The Hong Kong Cricket Association's development programme will not benefit from last weekend's Cathay Pacific/Wheelock NatWest Hong Kong Sixes according to organisers. Initial estimates done by the association and Cricket World International (CWI) - the other partner in the 50-50 collaboration - have revealed that poor ticket sales will result in a 'break even' situation. 'Early estimates suggests that we might just about break even,' said Brian Catton, executive director of CWI. 'Our ticket revenue was well down on what was forecast.' Peter Slack, HKCA chairman concurred. 'I wouldn't expect anything more than a break even figure. It is disappointing that we will not be able to feed any money into our development fund.' The association had hoped that a large share of their projected $2 million development budget for 1996/97 would be funded from the profits of the Sixes. The bad weather on the first day saw very few tickets being sold. Organisers cut down the price of tickets by half for Sunday, to $275, but according to Catton only around 900 tickets were sold on the second day. 'I think we made about $250,000 on ticket sales on Sunday. But I'm still happy because there was a good atmosphere and quite a crowd in the stands,' Catton said. On the first day, organisers estimated the crowd at 5,000 while the second day's figure was put at around 8,000. Corporate sponsors, stadium box holders and invitees made up a large section of the crowd. Although the prospect of making any money from the 1996 tournament is now down the drain, Slack was still happy with the outcome of the fifth Sixes and was optimistic of the future of the tournament. 'The move was unquestionably a success. Everyone agrees that is the case. The potential for the tournament is huge . . . we all saw that there was absolutely no problems with the artificial pitch or the outfield,' said Slack. 'The outfield was tremendous. If not for the sand-based surface we would not have been able to play on Saturday. 'We have gone through the teething problems. We could have not faced a harder test in our first year at the Stadium what with the rain and the star players who did not come,' Slack said. 'But despite all these problems, I'm sure everyone who turned up at the Stadium had a good time . . . the catching in the crowd was very, very good.'