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
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.
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”
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.
In recent seasons VCC has been lucky enough to host many teams from across Europe and the world at our ground in Seebarn and now it is our turn to do the travelling. VCC are sending 16 players to take part in 2 matches in Budapest, Hungary on the weekend of 25th and 26th April. On 25th April a VCC XI will play a 40 over match against the Hungarian national team and on 26th April a T20 match is scheduled against a Budapest XI. The squad for the tour is as follows:
Michael Bailey, Sumanta Bhandary, Simon Birch, Marcell Clark, Owen Davies, Elijah Dippenaar, Yoshan Moodley, Venkat Musku, Quinton Norris, Roshan Prizak, Revantha Ramanayake, Pushy Ranawat, Luke Rogers, Wali Shenwari, Daniel Stevenson and Mark Surridge.
We hope all involved have a very enjoyable weekend both on and off the field!
The fixtures have been released for the 2015 season and VCC will start with an Open League match against Riders CC on 16th May. There are 3 further Open League games, including an exciting fixture against last season’s champions ACT, as well as 6 T20 matches, finishing with a clash against Cricketer CC on 11th July. Fixtures for the knockout stages will be released later on in the season, with VCC once again hoping to put in a strong performance in both competitions.
16th May – 10:30 – Riders CC
7th June – 10:30 – Austrian Cricket Tigers
28th June – 11:00 – Ljubljana CC (in Valburga)
4th July – 10:30 – Lords CC
30th May – 14:00 – Bangladesh CC Austria
21st June – 10:30 – Riders CC
27th June – 11:00 – Afghan Steiermark CC (in Latschach)
27th June – 14:30 – Vienna Lions CC (in Latschach)
5th July – 15:30 – Austria CC
11th July – 10:30 – Cricketer CC
Thanks to Yoshan Moodley for compèring last night’s End of Season dinner and awards ceremony. The winners are as follows:
Wolfgang Tesar Medal – Player of the Year Award:
(runner-up) Abdullah Akbar
Kerry Tattersall Medal – Man of the Year Award:
shared by Daniel Ali and Abdullah Akbar
Benji Loader Golden Box award:
Venkat Musku (defended).
A full Vienna CC XI took the field thanks to the hard work of Elijah and Venkat in getting a team together to take on our guests from Holland. The players and travelling companions were on their annual tour, with many players having played for over 40 years. Batting first, openers Tim Simpson and Venkat Musku fell cheaply, but Erwin Grasinger (29 retired) and Simon Birch (18) lead the comeback. Later order runs for Rakib and Abdullah helped push the score up to a very creditable 116 of our alloted 20 overs. Continue reading “Comfortable Win for Vienna CC in first game vs Quick 1888 Nijmegen”
We welcome a Dutch touring side – based predominantly in Nijmegen, and who are members of the Dutch XL Club (Still Going Strong / SGS CC) for games in Seebarn starting today, many of whom are also affiliated to Quick 1888 CC. Start times are listed in brackets. Continue reading “Teams to face Dutch touring side 9-11 May”