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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

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

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!