Five top Italian sides, Royal Padova, Lonigo, Padova, Trentino Aquila and Venezia feature over six days in 24 scintillating T10 matches from wonderful Venice. 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.

Day 3 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Italy Venice – Matches 9 to 12

European Cricket Network live broadcasts four T10 matches on Day 3 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Italy, Venice on Wednesday 31 March.

 

Debutants Lonigo enter the fray and will look to start on a positive note on Wednesday. Hosts Venezia have looked invincible so far winning four in a row at a canter. Three-time Italian champions Trentino Aquila have looked the best of the newcomers, while Royal Cricket Padova and their local rivals Padova CC both have a 25% win record and work to do to remain in contention.

 

Teams

VEN  Venezia (4-0, NRR+5.500)

TRA  Trentino Aquila (2-2, NRR-0.333)

PAD  Padova (1-3, NRR-1.895)

LON  Lonigo (0-0, NRR+0.000)

RCP  Royal Cricket Padova (1-3, NRR-2.650)

 

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MATCH (ECS21.181)

ROYAL CRICKET PADOVA (RCP) v VENEZIA (VEN)

0730 GMT | 0930 CET | 1300 IST

 

RCP Last Five Matches: L W L L (Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 128) 

VEN Last Five Matches: L W W W W (Avg Score For 143, Avg Score Against 101) 

 

ROYAL CRICKET PADOVA (RCP)

Captain: Nishshanka Kumarasinghe

Wicketkeeper: Manoj Rodrigo

Projected Top Four: Manoj Rodrigo, Nishshanka Kumarasinghe, Sameera Fernando, Virantha Veerasinghe

Projected Opening Bowlers: Nishshanka Kumarasinghe, Dishan Fernando

Spin Options: Sajith Kumara, Tushara Sampath

 

ROYAL CRICKET PADOVA Key Players:

Nishshanka Kumarasinghe, captain, all-rounder, technically sound batsman, loves to play the cover drive, and an equally good left arm swing bowler.

Sameera Fernando, all-rounder, bowls right arm fast, swings the ball both ways, picked up five wickets in four games and has played a couple of good cameos.

Manoj Rodrigo, former Sri Lankan first class cricketer, hammered 57 runs from two games yesterday at an SR of over 237.

Virantha Veerasinghe, all-rounder, top scorer for RCP with 112 runs, has picked up four wickets as well.



VENEZIA (VEN)

Captain: Nazmul Haque

Wicketkeeper: Sojun Islam

Projected Top Four: Hosan Ahmed, Nazmul Haque, Shagar Choquder, Sharif Ahmmed

Projected Opening Bowlers: Shagar Choquder, Mahmudul Islam

Spin Options: Mehedi Nitol, Hosan Ahmed, Nazmul Haque

 

VENEZIA Key Players:

Nazmul Haque, captain, powerful hitter down the ground, loves playing the pull shot, leading run scorer so far, scored a blistering century (120 off 38 balls) vs RCP yesterday hammering 13 hits over the ropes.

Miah Alamin, leading wicket taker with 11 wickets to his name, returned a magical spell of 6-19 in the last game.

Mehedi Nitol, off spinner, has good variations, deceives the batsmen with his quicker ones and flighted deliveries, scalped eight wickets including best figures of 4-8, is a good fielder too!

 

Venezia have dominated all four games and are certain to qualify for the semi-finals. VEN might try a few new faces giving their main guns some rest.

 

Last time they met: ECS21.178 | VEN 161 def RCP 105 (30 Mar 2021)

 

Match Prediction: Venezia (VEN) to cruise past RCP to register their fifth win in a row.

 

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MATCH 10  (ECS21.182)

VENEZIA (VEN) v TRENTINO AQUILA (TRA)

0930 GMT | 1130 CET | 1500 IST

 

VEN Last Five Matches: L W W W W (Avg Score For 143, Avg Score Against 101)

TRA Last Five Matches: W L W L (Avg Score For 98, Avg Score Against 101) 

 

VENEZIA (VEN)

Captain: Nazmul Haque

Wicketkeeper: Sojun Islam

Projected Top Four: Hosan Ahmed, Nazmul Haque, Shagar Choquder, Sharif Ahmmed

Projected Opening Bowlers: Shagar Choquder, Mahmudul Islam

Spin Options: Mehedi Nitol, Hosan Ahmed, Nazmul Haque

 

VENEZIA Key Players:

Nazmul Haque, captain, powerful hitter down the ground, loves playing the pull shot, leading run scorer so far, scored a blistering century (120 off 38 balls) vs RCP yesterday hammering 13 hits over the ropes.

Miah Alamin, leading wicket taker with 11 wickets to his name, returned a magical spell of 6-19 vs TRA yesterday in the last game.

Mehedi Nitol, off spinner, has good variations, deceives the batsmen with his quicker ones and flighted deliveries, scalped eight wickets including best figures of 4-8, is a good fielder too!



TRENTINO AQUILA (TRA)

Captain: Ali Saqib Arshad

Wicketkeeper: Awais Ashiq

Projected Top Four: Muhammad Waqas Asghar, Atif Saleem Raza, Hassan Tahir, Ali Saqib Arshad

Projected Opening Bowlers: Ali Saqib Arshad, Zeeshan Javaid Muhammad

Spin Options: Muhammad Waqas Asghar

 

TRENTINO AQUILA Key Players:

Atif Saleem Raza, has played a couple of good cameos racking up 50 runs and returned man of the match figures of 2-12 in their opener. 

Awais Ashiq, top scorer for TRA with 94 runs, scored a brilliant 77 in a man of the match performance against Padova.

Ali Saqib Arshad, captain, right arm fast bowler with good pace and bounce, can swing the ball both ways, mustered 62 runs at a SR of 207 and picked up four wickets.

 

3-time Italian Champions Trentino Aquila have impressed on debut with two wins from four games. After a disappointing last game, TRA will aim to at least put up a fight against a very powerful Venezia side.

 

Last time they met: ECS21.180 | VEN 95(7.3) def TRA 92 (30 Mar 2021)

 

Match Prediction: Venezia (VEN) to win comfortably.

 

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MATCH 11  (ECS21.183)

LONIGO (LON) v ROYAL CRICKET PADOVA (RCP)

1130 GMT | 1330 CET | 1700 IST

 

LON Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT

RCP Last Five Matches: L W L L (Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 128) 

 

LONIGO (LON)

Captain: Harwinder Singh

Wicketkeeper: Harwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Gurjeet Kundlas, Sandeep Singh, Rohit Adia, Bhavneet Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Harmesh Lal, Vijay Kumar

Spin Options: Balwinder Singh

 

LONIGO Key Players:

Harwinder Singh, captain, big hitting batsman, mainstay of the Lonigo batting lineup, loves playing the hook shot.

Sagheer Hussain, left arm fast bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, has a best bowling figures of 4-15 in club cricket, capable of hitting some lusty blows down the order.

Vijay Kumar, all-rounder, will lead the bowling attack for LON, has a hundred to his name in Italian cricket.



ROYAL CRICKET PADOVA (RCP)

Captain: Nishshanka Kumarasinghe

Wicketkeeper: Manoj Rodrigo

Projected Top Four: Manoj Rodrigo, Nishshanka Kumarasinghe, Sameera Fernando, Virantha Veerasinghe

Projected Opening Bowlers: Nishshanka Kumarasinghe, Dishan Fernando

Spin Options: Sajith Kumara, Tushara Sampath

 

ROYAL CRICKET PADOVA Key Players:

Nishshanka Kumarasinghe, captain, all-rounder, technically sound batsman, loves to play the cover drive, and an equally good left arm swing bowler.

Sameera Fernando, all-rounder, bowls right arm fast, swings the ball both ways, picked up five wickets in four games and has played a couple of good cameos..

Manoj Rodrigo, former Sri Lankan first class cricketer, hammered 57 runs from two games yesterday at an SR of over 237.

Virantha Veerasinghe, all-rounder, top scorer for RCP with 112 runs, has picked up four wickets as well.

 

Lonigo make their debut against a struggling Royal Cricket Padova side and would want to seize the opportunity of winning their first ever ECS game.

 

Match Prediction: Royal Cricket Padova (RCP) to edge this one because of their familiarity with the playing conditions.

 

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MATCH 12  (ECS21.184)

PADOVA (PAD) v LONIGO (LON)

1330 GMT | 1530 CET | 1900 IST

 

PAD Last Five Matches: L L L W L (Avg Score For 105, Avg Score Against 120) 

LON Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT 

 

PADOVA (PAD)

Captain: Nuwan Sameera

Wicketkeeper: Tharuka Rodrigo

Projected Top Four: Cresley Fernando,Damith Kosala, Salinda Kodikara, Nuwan Sameera

Projected Opening Bowlers: Nuwan Sameera, Ramesh Silva

Spin Options: Nissanka Kuda, Damith Kosala, Cresley Fernando

 

PADOVA Key Players:

Nuwan Sameera, captain, RHB, most experienced batsman in the Padova side, former Italian National A team player, plundered 73 runs at an SR of over 220 and has picked up two wickets as well.

Damith Kosala, stylish left-handed batsman, youngest member of the Padova side but very talented, has scored runs in abundance in the Italian domestic circuit and is regarded as run machine by his teammates, racked up 126 runs in four games including a MoM performance of 66* vs RCP.

Cresley Fernando, experienced RHB batsman, has played first class cricket in Sri Lanka, has been in good nick mustering 84 runs at a strike rate of 240.



LONIGO (LON)

Captain: Harwinder Singh

Wicketkeeper: Harwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Gurjeet Kundlas, Sandeep Singh, Rohit Adia, Bhavneet Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Harmesh Lal, Vijay Kumar

Spin Options: Balwinder Singh

 

LONIGO Key Players:

Harwinder Singh, captain, big hitting batsman, mainstay of the Lonigo batting lineup, loves playing the hook shot.

Sagheer Hussain, left arm fast bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, has a best bowling figures of 4-15 in club cricket, capable of hitting some lusty blows down the order.

Vijay Kumar, all-rounder, will lead the bowling attack for LON, has a hundred to his name in Italian cricket.

 

After a brilliant first game yesterday, Padova faltered on the second day. PAD would want to turn things around against newcomers Lonigo.

 

Match Prediction: Padova (PAD) to register a second win.

 

 

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