VCA Sixes Tournament 2019
So the much awaited Sixes Tournament took place in Saigon over the weekend at the Saigon Cricket Ground in D11.
9 Teams took part and were split into 3 groups. The winners of each group went into the Cup Semi Finals and 2nd place went into the Plate Semi Finals. 3rd place formed a repechage group on the same basis with the 3rd place being eliminated.
Saturday started with:
Saigon Dragons narrowly losing to Pakistan. Great to see 3 women in the Dragons team from Vietnam, NZ + Australia.
The English Cricket Club of Saigon (ECCS) defeated Vietnam and India defeated Singapore A.
Singapore B then played and beat the Dragons, before Saigon-Sri Lanka (SSC) beat ECCS.
Singapore A then faced the Chilaw Marians (CMCC) who’s team included Sri Lankan Test Cricketer Oshada Fernando and International T20 players! The Marians won, as expected!
Pakistan then beat Singapore B which meant a Cup semi place for Pakistan and a Plate Semi for Singapore B. Saigon Dragons were entered into the Repechage Group.
Vietnam lost to SSC which meant they joined the Repechage Group whilst SSC moved to the Cup Semis and ECCS to the Plate Semis.
Team India then faced CMCC in a tough and tight game. Tanveer caught Oshada from his 1st ball, but CMCC still went on to win, securing themselves a place in the Cup semis, India into the Plate semis and Singapore A into the repechage group.
Saigon Dragons battled well against both Vietnam and Singapore A, but lost both matches and were eliminated from the tournament. Great performance from the Dragons as they played with heart and soul under their Welsh Captain Lee. Vietnam defeated Singapore A and progressed to the Cup Semis, placing Singapore A into the Plate semis with their colleagues Singapore B.
Sunday Semis + Finals:
In the Plate Semis, ECCS beat Singapore B and India beat Singapore A.
The Cup Semis saw SSC beat Pakistan and CMCC beat Vietnam. It was awesome to see the developing Vietnam national players battling against proven 1st class and Test Cricketers! Total respect Vietnam!
The Plate Final was delayed for a much needed downpour which moistened the pitch and cleared the muggy air. ECCS were narrowly defeated by India.
The all-Sri Lankan Cup Final saw the strongest game of the tournament between SSC and CMCC. It all came down to the last ball, but CMCC won a very closely contested game, definitely worthy of a Cup Final!
At the Awards, the VCA President Jeremy Stein, thanks all teams for participating in the Tournament and for playing in the true spirit of the game. He thanked the International teams for taking part especially the International players who gave up their private time to enjoy Vietnam and support Vietnam Cricket.
With the 1st ever VN Female player, Women players from NZ + Australia, VN National Team players, Sri Lankan Test and T20 players, this Tournament has certainly helped develop Cricket in Vietnam and made its name on the International Cricket Sixes Calendar. Limited places available for 2020!
The 1st Award was made at the request of the Singaporean Team for the worst over of the day to their team-mate Bala who apparently went for 25 or 100 from his over!
The 2nd was to Ms Thu Nguyen Thi (better known as ‘Chicken’) for becoming the 1st VN Woman to take to the Cricket field. Let’s hope this encourages a few more!
Cup winners: Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Sri Lanka
Runners Up: SSC - Saigon
Plate Winners: Team India – Saigon
Runners Up: ECCS
Most Sixes: Dang – Team Vietnam ( 9 sixes)
Best Bowler: Pulina – CMCC (4-41)
Awesome Fielder: Tanveer Gill (for catching a Test cricketer!)
Thanks were given to our Scorers Claire + Mark, all Umpires but especially Macca + Del, VCA support Team Tanveer, Berty, Crazy Tuyen, Craig + Sandeep and of course our wonderful Sponsors: Suntory Pepsi, SHUTTA, Total Wealth Management, Rainbow Divers-Vietnam, The Warehouse, Pitchers Sport Bar, the Barmy Army and to our on-field sponsors + supporters Phatty’s Sports Bar and Baba’s Kitchen.
Finally a big thanks to all our players, supporters, officials + sponsors for making this an event to remember.
Watch the VCA Website and Facebook Pages for more photos and for details of the Saigon International Cricket Sixes 2020
Don't miss the Saigon International Cricket Sixes Tournament on March 23rd +24th 2019