• Short Summary

    A team of world-class Australian cricketers, including four test captains, faced a Hong Kong Cricket Club side on Sunday (27 April) to end a week-long series of match to mark the closing of the club's historic 124-year old cricket ground.

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    A team of world-class Australian cricketers, including four test captains, faced a Hong Kong Cricket Club side on Sunday (27 April) to end a week-long series of match to mark the closing of the club's historic 124-year old cricket ground.

    The green pitch at Chater Road has existed incongruously in the heart of Hong Kong's business district surrounded by tall skyscrapers. It is one of the most highly valued pieces of real estate in Hong Kong and economic consideration have led to its closure. The club will move to new grounds in Wong-Nei-Chung Gap above Happy Valley.

    The four former Australian captains in the Superstar team were Ian Johnson, Ian Craig, Bob Simpson and Neil Harvey. Other members were Alan Davidson, Rodney Marsh, Ray Lindwall, Jim Burke, Ian Mackiff, Ron Archer, Peter Philpott and Les Favell.

    The team also had a rather special group of supporters for the week-long series of festival matches: Harold Larwood who in 1932 almost caused the end of Australia/England cricket by knocking Bert Oldfield unconscious in the test series known as the "bodyline" tests.

    Clarrie Grimmett was also along. All three were once cricketing "enemies" who got together during the series to watch the latter-day master of the game and talk over old times.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3QU0LEQ5B567RJGU464FZAI3W
    Media URN:
    VLVA3QU0LEQ5B567RJGU464FZAI3W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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