European Cricket League (“ECL”) is the Champions League of European cricket. Founded by Daniel Weston, Roger Feiner, Frank Leenders and Thomas Klooz and hailed as a cricketing equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, the second-staging - ECL21 - will be played in May and June in Spain.
England expects as Swardeston Cricket Club make history by becoming the first English champions to play in the European Cricket League at ECL21.
Founded in 1852, yes 1852!!, Swardeston have won a host of trophies and silverware in recent seasons and became the first team in English cricketing history to perform the domestic club double in 2019.
Swardeston could not take their place at ECL20 due to the inevitable postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but are keen to make up for lost time at the second-staging - ECL21 - in Spain.
And the serial winners’ participation at ECL21 has again been endorsed by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“We are delighted that Swardeston Cricket Club from the East Anglian Premier League have been invited to participate in the expanded European Cricket League for 2021,” said Paul Bedford, ECB Leagues and Competitions Manager.
“Swardeston have enjoyed recent success in ECB National Club Competitions in both 40 overs and T20 formats of the game. We will watch with fascination to see how they get on.”
GROUP A: Swardeston - England, Brescia - Italy, FCA 04 Darmstadt - Germany, Minhaj / La Manga - Spain, Dreux - France
Group A May 31 - June 4
Group A dishes up a genuine sporting classic as English hopes Swardeston face Darmstadt of Germany. Of course, Darmstadt will hope to go one better than Germany’s ECL19 representatives, SG Findorff, who finished runners-up to V.O.C. Rotterdam. While Swardeston will be strong favourites to take top billing in Group A, the English champions would be wise not to underestimate the rest of the group.
Italy’s finest Brescia completed the treble of T20, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa, while either Minhaj or La Manga will enjoy the benefit of home advantage in Spain. French champions Dreux caught the eye at ECL19 with Ahmad Nabi making history by blasting the first-ever ECL century.