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