|WELCOME TO VIS ISLAND CRICKET CLUB|
|An idyllic island around 50km off the coast of Split in central Dalmatia might sound like an unusual place to find a game of cricket, but thanks to the enthusiasm of a dedicated few, we are delighted to be able to welcome cricket lovers from all over the world to our brand new website. Use the menu above to navigate and scroll down for latest news!
Our first touring side have come, seen, and conquored. Many thanks to Salix CC, who were terrific guests in three close(ish) games. Pictures to follow.
In other news, the club have gained both a new mascot and a new "kit storage facility"...
His name's Piko and he's a much better fielder than Oliver, although his bowling's not progressing as well as we would like. As for the new kit storage facility, well...
Donated to the Sir Oliver club in Split by the Swinging Googlies, it now has pride of place in the club car park. And yes, it runs!
August 2009 - in early August 2009, The Sir William Hoste Kriket Klub welcomed arguably the most famous cricket team in existence - the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), founded in 1787!
Three historic matches were played, details of which can be found here and here.
Ok, so they won 3 from 3...but no disgrace in that.
Vis CC have just completed their first ever tour! Thanks to regular sparring partners the St. Radegund pub in Cambridge, two matches were played over the May bank holiday at Jesus College, Cambs. The first was against another previous opponent, the Highgate Taverners, which Vis CC won by 49 runs. The second, against the St. Radegund was a closer affair, but once again the Sir William Hoste Kriket Klub emerged victorious by 4 wickets to maintain their 100% touring record! Thanks to all who took part. We must do this again some time...
"Does anyone know the rules to Duckworth-Lewis?"
It's not a question that has often come up in Croatian cricket. With near perfect weather from May through to October, rain is never usually a factor. So what do you do when during a thrilling run-chase one team has to depart to catch the last ferry of the day with three overs still to play?
With a mighty 273-7 off 40 overs, the Sir Oliver club from Split might have been forgiven for thinking that victory was assured – after all, no Croatian side had ever chased down such a large total since the league's formation in 2003. However, they had not reckoned on no fewer than nine balls disappearing into the long grass beyond the outfield as Craig Wear (with an unbeaten century), Ceto Lipanovic and Branko Heywood launched a swashbuckling fightback from the home side. The result was that Vis had reached 251-7 off just 37 overs by the time the Split team had to race to catch the last ferry back to the mainland. So who would claim the match win? Did anyone actually know how D/L worked. Guest umpire David didn't. Club Captain Rob didn't. Club statto Sinisa thought he did, but could only guess that, at worst, Vis could not have lost. It was time to refer to the third sudac – Umpire Google. After consulting a 40-over D/L calculator, and with the team nervously awaiting the verdict by knocking back the beers, Sinisa returned to triumphantly announce that according to ICC rules, Vis had won the match by 6 runs!
Click here to see photos of the match.