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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!

 

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

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

SNASY Academy Training to Start again on 25th April at ACS

As many of you know, the SNASY Institute was created last year working with the Austria Cricket Association to provide a focus for the development of youth and women’s cricket in Austria. This was built on an idea that had been discussed for a number of years – that a successful cricketing future in Austria depends on a successful junior and youth program. Continue reading

The Siva Nadarajah U13 International Trophy : Austria U13 vs Slovenia U13 Match Report

After four warm up matches on Saturday and Sunday morning, the International U13 T20 match between Austria and Slovenia took place on 22nd June at the Austria Cricket Stadium, Vienna. Played to official T20 rules, the match took place in fine weather in front of an enthusiastic crowd. The game was played in memory of Siva Nadarajah, who contributed so much to junior cricket in Austria and the region, and the perpetual trophy was named in his honour.

IMG_1896-001 An extensive, schools based, cricketdevelopment program produced a Slovenian team playing together for the first time. The Austrian team was developed and selected through the SNASY Austrian Cricket ACADEMY, working in partnership with the Austrian Cricket Association and building on years of youth coaching at the Austria Cricket Club Wien. The four warm up matches gave the chance for Slovenia to fine tune their team and build their team working and for Austria to provide competitive cricket for all the ACADEMY players, aged 8 to 13. Continue reading

Austria U13 win their First Ever International Match 

Today at the Austrian Cricket Stadium, Austria U13 played SloveniIMG_1896a U13 National Teams for the first Siva Nadarajah International Trophy.

After four warm up games, a full T20 match was played. Austria batted first, and in spite of a good fielding display, scored 169 for 8, built on an excellent innings from opener Farhaan Mohideen of 90. For Slovenia, Chris Charlesworth bowled well taking 4 for 27 from his 4 overs.

In reply Slovenia, started well and kept close to the target run rate but wickets fell and despite a spirited 40 from Max Charlesworth, were finally all out for 107 after 18 overs, with 2 wickets each for Rory Toogood, David Clark and Farhaan Mohideen. Continue reading

Erstes SNASY Spiel U17 : SNASY Academy U17 vs Riders CC

Voll Bereich / Full Report

Die Unter 17 Mannschaft des SNASY Instituts, welche sich mit dem Aufbau aller Jugendlichen Cricketspielern Österreichs für die Nationalmannschaft auseinandersetz, hat am Sonntag, den 15.6.2014, ihr erstes Spiel gegen die neue konkurrenzfähige Open-Leaguemannschaft Riders Cricket Club gespielt.
SNASY U17 first match

RCC gewann den Toss und traf die Entscheidung zu bowlen. Nachdem wir einen Opner verloren hatten, kam unser Kapitän Aqib Iqbal am Feld, welcher für die Mannschaft große Verantwortung übernahm. Mit seinen 114 Runs ermöglichte er gemeinsam mit Obaid Omari, welcher in 20 Bällen die RCC Bowlers für 51 Runs geschlagen hat, eine Summe von 259 Runs. Continue reading