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All three eastern European national teams won their matches in the Carmel Twenty/20 tournament in Carmel, Wales yesterday.
In the first match, Croatia defeated the all locally born Slovakia by 123 runs, while Poland overtook the hosts' 111 with three overs to spare in the middle game and the Czech Republic defeated a Cricket Board of Wales outfit by nine runs in the last over to finish the day's play.
Croatia 148-2 Slovakia 25 all out
Carmel CC 110 all out Poland 111-5
Czech Republic 119-7 Cricket Board of Wales 108 all out
The other competing teams are Estonia and Russia.
The tournament website, including the draw and some background information on the teams can be found at: www.eurotwenty20.eu
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.