The Eastern Cyprus Cricket Club (ECCC) has quickly progressed with its plans to enter the island’s official cricket league. The Cyprus Weekly spoke to Secretary and Treasurer, Steve Rush, to find out how the venture has developed since the paper first reported on the club’s creation.
Cyprus Weekly: You set the ECCC up in June, after finding that there were no Larnaca or south Famagusta teams outside of the British military; have you been surprised at how quickly the club has taken off?
Steve Rush: From our first meeting at the beginning of June – which saw around eight people attending, we now currently have around 20 players, of which 16 have made their debuts these last two weeks.
It’s been very surprising how quickly we’ve grown! The other good news is that we now have our own ground at the secondary school on the Sotira road out of Dherynia, past the football stadium.
CW: With the Cyprus Cricket Association (CAA) season starting this month, what matches are you playing?
SR: Our fixtures for the Cyprus 20/20 League are:
September 17: Vs Limassol Sri Lankan’s at Episkopi, 1pm
October 22: Vs RAF Akrotiri at Akrotiri, 10am
November 19: Vs Nicosia Thunder at Episkopi, 10am
December 3: Vs Fellows at Episkopi, 10am
We have already started with friendly games in Dherynia. The first was played on August 27 against The Moufflons (a Limassol team), which we won. The Moufflons were 148 all out, and in reply, the ECCC made 149-5.
The next game is this Sunday at 10.30am against the Nicosia Sri Lankan’s, and the third and final friendly is on September 10, 10.30am against Nicosia Thunder.
CW: Can the public come and watch the matches?
SR: Yes, for the friendly matches at our grounds, entry is free (donations are appreciated). We have plenty of free parking and seating areas, and will also be selling drinks, popcorn and snacks.
As shade is limited, it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or hat.
CW: Are you still looking for members to join?
SR: We are always looking for new players and non-playing members. We train on Thursdays at 5.30pm at our grounds, which will change to an earlier time as the nights get shorter. All abilities will be made welcome.
CW: Cricket is a very British sport; is your team and support network mainly comprised of British expats?
SR: Whilst the club started with very British roots back in June, we now have players from, Pakistan, India, England, Scotland, Cyprus, Nepal and Ghana. I’ve found we mainly get Brits coming to watch us, but people from all nationalities have slowly been coming to see what it’s about, I hope as a club, over the next months and years, we can attract more Cypriot players.
CW: What do you hope to achieve this first season?
SR: My own hopes for this first season of league cricket would be to get 1-2 wins and see how we go; 2017 will be a year of growth and stability to give us a good chance at the Spring 80-Over League.
To join the team; become a non-playing member, or offer sponsorship, contact Rush on: 99005944 / email: email@example.com /
Facebook page: Eastern Cyprus Cricket Club.