Monthly Archives: May 2015

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 – – 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 or

National A-Team Pool announced

We are delighted to invite the following 26 young players to form the National A-Team Pool, taking part in the regular, twice weekly, training programme in preparation for tournaments aIMG_5435and tours later in the year. This follows a tight selection process involving nominations from ACA Clubs, followed by training sessions, a first ever trial and taking into account previous performances of players in ACA league cricket.

The initial pool of players come from 10 ACA clubs and range in age from 16 to 28 years of age.

This heralds a new phase in the development of Austrian cricket and builds on the work carried out by many promoting the development of youth cricket and linking this with the future National Team goals. As it is focused on the future, only players up to the age of 30 are eligible and selection has been based purely on ability and potential – players who have the potential to be stars in the National Teams of the future and to contribute to building a stronger future for cricket in Austria.

Coaching will be headed and led by Oscar Wanigasekera and he will be supported by Marcel Biersteker. As with the other SNASY initiatives, this program is supported and underpinned by the Austria Cricket Association – Österreich Cricket Verband.

The quality of players available and strength in depth is such that in addition to the 26 players who have been selected to the National A-Team Pool, two others have been invited to attend all sessions to benefit from the training and a further 10 are on STANDBY. The Standby players will be invited regularly, but less frequently, to take part and benefit from the development environment. It should be stressed that an initial Pool has been selected, but it will be constantly reviewed and may change based on performances and commitment.  All players, who are invited to attend the training, have the chance to be included in the Pool and in the exciting fixtures that lie ahead.

Other players who were nominated, mostly younger players, will continue to attend the SNASY Academy to further develop their skills – their time will come!

In addition, some of our talented young Austrians are playing cricket in the UK.  As the A-Team will be touring the UK in August, these players will be invited to join us for training in the UK.


National A-Team Pool

Austria CC – Navin Wijesekera, Abdullah Khan Ahmadzai, Aqib Iqbal, Habibullah Aman, Rayhaan Ahmed, Razmal Shigiwal, Shivam Subhash

Afghan Steiermark CC – Shadnan Khan, Pamir Khan, Habib Ahmadzai, Zakhil Farmanullah, Atif Sohail

Bangladesh CCA – Iqbal Hossain

Cricketers CC – Mohamad Waqar Zalmai, Baser Khan, Amanullah Ahmadzai, Nazim Sahel, Mumtaz Tanha

Lords CC – Kunal Joshi, Sahil Bharti

Pakistan CC – Arslan Arif

Riders CC – Kailash Klair, Ahmad Mirza Ahsa

Sri Lanka CC – Nuwan Sameera Ranaweera

Vienna CC – Mark Simpson-Parker

Vienna Lions CC – Sandeep Kumar

Invited to attend all training sessions – to develop their skills and in acknowledgment of their contribution the development of cricket in Austria

Austria CC – Taqi Rezai, Andrea Zepeda 

Standby Players – to be invited to attend as requested (once a fortnight)

Austria CC – Akhilesh Kapdi, Jamil Bahramkhil

Austrian Cricket Tigers – Sohaib Farooq

Afghan Steiermark CC – Sadaqat Khan

Bangladesh CCA – Rakib Islam

Cricketers CC – Mohamed Bilal Zalmai (due to current injury – when fit, will join Pool)

Riders CC – Asim Ijaz, Tariq Umar

Vienna CC – Akbarjan Abdullah, Shakil Khan

UK Based Players

Armaan Randhawa, Lakmal Kasturiarachchige, Interzar Ijaz, Satyam Subhash

We congratulate all the players who have been nominated and thank them for their interest and commitment to Austrian Cricket and wish Good Luck to all those selected – and those who might still be!Austria shirt

Great Young Talent and Potential on Show: A-Team Trial

IMG_5435aOn Friday, 1st May, the Austria A-Team trial took place to select players who will be invited to join the Austria A-Team training and development squad.  40 players from 11 clubs took part in a 70 over test of cricketing skills at the Austria Cricket Stadium, (ACS), Markommanenstrasse, in Vienna.  They were watched and assessed by Oscar Wanigasekera, (head coach), Marcel Biersteker (coach), Anish Gupta (Development Officer, ACA) and Matt Toogood (SNASY).

And there was some real young talent and potential on display, with players aging from 16 to 28, IMG_5438with all types of bowler  – right arm fast, left arm fast, leg break, off break and slow left arm, some powerful and some more cultured batting performances and some quality keeping and fielding skills.

A young squad will now be selected, who will train together twice weekly at the ACS, led by head coach Oscar Wanigasekera.  From the squad, players will selected to take part in an international tournament in July and then a UK tour in August – all of which further develops our young talented players and our future national teams.

All of this, of course, builds on years of dedication to cricket in Austria by many individuals and as head coach Oscar said, “our job now is to take it further into the future, improving the quality of cricket and the depth of cricket at all levels in Austria”. IMG_5478