Successful Romania tour for Eagles
The Czech Eagles (national developmental team) tour to Romania was a great success, with a squad largely made up of Czech players performing at a decent level.
Openers Wojtek Kedzior (left) and Mik Starý, ready to lead the chase (photo: Chris Pearce)
On Saturday the Eagles played opposition team the Romanian Bears in a 30-over match. The Bears batted first and racked up 168, with two wickets apiece for Lukáš, Oliver and Gary.
The Eagles recovered well from a shaky start to win by five wickets. Mik Starý led the way with 51, while team manager Chris Pearce brought them home with an unbeaten 50.
The teams went on to play two T20 games on Sunday. The morning game went to the Bears on the final wicket with the second-last ball, before the Eagles took the decider with a commanding 43-run victory.
Romania 168-9 (30ovs; L Fencl 2-21, G Pettman 2-25, O Matoušek 2-30, B Souček 2-31)
Eagles 170-5 (25.3ovs; M Starý 51, C Pearce 51*)
Eagles won by 5 wickets
Eagles 140-6 (20ovs; C Pearce 43, V Haša 19)
Romania 144-9 (19.5ovs; D Hudeček 3-16, G Pettman 2-34)
Romania won by one wicket
Eagles 166-4 (20ovs; L Fencl 68*, C Pearce 48*)
Romania 123 all out (20ovs; D Hudeček 3-11, L Fencl 2-18)
In Prague, weather prevented action on Sunday, but Saturday saw the first visit of the year from the České Budějovice Barracudas. Barbarians claimed the victory by 31 runs, but cricket was certainly the winner, with a healthy amount of the Barracudas playing their first ever outdoor hardball match.
Bohemians bludgeon Barbars!
Bohemian CC started their T20 league campaign in fantastic style, scoring more than 12 runs per over and restricting their opponents to exactly half their total in a 123-run victory.
The victorious Bohemians team (photo: Rishi Balaramachandran)
Manjeet blazed 75 off 40 balls in a 95-run opening stand, before Gary's first over brought three wickets, including the unfortunate Arslan who was run out without facing a ball at the non-striker's end thanks to Gary's fancy footwork.
Manjeet mis-timed the final ball to mid-off to reduce the Bohemians to 99-3, but this brought Scott to the crease and along with Imran (42), he put on 135 in 10.2 overs for the fourth wicket, finishing with an unbeaten 90 off 35 balls. Bohemians finished on 246-4 from their 20 overs.
The Barbarians' reply started brightly but when Yash and Dany's 44-run opening partnership was ended, the run-rate quickly became unlikely. Despite four batsmen reaching 20 (led by Ben's battling 36), the rest of the team could not contribute, with six guys recording ducks as they finished 123 all out. Arslan exacted some revenge for his unfortunate run-out with a tidy spell of off-spin, picking up five wickets for only 11 runs, while Deepak took three wickets also.
In the first game of the day, Vinohrady came out of the gates strongly and raced to 85-1 from the first 10 overs on the back of Arshad's fine half-century.
But he was bowled soon after reaching 50, and the PCC 2nd XI bowled well in the second half of the innings to restrict the Vinos to 148 all out. Honza and Malang took three wickets apiece.
PCC bowler Honza Corness (photo: Dan Casey)
PCC 2nd XI had four guys with more than 20, but they couldn't quite get the required runs in the final overs as Vinohrady's bowling attack performed well. Steve and Will ended with two wickets each, and needing 12 off the final two balls, Malang couldn't connect as PCC 2nd XI finished 137-5.
Great fun at summer junior tournament!
The Czech Cricket Summer Cup 2014 was held on Sunday 15th June at the English International School Prague (EISP), where the under-12 and under-14 divisions battled it out for the prized silverware on offer. Teams from EISP, the International School Prague (ISP), Riverside School and Prague British School (PBS) came together for the first Czech junior tournament to be played on three grass pitches.
U12 winners EISP A (photo: Scott Page)
In the under-12's division, we had 30+ children competing in a 6-a-side variation of the 'Street20' format, where each game lasts for 20 minutes.
Czech Cricket Development Director, Chris Pearce said: "The combination of two smaller grass fields and the adaptation of the fast-paced Street20 format was perfect entertainment to keep the U12's entertained throughout the day. It was a perfect finish to the tournament as the last group game essentially turned out to be a final, as two teams from the host school, EISP, battled it out for the silverware."
Eventual winners EISP A only lost one game over the course of the day, so their win was well deserved. Young Olga, was awarded the U12 Fielding Award after showing great improvement from the tournament held in April. Rashteen was awarded the U12 Bowling Award for bowling both quickly and consistently throughout the day, and Alfred was given the U12 Batting Award for a powerful display of batting that helped his team claim this year's title.
A representative side from each of the four schools entered the U14 division, where the teams of 6 competed in a more traditional pairs cricket format. Chris shared: "As many of the participants have progressed from the U12's age group over the last couple of years, it was great to see how they have improved, and playing outdoors gave an opportunity for them to showcase their skills without the constraints of the indoor version of the game."
Eventual winners ISP overcame close competition from PBS, who finished as runners up after beating EISP in the final game of the tournament. Ryan from Riverside was awarded the U14 Fielding Award after taking a hatful of catches and generally showing great energy in the field throughout. Jody from ISP was awarded the U14 Bowling Award for a fine display of quick bowling - he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the wide-open space of the field that allowed him to generate some great pace in his long run-up. Mustafa from PBS was the stand-out batsman and claimed the U14 Batting Award. He's another player that's performed very well and shown great progression over the last few tournaments.
U14 winners ISP with three trophies, medals and a best bowler certificate! (photo: Scott Page)
Of the tournament as a whole, Chris shared: "The tournaments seem to be getting better every time as we see more and more kids enthused by the game of cricket and the schools here buying in to their enthusiasm. We're incredibly grateful for the teachers and parents who again stayed around to support their teams, and I was delighted to see that many joined in for an impromptu practice in between the three pitches!
"I'd just like to wrap up by saying a big thanks to those from the Czech Cricket community who have helped plan the event. On the day Dany Hudecek, Dan Casey, Marissa Baard, Pete Vincent and Scott Page officiated tirelessly and without their help, there's no way the tournament could have been the success that it was.
Development Director Chris Pearce, ready to distribute prizes among the excited crowd! (photo: Scott Page)
"Another absolutely great day for Czech Cricket, and with the possibility of a few Czech state schools joining in the near future, our fantastic progress with junior cricket in the Czech Republic is set to continue."
In senior action, it was a week off from the leagues, so Bohemians and Vinohrady fought out a T20 friendly before Barbarians hosted tourists from England, Keele University CC. The pitch was closed on Sunday to allow for renovation work to take place.
Costa del Vinoř - the pot of gold at the end of our rainbows! (photo: Hugo Banks)
PCC take 40-over league title!
PCC won their sixth 40-over league in seven years, defeating 2013 champions Dresden by six wickets in Saturday's final.
PCC celebrate with the trophy (photo: Tom Rawlings)
PCC's well-rounded bowling attack never allowed Dresden to gain a foothold in the match, and when Rajh brilliantly ran out the dangerous Siva, the Germans were facing an uphill struggle.
Srini (33) batted well but he was dismissed at 107-7, and only some fearless late hitting from Rahul (14) dragged the total up to 130.
PCC lost both openers early, but captain Paul (30) came in and put on some quick runs to help reduce any tension. Prakash continued in the same vein, finishing unbeaten on 42 and leaving Honza to smash the winning boundary.
For full details, scorecards and table, please check the 40-over League page. The T20 league will begin in two weeks, on Saturday 21st June, with the final scheduled for Saturday 2nd August.
On Sunday the club welcomed tourists Aberystwyth University CC for a 40-over friendly in wonderful weather. PCC batted first and national team batsman Sudhir came in to smash 70 off 49 in pushing the total up to 231-9.
Team photo after a long, enjoyable day (photo: Eliška Kóssiová)
The tourists were never able to get going, but the match was played in a great spirit with both teams enjoying (and at times enduring!) the cloudless sky. James (4-16) was the pick of the PCC bowlers as AUCC ended 144-9 from their 40 overs.
9-man Barbarians team claims victory!
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Barbarians finally got their first win of the season, and they only needed nine men!
Captain Navoneil induced one final bout of nerves, getting out with the scores tied to send last man Terry in, but Javed got the crucial single to ensure victory.
The Barbars were exceptional in the field, holding PCC 2nd XI to just 118, with Wojtek top-scoring on 32.
Yash matched Wojtek's knock and shared a 65-run opening stand with Nick (17) to put Barbarians in the driving seat, though their customary middle-order wobble made for a tighter game than it ought to have been.
In Saturday's match, Vinohrady ended PCC 1st XI's unbeaten run to claim third place in the league table.
PCC were already assured of reaching the league final, but Vinohrady batted well in reaching 222-7 off their 40 overs. Lukas (84) led a strong comeback, adding 117 for the fourth wicket with captain Vojta.
And Rahul came in at the end to smash 48 off 26 as the total escalated. Hilal took on the chase with his own quick-fire 53, but the rest of the PCC batting line-up wilted as Brigham, Lukas and Rahul each claimed two wickets in dismissing PCC for just 130.
The league final will take place this weekend on Saturday 7th June, starting at 11:15. Dresden will travel to Vinoř hoping to retain their title, while PCC 1st XI will be looking to avenge last year's final defeat.
PCC book final rematch with Dresden
PCC 1st XI eased to a seven-wicket victory over Bohemians to ensure that both themselves and Dresden qualify for the 40-over League Final on Saturday 7th June.
Three early wickets from Rohit left Bohemians reeling on 53-4 after 13 overs, but a 75-run fifth-wicket partnership between Manjeet (39) and Susanta (33), and a patient 43-run ninth-wicket partnership between Javed (28*) and Saša (4), ensured that a respectable target of 183 was posted.
But opener Sudhir (67*) batted sensibly to take his team home, sharing 104 with captain Paul (64) to ensure that PCC remained unbeaten and set up a chance to gain revenge on Dresden for defeat in the 2013 league final.
The PCC 2nd XI visited Dresden on Saturday, and they impressed in bowling the hosts out for 99, their lowest total of the season. Pace bowlers Malang (4-32) and Sagar (3-20) bowled through their spells in reducing Dresden from 57-2 to 72-9.
Unfortunately the rain came with the game well poised, Dresden having come back into it with a fiery opening spell from Uddi (2-14). PCC 2nd XI were 33-5 when the rain became too heavy in the 16th over, and it became a fully fledged thunderstorm soon afterwards to render any chance of resumption impossible.
Players left with the unenviable task of packing up in bad weather (photo: Dan Casey)
Vinohrady won the Saturday game in Prague, surviving an early-order wobble to ease home by four wickets thanks to an unbeaten 28 from Chris. Arshad took four wickets and conceded just four runs in his eight overs, with plenty of assistance from his teammates as Barbarians were bowled out for 85.
Next weekend is the last weekend of group fixtures, with Dresden and Bohemians already finished having moved their fixture forward. Vinohrady take on PCC 1st XI on Saturday, with PCC 2nd and Barbarians eager for the rain to hold off on Sunday so that both can aim to record their first victory of the campaign and avoid the wooden spoon!
Hilal scores first PCC ton at Vinoř
PCC 1st XI kept up their 100% record with another dominant display in beating Barbarians by 262 runs.
Hilal Ahmad led from the front, scoring 116 from 80 balls to bring up PCC's first century at the new ground. Sudesh Wickremasinghe again came in to boost the total at the end, scoring 80 from just 28 balls (including eight sixes) as PCC amassed 295.
And Barbarians' reply was soon in tatters, as tight bowling piled the pressure on. Hygi Namburi took three wickets, and Martin Glew and Rajh Gnanatheeswaran added two each in bowling the Barbars out for just 33.
On Saturday, Vinohrady's batting once again struggled as they were bowled out for 101, well short of Dresden's 260-6. Siva (70) and Ali (61*) starred with the bat for the hosts, and Ali then picked up three wickets for three runs as the visitors' batting crumbled.
The Saturday game in Prague was abandoned due to persistent rain from 2pm. Bohemians had racked up 165 in 37 overs before the rain arrived, with Alex Sirisena (63*) batting sensibly to steer the team towards a good total. Firas Raheman (3-18) bowled beautifully as PCC 2nd XI aimed to restrict their opponents to a chaseable score, but the rain rendered their efforts moot.
Bohemians fightback stuns Vinohrady
Defending just 122, the Bohemians bowlers reduced Vinohrady from 50-2 to 57-7 as Scott (4-17) and captain Manjeet (3-19) combined to changed the course of the game.
Chris and Lukáš put on 29 to keep the Vinos in with a chance but Deepak came on to finish the match, taking the last two wickets to bowl Vinohrady all out for 93, a 29-run loss.
The Bohemians team celebrate their win! (photo: Arslan Haider)
In the first game of the weekend at Vinoř, the PCC 1st XI cut their clubmates no slack with a huge 276-run thrashing.
Batting first, the first team notched four centuries, with Hilal (78) leading the way. He put on 130 for the first wicket with Sudhir (61), paving the way for fireworks as firstly Paul (65 off 49) and then Sudesh (69 off just 25) capitalised at the end.
Fresh off hitting the last two balls of last week's match for six, Sudesh had his eye in again, taking 30 off the final over of the innings including four consecutive sixes off the last four balls.
The bowlers showed no mercy either, with Rohit (3-7) and Martin (3-21) reducing the depleted 2nd XI to 11-5. Mohesh and Wojtek rallied with a team-high 26-run partnership, but Suditha polished off the tail to leave the 2nd XI 45 all out in total.
In Dresden, the Barbarians chose to bat first but a middle-order collapse left them reeling. Spinner Rajan capitalised with five wickets for just three runs as the visitors were dismissed for 98 in total.
Dresden made short work of knocking off the target, with Manga (32) and Sami (25) easing them to a six-wicket victory.
PCC 1st XI, Dresden and Bohemians now lead the table with two wins apiece, with Vinohrady facing a crucial trip to Germany next week. A victory will help them keep in touch with the top two, who will meet in the final on Saturday 7th June.
Arshad magic leads Vinohrady to win
The Czech Cricket 40-over League got going in earnest last weekend, with all six teams in action.
First to brave the chilly conditions were Bohemians and Barbarians on a cold Saturday at Vinoř. Barbarians did well in the field to hold their opponents to 156, with only Scott Page (50) able to register a good knock.
But it proved to be enough as, needing 7 off the final over, Barbarians fell agonisingly short.
In the Sunday game at Vinoř, opener Arshad put his mark on the game early and didn't relent. Due to some mis-counting on the side, his century - the first ever in a competitive game at Vinoř - was celebrated one run early, when in fact the huge six which followed was the blow which brought up three figures.
He was bowled soon after but came back to exact his revenge, taking three wickets in his opening spell as PCC 2nd XI crumbled to 46-4 chasing 263.
They recovered slightly in bringing the margin of defeat below 100, and then learned that clubmates PCC 1st XI had notched a valuable win in Dresden despite their own top-order frailties.
Having restricted Dresden to 157 in their 40 overs, the PCC 1st XI set off confidently but were quickly held back by the hosts' potent bowling attack.
At 96-7 it looked perilous for the visitors, but Sri Lankans Sudesh and Rajh played steadily in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership to ease to victory, which Sudesh brought up with consecutive sixes off the second-last over.
Dresden begin title defence with win
The Czech Cricket 40-over League began this weekend, with Bohemians travelling to defending champions Dresden.
Driven away during the Dresden innings (photo: RC Dresden)
The hosts batted first and notched 203, with Uddi and Subashis putting on an unbeaten 68 for the 7th wicket.
And they skittled the visitors for just 88, with only Manjeet (29) and number nine Javed (31) able to resist the hosts' bowling attack - scorecard