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The Valencia Smash! T20 cricket tournament returns, 16 – 18 October 2020

UPDATE! Terms and Conditions – We will be adding new elements to all booking Terms and Conditions in order to give you peace on mind when booking your tours with us this year, offering refunds should tours not be possible due to the Covid 19 outbreak.

After the Cricket league season in the UK (and Spain) has been put to bed, you will have the chance to finish off your year in style by bringing you club to Valencia to take part in the international T20 tournament, the Valencia Smash!

Taking place from 16 – 18 October 2020, four teams will play four matches each over three days of cricket to see who is crowned this years champions. The hosts Levante CC, will hope to succeed in 2020 following narrow defeats in both 2018 and 2019 tournaments, and get their hands on a trophy they haven’t held since the inaugral event in 2017.

Even before the tournament dates for 2020 have been announced, there has been great interest so make sure you get your team together and register.

The details –

  • 4 x T20 matches over 3 days
  • 4 nights in a central 3* hotel with breakfast, walking distance to the ground (Thurs 15 – Mon 19 Oct)
  • Lunch during Friday and Saturday play
  • Tournament dinner (Tapas and Paella) served outside at the ground following the final
  • Awards and trophies
  • Cricket España tournament umpires and referee
  • Cricket schedule to allow your club time to experience the fantastic city of  Valencia

PRICE PER PLAYER – £305

To register your club, a deposit payment of £150 is required to secure your place, with the balance split over two further payments. You do not have to have your final numbers confirmed until May.

You can enter your team by contacting us by email HERE.

As well as the fantastic tournament, you will also have the chance to experience a stunning and welcoming city. The matches are scheduled to allow you to have you evenings free and some time across the days to make the most of your time.

Our terms and conditions can be forwarded on request. These offer complete information on cancellation or problems as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.

*Extra nights stay available
*Flights are to be purchased by the individual and not included in the price

You can enter your team by contacting us by email HERE.

Interested in a stand alone tour to Valencia for your cricket team? Visit our Cricket page HERE

Valencia Smash! T20 2019 – How it Happened

What an incredible Valencia Smash! tournament it was. Two home sides from Levante CC and two from the south-east of England, Hoboes CC of Essex and Bidborough CC of Kent, offering a real test to the local boys who are also ECCL champions for 2019 at the T20 format.

Over the first two days we saw all teams play each other once, with the final day offering a third place play off and final before an evening of presentations, Tapas, Paella and a good few beers.

A warm and sunny Day one was so eventful and really set the tone for the whole occasion. With the two visiting sides playing the first game of the day, no side had any advantage in respect of experience on the artificial wicket. Both sides were a little delicate from the night before but this didn’t stop the sides smashing nearly 500 runs between them with Bidborough CC posting an enormous 278 for 4 from their 20 overs with Dan Page hammering 140 in 55 balls. Hoboes CC finished their innings with a more than respectable 218 for 6 but the Kent outfit took the points in the first match by 60 runs.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 1

Match 2 was Levante Thunder, a side comprising of club members from both Levante CC and their friends at Barcelona International, against Hoboes CC. Winning the toss Hoboes CC chose to bat and put them straight to the sword with an impressive 241 for just 2 wickets with Andrew Kennedy on 82 and Darren Eckford on 71, both not out. The Thunder started well with captain Garvey and Alex Wollauz who scored 57 but no batsman after that would reach double figures and they ended up losing by 87 runs.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 2

Match 3 was the final game of the day and Levante Lightning‘s first match. After an impressive start to the day against Hoboes, Bidborough who brought a very big squad made quite a few changes from match 1. Batting first, Bidborough did not go well and were all out for 114 in 15.2 overs following some exceptional bowling from the Lightning team. The hosts took 11.2 overs to reach the target and captain Shakeel made a sharp 53 in the process. Something for the visitors to remember however as during this innings, after not playing for a year, George Barret took a great hat trick with the ball. This lack of runs in this match and quick chase, could this be costly down the line?

Click here or on image for score book – Match 3

Saturday was hot hot! Both blue skies and 30 degrees and some mesmerising cricket. Match four and first of the day was the local derby. Thunder against Lightning! With the Thunder put into bat, they struggled to get away the Lightning bowlers and finished all out with just 3 balls left of the innings and 138 runs on the board. 12.4 overs later, the game was over. Two wins from two for Lightning and no wins for Thunder meant they needed a strong performance in their 3rd and final match vs Bidborough.

Click here for scorebook – Match 4

Match 5, Bidborough won the toss and chose to bat. A solid performance with Eddie Grey the pick of the batsman with a classy 60. Needing 228 to win, the Thunder started well. Garvey and Wollauz again kept the score board moving and a good few batsman contributed with 20s and 30s, and all in double figures. Unfortunately none of the batsman could really pull away and although a much better performance, they fell short on 189 for 5. Thunder were out, Bidborough were well in it with 2 wins and waiting on the final match to see who would be in the final.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 5

Match 6 and the final match of the round robin stage. Lightning were all but through, a solid net run rate was under their belt and aside from a total hammering, a place in the final was likely. Hoboes however had to win. If they did, with their previous performances, Bidborough who had beaten them on day 1 would be pushed to 3rd place. Hoboes CC won the toss and chose to bat. And bat they did, a destructive partnership of Julien Russell with 86 and Darren Eckford who ended up 100 not out with a 6 off the final ball of the innings to get his ton, saw the total fly to 277 for 6. In all this big hitting, Lightnings Faiz Bhat bowled an absurd spell of 4 overs, 3 wickets for just 19 runs, in such a match, this needed to be recognised. Lightning started steady but it was the entry of Tariq Iqbal that exploded Lightning into life, ending up with 108 in just 34 balls, the ground was mostly watching mouth open enormous 6’s, of length the ground hasn’t witnessed before. Unfortunately the finish line was just out of reach and the hosts finished on 266, just 11 short. This meant Levante Lightning finished top of the round robin league and Hoboes CC just finished second on net run rate ahead of a very unlucky Bidborough CC.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 6

Finals day started with some drizzle. The 3rd place match was reduced as a result to 15 overs and a good fun match was attended by the whole Bidborough squad who was a great bunch of guys. They didn’t allow Levante Thunder a chance to take their first win of the tournament and officially took 3rd place with a 7 wicket win.

Click here or on image for score book – 3rd Place

After the antics in the match the day before, the final was always going to be a little more tactical and both sides will have learnt a thing or two about their opposition. Hoboes CC won the toss and put Lightning into bat. After the very large number of wides the day before, Hoboes were on target and toppled the opening pair within the first couple of overs. Tariq Iqbal and Asad Raza (55 off 23) however kicked on and were looking in destructive form before a mix up saw Tariq run out. Wickets began to fall and a score of around 170 looked likely before Faiz Bhat stepped up for a cameo of 35 and pushed the score through to 202. Hoboes went in and after losing Fernandes early Lightning’s tails were up however this was all they really had to celebrate as Darren Eckford put on another great unbeaten innings of 76 not out and managed the chase perfectly, reaching the target and 203 in 18.2 overs.

HOBOES CC – VALENCIA SMASH! 2019 CHAMPIONS

Click here or on image for score book – FINAL

Following the final 70 players and supporters enjoyed free-flowing drinks, tapas, paella, awards and presentations and plenty of laughs before the visiting teams embarked on their final night in Valencia. A massive thank you to the umpires Rico, Dave and George and also tournament referee John Howden from Cricket España who is a vital part of the tournament and cricket support in Valencia and across the country.

Finally to those at Levante CC who helped make this years Valencia Smash! such a memorable one, from help setting up each day, the Smash! music and more. And of course without the brilliant visitors from both Bidborough CC and Hoboes CC, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.

AWARDS
Best Batsman – Darren Eckford (292 in four matches with 3 n/o)
Best Bowler – Charlie Fernandes (7 for 108)
Champagne Moment – Julian Russell (One handed catch and highest wicket taker of the Smash!)
Smash! Awards – Tariq Iqbal (108 in 34 balls and the biggest 6 seen at the VCG) and George Barrett (Hat trick)

TOURNAMENT INDIVIDUAL BOWLING & BATTING STATS CLICK HERE

To be part of the 2020 Valencia Smash! T20, contact us now by emailing info@valenciasportstours.com

 

THANKS to WOODSTOCK who kindly donated some of their stunningly brilliant cricket equipment to Levante CC to use for a fundraising raffle during the tournament. This is massively appreciated and this kind of support allows clubs like ours to continue to progress and function in Spain. WE HIGHLY recommend you visit their website by clicking on the image below!

Valencia Smash! 2019 to support Chance to Shine once more

Cricket in Spain is very much an expat sport with many players from the teams here, including our own Levante CC, coming from the UK and many of the most popular cricketing nations. The development of the sport in Valencia and Spain as a whole is something Cricket España continue to strive towards in a very difficult climate and with amazing dedication, something Levante CC and Valencia Sports Tours admire. The Valencia Smash! T20 Tournament was launched in 2017 as an annual event that would look to attract teams from across Europe and beyond to Valencia for a 3 day tournament, alongside hosts and local side Levante CC. The idea was to not only offer excellent cricket for the hosts, but the chance to shine a bright light on cricket in the city and Spain as a whole, bringing the focus to a sport that needs local support and inclusion to see cricket become an option for young people and adults to be involved in over the years to come.

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

So why is the Valencia Smash! and Valencia Sports Tours supporting a UK charity, Chance to Shine?

For the 2018 tournament we donated part of the individual player costs for the tournament to Chance to Shine. This is something we will repeat again in 2019. Chance to Shine is a charity that “aims to give all children the opportunity to play and learn through cricket”. Their work within schools and communities not only allows children to learn and enjoy the sport of cricket, but assists in personal, physical and social development. It is also a fantastic way to keep cricket alive and reach more and more young people in the UK, which is why Chance to Shine work with 39 county cricket boards across England and Wales.

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

Without going into lots of detail about Chance to Shine and what they do (we recommend you visit their website by clicking on the Chance to Shine banner below to find out more as it is fantastic), their programmes alongside their values are areas we can learn a lot from here in Valencia and Spain. Learning from such a pioneering and forward thinking charity can only assist the development of our own structure and how we can bring cricket to people young and old everywhere. Without a charity leading the way in this area, although outside of the country we play cricket, the cricketing community would suffer greatly. Which is why we feel our support from Valencia is valuable in the long term to cricket worldwide. In addition, with Valencia Sports Tours a UK company too, we are fully aware and grateful to charities such as this, who do so much for young people, especially within inner cities who just don’t have many of the opportunities they fully deserve.

For the 2019 Valencia Smash! we have two teams confirmed alongside hosts Levante CC and just one more team is required to complete the line up meaning we are two thirds towards meeting our target donation to Chance to Shine for this year. If you think you and your club would like to take part in this great tournament in a wonderful city, please get in touch now!

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

Interested in a stand alone tour to Valencia for your cricket team? Visit our Cricket page HERE

2018 Valencia Smash! T20 Tournament Dates Announced

After the success of the first ever international Cricket tournament to take place in Valencia in 2017, the Valencia Smash! T20 is back and dates have been confirmed as 19 – 21 October 2018. Will you be part of it??

Local hosts Levante CC took the tournament trophy home in 2017 following a close fought final against the excellent West Hagley. Three more teams from the UK will be welcomed to Valencia to take on current champions this autumn.

You can enter your team by contacting us via the contact page or by email HERE. The cost of entering this year will be just £299 per person and this cost includes –

  • 4 x T20 matches over 3 days
  • 4 nights in a central 3* hotel with breakfast, walking distance to the ground (Thurs 18 – Mon 22 Oct)
  • Nets session Thursday
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday
  • Tournament dinner (Tapas and Paella) served outside at the ground following the final
  • Awards and trophies
  • Bar serving beers at only €1.30!!
  • £10 from your entrance cost will be donated to raise funds for registered UK charity, Chance To Shine (Click their logo below to visit their website)

With only three spaces available, get in touch straight away so you can reserve your place. Only a £300 deposit is required to book a place for your club so don’t delay.

In addition, you will have all your evenings free to make the most of, what we think is one of the most exciting and stunning cities in Europe!

Check out 2017 post tournament video for a taste of the action.

*Extra nights stay available
*Flights are to be purchased by the individual and not included in the price

The Valencia Smash! this Thursday 19 October 2017

The time has arrived, Valencia will play host to its first ever cricket tournament, the Valencia Smash! T20 from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 October 2017.

Just under a year in the making, Valencia Sports Tours and Levante CC have come together to host what we hope will become an annual event on the cricket calendar. Four teams from the UK, Cowley Drifters, Herts Vets, West Hagley and Freshfields, along with their local hosts, with play 11 matches over four days, including two matches under lights.

Supported by Cricket España, this end of the season tournament has been created for several reasons. The first, a great way to finish the season, plenty of great cricket ahead with equal amounts of social interaction guaranteed. The second is to continue the development of Levante CC as an ever growing club, one that is improving on both a cricketing level and internal infrastructure every year and finally to showcase the sport in Valencia like it has never been seen before. This is important for the longevity of the sport in the city, highlight the popularity in the number of players playing, both in Valencia and those prepared to travel to the city from across Europe and beyond, as well as hopefully bring through new young players and locals to the game.

Starting at 4pm on Thursday through to the final on Sunday afternoon, all five teams will play each other once, with the top two sides following these matches playing a final at 1pm Sunday.

If you are in Valencia, make sure you pass by and show your support. The bar will be open throughout the tournament and the weather looks great! Check out the match schedule below!

To be part of the Valencia Smash! 2018, get in touch NOW via our CONTACTS PAGE.

New November T20 Tournament in Valencia in support of the Tom Maynard Trust

From 3 to 5 November, Levante CC and Valencia will play host to a second T20 tournament of the autumn. This annual tournament in support of the Tom Maynard Trust will be played in Valencia for the first time, moving up the coast from their usual La Manga location.

Levante CC will be the hosts and local side involved with the tournament, which will see another 3 or 4 sides from the UK visit. There are places still available and your club could be part of it. The details are as follows –

  • 3 nights’ accommodation (arrive 3rd, depart 6th) including breakfast
  • Entry into the 3 day cricket tournament
  • Water during games
  • Friday evening light tea at the clubhouse
  • Sunday evening casual presentation dinner at the clubhouse – paella / tapas

Price – £245 per person, £195 per supporter

Flights are not included. There are direct flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow with Ryanair on Friday 3 November at great times to get you to the city before lunch time and currently at incredible value!! They return Monday 6 November. Easyjet and BA also fly direct from Gatwick.

With the Valencia Smash! leading the way this autumn but now sold out, this is the perfect post season social tournament to enjoy before your winter break.

Contact us via our CONTACTS page now!

ADDITIONAL INFO –

Additional nights are available
Transfers available including from Alicante if this airport is preferred (1.45-2hours transfer)
The matches are played on artificial wicket and 4g outfield
Food and drink available at the ground all weekend

Last Post Season Cricket Tour Available!

We have one final weekend of Cricket available for 2017 here in Valencia. All post season weekends and our Inaugral Valencia Smash! tournament is complete so take this opportunity to enjoy a great finish to the season.

The package is quite specific due to availability of the local side and the ground itself but the weekend not only allows time for 2 matches, but also plenty of social time to enjoy the city and a couple of nights out!

DATES –
Arrival – Friday 27 October
Departure – Monday 30 October (extended stay for individuals or whole group possible)

PACKAGE DETAIL –
3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast
1 x T20 under lights (day/night match)
1 x limited over match
1 x lunch during limited over match
1 x club dinner after limited over match (Tapas, Paella and some drinks cooked and served outside at the ground)

PRICE PER PERSON – £225
Based on 12 tourists
Additional nights, transfers and other activities available on discussion

Visit our CONTACTS PAGE to get in touch.

 

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Last available Cricket Tour Dates for 2017, UPDATED!

With tours to Valencia and hosts Levante CC filling up, there are now limited opportunities for your club to visit this great city and enjoy some great cricket and a real friendly social atmosphere.

We have bespoke tours available on the following weekends –
26 August
7 October
28 October

There are a few other opportunities and tours that would allow touring sides to visit so if you are keen and the dates above don’t suit still get in touch as we can discuss your options. Our Valencia Smash! T20 tournament in October is sold out but if you are interested in putting your name down for 2018 tournament or want to get in touch for a club tour for 2018, we are already taking bookings.

Do not miss this opportunity for your club to experience what we believe is the best city in Spain and make friends with a great club in Levante CC.

Email info@valenciasportstours.com to discuss your perfect tour NOW.

VISIT OUR GENERAL CRICKET PAGE HERE

London’s Linklaters visit Levante Cricket Club

linklatersOn 13 October, London’s Linklaters travelled to Valencia to take on local cricket team Levante CC in a two match tour, plus plenty of time to take in the city and make the most of their time in Valencia.

Arriving on Thursday, Linklaters had organised with VST two matches, a T20 under the lights at Levante’s home ground, the VCG (or as officially known, Campo de Beisbol in the Turia), on Thursday evening and a limited over match during the day on Friday. With the team staying until late on Sunday, this also allowed them plenty of time to experience the city and all it has to offer.

Thursdays T20 saw Linklaters bat first after winning the toss. A new experience for the team from London, playing under the flood lights of the VCG, they worked the pink ball well and put on a respectable 152 from their 20 overs. This proved to be enough as Levante battled hard but after falling behind the run rate, their desperate attempts to claw back saw wickets fall and were all out for 123. A well fought contest was celebrated into the night, first at the ground where both sides enjoyed a beer or two before the touring side made their way into the old town to sample some of the local brew!

Friday morning saw a few sore heads but this wasn’t enough to dampen any of the cricket action with exceptional quality on show. Linklaters again batted first and after the best possible start from Levante CC with their first two balls of the innings from Orville Senhouse bowling both batsman, it took a sensational innings from Brannan of 161 to drive Linklaters to a cracking 40 over score of 304.

Knowing they had the batsmen to chase down this score, Levante set off in good form, keeping up with the run rate with opening batsman Tim Lucas cruising beautifully. Unfortunately, following a few wickets, the run rate began to get away from them before Barry Eaton joined Lucas at the crease and started a partnership that seemed to put the home side in the driving seat. On 97, Lucas was bowled trying to hit one to Barcelona and despite a valiant 84 from Eaton, Levante CC again fell just short of the chase with 278 from their 40 overs.

Following the match, both sides enjoyed tapas and Paella cooked outside at the ground under still glorious sunshine with plenty of well deserved cold beers. Both matches were close and played in great spirit and enjoyment.

With Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy, Linklaters had nights planned on both Friday and Saturday, taking in the vibrant nightlife Valencia offers, plus enjoyed a boat cruise on Saturday afternoon on the med, again under blue skies.

Many thanks to both sides for making this tour a great one!