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Howzat? A very unusual cricket match

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 - 01:14

Oct. 10 - Field crickets face off against one another in Beijing at the annual National Cricket Fighting Championships, carrying on a uniquely Chinese sport which dates back more than 1,000 years. Tara Cleary reports.

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Man Zhiguo is checking in on his 70 prizefighters. He's been raising and fighting crickets for over 40 years and some of his most valuable insects are worth around $1,500 U.S. dollars apiece. Which could get expensive, because crickets have a lifespan of about only 100 days. SOUNDBITE: Man Zhiguo, cricket collector, saying (Mandarin): "I raise crickets as a hobby because I admire their positive spirit. They never admit defeat, they have a fighting spirit. So we all like them." Not unlike boxers, these fighters are fed a high protein diet and are "trained" for competition. And after the weigh-in it's time for the first matches. The insects take a bit of coaxing, but they're soon locked in fierce battle. Each team was allowed to have 35 crickets and after two days of battle, Man's insects won all their bouts - not enough for his team to take the trophy, but certainly something to chirp about.

Howzat? A very unusual cricket match

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 - 01:14

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