The Central Europe Cup, a tri-series involving Czech Republic, Austria and Luxembourg in its last two incarnations had a different look to it this year with the hosts taking on Hungary in a three match T20I series at Scott Page Field in Vinor this past weekend.
The opening match on Saturday was a low scoring affair with the home side electing to bat first and being bowled out for 128, three Hungarian bowlers each taking three wickets. The visitors batted out their overs in their reply, but fell 9 runs short on 119-7.
The first of two matches of Sunday's double header produced something of a thriller. Sabawoon Davizi top scored for the home team with 50 as they scored 169-4 from their 20 overs. Hungary looked to be closing in on their target after Abhishek Ahuja scored 48 to get them into a position where they needed six runs from the last nine balls with three wickets in hand.
Some tight bowling at the death though saw them lose their last three wickets in six balls with the last wicket falling to a run out with the scores level. This sent the game to a Super Over with Hungary batting first and scoring just six runs. A six and a four by Paaras Khari made the Super Over a formality for the Czechs as they secured the series win.
Hungary batted first in the final game on Sunday afternoon and scored 138, with Abul Farhad taking 4-19. Sudesh "The Beast" Wickramasekara clubbed 65 from just 39 balls as the home team wrapped up a series sweep, winning by 3 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Neither side currently has any scheduled matches for the rest of the summer, but the European international calendar these days is a flexible one and both teams will no doubt be keen to play more internationals soon.