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.
GV PAN ACROSS Hong Kong sky-scrapers DOWN TO cricket field
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Sign in Chinese "Long live Chairman Mao" TO GV bank of China
CU Board sign "Hong Kong Cricket Club"
SV Both teams pose for photographs with Superstars seated in F/G
SCU Clarrie Grimmett (Australia left) and Harold Larwood (England) chatting
CU Lady takes movie of Ian Craig (2 shots)
CU Les Favell signs autograph
CU Lady spectator
GV PAN DOWN & LV FROM Skyscrapers TO game in progress
SV & LV Ray Lind-wall Fowls to Hong kong player at crease (3 shots)
SV & LV Ron Archer bowls to Hong Kong player (3 shots)
GV PAN Field surrounded by skyscrapers TO Alan Davidson bowling
SV PAN FROM Scoreboard TO teams leaving field
SV & CU Crowd and Visnews cameraman (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Scoreboard TO Jim Burke scoring runs for the Superstars
SV Bobby Simpson scores, spectators watch
CU & GV Sign over China Bank and skyscrapers (2 shots)
GV PAN & LV Site of new Cricket Club under construction (2 shots)
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Background: 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.