Latest Alistair Gordon year end rankings released

Alistair Gordon has just updated his rankings site - www.worldcricketrankings.com - for 1/1/16 and the New Year sees a new number one. However, the 10 Test playing nations still occupy the top 10 positions in his chart and it is likely that this state of affairs will continue for some time yet unfortunately. Of more interest to readers might be the latest positions for European cricketing nations, an excellent guide to relative strengths. Italy end the year as the top Twenty20 team in Europe (excluding Holland, Scotland and Ireland) in 21st place with Jersey, Denmark and Guernsey in quick succession in 25th, 26th and 28th respectively. Of the next group of countries, France are 32nd, Norway

Finn-Asia Cricket Chairman elected to sports parliament

The chairman of Finn-Asia Cricket Association, Pasi Kankaanpää, has been elected to the Turku sports parliament, representing the 300 sports associations and their 60.000 members in Turku. Proper management and close collaboration with the Turku sports officials resulted in the election, made by Turku's sport associations last month. Membership in the parliament is a big responsibility, and an indication that cricket and Finn-Asia are taken seriously in Turku. This is another small but positive achievement for cricket in Finland, and opens new possibilities for collaboration within various areas of sports.

News from South West France Cricket

The turn of the year is always the time to start thinking about the season ahead. 1. The Fixtures page now shows the draws for the Cup and the T20 competition. The date for the Cup Final is settled; but dates are yet to be put the earlier rounds. The T20's dates are all still to be settled too but will be once the League pool dates are completed. 2. The Regulations page has the entry forms for each competition (deadline is 29th February!), together with the Regulations, modified to match the decisions reached at AGM 2015 and more besides. 3. The same page also shows the modified disciplinary procedure, as per AGM 2015 debate. 4. That same Regulations page also shows the dreaded stuff about

First ever official Finnish Indoor Cricket championships to launch with live televised final

Cricket Finland (CF) are pleased to advise that we have finalised negotiations with VALO/YLE to deliver the first ever official Finnish Championship Indoor cricket tournament as part of the “SM-VIIKKO” event to be held at the Tampere Exhibition Centre on February 12th to 14th 2016. This is the first time such a prestigious combined sports event has been organised in Finland and it will include around 15 different sports in 2016. All of the sports that will be hosting Finnish Championship finals will have their final televised LIVE on YLE TV plus there will be match extracts and interviews shown on YLE throughout the spectacular event. The one hour long cricket final will be shown on YLE on S

Twenty20 Camps return to Croydon in 2016

East Croydon is our first confirmed summer camp for 2016. We will be returning to Addiscombe CC once again on 8th-12th August and you can book your place online. Last year saw our biggest numbers yet with attendees from the host club and Old Whitgiftians CC, Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians CC and Purley CC. We also saw attendees from Cumnor House, Elmhurst Primary, Royal Russell, Harris Academy, St Thomas Becket, Burstow Primary, Davidson Primary, Edenham High, London Oratory, Reedham Park, Shirley High, St Cyprian and Trinity schools.

Cricket Switzerland sign up to CricHQ

Cricket Switzerland's league chairman has announced Cricket Switzerland's intention to partner with CricHQ as of 2016 to manage player registration, the CSPL & Pickwick Cup competitions and all internationals. Cricket Switzerland will sign up to CricHQ's cricket management services to manage fixtures, umpire allocations, point allocations and automated draws for competitions. Once the games are completed, clubs can upload scorecards from their own club account, and published on the Cricket Switzerland website using iFrames. The current player registration and player transfers will also be replaced by CricHQ. Clubs will be required to enter player registrations online at which time the system

End of year report from Hungarian Cricket Association

Our results and achievements this season Our budding school cricket program has been delivered tirelessly in schools across Budapest by our three coaches Fanni Cziraky, Claudia Balogh and Krisztian Molnar, reaching 14 schools, and 2000 children in regular sessions. An inter-school competition was to crown the year's work with 50 children participating. Well done on all your hard work, more to come in 2016! Due to the amazing work of the school program team we were sponsored by Cricket Factory with another 15 cricket factory sets, and an additional 10 sets by ICC Europe - we are now almost ready to train PE teachers in the joys of cricket. In the 2016 league Baggy Blues International took the

Spencer CC ease through play-offs

Spencer CC are the third and final team from the Surrey ECB Men's Indoor Cricket League Outer section to make it through to the County Finals in January after victories in the final week of section play-offs. Having beaten Old Tenisonians CC in the semi-final eliminator, the boys from Spencer beat long time leaders British Tamils Cricket League in the play-off Final to progress a stage further in the New Year. British Tamils Cricket League had booked their place in the decider by beating Old Rutlishians CC by 40 runs in the first of the two semi-final eliminators. Batting first, the Tamils made 86 for 6 (all out) with the final wicket falling on the penultimate ball of the innings; S Sornara

Svanholm win their annual Christmas indoor tournament

Svanholm's Christmas indoor tournament has been a festive feature for many years, but in 2015 something special took place. Two Jutland teams had made the journey to Schneekloth-Hallen for the first time. Results Pool A Svanholm 117/4 (Jonas Henriksen 37x, Saif Ahmad 36x, Saud Munir 20, Zacharia Raja 3/12) beat Ishøj 116 (Nabil Akhtar 29, Zacharia Raja 29x) Ishøj 67/1 (Zacharia Raja 21x) beat KB 75 (Zaryan Safdar 25x) Svanholm 45/0 (Saud Munir 21x) beat KB 42 (Hassan Ali 20x, Jonas Henriksen 3/9) Pool B AB 105/4 (Suleman Naim 31x, Ammar Haider 23x, Annique Uddin 20, Abdullah Mahmood 4/23 herimellem et hattrick) beat Svanholm II 31. Odense/Esbjerg 43/2 (Saran 3/9) beat Horsens 42. Odense/Esb

Reykjavik Puffins exact revenge on opening day defeat

Today Reykjavik Puffins exacted revenge for last week's defeat to the Kopavogur Vikings, securing an excellent 3-wicket win. In a seven players a side fixture, the Vikings scored an impressive 125-3 from their 15 overs, with the opening stand worth 74. Mahinda Dissanayaka (40) and Derek Deonarain (25) set the platform, while two big sixes from Junaid Raja (18 not out) stood out in the highlights reel. The Puffins' chase got off to a shaky start, as openers Sulaiman Malik andDavid Cook were both dismissed for 6. However, explosive hitting from Fergus Mason (28) and a linchpin innings by Muhammad Younas (38 not out) changed the course of the match in decisive fashion. One again, the team conce

Luxembourg Cricket 2015 report

During 2015 there were many notable achievements for cricket in Luxembourg including:- Luxembourg national team winning the Continental Cup in Romania in July, their first ever international tournament win The oldest and main club in Luxembourg, Optimists CC, won the Belgian League Division 2 title Luxembourg U15s won the Basel Championship in an indoor tournament in March. In addition to these, many other elements contributed to an excellent 2015 including a fantastic six-a-side tournament in July, two very competitive Luxembourg Cricker Foundation league tournaments (indoor and outdoor), a growing Ladies cricket programme and a superb juniors training and development process. We look forwa

Ashley Wright new Guernsey Head of Cricket

Guerney Cricket Board have announced the appointment of Ashley Wright as their new Head of Cricket taking over the reins from Nic Pothas. At the same time it was also revealed that Andy Cornford will return as Performance Director assisting Wright with the National Squad and EPP Squad.

New Cricket Ground being built in Cyprus

In an exiting development for Cyprus Cricket, the Cyprus Cricket Association has signed a long term lease on a piece of land in Tochni Village - about halfway between Limassol and Larnaca. Since cricket started on the island in the 1980s, most games have been played on military grounds. When this ground is built around Spring 2016, Cypriot cricketers will have their own ground and facilities for the first time. Because of limited available funds, the ground development is taking place in stages over the next few years. The first step is to move trees and flatten the ground which is taking place this month. Following that will be the laying of two concrete wickets - one to be used as nets

Jersey Cricket continue local cricket development programme

During the 2015 autumn term the Jersey Cricket Board has continued its development of local cricket in Jersey with the support of the Ana Leaf Foundation. Throughout October, November and December the JCB have been developing skills of over 625 Key Stage 1 Children across 12 Jersey Primary schools. The programme focuses on the FUNdamental stage of the Long Term Athlete Development model. The skills taught include throwing, catching and striking. Jersey Cricket Development Manager Lee Meloy added “This stage in a child’s development is vital in establishing a solid foundation for them to enhance their future sporting endeavours”. Janvrin School PE Teacher Steve Ashton commented, “The FUNdamen

Horsley & Send Lions & Epsom get another chance

The Play-Off rounds in the Central section of the Surrey ECB Mens Indoor Cricket League at Downsend School got underway on Sunday, and Horsley and Send CC Lions gave themselves another shot at progressing to the County Finals thanks to victory over Westcott CC. Batting first, the Lions made 127 for 6 (all out) in 11.2 overs, largely thanks to Vikram Singh making 43 and 55 runs coming in extras. In reply, Westcott batted through their allotted 12 overs but could only reach 91 for 3 at the close. Alan Pickering made 26 retired as his side also benefitted from a handsome total of extras with 44 coming their way. Alas Westcott were still some way short, losing by 36 runs. The other scheduled pla

Six out of six for Wimbledon in Surrey Twenty20 Junior Indoor Cricket League

Wimbledon CC Under 13s made it six out of six with another victory in the Surrey Twenty20 Junior Indoor Cricket League. Their latest success at Richard Challoner School came against Thames Ditton CC Under 13s by virtue of a 97 run win. Batting first, Wimbledon made 145 for 6 (all out) off 14.5 overs. Charlie Wolff making 45, Wilf Morris 29 and Pravin Kiritharan 21 in their innings. Soloman Ransi taking 2 for 20 and Kian Farr 2 for 24. In reply, only Oliver Lodge was able to offer any resistance against the Wimbledon attack as he top scored with 18 out of Thames Ditton’s 48 for 6 (all out) in 9.2 overs. Pranav Khera’s figures of 3 for 8 instrumental in their downfall. Friday night’s other Und

Kópavogur Vikings take the first match

In the first of a three match indoor series between the two sides comprising Iceland Cricket Team, yesterday Kópavogur Vikings were comfortable winners over the Reykjavik Puffins by a margin of 6 wickets. Mahindra Dissanayake was man of the match for his unbeaten innings of 30, while debutant Derick Deonarain took 3 cheap wickets for the Vikings. The two teams play their second 15 overs a side fixture on 20th December at Korinn.

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