Hung Hom JD Jaguars and Galaxy Gladiators Lantau to kick off 2017 Hong Kong T20 Blitz; Gladiators earn No 1 pick in draft
Cricket Hong Kong conducts draw and draft order for the second edition of the international 20-over competition
Hung Hom JD Jaguars and Galaxy Gladiators Lantau will kick off the Hong Kong T20 Blitz on Wednesday March 8 after the fixtures draw was conducted on Thursday night.
Gladiators also secured the No 1 pick for the draft on January 7 after a charity auction.
City Kaitak and Kowloon Cantons will play the second fixture on Wednesday with HKI United to open their tournament on Thursday 9th of March against the Jaguars.
Two matches will be played on each day with the exception of “Super Saturday”, which will feature three games back-to-back.
Director of Cricket Charlie Burke said the excitement of the tournament was now well and truly building.
“It’s great that we’ve now got the fixtures locked in and we can start counting down,” Burke said.
“I think the team that will be successful, will be the team that copes best with playing five T20 matches in five days.
“There will be a good mix of professional and club cricketers and will be a great test to see which team can handle that intensity over five days.”
Bids were also placed for the first pick in the draft to be held on December, with all funds from the silent auction going to charity.
A total of HK$62,752 was raised in total, which will be given to the charity of each team’s choice.
Galaxy Gladiators Lantau edged out HKI United for the No 1 pick. Team co-owner Gaurav Dhariwal was delighted to have given their team first shot in the draft on January 7.
“We wanted to show that we want to be number one and get the advantage with the team as we were lacking players last time who had been exposed to the international circuit,”
“And since it’s for charity, then we believe in sharing so that’s great. We will be donating it to the Indian Temple.”
1. Galaxy Gladiators Lantau
2. HKI United
3. City Kaitak
4. Kowloon Cantons
5. Hung Hom JD Jaguars