Great start to the tri-nations tournament for Hungary. Total all-round team performance began with winning the toss (when did that last happen?) and putting Bulgaria in to bat on a wonderful bowler's surface. The decision paid off with Bulgaria bowled out for 47. Wickets to all 7 bowlers used including Erno Tekauer's impressive stats of 1 ball 1 wicket to wrap up the innings. Andrew Leckonby began the match with a wicket maiden, followed it with another, and finished with 2 for 6 off his 4 overs plus two diving catches in the slip cordon. A much improved TEAM performance in the field, though still some work to do on the number of wides bowled (13?). The reply proved that it was a bowler's track, as Hungary slipped to potential problems with Ed Allnutt (run out) and Khaibar Deldar (caught at slip) falling to consecutive balls, shortly followed by Stan Ahuja. Hungary were 3-5 off 5 and really needing some calm heads. Marc Ahuja and Abhishek Kheterpal brought that and reeled in the target to within touching distance before Marc fell. Abhishek saw it through as Hungary reached 4-48 off 12 overs, and his 24 not out, his 1-7 off 3, and his run out of a key batsman sealed his man of the match award.
Bulgaria's narrow victory over Romania in the next match left the gate open for all 3 teams to still reach the final, so work remains tomorrow.