The middle of October isn't a common time of year for international cricket in Europe, but 2020 has taught us to expect the unusual when it comes to cricket.
The Balkan Cup series saw Bulgaria travel to Ilfov County outside Bucharest for a four match series against hosts Romania at Moara Vlasiei Cricket Ground which concluded today.
The first match on Friday saw Bulgaria batting first after winning the toss, their total of 128-5 largely due to a knock of 41 by Bakhtiar Tahiri. He was then one of five Bulgarian bowlers to take two wickets in the Romanian run-chase as the hosts were bowled out for 95 to lose by 33 runs.
There were two matches on Saturday, with the opening match seeing Romanian captain Ramesh Satheesan hit an unbeaten 92 from 50 balls to take his team to a total of 148-2 in an innings reduced by rain to 15 overs. Sulaiman Ali was the only Bulgarian to have a significant contribution in reply, scoring 33 has his team were restricted to 96-6, losing by 52 runs. Pavel Florin was the pick of the Romanian bowlers with 2-10.
Ramesh Satheesan was in the runs again later on Saturday, top scoring with 67 from 32 balls in Romania's total of 209-6. Vasu Saini also scored quickly, smashing an unbeaten 44 from just 16 balls. Bulgaria got closer than would have been expected based on the earlier match thanks to 66 from Bakhtiar Tahiri and 37 from Kiran Dasan. They were kept to 175-6 from their 20 overs, losing by 34 runs.
Romania completed their series win today in relatively straightforward fashion. Shantanu Vashisht took 3-11 as Bulgaria were bowled out for just 60, and they knocked off the runs in 9.4 overs to win by 6 wickets.
Barring any so far unannounced fixtures, that concludes the European international calendar for 2020. It's been a strange year, but the fact that we got some cricket at all has been very welcome. Next year is set to be busy with world cup qualifying tournaments for both men and women - hopefully there's no further disruptions.