June 16, 2012 in Our Travels
As quite a few of you know we have travelled to Estonia on numerous occasions, this being our 5th visit.
On our 1st trip to Tallinn, on the last night we met up with the Estonian Cricket Association & this chance meeting (in a bar!) was not to be our last, we went to see them when they played a 20/20 tournament in Wales, they won & their last evening was, well let’s say a little hard to remember!!
They have always welcomed ups with open arms & we’re very proud to be called their #1 fans & the honorary members of the Estonian fan club.
We’ve watched them grow as a team & as a cricket nation. We’ve been to Corfu & Slovenia as well as our yearly trip to Tallinn.
This year saw a great achievement for them, to HOST the ICC DIV 3 20/20 Tournament.
Sadly it was meant to be 6 teams but 3 pulled out so it was a round robin tournament, each team playing each other twice.
The winner of the tournament are promoted to DIV 2 & they will go on to play in Corfu in September.
I could put all the scores in here but it’s easier if you check them out on the ICC Europe website here, you can also find the live streaming & commentary that covered all 6 matches.
Day 1 saw Estonia win both their games which was fantastic but not only that they had a special guest arrive in the afternoon to watch their 2nd match. Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne along with his fiancée Elizabeth Hurley came along & enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine, good cricket & an Estonian win.
In the evening we were invited along with the other teams to a roof top terrace for a cocktail party with Shane & Elizabeth in attendance. It was a gorgeous evening & an amazing setting with views over the Old Town of Tallinn.
Day 2 Estonia had the morning off before resuming in their mission to win the tournament. From a spectators point of view it was a bit nervy until the final 5 balls & then we started to breathe a little easier, then the final ball was bowled & it was the realisation that they not only had won but they were going to Corfu in September to play in the Division 2 20/20 tournament.
Before our visit this time we had tentatively looked at flight & hotel options in Corfu but didn’t want to tempt fate but doing anything else & none of us talked about it until it was actually a reality.
We are proud to call the Estonian Cricket Association not only friends but an extension of our family. You can read more about them here. Just reading their home page this stood out at me & I felt I wanted to share it with you now as this sums up the ECA totally.
“skill can be taught – passion cannot! If you’re keen – then so are we.”
I’ve added a couple of photo’s here but if you’d like to see more then click here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ESTONIA & GOOD LUCK IN CORFU, we’ll see you there!
Mrs “C” singing off