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Great fun at summer junior tournament!

The Czech Cricket Summer Cup 2014 was held on Sunday 15th June at the English International School Prague (EISP), where the under-12 and under-14 divisions battled it out for the prized silverware on offer. Teams from EISP, the International School Prague (ISP), Riverside School and Prague British School (PBS) came together for the first Czech junior tournament to be played on three grass pitches.

U12 winners EISP A (photo: Scott Page)

In the under-12's division, we had 30+ children competing in a 6-a-side variation of the 'Street20' format, where each game lasts for 20 minutes.
Czech Cricket Development Director, Chris Pearce said: "The combination of two smaller grass fields and the adaptation of the fast-paced Street20 format was perfect entertainment to keep the U12's entertained throughout the day. It was a perfect finish to the tournament as the last group game essentially turned out to be a final, as two teams from the host school, EISP, battled it out for the silverware."

Eventual winners EISP A only lost one game over the course of the day, so their win was well deserved. Young Olga, was awarded the U12 Fielding Award after showing great improvement from the tournament held in April. Rashteen was awarded the U12 Bowling Award for bowling both quickly and consistently throughout the day, and Alfred was given the U12 Batting Award for a powerful display of batting that helped his team claim this year's title.

A representative side from each of the four schools entered the U14 division, where the teams of 6 competed in a more traditional pairs cricket format. Chris shared: "As many of the participants have progressed from the U12's age group over the last couple of years, it was great to see how they have improved, and playing outdoors gave an opportunity for them to showcase their skills without the constraints of the indoor version of the game."

Eventual winners ISP overcame close competition from PBS, who finished as runners up after beating EISP in the final game of the tournament. Ryan from Riverside was awarded the U14 Fielding Award after taking a hatful of catches and generally showing great energy in the field throughout. Jody from ISP was awarded the U14 Bowling Award for a fine display of quick bowling - he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the wide-open space of the field that allowed him to generate some great pace in his long run-up. Mustafa from PBS was the stand-out batsman and claimed the U14 Batting Award. He's another player that's performed very well and shown great progression over the last few tournaments.

U14 winners ISP with three trophies, medals and a best bowler certificate! (photo: Scott Page)

Of the tournament as a whole, Chris shared: "The tournaments seem to be getting better every time as we see more and more kids enthused by the game of cricket and the schools here buying in to their enthusiasm. We're incredibly grateful for the teachers and parents who again stayed around to support their teams, and I was delighted to see that many joined in for an impromptu practice in between the three pitches!
"I'd just like to wrap up by saying a big thanks to those from the Czech Cricket community who have helped plan the event. On the day Dany Hudecek, Dan Casey, Marissa Baard, Pete Vincent and Scott Page officiated tirelessly and without their help, there's no way the tournament could have been the success that it was. 

Development Director Chris Pearce, ready to distribute prizes among the excited crowd! (photo: Scott Page)

"Another absolutely great day for Czech Cricket, and with the possibility of a few Czech state schools joining in the near future, our fantastic progress with junior cricket in the Czech Republic is set to continue."

In senior action, it was a week off from the leagues, so Bohemians and Vinohrady fought out a T20 friendly before Barbarians hosted tourists from England, Keele University CC. The pitch was closed on Sunday to allow for renovation work to take place.

Costa del Vinoř - the pot of gold at the end of our rainbows! (photo: Hugo Banks)


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