Austrian Open League - Week 4
Vienna Lions opened their league campaign with their trip to Velden, where they played against Ljubljana and Salzburg. Ljubljana, struggling with injuries, with most of their first team squad and in particular their bowling attack being injured, batted first and Mark Oman, despite picking up a calf injury that is likely to leave him on the sidelines for a while, batted through 50 overs for 55 not out - this season he has not been out and has amassed 117 runs at a Boycottesque pace in 96 overs, and with support from Rob Crawford and Dan Ryan Ljubljana posted 152-4 in 50 overs.
Vienna Lions, opening with Kanishka Mapitigama (67) and Upul Kosgahakumbura (61) proceeded to push for a quick victory to claim maximum batting points, and despite a slight rally from Ljubljana with 4 wickets falling in quick succession, Vienna Lions came home in 19.2 overs for maximum points. Unfortunately due to further injuries sustained by Ljubljana's players during the match, the club had to advise the Austrian Cricket Association subsequently that it would not be able to fulfil its fixtures against Pakistan CC the following weekend.
The following day, Vienna Lions took on Salzburg Cricket Club. But for a mammoth 86 extras, they could have struggled, as only Upul Kosgahakumbura (52), Navoda Gunasekera (46) and Lulitha Wickramaarrachi (39 retired hurt) reached double figures from the top order. However, the total of 266 all out. Salzburg, chasing their first victory of the season, added runs consistently across the top order with Naveed Ahmad (49) supported with Cameo knocks by the rest of the top and middle order, although Ananda Sarathkumara came back at the end to run through the tail, finishing with 5-37 as Vienna Lions CC won by 44 runs, to record back-to-back victories on tour.
Pakistan CC's first league match of the season saw them take on Pakistan United. Batting first, a knock of 193 from Amir Naeem, where he was finally dismissed in the last over and a half century for Ali Zulfiqar saw them score 339 for 8 - comfortably the highest score of the season, with Umer Khan taking 4-68 against his former club. Apart from a quickfire 39 from Rashid Butt, Pakistan United struggled against Pakistan's attack, finally capitulating to 110 all out - giving Pakistan victory by 229 runs.
Austria CC Wien played their first league game at home, with Five Continents CC opening their league season too. Five Continents' Anup Lamba (58) and Angrej Singh (73) added 127 for the third wicket, having come together with the side 12-2 - Santosh Allala being out hit wicket after ducking into a bouncer and falling on to his stumps. Young Shivam Subhash, 16 took 4-41 for Austria CC Wien, with Lukas Dobner and Benji Wilhelm both taking their first league wickets, having both shone in the Austria CC Wien Future Cup the week before. Qamar Abbas also weighed in with 3-35. In somewhat inclement conditions, Austria CC Wien were eventually all out for 203 after spirited knocks from youngsters Dobner (27), Kahibar (24) and Shivam Subhash (22) in an encouraging performance by the young side.
Best batting: Amir Naeem 193 for Pakistan vs Pakistan United
Best bowling: Ananda Sarathkumara 5-37 for Vienna Lions vs Salzburg
Carried Bat: Mark Oman 55* for Ljubljana vs Vienna Lions