Women’s cricketer Kary Chan scores record 132 runs in Hong Kong T20 match
The 20-year-old tops the season’s run-scoring table after her effort for CCC Fung Wong
Hong Kong batting star Kary Chan Ka-ying has dreams of playing overseas after scoring a record 132 runs in a domestic Twenty20 match.
The 20-year-old Craigengower Cricket Club Fung Wong player led the way in her team’s 131-run victory over USRC in a HKCA Cup game at Po Kong Village Reservoir ground over the weekend.
“I didn’t expect that I would achieve the highest score in the match against USRC women. I just kept encouraging myself to unleash the power to bat well,” said Chan. “This is what I always ask of myself in each match. I was able to handle the pressure and, with my fitness, get a high score.
“I wish to have an opportunity to go overseas and play for cricket clubs in Australia, New Zealand or the Britain,” added Chan, who is keen to follow in the footsteps of Hong Kong player Mariko Hill, who last year was selected to play in Australia’s women’s Big Bash League under its Associate Rookie Programme.
Chan’s 132 tops the season’s scoring charts, ahead of the 114 not out by Diasqua Little Sai Wan’s Shanzeen Shahzad. Chan and Shahzad both average 84 runs after eight games.
Chan is a full-time student majoring in Sport and Recreation Studies in the College of International Education of Hong Kong Baptist University.
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She took up the game as a 14-year-old when a coach visited her secondary school as part of a development programme to promote the sport.
Chan showed early promise and was eventually picked to train with the U19 development squad before forcing her way into the Hong Kong team.
Despite a busy schedule, Chan says family support is key in helping her pursue cricket.
“My family didn’t know much about the sport of cricket when I just started playing,” she said.
“However, they thought that doing exercise was good for the health and realised that the game offered a lot of positive improvements in different aspects of my life, such as time management.
“The first time I was involved in U19 cricket for Hong Kong, it was a very competitive match and that gave me a feeling of excitement that no other sport could.
“This sport also requires the unity of 11 players and an agreed and effective strategy to win. All these factors made me fond of cricket.”