Preview - FanCode ECS Sweden Malmo - Group A
FanCode ECS Sweden Malmo provides an opportunity for ten teams to showcase their skills, contesting 48 games over 12 days. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
AF Ariana AKIF
ARI Ariana CC
Reigning champions Ariana AKIF (AF) dominated European Cricket Series Malmo last season with a 5-1 win-loss record, losing only to Ariana CC in a Golden Ball finish in the group stages. AF will also be joined in Group A by European Cricket Series Gothenburg 2020 champions Jonkoping in their title defence. It will be interesting to see how these two top teams fare against each other later in the week.
Founded in 2014, Ariana CC (ARI) stormed into the Elite division winning all lower level leagues in successive seasons. The club is famous for its power hitting which was certainly on display at European Cricket Series Malmo last season, when ARI went unbeaten in the group stages. Ariana CC were unfortunate to succumb in the final against Ariana AKIF, but will be determined to go one step better this time around.
Founded in 2016, Jonkoping (JKP) have been one of the top teams in Sweden ever since. JKP were promoted to the Elite division after being crowned champions of the Swedish T20 League in 2017. JKP won the SCF T10 league in 2020 before enjoying a fantastic run at European Cricket Series Gothenburg last season with 4-1-1 record in the group stages, before going onto win the tournament comfortably.
Founded in 1980, Malmo (MAL) is the first cricket club in the city of Malmo. MAL boast some good ex-Swedish national team players including Rajan Sharma who is also the current U19 national team coach and still an active player at the age of 58! However, Malmo endured an ordinary season last term finishing third in Group B with two wins and two losses. MAL later lost the Shield Final to finish sixth overall.
Founded in 2016, Helsingborg Royals (HRO) are currently playing in the Superettan division after winning the Division 2 league in 2018 and finishing runners-up in Division 1 in 2019. Helsingborg Royals did not prosper last summer, going winless in four attempts at European Cricket Series Malmo 2020. HRO are placed in a tough group, but will be keen to put on a better showing this year.
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