The Czech XI celebrate victory (photo: Dan Casey)
The 2014 outdoor season began with an entertaining encounter on a lovely April day, as the Czech XI beat the Over Forties by 22 runs.
Batting first, the Czechs were able to call upon national team captain Vojta Haša to push the score along as the wily old-timers tried to slow them down.
Haša was dismissed for 44 and Lukáš Fencl replaced him, and promptly ran out Saša Storek off his first ball (though to be honest, it was a great throw from Scott Page, a direct hit from the boundary!).
But Fencl recovered to record a fine innings, retiring on 54 from 35 balls to lead the team to 162-7 from their 30 overs.
Boasting four university students, the Czech bowling attack had the firepower to worry the old boys. Damian Kyselý stood out, claiming 2-9 in his first four overs before bowling tightly at the end to quell any comeback and end with 3-18.
Fencl and Storek chipped in with wickets also and Matěj Topinka and Miša Tavlaridis belied their relative inexperience behind the stumps to restrict the runs, with only Page (51 from 67 balls) able to resist as OFCC fell short, finishing on 140-7.
It was a great start to the season with plenty of good-natured banter on the field. You can find more photos and a full scorecard on the Czech Cricket Facebook page.
OFCC were in high spirits in their new kit, despite the result (photo: Dan Casey)