Hungarian National cricket team participated in CE Cup in Prague against host Czech Republic, Switzerland & Latvia from June 21st - 23rd, 2019
Match 1: Hungary played host Czech in the opening match and got them all out with some nice bowling and well backed up by Hungarian fielding and catching, Czech were all out for 105 runs. And at the start of the chase we lost our openers Marc & Shiraz cheaply but that brought Zeeshan and Stan to the crease who ensured we completed the chase in a clinical manner without any further loss and we registered our first international win of 2019. Followed by some nice and well hosted lunch we were ready to face the formidable Swiss who have registered a win against Latvia earlier in the day on Pitch No 2.(Scorecard- https://czechcl.play-cricket.com/website/results/4061546)
Match 2: Swiss was asked to bat first and after a slow start their opening pair did some damage post power play and well supported by the middle order but some good depth bowling kept the target to 168 runs which otherwise could have been easily another extra 15-20 runs, Hungarian chase started with early wickets but Hungarian Skipper and his partner in crime on most occasions – Stan, Kept us in hunt at half way mark score was 77/2 in 10 overs. Soon both were replaced by Khaibar and Abhishek who played some sensational cricketing shots and were always in check of run rate and we completed another successful chase in 18.4 overs.
A true team performance from top 5 batsmen and all the bowlers did their job.(Scorecard: https://czechcl.play-cricket.com/website/results/4061547)
Match 3: This time our opponent was Latvia a new kid on the block with lots of energy and some exceptional cricketing talents not much was carrying in terms of results but we wanted 3/3 wins and again we were bowling first and Latvian openers started all guns blazing at one point the score seems to would have touch 200 but some bad shot selection and a decent spell by Harsh kept the score to 174. The chase was again pretty much same script as Swiss chase and all of the top 5 batsmen contributed to the cause and the score was 177 in 18.5 overs and another Hungarian win! (Scorecard: https://czechcl.play-cricket.com/website/results/4061550)
FINAL: Czech was on a roll after two back to back wins against Latvia and Swiss and specially the win against Latvia was straight from IPL some amazing batting brought them back into the tournament and it was apparent from the last 3 results that we fancied our chances against Czech specially if get to chase but Czech was prepared and toss went their way and Czech took the ground with purpose and it was evident when they got the wicket on the first ball of Final and we have been chasing the match every since and kept loosing wickets on important intervals the final score was 130. Hungary started well to defend their total at one point Czech score was 35 off 8 overs with 1 wicket, Honey Gori opened up the gates and smashed some huge sixes and by the time he was out the match was pretty much sealed and an off day with the bat and lack of bowling options cost us the final.(Scorecard: https://czechcl.play-cricket.com/website/results/4062032)
Over all an awesome tournament and Czechs are an amazing host, We will certainly visit them next year and hopefully go that extra mile.
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