A much anticipated fixture began as Quinton lost the toss and we were sent in to bat. Big Dan Eckstein and Ram opened up with a mixture of exciting strokeplay and skillfull negation. Both batsmen made use of anything too full or wide as they laid a solid platform, bringing up the 100 partnership before Dan was dismissed for a brutal 57. Whilst Ram held the fort, we were unable to capitalise on the glowing start and lost 4 wickets for not many. When Ram was dismissed for 40, VCC was staring down the barrell of a sub par total. But just when we needed it, Captain Quinton (32) and Dan Stevenson (16) combined to produce a brilliant counterattack, hitting the gaps, running hard, and also smashing the odd boundary. After our 40 overs, VCC managed a very defendable 197.
Despite putting up a decent total we knew we would have to not just bowl and field well, but also produce a little bit of magic were we to win this game against a much vaunted ACCW batting line up. That magic was provided by seasoned campaigner Mark Surridge when he held onto an absolute rain maker, the result of Dan Eckstein (1-38) inducing a rash shot from the ACCW opener. The grind continued, our backs right up against it as the opposition batsmen settled in. Some great pressure created in the field led to 2 more wickets just as the ACCW batsmen were looking to go up a gear. With the match firmly in the balance, enter the beguiling AB (3-34). With just the right blend of accuracy and clever variations, he managed to dry up the runs and extract 3 crucial wickets in the spell that turned the game. Our noses just in front for the first time in the match, Wali (2-33) was brought back into the attack to really drive home the advantage. And that he did, taking 2 wickets in two balls, the second of which was virtually unplayable. A few nervous overs and a couple of easy run outs later and ACCW were all out for 163, sending VCC through to the big dance!
By Michael Henry
VCC member Richard Asher describes his experiences with Cricket in Austria.
Cricket in Austria: Searching for the Perfect Pitch
Vienna CC – 256/10 (39.3 Overs)
Sri Lanka CC – 110/10 (26.2 Overs)
Vienna CC won by 146 runs.
Vienna CC – 270/5 (40 Overs)
Ljubljana CC – 160/10 (29.3 Overs)
Vienna CC won by 110 runs.
Ljubljana CC – 270/4 (20 Overs)
Vienna CC – 160/10 (18 Overs)
Ljubljana CC won by 110 runs.
Vienna CC – 159/4 (20 Overs)
Ljubljana CC – 151/10 (19.2 Overs)
Vienna CC won by 8 runs.
PAK Riders CC – 180/4 (20 Overs)
Vienna CC – 162/5 (20 Overs)
PAK Riders CC won by 18 runs.
Another glorious sunny day awaited us at Seebarn as VCC prepared to take on ACCW.
Captain Dan one again won the toss and ACCW were sent in to bat. Big Dan Eckstein and Wali took new ball, making the opposition batsmen work hard for their runs. Wicky Wali was eventually rewarded with the scalp of the dangerous ACCW opening bat, despite the bumbling efforts of the catching fielder at mid on. VCC continued the discipline shown by the openers, and soon Abdullah Khan had enticed an edge that was stylishly taken by Owen behind the stumps.
The Abdullah/Owen combination soon extracted another ACCW wicket, this time from a run out as Abdullah’s rocket arm was too much for the tiring set batsmen. The spin of captain Dan and Ram accounted for a further 3 wickets, but unfortunately some sloppy fielding in the last 5 allowed ACCW to reach 147 at the end of their 20 overs.
Abdullah (15) and big Dan Cornerstone (22) opened up, with Dan subjecting the ACCW bowlers to the usually disdain we have all become accustomed to and Abdullah also scoring freely before being dismissed. Erwin (14) and Ram (26) ticked along nicely, however their dismissals brought the end nearer as VCC struggled with the run rate. Captain Dan (11) managed our only other double figure score towards the bitter end.
All in all despite a disciplined bowling performance but we were shown how to play by ACCW who were clearly the better side on the day, lots of positives to take into the following games!
Also, it was really nice to see players from both sides share a drink together after the game, hard on the field, respect off the field.
It was another sensational day for cricket as VCC took on Sri Lanka CC in the first twenty20 game of the season. Captain Dan won the toss and SLCC were sent in to bat.
The SLCC came out all guns blazing, but both opening batsmen were dismissed (relatively) cheaply, much to the delight of one slightly ego-bruised opening bowler.
Seasoned veteran and all round cult figure at VCC Wolfgang set the precedent in the field, taking a fantastic catch on the boundary at deep cover to send back one dangerous opening batsmen. The blistering pace and bounce of David Clark (1-5) was too much for one SLCC batsmen, causing him to stand on his stumps in what can only be described as the most alpha display at Seebarn that day.
With the opposition taking a liking to pace bowling , the much vaunted spin bowlers of VCC were thrust into the attack. Ram (3-16) bowled with tantalising spin and flight, while captain Dan (1-7) pinned the SLCC batsmen deep in the crease, well and truly putting the clamps on. An excellent outfield catch from Abdullah Khan and a wicket for the wily Wolfgang in the last over of the innings reduced SLCC to 127, and it was our game to lose from there.
Young gun Mark S hyphen P (22) and batting cornerstone Dan Eckstein (24) opened up for VCC, ticking the scoreboard along and putting away the bad, and even not so bad balls before being dismissed. Abdullah Khan (24) was joined at the crease by frequent contributor Wolfgang (10) who both continued scoring above the required rate with some sharp running between the wickets. With sweet victory in sight, Wolfgang’s dismissal brought Ram (22 n.o) into the fold, who played a measured and composed innings to take us over the line despite losing a few quick wickets. The winning runs were fittingly hit by Captain Dan and the celebrations began.
All in all a great day out at Seebarn, VCC much improved in the field and ready to take on the competition!
Vienna CC’s curry night kicked off with drinks at The Duke on Burggasse and then curry at the Moghulhof just over the road. Some of the group then adjourned for drinks at The Lizard just down the street.
The cricket gods were smiling, and presented us with a beautiful day as Vienna cricket club took on Bangladesh Cricket Club Austria in the first friendly match of the year. Our fearless leader Quinton strategically lost the toss and we were promptly sent into bat at Seebarn cricket ground. Continue reading “Match Report – Friendly vs Bangladesh CC Austria”
Richard Asher has written a great piece for Cricbuzz about his experiences playing cricket in Austria, as well as about the cricket scene and history of the game in Austria.
The full article can be found here on Cricbuzz.
There will be a touch of sadness about Vienna CC’s next friendly vs United Nations CC this coming weekend in Seebarn (on 24 April), with the match being played for the Brian Lewis Trophy, named after United Nations CC’s founder and President, who recently died after a lengthy illness aged 70. United Nations CC are, after Vienna Cricket Club, Austria’s oldest continuously existing cricket club, with Brian having been a founder of the club. Continue reading “Vienna CC to play United Nations CC in friendly for the Brian Lewis Trophy”
After two decades as the home of cricket in Austria and home to Vienna CC, Vienna CC finally managed to win Austria’s ACA Open League, with victory over Pakistan CC in the final. After so many near misses down the years – from seasons where we fell in the semi-final after brushing all opponents away with ease in the preliminary round, or being caught tantalisingly close the title, 2015 was the year the luck changed, and Vienna CC were able to celebrate a third Open League Title, the first since 2004, and also a maiden Open League title in Seebarn. The club’s only previous trophy win at Seebarn had been in the old ACA Trophy – played as a 40 over straight knock-out – in 2000.