Feds bust illegal cricket fight club.
Monday, August 16, 2004

Yeah, I can see this happening in the Firefly universe.


HK feds bust illegal cricket fighting ring
By Lester Haines

Published Monday 16th August 2004 11:55 GMT
Hong Kong punters with a penchant for the unusual will have to get their gambling jollies without the participation of giant insects after local police busted an illegal cricket fighting syndicate.

Feds slapped the cuffs on 115 miscreants at what was apparently a sort of entomological Fight Club between belligerent crickets from Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. The raid - in Kowloon's Monkok district - netted 200 crickets, $HK8,000 (around $1,000), "small baskets that were used to house the insects and bamboo sticks used to agitate them".

Monkok police inspector Angus Yeung Fu-yin explained that while gambling on dogfights and clashes between birds is commonplace, "Gambling of this type is very rare here although it was very popular in the old days, so we were very surprised when we first heard about it."

The South China Morning Post points out that the venerable sport of cricket fighting "can be traced back to the Tang dynasty of 618-907 and had long been confined to aristocrats, senior officials and wealthy merchants. Winning brought honour while losing meant shame". The paper adds that cricket coaches hunt down the stroppiest insects and devote much time and energy turning them into six-legged Mike Tysons. A champion cricket can secure up two thousand dollars for a KO and transfer fee of 20,000 yuan ($2,600).

Mercifully, police confirmed that the busted betters did not have any known connections to organised crime. Presumably, the triads are too busy organising dogfights where a winning pooch can scamper off with a $HK1,000,000 (about $128,000) purse. ®


Sunday, December 4, 2005 1:48 PM


to be honest the crickets would probably get squished in the human scramble to break faces.

as evidenced by the exchange of pleasantries below.

so where do I go to see this marvellous extended gag reel?

Friday, October 8, 2004 11:21 PM


Apparently a market for everything. By the way, THANK YOU for the gag reel sites. Much longer ( and therefore better ) than the one on the DVD. Thanks again. charki

Tuesday, August 17, 2004 1:32 PM


Dude...... the first rule of Cricket Fight Club is you DO NOT TALK about Cricket Fight Club!!!!!


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