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Czech Lions trip to Malta, October 2013
The Czech Lions team finished last in the first Malta Cricket Association Autumn Twenty20 Competition at the Marsa Sports Club, Malta between the 18th and 20th of October, 2013.
Despite finishing winless, all who travelled agreed it was a great tournament and a wonderful place to visit. Malta beat Hungary in the final, with Russia finishing third after beating the Lions in the tournament's first game.
A weakened Czech team suffered with the bat, as each match finished with every player except one scoring above 20. Full details on the tournament can be found at the Malta Cricket website.
Year-end survey results
The end of year survey results have been complied by League Admin and sent out to the clubs. A number of interesting points were raised and will be used to compile the 2014 schedule.
If you haven't received a copy of the results, please contact your club or let us know directly, we'll be happy to send a copy on to you.
Vinohrady claim Sixes title!
In the inaugural ČMKS competitive six-a-side tournament, Vinohrady claimed success by seeing off PCC in the fading light. Bohemians took third and Barbarians fourth, with the visiting České Budějovice team grabbing fifth.
In the Sunday match, the Over Forties triumphed over a "Czech XI" though the game ended up being 8-a-side. The enthusiasm was clear for all to see though and this will be certainly become a regular fixture, maybe even twice a year.
Our correspondent Scott Page has more details:
"The Old Farts batted first and Alex and Imran shared a 57-run partnership, Alex finally falling late to captain Haša's direct-hit. Steve Reade hit some late runs to take the total up to 118. Vojta led the charge with a 29-run opening partnership with Karel, but cut to Scott at point for the first wicket. Alex backed up his good batting with excellent bowling and Mik was cleverly stumped to leave the Czechs reeling on 52-3.
Tight bowling and quick singles followed, and Steve took an excellent high catch to remove Lukáš. The Czechs were left needing 31 off the last 30 balls and eventually 15 off the last over, which Jan faced in Last Man Standing mode. The first ball was crashed away for four but the second hit the top of off stump to seal the victory. A fun game and played in the right spirit at all times.For those who didn't make it today, you really missed a great day of cricket."
OFCC 118-4 (25 overs; A Sirisena 49, Imran 26, L Fencl 2-19, J Bartošik 1-19)
Czech XI 108 all out (24.2 overs; V Haša 21, J Bartošik 18, A Sirisena 3-16, Imran 2-21)
Come to visit us in the Czech Republic! Play cricket in the land of the world's best beer and contribute to the development of our sport!
We have two companies operating in Prague, run by local cricketers who are committed to ensuring that your team has a first-class experience. Please contact us for more info!
Czech Cricket featured on Prague TV website!
Dan and Scott caught up with local journalist Mark Smith in April to introduce him to the local cricket community - you can read Mark's first impressions here!
Sunday morning cricket for children restarts!
Chris Pearce, Dany Hudeček and Dan Casey are running cricket training sessions for children at the International School Prague on Sunday mornings (10:00-12:00). Cost is 100kc for the two hours. Parents are advised to provide water and snacks for the children.
Please contact us for more details!
Lions take big win over Eagles
Teenage Czech bowler Adam Holub was the star of the show as the Czech Lions beat the Eagles (national developmental squad) by 139 runs in a 30-over friendly.
Holub had been named in the Eagles team as late as Friday, but a late withdrawal prompted his promotion and he took full advantage, removing Eagles batsmen Hilal Ahmad, Chris Pearce, Rohit Deshmoyni and Piers Landseer in a devastating opening spell (4-18 off six overs).
The Eagles couldn't recover, though Miša Tavlaridis showed good resistance in the middle order. Along with Ahmad and Rajh Gnanatheeswaran, he was one of only three batsmen to reach double-figures, with the Lions able to call upon Rahul Subash (2-19) and Prakash Sadasivan (3-2) to finish the job off.
The Lions had set a decent total batting first, with openers Scott Page (30) and Mik Stary (42) scoring at a run-a-ball and boosted by captain Vojta Haša, who blazed 38 off 24 balls. Sadasivan hit 29 off 28 balls including three sixes, and Subash hit the last three balls of the innings for four to lift the total over 200.
Gnanatheeswaran picked up the first two wickets of the innings in finishing with 3-38, skipper Dany Hudeček (2-16) and Gary Pettman (2-28) were the other stand-out performers with the ball for the Eagles.
Full scorecard can be found here.
Player profile: Mikuláš Starý
Read our feature on national team vice-captain Mik here!
Starý (left) with current national team captain Vojta Haša after they led the team home in the ICC tournament game vs Estonia in 2011 - details here! (photo: Cricket Europe / ICC)