V.O.C. Rotterdam were crowned Kings of Europe when winning the inaugural European Cricket League – ECL19 - at La Manga Club in Spain. Aided by the astute twitter analysis of Shahzad Mansoor, let’s delve deeper into how exactly the dominant Netherlands champions won ECL19 in the exciting, high-octane T10 format.

How V.O.C. Rotterdam became Kings of European cricket

Heavy scorers

V.O.C Rotterdam blasted 675 runs over five ECL19 games at an average of 135, including a spectacular undefeated total of 222 in 10 overs batting first in the final against a bewildered SG Findorff from Germany.

Insane Power hitting

In T10 cricket, scoring runs in ultra-quick fashion is key. V.O.C Rotterdam did exactly that, scoring at a rate of more than 2.75 runs per ball, scoring 80% in boundaries, blasting 39 fours and 66 sixes – That’s a sum total of 105 boundaries from 245 balls faced in the entire tournament - a 43% conversion rate of balls / boundaries. INSANE!

Top order Control

Netherlands internationals Max O’Dowd and Scott Edwards were both outstanding at the top of the order for V.O.C Rotterdam. O’Dowd won player of the tournament, while Edwards hit an electrified 139 not out in the final, a WORLD RECORD individual T10 score. Overall, V.O.C Rotterdam lost on average 2.4 wickets per match, the fewest naturally.

Bats chipping in

Scoring 20+ quick runs is always useful in T10 cricket. V.O.C. Rotterdam scored almost a quarter of the sum total of 55 20+ scores in ECL19.

Hungry for wickets

Bowlers are restricted to a maximum of two overs in the T10 format, but V.O.C Rotterdam bowlers’ were constantly on the money, picking up wickets at regular intervals - 34 - the most in the tournament and never allowing the opposition time to settle in the middle.

All these factors meant V.O.C Rotterdam returned triumphantly to the Netherlands as deserved “Kings of Europe” as the first-ever European Cricket League winners.