European Cricket Network events have been played all across Europe in 2020 with over 700 matches in 20 countries. We take a look back at special memories from a historic year for European Cricket, starting with our very first event - Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante in March.
The Dream11 European Cricket Series grabbed immediate headlines with the first-ever Golden Ball finish in the opening tournament in Spain.
The Dream11 European Cricket Series Golden Ball regulation means that in the event of a tie with scores level, the batting side stays at the crease and has to score two or more runs off one delivery to force a win.
In a gripping Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante match in March, Madrid United came back from the brink against Levante, hitting 16 off the final over for force a dramatic Golden Ball finish with the scores level on 109 after 10 overs.
In a historic moment for European Cricket, Waqar Zafar’s edge flew to the third man boundary off the first-ever Golden Ball to hand a tense victory to Madrid United.
The brainchild behind the new Dream11 European Cricket Series Golden Ball is ECL commentator and presenter Vinny Sandhu, better known as "Mr Maximo".
“This finish could have gone either way, the Madrid batsman was actually pretty lucky off the edge,” Sandhu said.
GOLDEN BALL! GRIPPING!— European Cricket (@EuropeanCricket) March 3, 2020
Just WITNESSED HISTORIC GOLDEN BALL finish to @Dream11 European Cricket Series between Levante & Madrid United.
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The exact regulation states a Golden Ball consists of one additional legal delivery added to the innings of the team batting second in the match with the target being two runs off this additional delivery.
“People are evenly split when asked who they think the Golden Ball favours, which probably shows it’s pretty even.”