Tours

OVERSEAS TOURS – By Adrian Hawkes

REMINISCENCES OF TOURS GONE BY
– By the Players on Tour

CCNSW TOURING TEAMS 1989-2024

Upcoming Tours

If you have any views or any interest in coming on or helping organise an overseas tour in the next few years, read below and contact Greg Brooks prez@ccnsw.com or Adrian Hawkes secretary@ccnsw.com.

The Club is planning a short tour to Queenstown in January 2025 and  is always open to suggestions from members for future tours such as Japan in 2025 (see articles below).

CCNSW CRICKET TOUR TO QUEENSTOWN 20 -27 JANUARY 2025

Lake Wakatipu from above

Queenstown from above

Come on a short CCNSW tour to Queenstown New Zealand next January during the week before Australia Day?  I.e. Monday 20-Monday 27 January

Contact Greg Brooks now on prez@ccnsw.com or 0409 450 334 (Mob).

The Australia Day public holiday in 2025 is Monday, 27 January.

We have arranged 3 games over the period Monday 20- Monday 27 January 2025, with the possibility of a fourth, flying out on the Monday and returning on the Monday.

Quite apart from the cricket and the flourishing nightlife with good bars and restaurants, Queenstown is world famous for its spectacular views of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu and its many attractions which include:

  • Jet Boating on the Shotover river through the rapids
  • Rafting down the river
  • ‘Lord of The Rings’ filming locations
  • Bungee jumping from the Kuwara bridge
  • Boat trip on Lake Wakatipu on the coal fired historic ship, the TSS Earnslaw
  • Hang gliding
  • Historic Arrowtown and nearby Glenorchy

See e.g.  www.newzealand.com/au/feature/top-experiences-in-queenstown/  for more details.

Two games are at the Millbrook Resort only 18km away in nearby Arrowtown. One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River and is just 20 minutes from Queenstown. The town was established in 1862, during the height of the Otago gold rush. The settlement grew quickly as pioneers constructed cottages, shops, hotels and churches, more than 60 of which can still be seen today.

A special highlight is the Chinese settlement at the edge of the river. Built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times.

We have also organised  a game in nearby Wanaka only 60km away over the spectacular Crown Ranges,  spectacular in its own right but more laid back with boating and walks.

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Lake Wanaka

But remember Queenstown is world famous and if you want to go, it is advisable to commit early. Come with your family or by yourself. Go earlier or stay later if you wish. So if you want to come let us know now.

CCNSW CRICKET TOUR TO JAPAN SEPTEMBER 2025

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A game underway in Fuji with Mount Fuji prominent in all its glory

Over 4000 cricketers play in Japan, many indigenous and a number of overseas expatriates, largely in Tokyo and environs and in Yokohama. And some places further afield.

Their season – in the Northern Hemisphere- essentially operates from April to September.

The basic scenario is for a 13 day tour focused on Tokyo-Yokohama and Mt Fuji which would look something like this:

  • Tour leaving Sydney:  Friday 12 September 2025 for Tokyo
  • 2 games in Sano (Mt Fuji): weekend of 13-14 September
  • Possible extra game on Monday 15 September-public holiday in Japan
  • Sightseeing Tokyo and environs: Tuesday-Friday 16-19 September – possibly moving to more central hotel
  • 2-3 games Yokohama (the oldest cricket Club in Japan):  Saturday 20 September-Tuesday 23 September
  • Returning from Tokyo to Sydney: Wednesday 24 September

It is of course be possible for individuals to come earlier/stay later to see more of Japan. For example it is possible to fly into Tokyo/out of Osaka (close to Kyoto and within reach of a day trip to Hiroshima by bullet train)

Indeed if sufficient players it would be possible to arrange extra games in the Osaka region

Already the following  14 players have expressed preliminary interest (in alphabetical order: David Abreu, Frank Baliotis,, Andrew Davis, Craig Fletcher, Sherville Hall,  Soren Hughes, James Murtha, Tom Robertson, Charles Sharpe,  Jonathan Shaw, Stuart Stockdale, Tony Wood, Oliver Wood and Ken Yardy. Based on experience a number of the above will drop out and we badly need some more younger players to come

So without seeking formal commitment, if you are interested, contact Greg Brooks now on prez@ccnsw.com   or 0409 450 334 (Mob).

Umpiring in Japan: ‘The players are so humble and nice’. by Shounak Sarkar.
“Emerging  Cricket.” Monday, 9 October 2023

[A recent article detailing the exploits of a Western Australian  umpire who spent part of a summer In  Japan in his official capacity AMH]

“The players are so humble and nice. They take on board what you say, they don’t challenge your decisions that much, there is no sledging and certainly no abuse. It was kind of amusing really, I sometimes wondered if this was some sort of cordial fraternity”, says Sagir Parkar reminiscing about his recent cricketing trip to Japan.  A full-time health professional, India-born Parkar is a cricket enthusiast who these days stands in matches in Perth, but in August he experienced what the game is like in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Parkar’s umpiring journey started 17 years ago, when he lived and worked in England.  He passed his umpiring exams in late 2006, standing in matches in Essex, which he really enjoyed, then in Cheshire from 2009-12”.  After that he migrated to Queensland and did a little umpiring there before, after moving to Perth last year, he started as a regular in the Western Australia Cricket Association’s Premier League series.

His interest in Japanese cricket actually came about after he came across a couple of episodes of the Japan Cricket Podcast where he listened to Alan Curr, Japan Cricket’s Head of Operations, discuss their domestic tournament structures and struggles to acquire a groundskeeper.  Parkar contacted the Japan Cricket Association (JCA), indicating his willingness to assist with umpiring on a short-term basis, and Curr got back to him within two days.  An agreement was made for Parkar to travel to Japan for four weeks to officiate in JCA’s domestic competitions, he umpiring games at the weekend whilst traveling around the country during the week.

Japan’s domestic cricket season generally runs for six months from April to September and sometimes even early October. There is a collection of tournaments for male and female participants, as well as junior leagues for Under-19 and Under-15 levels.  Parkar himself umpired in two separate competitions; a 40-over tournament known as the Japan Cricket League (JCL) and its new sister T20 version, the JCL T20.  Apart from a little incident with dehydration, the hot and humid Japanese weather in August proving somewhat of a challenge, for the most part he was there he had “great fun”.

“The cricket culture there feels so foreign and yet quite familiar in many ways”, says Parkar. “It was funny to see how the batters always think they are not out and the bowlers always think the batters are out. That is consistent across England, Australia or Japan, no matter where you go”.  But there were some noticeable differences too. “Because Japan is such a young and fledgling cricketing country, the players remain very polite, especially ones who are born and brought up there. They don’t even glare or look you in the eye. The game just flows at a completely different level”, he says.

At the heart of the local cricket scene is Sano International Cricket Ground (SICG), a  picturesque oval situated an hour and a half away from Tokyo by public transport. Parkar was based there for the duration of his stay and describes it as “so beautiful” with six playable cricket grounds of which three have turf pitches.  There are other cricket grounds located in the towns of Miyashita, Akishima, Edogawa and Sanmu. Alongside Sano, these constitute a quartet of cricket facilities on the western, northern and eastern outskirts of Tokyo-Yokohama’s sprawling megalopolis. In 2020, Kaizuka Cricket Field in Osaka opened its doors, helping establish the sport’s presence outside its traditional heartland of Kanto for the first time.

There are currently around 4,000 registered players in Japan with the players hailing from a diverse array of ethnic backgrounds. “Predominantly, the local cricket landscape is still made up of South Asians with a few Australian and British participants sprinkled in. However with the kids, particularly the Under-17 and Under-19 generation, you have a lot of players with one or two Japanese parents playing right alongside local-born children of expat heritage, which was absolutely brilliant to see”, says Parkar.

In the face of so much sporting competition, cricket struggles for mainstream attention and remains a niche sport in the wider Japanese cultural context. But Parkar believes it is making steady progress.  Meanwhile, JCA has been trying to press the relevant stakeholders to include cricket in the 2026 Asian Games, set to be hosted by Japan. With the sport now set to be included in the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles (PTG 4311-21030 below), new sponsorship opportunities and government funding could be tapped into by JCA if cricket is included in both, providing an essential long-term boost to the sport. 

As for Parkar, he is already busy planning his next trip to Japan. “I am heading back to Japan for 6-7 weeks in April-May 2024 to do more umpiring. Hopefully I can help with the coaching too. Accommodation has already been tentatively booked. I can’t wait!”

 From “Playing the Game: Edition Monday, 9 October 2023. PTG 4311-21028

See https://emergingcricket.com/author/shounaksarkar/

Past Tours

Brochures and Tour team photographs of most past tours may be found on separate sub pages of this web site

Below are team photographs from our most recent tours to Darwin and Tasmania

Tour of Tasmania 2023

Back Row:  John Fish, Andrew Davis, Rodger Robertson (non player), Craig Fletcher, Joe Scarcella,

Darcy Kent, Jed Wesley-Smith, Soren Hughes (Mgr), Ian Robertson, Greg Ballarino, Luke Holman, David Kent

Front row: Edward Robertson, Dan Turner, Jim Hadley, Tom Robertson (c)

Absent: Richard Clark, Charlotte Kent, Martin Speiser

Darwin Tour 2022

Back: Dave Stewart, Steve Kish, Rob Bevilacqua, Richard Clark, Tom Robertson, Luke Holman, Richard Howard, Mike Weaver

Front: Tom Reaney, Martin Speiser, Soren Hughes, John Wise, Trevor Whittall, Mike Pinter, Mike Whittall, Joe Scarcella

Adelaide tour 2024

 

Back row: Roman Hughes, John Finucane, Paul Mullens, Soren Hughes (Tour manager) , Mick Power, Ezekiel Hughes, Sam Knight

Front row: Jamie Murtha, Craig Fletcher, Tom Robertson, Scott Wells, Lenny Volkov

All Past Tours

The West Indies Tour at Easter 2024 was the Club’s 36th overseas tour in the past thirty six years (plus eight other separate domestic tours to Adelaide, Cairns. Darwin, Lord Howe, Norfolk Island, Perth, and Tasmania twice):

1989

Fiji

2008

Hawaii

1991

Asia

2009

India

1992

Christchurch, New Zealand

2009

France-Ireland-England

1993

Christchurch, New Zealand

2010

Tasmania (not overseas)

1993

Canada and West Coast USA

2010

Italy

1994

Malaysia and Singapore

2011

West Indies

1995

Auckland, New Zealand

2012

South America

1996

Barbados/Trinidad

2013

Amsterdam-England-Malta

1997

England

2014

South East Asia

1998

Norfolk Island (not overseas)

2015

Wellington New Zealand

1999

Lord Howe (not overseas)

2015

Canada & East Coast USA

1999

South Africa

2016

Queenstown, New Zealand

2000

Vanuatu

2017

Nelson, New Zealand

2001

Bali

2017

Scotland and England

2002

Kenya

2018

 Christchurch New Zealand.

2003

Sri Lanka

2019

 Auckland New Zealand

2004

Cook Islands (Easter)

2019

 Sri Lanka

2004

Cairns (July not overseas)

2020

Perth (not overseas)

2005

England

2022

Darwin (not overseas)

2006

Samoa

2023

 Tasmania (not overseas)

2007

New Zealand, North Island

2024

Adelaide (not overseas)

2007

South Africa

2024

 West Indies

 Barbados/St Lucia  (Easter)