20.06.2010 - Transportable Nets
After an interesting T20 game on Sunday a few of us had enough energy left to set up the new transportable nets. There was no description and our IKEA experience came in handy. We still had a few confusing moments when holes did not where were the should be - in total I think we did put it 3 times together, but it is standing now and no injuries ! It looks great - needs a bit trimming regarding the fixing of the net and we want to get more material to cushion the poles to avoid ball damages. Otherwise ready !!! That was a very successful project and I want to thank - all donators and especially Statto for starting the donation campaign ! - Nikki for ordering, organising transport and chasing me to do the payment ! - Roman for storing and delivering to the ground (bloody heavy) ! - the IKEA setup troop (next time in less then 3 hours please) ! Place at the ground: We will put it always behind the nets and lock it with a chain on those poles. The opening should face the field as we do not want anyone (there are other clubs during the week on the ground) to use at all(hitting towards pavilion, car park, etc.). Statto will get 2 number locks and chains this week. So, please go out and TRAIN now !!! I hope to see you soon Wolf Chairman PS: I will miss to see our lecturers, translators, steel traders, project managers etc. try to set up our old net !

31.05.2010 - VCC vs UNCC 29.5.2010
Match Report and Results online under Fixtures/Results

22.05.2010 - VCC vs Lords OL
Match Report and Results online under Fixtures/Results

24.04.2010 - VCC vs Lords (friendly)
Match Report and Results online under Fixtures/Results

03.03.2010 - VCC wins WinterCup 2010 !!!!
Congratulation to VCC A for winning the trophy - Benji, Erves, Luke, Schmidi, Thomas, Jon. The tournament was a success and we had a lot of tight games with good standard. This time we could beat our local rivals PCC quite comfortable in the final. Babar won player of tournament award. Our friends and loyal guest Faillant and Portbury performed well and reached 3rd, beating the ACA selection team. VCC B won the game for 5th place vs. LordsCC, winner of the Grazer Indoor Tournament. Young Mark S.-P. hitting a magnificent 6 to get the golden moment award. Thanks for all the support! Regards, Wolf

21.02.2010 - WinterCup Schedule
Saturday 10:00 VCC A LCC 11:10 VCC B PCC 12:20 VCC A FnP 13:30 PCC ACA 14:30 FnP LCC 15:40 VCC B ACA Sunday 10:00 Winner A Runner-up B 11:10 Winner B Runner-up A 12:20 3rd place A 3rd Place B 13:30 Winner A Winner B 14:40 Runner-Up B Runner-up A 15:50 RAFFLE 16:30 Final

09.02.2010 - Fundraising for Transportable Nets
Dear Members and Friends, At the last AGM we decided to start a campaign to fund a new transportable nets. Marco and his team emphasised on numerous occasions that we would benefit very much by practising on the center pitch. As our account is still in debt because of various ground improvements over the last few years we are not able to fund it ourselves at the moment. The overall costs are estimated with GBP 1.300,- without transport. We have already received over EUR 300,- in contribution !!! The club seeks your help in finding the remaining amount - by donators, sponsors, etc. You can also pass this email on the anyone you think is supportive to this idea. The aim is to have the money ready by March so that we can have the nets for the preparation of the season. Please include in any communication on this issue our treasurer Sven. Thanks for your efforts in advance! Regards, Wolf Tesar Chairman VIENNA CRICKET CLUB - VCC Steigenteschgasse 13/3/60 1220 Wien ZVR: 941239639 Homepage: www.viennacricketclub.at Email: viennacricketclub@gmail.com

08.02.2010 - VIENNA CC WINTERCUP 2010
Vienna Cricket Club presents the 24th Annual Vienna Winter Cup Location: BG 11 Geringergasse 2 A1110, Vienna 27th - 28th February 2010 10am to 6 pm www.viennacricketclub.

08.02.2010 - Indoor Practice 20th Feb
The practice on 20th Feb will not be at Dominik Hofmann Halle !! It has been rescheduled for BG 11, Geringergasse 2, from 1 - 3 pm !! Same hall where WinterCup will take place !

01.02.2010 - Indoor Tournament Graz
ViennaCC reached Semifinals of the Indoor tournament. It is a good achievement as all other teams played their strongest teams. The tournament was won by LordsCC who will be participating in our indoor tournament.

08.11.2009 - VCC End-of-Season Diner
Location: Restaurant MARX Date: 24.Oct. 2009 The location and the food were very excellenet - as were some of the speeches - by Ben, Jon, Wolf and Marco - and thanks to the presentation to Heli. It was again a great evening outside a cricket ground or sports hall - with all the lovely partners. Winner of the player of the Year: Marco Celeghin Winner of the member of the Year: Jon Orman Duck Award: Erwin Grasinger Performance(Story) of the Evening: Yoshan Moodley

02.08.2009 - Fixtures/Results updated
All the scores from the season thus far have been updated in the "Fixtures/Results" section.

05.07.2009 - T20 vs. PCC abandoned due to rain
Todays 20/20 game against PakistanCC was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy storms which hit the ground earlier in the day leaving large puddles around the outfield and on the pitch. The points for the game will be split between VCC and PCC.

03.07.2009 - Velden Tour 23/24th May 2009
VCC Tour to Velden.

The first Open-league games for VCC were held in the picturesque valley-village of Latschach near Velden. Friday night marked the teams descent into the pensioner and Golf GTI freak headquarters that is the gasthaus overlooking the ground and in a typically well behaved and solid performance dinner was had along with a Heli and the Crickets acoustic session with the skippers WAG Dagmara giving all a wonderful lesson in how to sing properly.

Perhaps to drown the sorrows of our poor vocal section it was decided that more beer was to be had and that turned out to be the theme of the evening, all pretenses that we were to be well behaved were soon drowned in a sea of the golden nectar......

For results and match reports see "Fixtures/Results"

03.07.2009 - 20/20 VCC vs UNCC Sat 27th June 2009
Last weekend there was alot of action at the ground. We had two 20/20's (one win, one loss) and put up the new nets in the net lanes, a big thanks to all the players over the 2 days who performed on the field and/or worked to put up the new nets.
 
Firstly onto the games. On Saturday we played against UNCC. We batted first and thanks to a top innings from Yoshan (who scored 60odd at a good rate....I apologize for not having the scorebook here) and good support from Mark Surridge we got to 131. Our total was probably 10-15 runs less than it should've been considering over the last 3 overs we lost wickets in the chase for quick runs. Although the batting was an improvement on the 116 scored against LordsCC we should've got the score up to 150. Saying that, taking away the last 3 overs it was a good effort with the bat and I felt we had a bit more of an idea as to how to build a descent score in 20/20's. With being a man short in the field it was always going to be tough to defend 131 and so it proved. We needed to get some wickets in the openning overs and when that didn't happen we found it very difficult to put any real pressure on their batting throughout their innings. The bowlers didn't bowl badly and did create chances but none were taken and UNCC strolled to an easy win for the loss of only 2 wickets with overs in hand. 
 
After the disappointment of the game we still had some penance to do in the net lanes. The old fencing was taken down and a new proper cricket net has been put up in it's place. It was a good few hours of work (done with help from Peppi and his dad) which is always difficult after a game but thanks to everyone that helped. It's not always fun to do this stuff but that is what cricket in Austria is often about and now we have the new nets up and the ground looks alot better and the nets are alot more useful (i.e. it stops a ball going through!). There is still some fine tuning to do in the nets to make the lanes better but the main job is done. Thanks to Wolfi and Andrew for organising the new netting. Now the next phase is to buy a portable net for centre pitch training.


03.07.2009 - 20/20 VCC vs Pakistan Falcons Sun 28th June 2009
The Sunday game against Pakistan Falcons was a somewhat different affair from the day before. Once again we batted first but on this occasion with a strengthened batting line up we blasted their bowlers to all corners of the park and fell just one run short of 200. An excellent stand for the second wicket between Tim and Andrew (after Klemo went quickly chasing a wide one) really set the innings up. With Andrew generally smashing them out of the park or landing high skiers just teasingly close to their fielders but still into a hole and Tim playing an excellent risk free, run a ball innings the momentum was with the batsmen. Once Tim departed, Neil came in and played well as did Benji later on for a brief 19 of 10 balls. Erwin batting down the order in this game came in in the last few overs and made sure we kept the run rate high by pushing for every run available (even pushing Neil through for an all run 4!!!!). Erwins bustling approach in the last 3 or so overs made sure we didn't suffer the same result as the day before where we wasted balls by trying to smash everything out of the park and generally just missed the ball. 
With 199 runs to defend (and a full XI on the field), Pak Falcons were under pressure from the first ball. The one big ace they had up their sleeve was Imran (who all VCC players will remember for an 11 over century against us in 2007 and a 15 over century against us in 2005). Imran was the one batsmen who could make our total look insignificant very quickly. The team spoke about bowling outside off stump to him with a deep cover for the catch. The plan nearly came off first ball but the chance fell just short of the incoming fielder. First ball of the 3rd over proved the trick when once again the ball was short wide of off stump and Imran swatted the ball to Erwin who raced in from the boundary to take a magnificent juggling catch. At this point they were already 2 down and the bowlers were well on top (there was a run out in the first over after some excellent out fielding by Klemo). The trend didn't change and wickets fell at regular intervals with tight bowling and an ever escalating run rate. The catching was a stand out of Sundays game. After a below par performance on Saturday we came out on Sunday and caught EVERYTHING. Erwin took 3 excellent catches in the outfield and Tim took one of the catches of the season, running back from slip to 3rd man (where Jon was standing seemingly frozen), he took the catch with the ball coming over his shoulder, when he realized the ball was going to fall just out of his reach he dived forward "Superman, up, up & away like", horizontal to the ground and took the catch mid air (probably 3 metres from Jon who still hadn't moved). Just superb and to round things off, Jon took a catch as well! It was a good team effort with everyone contributing and it highlighted what a difference having some runs on the board can make.
An excellent team effort!


31.05.2009 - VCC vs Lords CC Sun May 31st (Open League 35 overs)
Seebarn, the Vienna region’s last proper remaining cricket ground, was witness to a cracking 35-over unofficial friendly (if you’re Dutch)/Open League (if you’re anyone else) match on Sunday between VCC and Lords. The weather was utterly cold and miserable throughout and alas, it was VCC who ended the game in a similar mood.

Lords, having been inserted by VCC, made an uncertain start in the face of some excellent new-ball bowling from Marco. However, it was Erwin who made the breakthrough for VCC in the eighth over, bowling Deepak with an excellent yorker. This saw Nandeep join Sukhvir at the crease and the two confidently set about raising the run-rate following the introduction of the spinners who struggled to assert any control. Jon eventually had Sukhvir well caught by Tim at point and Klemens was extremely unlucky to have Nandeep dropped at slip after bowling several fantastic deliveries. As it turned out, this drop would be of great significance in the final reckoning. Wasif then joined Nandeep and the runs continued to flow readily until the introduction of Andrew ‘golden arm’ SP. His first delivery was slow, short, and dribbled barely above ground level into Wasif’s off stump to much hilarity all round. As wickets began to fall at increasing intervals, Andrew picking up a filthy four-for and even being on a hat-trick at one stage, Nandeep accelerated towards an excellent unbeaten, almost wholly leg-side, century. This left VCC needing 256 to win, at a rate of over 7 an over.

VCC’s reply began sedately, with only 13 scored off the first five overs for the loss of bearded left-hander Erwin. And then HE arrived at the crease. Andrew’s second scoring shot was an enormous six over long-off and this was the first of many. With Tim (and later Klemens) playing the support role, Andrew unleashed an array of huge shots, scoring seven 6s and eight 4s in a tremendous innings of 123. When he was eventually caught on the mid-wicket boundary at the six or seventh attempt, VCC needed only around 60 more runs to secure victory. Initially, things looked good as Klemens and Luke ran fantastically well between the wickets. However, Klemens was then bowled attempting an expansive drive. Jon came to the crease and put on 20 with Luke in no time until both were caught in quick succession at long-on. This was the beginning of the end as VCC quickly imploded. Eventually, six were needed of the final ball, but Bheesham could only manage a single, much to Lords’ noisy delight. The mood in the VCC dressing room was a sombre one with the realisation that a winning position had been sorely squandered.

Still on a brighter note, plenty of sixes were hit and none of the batsmen had to leave the crease because of it. Now that’s how cricket should be played isn’t it?


28.02.2009 - Wintercup

VCC all but retain their title

 

It was upon us again. The keenly awaited WC’09 weekend brought weather fit to play outside. At least our English guests thought so. We welcomed two new sides into the harem, which VCC has by now established: Little Eaton and Barclays Bank. Both teams received a not so subtle welcome at the hands of VCC and UCC Seebarn. An experience they might just remember for a while.

Much work had been put into the weekend before VCC opening pair of Grazinger and Loader could stroll onto the lovely green surface of the carpeted Schmelz half-wicket, proudly rounded off with golden tape matching the shirts of the hosts. The local side was immaculately kitted out, except for the towering figure of a certain Simpson-Parker, who had not been able to secure a pair of blacks of sufficient length. All fell into place when selector/coordinator/administrator/sporting director/fast bowler Marco Celeghin managed to secure meticulously blackened pads from their secure storage facility in Vienna’s 5th district and one Thomas Grabetz saw to the emblems UCC Seebarn and VCC stalwarts could bare proudly upon their chests. Wolfgang “Godfather” Tesar pretty much did the rest along with Neil Foster, both of whom had become vital cogs in the well oiled indoor machine of the Vienna golds.

And they started well. Having won the toss, VCC steamrollered Barclays by putting on a brisk 181/2 before the openers Christensen and Foster bowled a magic spell of perfect out swing bowling, giving wicketkeeper Loader 3 catches behind the stumps, with Grazinger affecting a superb direct hit at the non-strikers end to run out the potentially devastating batsman Afran. In their second encounter, the defending champions took on old rivals Bessborough CC and set the visitors a demanding 161/5 (Loader 56*, Graziner 44) for victory, with a solid all round batting effort. Celeghin, in for Orman, bowled well, while Cathcart batted sensibly at the top of the order. The total proved a bridge too far for BCC, who fell short by 33 runs. Having now qualified at the top of their group, VCC took their foot off the gas for a second to let Lords CC in for their only win of the tournament.

Meanwhile, UCCC Seebarn played a solid tournament. Having fallen to Elvaston CC, who combined boyish arrogance with the odd bit of good humor all through the weekend, they did so in a fashion that none of us would ever forget. One Thomas Grabetz used all his experience and bulk to stare down the Elvaston skipper, having a little word and then proceeded to bowl him comprehensively, sending the middle stump tilting backwards, the very next ball. Grabetz was unlucky not to get a hat trick, having produced two superb deliveries, earning him two wickets in two balls. In their next encounter, Little Eaton posted 132/2, with Gernot Bauer bowling the most economical full over of the tournament, conceding an edged 3 past the keeper off the last ball.  He then partnered Sven Schipporeit, who previously took a neat catch behind the stumps, to steer UCC home as Schipporeit blasted the winning runs though midwicket, after Grabetz (who topped the UCC batting and wicket taking stakes) had set up a well timed run chase.

 

 

The semifinals were a tight affair. Elvaston took on Barcley’s, who had rapidly improved all through the tournament. With last year’s runners up bowling too short, Barcley’s posted a decent 152/4. Nipping in with timely wickets, Barclay’s surprisingly restricted the much fancied Elvaston side to 143/4. In the second semifinal, VCC won the toss and batted first, with Cathcart and Loader getting them off to a brisk start. All contributed in posting 149/5 with Christensen roofing out for a fourth time in a row and Loader, returning after compulsory retirement, ran himself out chasing a suicidal second run off the last ball. Failand and Portbury replied steadily and needed 2 runs of the last ball to tie the match and advance to the final, having lost 4 wickets. Yet Simpson-Parker had other ideas as he affected a cool direct hit run out at the bowlers end, with the batsman a foot short of his ground.

So Barcley’s faced VCC in the final. And it came to yet another nail biting finish. VCC bowled tightly with no luck as they restricted the visitors to 147/3 (Afran 48*). Once again, the Vienna openers started briskly, yet through some intelligent bowling and enthusiastic fielding Barcley’s applied the pressure and claimed 4 wickets for 38 runs. This brought the left-right combination of Grazinger and Loader together. Needing 56 runs of 3 overs, the gap narrowed to 33 off 10 balls and consequently to 15 off the last over. With 6 needed of three balls, Afran came within a whisper of bowling Loader with a yorker. With a 3 through midwicket off the next ball, VCC needed 3 runs to win, one ball to go. A tie would see Barcley’s walking away with the silverware, for they had lost 1 wicket less. Afran bowled a courageous back-of-the-hand slower ball at Grazinger and pitched it perfectly. VCC scrambled 2, leaving them tied (VCC 147/4 – Barcleys 147/3). VCC could not have come any closer to retaining their title for the first time in the history of the tournament.

All in all, once again it was a fantastic cricket weekend combining revitalized social side of our club with golden moments on and off the field. Benji and Erwin scored a total of 196 and 119 runs respectively, Neil took 5 wickets at 10.13 per wicket in only 4 games and Peter and Jon chipped in with three wickets each at roughly 12 runs per wicket. But none of us will forget Sven raising his bat while completing the winning run for UCCC, the fearsome stare of Thommy sending shivers all through Elvaston and why Jon became known as Jon “the Don” Orman.

 

B.L.