Arrive Geneva airport, helicopter to ski lodge.

7.20 am: Ski the Alps.

8.30 am: Hot jacuzzi and massage, shower, shave, put cricket pads on.

10.30 am: Jet to London.

10.30 am (London time): Sky dive from 10,000 feet, land on balcony at Lord's, give England boys a team talk on how to chase 450 on a ''minefield'' against Australia in fifth and deciding Test.

11 am: Open batting for England.

1 pm: Go to lunch on 300, having reverse-swept the last ball from Shane Warne out of the ground to win the Ashes.

1.05 pm: Knighted by the Queen.

1.10 pm: Dressing room celebrations.

2.30 pm: Helicopter to Wembley to play for Manchester United in the FA Cup final against Liverpool.

3 pm: Score in first five seconds. Final score: Man Utd 9 (Reeve 5, Cantona 2, Giggs 2) Liverpool 0.

4.45 pm: Hold aloft FA Cup.

4.50 pm: Dressing room celebrations.

6 pm: Space shuttle to Augusta, Georgia, USA.

2 pm (US time): Tee off with Norman, Daly and Faldo. Out-drive everyone on every par four and five and sink 20-metre putt to win US$5 million ''Skin'' on the 18th.

5.30 pm: Fly to Jamaica for huge party organised by Hugh Hefner (of Playboy fame), with entertainment by David Bowie, Prince and Lenny Kravitz.

11.55 pm: Turn down Julia Roberts . . . fly back to Perth.

With such a confident approach as that, it's no wonder it is rubbing off on the Hong Kong cricketers in Kenya.

Sports Person of the Week: Jonathan Orders, whose nerves of steel and unbeaten 63 carried Hong Kong to that famous victory over Denmark in their opening ICC Trophy match in Kenya.

Sports Quote of the Week: ''It's an unbelievable relief. It's over and it's finally got a happy ending'' - American speed skater Dan Jansen after breaking his Olympic jinx and winning the 1,000 metres gold medal in Lillehammer.