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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! 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

A Fantastic First Valencia Smash! T20 International Cricket Tournament

Valencia Sports Tours with the support of Levante CC and Cricket España welcomed 4 cricket clubs from the UK to the city of Valencia for the inaugural Valencia Smash! International T20 Tournament.

Played over 4 days of sunshine from 19 – 22 October,  a total of 10 matches took place at the VCG (or as the locals call it, Campo de Beisbol) with sides Cowley Drifters, Freshfields, Herts Vets and West Hagley all making the trip to Valencia.

Day 1 saw West Hagley edge out Freshfields and hosts Levante CC beat Cowley Drifters with the latter of the two matches played under lights, a novelty to the visiting side and maybe just gave hosts Levante a slight advantage.
Day 2 began at 10am with matches all day until 10pm! West Hagley continued their winning streak with a win against Herts Vets under the evening lights, plus a second win for Levante against Freshfields saw both clubs moving ahead of the rest at the end of day 2. Cowley also overcome Freshfields but it was their match against Herts Vets that was the game of the day. Cowley set a record T20 score at the VCG 274, only to be chased down by some rediculous batting by the Vets, setting the new ground record of 279.

Night cricket on day one

Day 3 began with Freshfields posting their first win of the tournament after overcoming Herts Vets who also succumb to a vibrant local team which meant Levante sat top of the table. So it was down to West Hagley and Cowley. Should West Hagley beat the Drifters, they would guaratee their place in the final by finishing in the top two with Levante, however, should Cowley overcome their rivals, they would send West Hagley into the final day needing a result against Levante. It wasn’t to be for Cowley as West Hagley were too strong, however, a great game was blessed with some quality cricket.

Plenty of Food and Beers consumed over the 4 days!

Day 4. With both West Hagley and Levante guaranteed the top two spots, their scheduled morning final group game match was cancelled and all eyes were focussed on the final which began at 1pm in the glorious autumn blue skies and sunshine. With Levante winning the toss and selecting to bat, we knew we were in for a competitive match as the two sides looked very equal over the days passed. And the final proved just that! Some excellent bowling from the West Hagley team kept the Levante score down to 168 for 9 from their 20 overs with the only shining light a quality 66 from opening batsman Azah Abbas. As scores over the previous days had suggested, this was going to be a tough task the home side to defend but defend they did. With some stunning batting from opener Hasam who made his 50 before being dismissed by Tariq, caught behind by Morgan. the quality batting of West Hagley edged ever closer to the total but were losing wickets along the way and as a result, their run rate slowing. Unfortunately for West Hagley, they couldn’t maintain the scoring pace and fell just short by 10 runs, making 158 for 9 off their 20 overs, with captain Rowan Pinkerton of Levante taking 3 crucial wickets.

So Levante CC picked up the winners trophy following a passionate and exciting final, with the match a fitting end to a wonderful 4 days of cricket, fun, laughs, plenty of food and certainly beers! In addition awards were shared out as follows –

Best Bowler – Ghulam Ali – West Hagley
Best Batsman – Alex Gotley – Cowley Drifters
Champagne Moment – Adeel Sajid – West Hagley (Bowled hatrick and 4 wickets in 5 balls in the same over)
The SMASH! Award – Harjit Singh (Broke nose on Saturday and came back to play the final Sunday)

Special thanks go to all the players, teams, umpires, scorers, the ground and bar who were open and available for every hour of every day and anyone else who made this an brilliant few days. Until 2018…….

If you want to be part of the Valencia Smash! 2018, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us now to reserve your place by CLICKING HERE

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