New Victoria CC Tour Hungary
New Victoria Cricket Club embarked on their 8th Eastern European tour on the 29th June this year to Hungary (Budapest).
On the first night, heavy rain plus thunder and lightning kept the team in the local hostelry till late and there was still light rain the next morning on match day. This eventually ceased and the first game was on against a local club side containing several quality international players. New Victoria managed a creditable 121 all out in their 30 overs with Dale Johnson top scoring with 49 runs. The local side knocked them off with relative ease losing just 5 wickets.
The next day New Victoria awoke to beautiful sunshine and also some trepidation as they were due to play the strongest side, the full Hungarian international team. Again, NVCC won the toss and elected to bat, but against some clever variation on the astroturf surface were eventually all out for 104 - Sam O'Sullivan this time top scoring. Although New Victoria had learnt how to use the unfamiliar surface better, Martin Doran bagging three wickets in the first over, they could only manage to claim 6 in total before the International side achieved victory.
With most of the Hungarian players flying off to Romania for an international tournament, New Victoria were left to play the "Danubean Kangeroos" for the final match, a team of mixed experience. Batting first again, New Victoria scored a respectable 143 from their 25 overs with Barry Mills getting a fine 53. In a very close finish the Kangaroos needed 4 runs from the last ball with only one wicket left. Fortunately for NVCC a dot ball meant a victory for them. Local champagne and deer goulash was consumed by all - an unusual but most welcome cricket tea!
To sum up NVCC's record against international opponents means that after 10 international matches (9 away, 1 home) our run of victories has been broken. In the last decade that the club have been touring Eastern Europe it is pleasing to see the progress that is taking place in these unlikely cricketing countries, both in the standard of play and the facilities.
For more information please visit: www.NewVicTour.co.uk.
A few images from the tour available on the right in Image gallery.