Sudesh magic defeats India XI
In an entertaining match on a cold day at Kriket Vinoř, the Rest of the World XI beat an India XI by 94 runs.
The RoW team did not look in a great position at 89-8 in the 12th over of the 30-over match, but opener Sudesh Wickremasinghe (aka "Big Roy") was still there and launched a blistering assault on the team India bowlers, finishing on 92 not out from 78 balls. Number 10 batsman Chris Pearce was able to contribute 34 runs himself as their team ended on 230-9.
Hilal Ahmad was the pick of the bowlers with 3-46, and he led from the front with 50 runs opening for the India XI. But English leg-spinner Martin Glew took 3-22 as India were restricted to 136 all out.
RoW XI 230-9 (30 overs; S Wickremasinghe 92*, C Pearce 34, H Ahmad 3-46, Y Salian 2-27)
India XI 136 all out (22 overs; H Ahmad 50, D Joshi 20, M Glew 3-22, F Costelloe 2-40)
Lions take big win over Eagles
August 31st-September 1st
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.
PCC take T20 title!
On a sweltering day in Prague, the PCC 1st XI bowling attack scorched Dresden to take a 36-run victory and retain the T20 league title.
Batting first, PCC wobbled at 21-4 after Prakash smashed a cover-drive to opposing captain Guru, who took a great catch.
But Sri Lankans Rajh (30) and Sudesh (22) struck some big blows to take the total to 106-9.
And Sudesh then combined with Martin to pose a constant wicket-taking threat in the middle overs as Dresden folded to 70 all out.
You can see the full scorecard here.
Later in the day a "Czech Ashes" match was held between an English XI and an Australian XI.
The England XI batted first and put up 102, led by a half-century from Paul Stanfield. But the Australians (with some assistance from other nationalities!) were able to chase down the total for the loss of only two wickets. It was a good event which we hope to repeat next year, hopefully with a tighter finish!
Sudhir's half-century secures final spot for PCC
A timely return to form for national team batsman Sudhir Gladson helped the PCC 1st XI to hang on and claim a spot in the T20 league final after an eventful day at Kriket Vinoř.
The day had begun with PCC needing to win just one of their two games, but rivals Bohemian CC ensured a tense finish by winning the first game of the day. PCC's top order were restricted by the Bohemian attack, with Javed and Deepak picking up two wickets apiece while skipper Manjeet took 3-13. PCC captain Prakash contributed 27 to take the team to a total of 94, and PCC's bowlers were able to take early wickets through spinners Martin (3-28) and Suditha (2-13). But Javed and Alex combined for an unbeaten 8th-wicket partnership to end the game in style with 13 balls remaining. Scorecard.
The second game of the day saw PCC take on Barbarians, so far winless in this year's competitions. But PCC knew well themselves that the Barbars would be no pushover, having been taken close in the first 40-over game of the year, while finalists Dresden were fortunate to claim a one-run victory in last week's match.
Early wickets fell again, but Umair (29) and the returning Haris (33) combined for a fourth-wicket partnership that lifted the Barbarians total to 113-6. Paceman Rajh took 3-21 but when Barbarians captain Dany (3-17) removed him and then trapped his opposing number Prakash LBW, the game was very much in the balance. Sudhir (64*) had held firm at the other end though and was joined by old friend Suditha to guide the team home with four balls and five wickets remaining. Scorecard.
Joy for Dresden, agony for Vinohrady!
The weekend saw two double-headers as we wrap up the T20 league, with Dresden visiting for two games on Saturday before Vinohrady finished their campaign with two Sunday matches. Their fortunes contrasted wildly - Vinohrady started the weekend top of the table but their two losses have taken them now out of contention, while Dresden's two wins have secured them a place in the final on July 27th.
Dresden began with a resounding win over the PCC 2nd XI, before meeting a stiffer test in the Barbarians, who took them to the very last ball. Needing 8 off the last over, tension ran high and left the Barbarians needing 6 from the final two balls - batsman Nick Taylor squeezed a four away, but then couldn't get the final ball away and was run out.
In Sunday's first game, the PCC 1st XI held off Vinohrady to win by 9 runs, with Rahul's 50 and five wickets from skipper Prakash playing a large part in the victory. In the second game Bohemians chased down Vinohrady's target to keep their own hopes of qualifying for the final alive. Bohemians now will need to beat PCC 1st XI next week and then hope that the Barbarians can beat the defending champions too.
Germans win the Czech League!
June 29th-30th 2013
Dresden were crowned 40-over league champions for the first time with a fantastic 62-run victory over PCC in the final!
Batting first, the visitors reached 212-9 from their 40 overs. In response PCC lost regular wickets, reaching halfway at 81-5 but falling quickly to 100-8. Captain Prakash put on a gutsy 49-run stand with Rohit for the 9th wicket, but Dresden's wily old Australian Francis came on for a bowl and took the skipper caught & bowled, with victory confirmed soon after as PCC finished 150 all out.
Vinohrady move to the top of T20 league
June 22nd-23rd 2013
A hard-fought weekend at Kriket Vinoř saw Dresden bowl out Bohemians to take a crucial win (scorecard to follow) before Vinohrady bowler Rahul saved his team with four wickets -match scorecard.
On Sunday, our friends from South Bohemia, the České Budějovice Barracudas, came up to Prague for a 30-over friendly with the Bohemians.
The Barracudas bowled well in restricting Bohemians to 77, but their inexperience showed as they came up just short with 74 to lose by 3. But it was a great day out and we look forward to seeing them again soon!
This upcoming weekend sees the final of the 40-over competition, with PCC taking on Dresden at Kriket Vinoř.
PCC and Dresden reach 40-over final
June 15th-16th 2013
An entertaining weekend at Kriket Vinoř began with Bohemian CC winning a tight 40-over league match against Barbarians with only 3 balls remaining. Barbarians batted first and scored 151, but a patient stand between Scott and Imran took Bohemains towards the finishing line, and Craig hit five from Nick's final over to secure the win. Full scorecard availablehere
Vinohrady were unable to play their game in Dresden as our friends in Germany recover after the recent floods, which affected their ground. As a result the 40-over league stage has now finished, with the final now set as PCC vs Dresden on Saturday 29th June. This is a repeat of last year's thrilling final
, which PCC won off the final ball.
Sunday's action saw PCC's two teams take each other on in the T20 league - the first team was predictably too strong, but it was a very entertaining day played in a great spirit. The 1st XI batted first and scored 129, with opener Paul leading the way with 42. The 2nd XI bowled well though and took some great catches - one in particular from Sujith was phenomenal, and we were lucky enough to get it on camera! We will add a link soon (or please check our Facebook
). The 2nd XI's batting wilted after a nice start to finish 79 all out. The T20 league continues next weekend, with the other four teams all in action.
The previous weekend (June 8th-9th) saw Oakhill Taverners visit Prague for the second time, with a 40-over friendly against PCC on Saturday and T20 matches against PCC and Barbarians on Sunday, the latter of which was sadly abandoned by a furious hailstorm! It was great to see the guys again, it certainly seemed like they enjoyed themselves, inclement weather aside!
Rain, Rain, Go Away!
June 1st-2nd 2013
The last two weekends have brought horrible weather, culminating in the flooding that the Czech Republic is currently witnessing in early June. Czech Cricket offers our sympathies to all those who are affected.
The flooding has now moved northwards to the Saxony region in Germany and has already led to the early cancellation of the league game planned for Saturday 8th June between Dresden and Bohemians.
Only two matches have taken place in the last couple of weeks, and those were both on the morning of Saturday May 25th. A social friendly between the Dejvice Cosmos and a PCC friendly team was enjoyed on the smaller field at Kriket Vinoř alongside the T20 league match between Vinohrady and Dresden, which Vinohrady claimed in a tight finish (scorecard to follow).
Since then a host of matches have been cancelled, leading to questions of whether the league games should be arranged. Three of the eight 40-over league matches have fallen foul of the weather, but the T20 league has been worse affected with 4 of 6 matches lost so far. Unfortunately it's complicated to get things re-arranged, with teams booked to visit us from abroad and only one decent field for cricket. The league rules state that matches cannot be rescheduled, and this is practical for a number of reasons. We'll review the plans for the 2014 calendar ASAP but we have been affected by some awful weather which is having much harsher impact on others.
A weekend of 'firsts'!
May 18th-19th 2013
The weather was kind to Prague's cricketers on the 18th May weekend, providing a weekend of firsts! Our new scoreboard was debuted in PCC's 40-over league win against Vinohrady. PCC bowled the Vinos out for 66 with Martin claiming 4 wickets for just 5 runs! A low-scoring game saw the good Vinohrady bowlers restrict the chase, but PCC inched home to win by four wickets - see the scorecard here!
The PCC 2nd XI won their first ever league game on Sunday with a thrilling win over Barbarians in the T20 league on Sunday. Better weather led to higher scoring despite the shorter format, with Barbarians posting 114 but a strong opening partnership from Wojtek and Filip led PCC to a seven-wicket win (scorecard to follow)
The weekend also saw the debut of the Prague "Over Forties" Cricket Club who played a game against tourists from England, while a team from České Budějovice came to Prague on Sunday for a friendly match - the south Bohemians included two Czech women in their team, giving the pair their first experience of a full match.
May 11th-12th 2013
Sadly the wet weather in Prague led to the cancellation of our planned 40-over league game between Vinohrady and Barbarians, and then the 20-over league game between PCC 2nd XI and Bohemians. The Dejvice Cosmos friendly also fell victim to the weather.
150km away, the weather in eastern Germany was a little better and allowed Dresden to host PCC in a 40-over league match. The home team batted first and a dogged ninth-wicket partnership between Rhiju and Mamun pulled the total up to 162, with Honza and Prakash grabbing three wickets each for the visitors. PCC's innings got off to a disastrous start and never recovered, with only two players (Rahul and Filip) making double-figures as the team reached only 51. Dresden won by 111 runs to take a commanding position at the top of the table. You can find the full scorecard from the game here, and further details of the League can be found in the Leagues menu!
Rain doesn't stop play!
May 4th-5th 2013
The hardy cricket folk of Prague couldn't be put off by some rain as the first weekend of the domestic 40-over league season started off in unideal conditions!
Saturday's game was reduced to 20-overs per side and the returning Lukaš Fencl stamped his mark on the game with a confident innings at number 3 after taking four wickets earlier. Vinohrady won by eight wickets chasing 74. Full scorecard here. Sunday's weather didn't treat us much better as 2.5hrs were lost to constant drizzle. Fortunately the rain left at 3pm to allow 28 overs per side, and PCC were left chasing 73 - and nearly stumbled! In the damp conditions Barbarians opening bowlers Dany and Gary applied pressure and it was nearly enough to force a win, but PCC made it home. Full scorecard here.
Please check the "Leagues" menu for full info on the 40-over league!
Earlier in the week, the medical students of Prague and Hradec Kralové met on the Czech national holiday of Wednesday May 1st for a pair of unofficial friendlies, taking advantage of the chance to play some cricket before their exams begin in earnest!
Dresden start with win!
April 27th, 2013
The first league game of the season saw Prague Barbarians travel to Dresden. The match had to be reduced to 30-overs per team due to wet conditions, and the drizzle persisted through the day.
Dresden batted first and finished on 160-7, led by a half-century for opening batsman Vikran. Chris Davies took 3-39 for Barbarians and Gary Pettman grabbed 2-18.
In reply Barbarians were restricted to 88-8, with opener Jonathan Hodgson the only man to reach double-figures as he battled through the innings to finish not out on 35. Praveen was the pick of the home team's bowlers with three wickets for 14.
You can find the full scorecard here.
The action finally begins in Prague this weekend with a friendly between the medical students of Prague and their counterparts from the East, the Hradec Kralové Hurricanes. Then the 40-over league will continue with games between Vinohrady and Bohemians on Saturday, and PCC and Barbarians on Sunday.