Cricket – VCA

The game of Cricket permeates the globe. From New Zealand to Norway, Sierra Leone to the Seychelles, the game is played officially in over 120 countries around the world on almost every continent. Here in Vietnam, however, Cricket has never gained a foothold on the local sporting landscape. There are historic images of the troops at the 2Comp Ord/2AOD Depot in Vung Tau (now the Lord Mayors Oval) playing on a cement pitch laid by the local Vietnamese women during the American War and, of course, the Hanoi Cricket Club was formed in the northern capital in 1993. But despite the enthusiasm of these pioneers, participation and playing conditions have mostly been confined to the ranks of Cricket-starved expatriates with a taped up ball on a rolled out, sea grass mat.

That was all to change in late 2005, thanks primarily to a pair of passionate individuals determined to bring the Spirit of Cricket to the parklands of Vietnam – Mr. Michael Mann and the late Dr. Laurie Hayward. Together, they procured an astroturf pitch, the first of its kind in the nation, on the grounds of the newly established RMIT University Saigon South Campus.

Sadly, Dr. Laurie was only to enjoy this tremendous legacy for a short time before his passing. And it was around that time the League Trophy, first commissioned by the Mann family, was dedicated as the Dr. Laurie Hayward Memorial Trophy which, to this day, is awarded to the League Champions.A friendly scratch match to christen the pitch prompted the emergence of a healthy contingent of excited expats from the Australian, English, Indian and Sri Lankan communities all keen to get out there and play. In early 2006, Vietnam’s first Cricket League was contested between Australia, Sri Lanka, India A, India B and RMIT. An enthralling first Grand Final between the newly-formed Saigon Australian Cricket Club (SACC) and Sri Lankan Sports Club (SSC) saw the SACC held to 102 runs and SSC cruising in the chase at 1 for 51. Enter Richard ‘Chef’ Turner with a devastating spell of 6 for 25, leading his team to victory and the first Cricket Championship in Vietnam history!

The English joined the fray during that off-season with a 3-match series against the SACC, in what was hastily dubbed ‘The Saigon Ashes’. The tradition continues between the old foes and the teams now contest the Jon Fleming Trophy each time they meet. The English Cricket Club of Saigon (ECCS) officially joined the League for the start of the 2006-07 season and the Saigon Cricket Association (SCA) was born in earnest.

The continued success of the Association is the direct result of invaluable contributions by a group of passionate, committed people during that formative era. Names like Carrington, Gupta, Sogani, Treasure, Fawcitt, Deshpande, Perara, Pillay, Cashion, Malcolm, Kutcher, Preston, Pisipaty, Murugesu, Uduwatte and Deepu all come to mind but there are many, many more



Leave A Comment



Bài đăng gần đây

Indonesia – Việt Nam Bán Kết AFF Cup
Hôm nay, tuyển Việt Nam và Indonesia sẽ đối đầu trực tiếp tại bán kết AFF Cup 2016. Trước đối thủ đầy duyên nợ trong khu vực, đội tuyển Việt Nam đã sẵn sàng cho trận đấu để hướng tới trận chung kết. Việt Nam : Lượt trận mở màn với đội chủ nhà Myanmar
Premier League Talking Points: Gameweek 14
Manchester City vs Chelsea: Clash of Titans After a slow start, Chelsea have played their way to the top of the league. It’s quite straightforward – Antonio Conte has put together a defence which rarely concedes goals, and an attack which rarely fails to score. The once calamitous David Luiz has been imperious as part
Bế Mạc Olympics Rio 2016
Olympics Rio 2016 Đã chính thức khép lại với màn trình diễn pháo hoa và các vũ điệu đầy bất ngờ. Tại buổi lễ bế mạc, ngọn đuốc của kỳ thế vận hội lần này được tắt theo cách đặc biệt, nhờ cơn mưa nhân tạo. Đây cũng là tên của bài hát “Pelo tempo
Belgian GP Preview
How painful was that mid-season break? Four agonising weeks of not being able to follow the beautiful man-child soap opera that is Formula 1. On the flipside, we’ve ensured that Lewis Hamilton hasn’t won a race in those four weeks so I don’t feel like throwing my beer at the TV like I have been
Hoàng Xuân Vinh Đoạt Huy Chương Vàng Lịch Sử Rio Olympic 2016
Hoàng Xuân Vinh sinh ngày 06 tháng 10 năm 1974 tại Sơn Tây (Hà Tây). Mồ côi mẹ từ nhỏ, với ước mơ từ bé sẽ trở thành xạ thủ bắn súng đẻ theo đường nối nghiệp nhà Binh của bố. Sau đó Xuân Vinh thi vào Trường Sĩ quan công binh (Bình Dương), tham

About Sport in Saigon


Saigon is a wonderful city attracting a range of people from throughout Vietnam and the world. Great sports bars, friendly atmospheres and CHEAP beer make Saigon one of the best places on earth to watch sports. Knowing which venues are showing each game can be the toughest part! Sport in Saigon was built by Saigon based sports lovers to solve this problem. Enjoy the game!

Contact Us


Please get in touch if you'd like to suggest a venue that should be listed or a sporting event that you'd like to catch.

Our team will get back to you ASAP


Facebook Feeds