Bowlers from Sweden, Portugal and Hungary will no doubt be grumbling about it being a batters game after a high scoring T10 tri-series near Budapest this weekend.
Things started in - for T10 cricket - relatively normal fashion on Saturday with Marc Ahuja scoring an unbeaten 48 as the home team made 104-7 from their 10 overs. An unbeaten 66 from 24 balls by Portugal's Suman Ghimire was the first sign of things to come as his team chased their target with ten balls to spare to win by five wickets.
Samiullah Rahmani clubbed 78 from 25 balls and Sudais Khan scored 47 from 19 as they put on an unbroken 121 to help Sweden post 153-3 from their 10 overs. Hungary made a good fist of their reply but fell 19 runs short despite Vinoth Ravindran's 60 from 22 balls. Zaker Taqawi took four of the nine Hungarian wickets to fall, but went for 35 runs in his two overs.
In game three, Khalid Zahid scored 64 from 21 balls for Sweden, but the next highest score was 16 and Sweden were bowled out for 120. Kuldeep Gholiya's 45 from 15 balls helped Portugal chase down their target in just 8 overs to win by six wickets.
Suman Ghimire was the top scorer again for Portugal in game four, hitting 49 from 21 balls including six sixes. Sharn Gomes scored 30 from 15 balls in their total of 129-8. Knocks of 40 from 13 balls by Vinoth Ravindran and 32 from 13 balls by Abhitesh helped secure a six wicket win for the hosts with five balls to spare.
The first day closed with what would seem to be the first 200 plus total in an international T10 match. Sweden's Share Ali and Saeed Ahmed put on an unbeaten 165 for the third wicket to take Sweden to a total of 201-2. Ahmed scored 59 from 22 balls whilst Ali smashed 116 from just 31 balls. Hungary batted out their overs in reply, but were well short of their target, scoring 117-8 to lose by 84 runs.
Sweden started day two as they ended day one with another big total, scoring 162-7 from their 10 overs. Muhammad Adnan hit 58 from 19 balls in Portugal's reply, with Junaid Khan's unbeaten 37 from 16 balls also playing a key role. Sharn Gomes hit the last ball of the innings for four to secure an unlikely five wicket win.
Portugal continued the big scoring in game seven, scoring 173-7 from their ten overs, Sharn Gomes the top scorer with 43 from 15 balls. But it still wasn't enough, as Hungarian openers Vinoth Ravindran and Sheikh Rasik put the Portuguese bowlers to the sword. Rasik scored 74 from 24 balls whilst Ravindran clubbed 92 in only 28 balls to secure the ten wicket win.
Sweden nearly made 200 again in the penulitmate game of the tournament, with Saeed Ahmed's unbeaten 62 from 17 balls and Samiullah Rahmani's 63 from 19 balls helping them post 199-4. The hosts scored 146-7 in reply, losing by 53 runs to set up a deciding match between Sweden and Portugal in game nine.
Sweden batted first in that game and scored 175-6 from their 10 overs, Share Ali top scoring with 72 from 25 balls. Sharn Gomes was in the runs again for Portugal in their reply with 48 from 16 balls, but no other batter scored over 20 as his team were kept to 146-6 from their ten overs, losing by 29 runs and giving Sweden the tournament title.
The next ECN T10 international event will be in Czechia at the end of the month when Cyprus and Greece will be involved alongside the hosts. The ECC T10 Championship for national teams will run from 25 September to 20 October with teams from 31 countries involved.