1. Cricket is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy (Stephen Fry)
2. FOOTBALL offers the world clichés; RUGBY produces facial deformity; HOCKEY provides an acceptable outlet for psychotic violence; CRICKET alone breeds myths... More quotes here.

2012 Tour to Serbia.

We of course go by the maxim, what goes on tour, stays on tour, so this report is brief and to the point. We went across the weekend 5/6 May 2012 and stayed at the very excellent Hotel Excelsior and this is highly recommended, not expensive and really swish. We mainly ate and drank in Skadarlija . We flew JAT from Heathrow on a 1970's vintage 737, only roughly on time and the worst in-flight catering ever devised by human hand. Amazingly there was a still fag ash in my arm rest ashtray. Quite cheap though.

L>R CGC, Daveski (org), Karl, FoCGC, Rog, Smutty, Arsey, Swords,YM,Badmo,Young Spillane, Steve-O (inset [in kharsi at time of photo]: Tink, CK1)

We were guests of the Serbian Cricket foundation, tremendous guys who have done everything to get cricket going in Serbia. The main games were played at the Sports Centre in the grounds of the luxury Hotel President (about 15 hair raising minutes in a cab from town) They have done a tournament write up, here

We played several games: on the Friday a game in the Park versus the BeoAsian Assassins (which we lost, and is not in the official stats and on Saturday and Sunday a round robin: Salix CC, , Beograd XI and Dunabogdany CC (the Hungarians who we played last year and who braved a ten hour train journey and all the lager that entails) to come over for the weekend. Two T20 games on the Saturday, one on the Sunday and the weekend finished with a mixed up set of teams having a 25 over game (again, not in the book). The Salix CC men of the tour were Arsey and Swordsman, FoCGC the Weakest Link, I think, and CGC got a whopping trophy for being a leader of winners.

Luckily our Captain did not have to give a press conference like the Quokkas... if he had, though, we are sure he would have been fulsome in his praise of the meat sandwiches. Joking aside, we would really like to thank Haris, Vladimir, Slobdan, Dmitiri, Maggie for the scoring and everyone who worked so hard to give us and the Hungarians a fantastic weekend.

Salix CC versus Belgrade XI CC at Kovilovo Sports Centre Belgrade on 06-05-2012(20 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)109for 3off15overs Match Won
Belgrade XI CC105all outoff19.1overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dave Henig0Bowled
2.Adam Darling62Not Out
3.Christy Kulasingam1Bowled
4.Tim Collins3Bowled
5.David Padmore21Not Out
6.Graham Nannery0Did Not Bat
7.Darren Gavigan0Did Not Bat
8.Jason Murgatroyd0Did Not Bat
9.Stuart Lumsden0Did Not Bat
10.Rob Kay0Did Not Bat
11.Roger Heaton0Did Not Bat
1.Roger Heaton4126213.0012.006.50
2.Steve Jacobs2.101527.506.506.92
3.Stuart Lumsden4025125.0024.006.25
4.David Padmore41515.0024.001.25
5.Andy Foster4020210.0012.005.00
6.Christy Kulasingam10313.006.003.00
Adam Darling1catch
Darren Gavigan1catch
Adam Darling1drop
Darren Gavigan1drop
Christy Kulasingam1drop


Salix CC versus Dunabogdany CC at Kovilovo Sports Centre Belgrade on 05-05-2012(20 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)87for 5off15overs Match Won
Dunabogdany CC86for 7off20overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Adam Darling4Caught
2.Jason Murgatroyd0Caught
3.Stuart Lumsden2Run Out
4.Darren Gavigan18Bowled
5.Andy Foster29Caught
6.Christy Kulasingam10Not Out
7.Tim Collins1Not Out
8.Dave Henig0Did Not Bat
9.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
10.Andy Foster0Did Not Bat
11.Roger Heaton0Did Not Bat
1.Roger Heaton2130--1.50
2.Andy Foster401527.5012.003.75
3.Steve Jacobs401728.5012.004.25
4.Christy Kulasingam2060--3.00
5.Dave Henig411226.0012.003.00
6.Jason Murgatroyd2019119.0012.009.50
7.Adam Darling20100--5.00
Christy Kulasingam1catch
Tim Collins1drop
Andy Foster1drop
Darren Gavigan1drop
Dave Henig1drop
Steve Jacobs1drop

Late News

The Committee have decided that the Friday game is stats-worthy. so here it is

Salix CC versus BeoAsian Assassins at Usce Park Belgrade on 04-05-2012(20 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)130for 9off20overs Match Lost
BeoAsian Assassins132for 5off14.2overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Christy Kulasingam1Caught
2.Tim Collins0Bowled
3.Stuart Lumsden58Bowled
4.Slobodan Belgrade (Guest)1Stumped
5.Dave Henig24Bowled
6.Dmitry Belgrade (Guest)1Bowled
7.Rob Kay0Bowled
8.Graham Nannery3Run Out
9.Andy Foster1Run Out
10.Tony Fletcher12Not Out
11.Steve Jacobs0Not Out
1.Steve Jacobs20140--7.00
2.Andy Foster2035135.0012.0017.50
3.Christy Kulasingam20230--11.50
4.Stuart Lumsden31522.509.001.67
5.Dave Henig20270--13.50
6.Dmitry Belgrade (Guest)20515.0012.002.50
7.Slobodan Belgrade (Guest)1.2016116.008.0012.00