Sean Hutton is an All Round Cricket Player from Australia and plays for Sandgate - Redcliffe District Cricket Club. Sean has an early taste of Cricket, when he was just 7 and played for a local Junior Cricket Club known as Albany Creek Hawks. Apart from being a Club Player, Sean is a great admirer of East Asia Pacific Cricket, which covers Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, PNG, Japan along with Cricket giants Australia & New Zealand. If given an option to choose one, PNG is the one, whose Cricket culture, their Cricket stories inspires him a lot. Sean has privilege of meeting few National Players of PNG and has also watched them play Cricket. Sean feels that EAP Cricket has come a long way and the recent progress has played a major role on the development of Cricket in the region. He further adds that he would love to Conduct coaching clinics for countries like PNG, Vanuatu and would love to see them coming up in Cricket. Global Cricket Community appreciates your love for EAP Cricket and we wish you all the best for future endeavours.
1. Tell us about yourself.
Full Name: Sean Hutton
Date of Birth: 08/05/1996
Playing Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Opening batsman
Bowling Style: Medium pace bowler
1. Tell us about your first experience with Cricket? What age did you get in contact with Cricket?
Growing up in Australia cricket was always going to be my number 1 sport. Although I played both rugby union and rugby league as a child, cricket was always my favourite. I started playing cricket at the age of 7 for my local junior club the Albany Creek Hawks. However I had been watching cricket on television for as long as I could remember. My dad and I used to play a lot of backyard cricket.
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).
At the present time I am a club cricket player for the Sandgate - Redcliffe District Cricket Club. Who compete in the Queensland Premier Grade Competition. I have always been a massive cricket snuff. Stats, Players everything I am obsessed by it. What excites me more in Associate cricket is teams like Kenya, Fiji and my favourite Papua New Guinea give me the most enjoyment.
3. Tell us about your experiences with EAP Cricket?
I have long been a massive fan of cricket in Papua New Guinea (PNG). As for experience my club Sandgate has hosted the PNG U19 side in 2012.
Whilst I have also been to Papua New Guinea, particularly in Port Moresby where I attended village games in Hanuabana Village. Known for producing 80% of PNG national players. I have also visited PNG's cricket headquarters. Currently two of my club team-mates are playing for Fiji.
(Kunnal and Karen Kumar).
4. Which countries from the EAP region have you personally seen growing & progressing in last few years?
Really only PNG. However I have taken more interest in Fiji lately. But PNG are without a doubt my favourite international cricket team (including Australia). The flair and passion and excitement the Papuan's play with cannot be matched anywhere else in the world! Like I said I have been to PNG and seen big changes. From a poor field with a concrete pitch to an international standard stadium to their players cracking Big Bash League sides. And last but not least, there international ranking improving from 21st to 15th.
5. What do you feel are the challenges faced throughout EAP region?
Definitely facilities and funding. Without facilities you cannot move forward. Although they are on the improve of late, it still has a long way to go. However transferring soft ball, plastic bat kids into regular hard ball cricket competitions is the next issue. Once a strong club competition and facilities improve the result will. However I feel that East Asia Cricket (Indonesia, Philippines) will struggle to take up the concept of cricket as it is so foreign to them.
6. How do you view your influence on youngsters / players and whose success have you enjoyed the most in Cricket?
What I love purely is in PNG, the boys literally play club cricket on the streets and the next minute they are playing ODIs or T20 internationals.
They just love cricket. It doesn't matter when or where there playing they just love it. You cant match that anywhere else.
7. One thing that you feel should be implemented right away in order to raise the Cricket standard & peoples involvement in EAP?
I think its just a matter of time really but like I said, a regular hard ball competition across each country needs to happen. Often you will find in these countries cricket will be big in one area of the country but that's it, the game has to expand outside of those villages.
8. How are you contributing & how do you wish to contribute to EAP Cricket?
Well right now I am just a fan, although with the links my club is gaining with Fiji we are looking at getting some fijians out to Brisbane to play. I am trying to get a few PNG players to the club as well. I'd love to tour a country like Fiji or Samoa and run some coaching clinics whilst there. Off course donating equipment is a must.
9. How much progress have you seen in cricket over the years you've been involved with EAP Cricket?
Its been quite incredible really, stats don't lie both Vanuatu and Fiji have moved from Div 8 to Div 6 (and will make div 5 this years). Whilst PNG has taken the world by storm of late. However East Asia is really struggling something needs to be done there. On the whole the standard of cricket has really improved in the region. And has the facilities.
10. Your advice to the youngsters taking up Cricket as a career?
Just have fun and enjoy it. The game is played for fun.
11. Your views on Global Cricket Community?
A brilliant initiative. Not many websites out there like this and it provides emerging nations a voice.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your EAP Region for a free website from Global Cricket Community?
You can choose any one Cricket club from Fiji, PNG, Japan, Philippines, Samoa.