Mariko Hill is just 19 and has bagged several achievements to her list. She is the Vice Captain of the Hong Kong Women's National Cricket Team. Mariko started playing Cricket when she was just 11 and it's been 8 years now. She is also the Captain of Hong Kong Cricket Club which plays in men's Sunday and Saturday league competitions. Mariko is keen on improving her batting skills, which is currently the demand of the Team. Amidst all the challenges, Mariko is positive in her approach and sees her team playing in the World Cup Qualifiers very soon. Global Cricket Community would like to wish all the best to Mariko and the entire team.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Mariko Hill
Date of Birth: 20th November 1995
Playing Role: Opening bowler and top order batsmen. Vice captain of Hong Kong Women.
Batting Style: Right hand bat
Bowling Style: Right arm fast-medium
Country: English / Japanese born in Hong Kong
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
Currently a cricket player and part time assistant coach for youth. Also studying full time at the University of Hong Kong.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes. Started playing when I was 11 years old, so it's been 8 years now!
Played at top level for my country (Hong Kong) but have also gone overseas to train with the Victorian state team (VicSpirit). In addition, I've had the great opportunity to train and bowl with the England and Australian Women's team.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Currently captain of the Hong Kong Cricket Club (Willow Wielders), and also play in the men's Saturday (Nomads) and Sunday (Scorpions) league competition, as well the U17 boys (U17s Nomads) league. I have also played a season in the Premier One's division for Plenty Valley Cricket Club in Melbourne, Australia.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
I definitely see our team going to the World Cup Qualifiers. We have been unfortunate to not qualify for them in the last two years but now that our team culture has developed, our performance on and off the field is much better. Personally, I would like to focus more on my batting aspect of the game, which seems to be the lacking talent in our team.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
Yes. Hong Kong Cricket Association website: www.hkcricket.org
We also have Twitter accounts for both the HK Cricket (@CricketHK), as well as an account for the women's side (@_RedDragons). Moreover, we have a Facebook page 'Hong Kong Cricket Association' if you would like to get regular updates regarding cricket in Hong Kong.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
Last year in September, we qualified for the Asian Games in South Korea, having the opportunity to play against great cricket nations such as Sri Lanka. Also, I was fortunate to have been selected along with two other team-mates from Hong Kong to represent the Asian Cricket Council XI team and train with them in India during the month of August.
More specifically in Hong Kong, my women's club team have managed to retain the T20 cup and League championship titles for the sixth consecutive year. It has been a great year for us!
Now that we don't have any upcoming tournaments, the Hong Kong association is trying to host and invite some of the top Asian associate nations, such as Thailand, Japan, China, to play a round robin tournament. If this is able to be organized, it would be a great platform to develop the game of cricket among these associate nations in Asia.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
Absolutely! I have been to India twice now for cricket camps and they both have been great learning curves for me and my game. The culture there for the sport is remarkable and the people are also very welcoming.
Regarding traveling to any other countries, I don't have any preference as to where I would like to go specifically, but would love to travel to other countries that I haven't seen yet, just so I can experience their culture!
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
The only challenge we face now is the lack of cricket we play as a Hong Kong team, and now that ACC has stopped hosting tournaments, we don't have the opportunity to tour much. Thus, this is why we are looking to annually host a tournament with the top Asian nations.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
It's hard to pinpoint exactly one thing that could develop local participation, but I guess promotion and advertisement of the game of cricket is key, since it is not a well known sport in Hong Kong.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Hong Kong Cricket Club
Kowloon Cricket Club
Craigengower Cricket Club