Probably the first ever Junior International Cricket Match played in Europe Outdoors in November!

On Saturday 7th November, the Bat and Ball Cricket Academy from Budapest, Hungary visited Austria Cricket Stadium, Vienna to take part in a day of cricket. The original plan was to play Indoor cricket, but unseasonably mild weather, meant that the hosts, SNASY Masters Cricket Academy, were able to offer an outdoor fixture – probably the first ever international junior cricket match ever played outdoors in November in Europe!IMG_8389 

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The weather, whilst prompting sme non-regulation clothing and not requiring the use of sun cream, did allow two 15 over games between the two Academy teams. Visiting Vienna for the second time this year, Bat and Ball brought a young side very keen to play and the hosts were able to let a total of 16 players take part – including several competing in their first ever hardball matches.

The first game saw the Hungarians bat first and get off to a great start with an excellent opening partnership of 40 between captain Nico and Shaan. But tight bowling particularly by Pranav (3 overs 3 runs 2 wickets) and Oscar (3 overs for 5 runs) restricted the total to 65 for 2 off the 15 overs. The Austrian’s also started well and despite some good bowling, reached 66 in the tenth over with the loss of just one wicket, through some strong batting from Rory, Oscar and Pranav.

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The second game again saw Bat and Ball lose the toss and end up batting, but this time they reversed the batting order. This resulted in both more runs but also more wickets – with Fiona and Sammy getting their first hard ball wickets in their formal hardball debuts. Sai batted well and enabled the side to post a total of 78 for 8. SNASY’s more experienced batsmen succumbed to some excellent bowling and much improved fielding by the visitors, leaving the younger players too much to do in their first outtings. The innings closed at 44 all out meaning that each side had won one match apiece – a fair outcome. More importantly all players had had another chance to develop their cricketing skills and build new friendships – all good and important steps towards the future of cricket in these countries.

Despite the November date, no-one was cold and rain didn’t stop play – but a nice hot meal at the end with cake and fruit certainly helped.

IMG_8498Thanks to Andrew Leckonby and all from the Bat and Ball Cricket Academy for coming and to SNASY for hosting a potentially record breaking day!

 

Austria A-Team in UK : Second Tour Match

Second Match Report: Austria A-Team vs Mumbai Invitation XI
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The second match was also in T20 format, played between the visiting Austria A-Team and an invitation team selected from Mumbai based players, who are spending the English summer playing for London based clubs as their overseas players – a strong and experienced group of players. It was again played on a wet, but drying early evening.

Austria A-Team batted first in what was to be a lower scoring match. Again Austria A lost a few early wickets, but when Amir (26 (32b) joined Aqib (28 (35b)) at 17 for 3, they set about building the best partnership of the day – 54. Both were out in quick succession and another wicket fell cheaply, but this brought Navin (28* (13b)) and Mark (12* (9b)) to the crease. With Navin hitting two 6s and Mark two 4s, they scored an undefeated 40 in less than 4 overs to post a defendable target of 120 for 6. 

Austria A started the defence excellently, Waqar and Navin producing quality swing and seam bowling and reducing Mumbai to 20 for 4 off 6 overs. Waqar finished with 3 overs for only 7 runs, taking one wicket and Navin was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 14 off 4 – adding to his all round performance. Mumbai fought back with some creative batting, but the early wickets, and the later excellent spell by Imran, 3 for 23, meant that the last wicket fell to Mark in the 18th over (and virtually in the dark!) still 19 runs short. This fielding display was a dramatic improvement on the first game – three catches and two run outs – and showed real individual and team development – it was more energetic, focussed and intense.IMG_7288 IMG_7284

Austria A-Team in UK : First Tour Match

First Match Report: Austria A-Team vs Harrow St Mary CC,  27/8/15
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The first match was a T20 format game between the visiting Austria A-Team and the hosts Harrow St. Mary CC. It was played on a wet, but drying afternoon on a grass pitch. The hosts included two Austrian players, Lakmal Kasturiarachchige and Satyam Subhash and a wealth of local and overseas talent, including an Indian U17 player.

Harrow batted first and posted a very competitive score of 152 for 3. Lakmal and young De Silva batted excellently for the first wicket, which put on over 60 and then Shivam joined the party with a quick fire 30. The bowling and fielding performance was good but lacked sharpness, and there were too many extras. Waqar and Akhilesh were the pick of the bowlers, Waqar taking 1-14 in 3 overs and Akhilesh bowling a very tight 4 overs. Other highlights were the excellent catches by Aqib and Navin.

In Austria A-Team’s reply, a couple of wickets were lost quickly, but Aqib (38 (28b)) and Klair (15) looked to be in control and building momentum until both were out in short succession. Another group of wickets were lost until young Zeshan (38* (25b)) and first Waqar (6) and then Muzammal (10) put together little partnerships. The batting of the joint top scorers was encouraging, although with differing styles – Aqib’s batting was quality and measured and Zeshan’s energetic and opportunistic.

The innings closed at 139 for 9 with the A-Team 13 runs short – a brave effort for this young, new side, playing its first game on grass and some good individual performances, but with room to improve.

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Coaches Profile

STEPHEN SANDRI


AUSTRALIA

IMG_5987Life Member: Essendon CC,  Williamstown CC, West Newport CC

Club Coach Gunbower CC 2008-Present

Captain Coach Williamstown CC Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association 2005-2008

Champion Premiers Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association 2008

Director Coaching: St Kevin’s College Toorak Associated Public Schools Victoria 1999-2003

Club Coach Essendon CC: Victorian Premier Cricket 1996 – 2003

Selector Victorian Premier Cricket Under 19 Australian Championship 1998-1999

Assistant Coach Essendon CC: Victorian Premier Cricket Victoria 1994-1996

Crusaders Cricket Australia 1994- Present

Captain Coach Broadmeadows CC: Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association 1991-1994

Captain Coach “Team of the Century” BroadmeadowsCC: Vic Sub-District Cricket Association

Captain Coach Williamstown CC: Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association 1986-1991

DIRECTOR PRIVATE COACHING 1986 – PRESENT (Coordinator Cricket Tournaments/Camps)

Australian Cricket Board Cricket Coach Accreditation: LEVEL ONE 1986       LEVEL TWO: 1987

EUROPE

Club Coach Bologna CC: Italy 2005-2008

Director Italian Cricket Academy: Based–Melbourne, Victoria Australia 2005

Club Coach PGS Roma CC: Italy 2008-2011

Club Coach Latina CC: Italy 2012-2013

Austria CC: Vienna, Austria, Guest Specialist Coach 2005-Present (Assisting Siva & Shivam)

Hercules CC: Amsterdam, Cricket Consultant 2014-Present

Coordinated Junior Cricket Tournament: Austria CC & PGS Roma in Rome, Italy 2010

Final Austria A-Team Pool Selected

We are pleased to announce that following the training sessions and matches, a final Austria A-Team Pool has been selected – 21 players from 6 ACA clubs.  This Pool will continue to train together twice weekly and will act as the source of players for the 14 man UK Tour Squad and the Three way Tournament in July.

We should like to thank all players who have participated in the training and trials this year – all have contributed to the improvement of Cricket in Austria  – and congratulations to all those selected in the final A-Team Pool for 2015 and good luck in their further training and matches ahead.

Best Cricketing Wishes

Oscar, Marcel, Lulitha and Matt

Full List of Austria A-Team Pool 2015

Shadnan Khan (capt)
Abdullah Ahmadzai
Akbarjan Abdullah
Amanullah Ahmadzai
Aqib Iqbal
Arslan Arif
Asim Ijaz
Baser Khan
Habib Ahmadzai
Habibullah Aman
Kailash Klair
Kunal Joshi
Mark Simpson-Parker
Mohamad Waqar Zalmai
Mohammad Bilal Zalmai
Mumtaz Tanha
Navin Wijesekera
Pamir Khan
Razmal Shigiwal
Sahil Bharti
Zadran Sahel

ACCW Future Schools Cup – record breaking 5,700 runs in Two Days

IMG_2315 The 15th year of the popular Austria Cricket Club Wien Future Schools Cup took place on 6th/7th June at the Austria Cricket Stadium in Vienna. In two days, 5,715 runs were scored by the 92 young players from over 10 different clubs and schools from Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria, playing in 38 matches – all of which are records to date – on three pitches and in glorious sunshine!
For the last fIMG_2255ew years, the tournament has focused on the younger, less experienced players and particularly on schools development – with over 90 kids
aged between 5 and 14 taking part in a five team hardball (42 players) and an eight team softball (50 players) competition.

 

Regular visitors and friends from Munich and Velden, CCV91 were there, and in addition there were new teams – the Bat and Ball club from Budapest, Hungary, the Czech Republic U13 team and an U11 school baIMG_2392sed team trained by Cricketers Cricket Club, Vienna. It was great to have these teams taking part and they both fitted in whilst also adding to the event. Particularly pleasing was the success of the school based teams – CCC and the Vienna Bilingual School team, which is trained regularly by ACCW and SNASY, and has been softball champions for the last 2 years.  In addition, cricketers from SLCC, PCC and UNCC joined the hosts, ACC, as part of the SNASY ACADEMY and SNASY Masters programs. And also pleasing, was the so named Central Europe Girls team made up of 9 players from Vienna, Prague and Munich playing together for the first time – 5 of whom were playing in their first ever tournament!

The softball competition, for younger less experienced players, showed a dramatic improvement in the quality of cricket being played over the two days, while the hardball version was most memorable for the many close matches being decided on the last ball of the allotted overs!

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The perennial goals of the event were that the players should meet new and old friends, play a good level of competitive cricket, gain match practice and have fun! Through these goals are delivered the key objective – the development of players, both on and off the field.  Having been involved in the tournament now for seven years, this development can be clearly seen – both in terms of the quality of the cricket being played by the teams, the number of players taking part and the performances of individuals.

Players found themselves playing not only for their own team, but also helping other teams IMG_2378whose numbers were lower – and this further promoted the great spirit and the positive and respectful behaviours seen.  One experienced senior umpire from Hungary said “such a pleasant change to umpire without the tantrums and whining… not a single word of complaint all day”. The keenness of the players was a pleasure to see – the willingness to play for any side as long as it meant more cricket.  Feedback from the young players, coaches and parents would suggest that the goals were again achieved – particularly the fun!

 

As ever, the support of the umpires, scorers, officers, coaches (Mike Kwan, Eric Holmes, Scot Page, Thomas Puehringer, Andrew Leckonby, Anish Gupta, Walter Blaschke, Marcus Rigler, Andrea Mae Zepeda, Taki Rezai), players and, importantly, parents of the clubs was vital to its success and the whole event was supported practically and financially by the SNASY Institute and the Austrian Cricket Association.  I would like again to thank them all for their contributions – and particularly to Austria Cricket Club Wien for hosting another great Future Schools Cup

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(Report by Matt Toogood, Tournament Director and Director of Cricket, SNASY)

Fund Raiser for Nepal starts joint Austrian-Hungarian Women’s Cricket Training

The Austrian and Hungarian girls/women’s cricket squads will be regularly training together this summer as both develop their teams and skills. Claudia Balogh (Hungary) and Andrea Mae-IMG_20150503_165846Zepeda (Austria), the two respective captains and leaders, recently returned form playing in a tournament in Italy, but this Saturday more of the squads will be involved as they combine to play in a Charity Fund raising tournament in Budapest to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake victims.

This combining of the Hungarian and Austrian squads in training and playing is the first of a planned set of get-togethers through the summer, aiming to raise the standard of all concerned.  Part of the plan is to invite female cricketers from all neighbouring countries for a weekend in July/August in Vienna, to have a Cricketing Women’s Weekend! More details to follow.

The tournament this Saturday has been organised by the Hungarian Cricket Association – https://www.facebook.com/events/395620593976539/ – with Steve Anthony leading the way for this excellent venture. We wish them all the best and lots of fun on Saturday!Hungary Austria flags 1

Austria A-Team names Captain

The Austrian A-Team have chosen all rounder Shadnan Khan to be Captain of the Austria A-Team for 2015 and the England Tour.  Shadnan is a prolific batter and strike bowler and his performances have earned him MVP in several recent tournaments and leagues.

He will lead a promising pool of players, who are developing their skills and team work under the coaching leadership of Oscar Wanigasekera.

We congratulate him and wish him all the best in his new role.1236703_681495401886731_5349103912674138279_n

Austrian joins other Europeans in successful Ladies Cricket Tournament

Ladies IMG_5487cricket is one of the worlds fastest growing female sports. One of our star Austrian players, Andrea Mae-Zepeda, was invited to take part at an Italian Ladies Cricket Tournament, which took place near Bologna, Italy, from 1st to 3rd May 2015. Andrea is a long time player at Austria Cricket Club and coach and leader of SNASY’s Austrian girls/women’s cricket. She, plus three girls from the UK and a girl from Hungary, were invited to join the Stone Tower Cricket Club as ‘guest players’ and participated with 8 Italian players and contributed to a great team performance in the tournament.

The tournament was held in Medicina on two excellent pitches. It was played in the Twenty20 format with 2 groups. There were a lot of beginners, who had only recently started Cricket, and so the tournament focussed a lot on development, support and coaching.

The participating clubs were:

King Grove                    Padova                       Roma                         Genoa 1893

Olimpia Postioma        Padova 2014             Roma Capannelle     Stone Tower

Stone Tower’s first match took place on 1 May at 3pm against their strongest group rivals Roma. With 2 – 3 National Team players in the Roma team, a tough context was expected, and so it proved to be. Stone Tower won the toss and decided to bowl first. The opening bowlers, Claudia Balogh and Andrea Mae-Zepeda were able to keep the opponents in check and captain Sara Begg exerted a lot of pressure with her excellent off-spin bowling. Similarly, S. J. Pasquarella, Ellison and Elsbury did their best to limit the runs. Roma posted a challenging 131/2 (20 overs) and at the start of the second innings, the wickets fell quickly. This however was stemmed by a magnificent partnership between Sara Begg and Claudia Balogh. With 34 and 56 and a total partnership of 112 runs, the highest of the whole tournament, Stone Tower reached the target in the penultimate over – 133/3 off 18.1 overs and so Stone Tower won by 7 wickets.

The second game was at 9am on the second morning against King Grove, a Milan based side. As in the first match, the “European” team bowled first. The Milan side had a lot of new players and so much of the game included helpful and friendly advice given to the King Grove players, who seemed very grateful for it. King Grove ended on 93/6 and Stone Tower scored 99/4 – both teams parted in good spirits.

The third game was against Padova. Again, the opposition batted first. Andrea had her best match so far, taking 3 wickets for only 2 runs off her 4 overs and then an additional catch in Gemma Elsbury’s over. There was also a great catch by Rachele Martini, who only started cricket 4 months ago – showing that the new comers also had much to contribute in this team sport.

The performances so far took Stone Tower to the final, which was played against the very strong Olympia Postioma, boasting 7 Italian national team players. This was to be the most difficult match of the tournament playing against a well prepared team. For the first time, Stone Towers batted first. Early wickets were lost and it was left to Sara Begg and Andrea Mae-Zepeda, who were the only experienced players left. With skilful interplay, they managed to keep the scoreboard going, building an innings with singles and occasional boundaries, but unfortunately the 6 wicket fell in the 18th over with an unfortunate LBW. The less experienced players found it hard against the quality of the Olympian attack and 3 further wickets were lost ending the innings with 94/9. In spite of some good bowling by Stone Tower, Olympia’s batsmen were too strong and they scored the runs required to win.

Despite losing in the final, the Stone Tower team were in a good spirits. No champagne from the trophy this time, but there were celebrations for being together and for the success, which has been achieved.

Stone Tower CC Players:

  • IMG_5488Jane Pasquarella (Italy)
  • Sarah Jane Pasquarella (Italy)
  • Letizia Martini (Italy)
  • Rachele Martini (Italy)
  • Fabrizio Giulia (Italy)
  • Victoria Di-Castro Horn (Italy)
  • Agnieszka Peret (Italy)
  • Alessia Mazzoni (Italy)
  • Sara Begg (UK)
  • Charlotte Ellison (UK)
  • Gemma Elsbury (UK)
  • Claudia Balogh (Hungary)
  • Andera-Mae Zepeda (Austria)

(Andrea is on the front row, far left)

It is hoped to be a part of this great tournament again next year and to have a larger number of Austrian’s participating.

A big “Thank You” goes to the Austria Cricket Association for its support and also to the organizers of the Stone Tower Cricket Club, Alessandro R. Sabelli (Director) and Giorgio Sabelli (Co-Director), and all the fans who actively supported the team.

If you are interested in getting involved or even having a go at girls/women’s cricket in Austria, please contact cricket @snasy.institute or andrea.zepeda@hotmail.de