The champions celebrate with the trophy. / ECN

England XI cricketers lift the trophy after beating Belgium in exciting ECC final

The side won comfortably by ten wickets, bringing an end to the month-long European Cricket Championship at the Cártama Oval

NEVE MATTHEWS

Following four weeks of top-class cricket and 96 exciting T10 games, the inaugural Dream11 European Cricket Championship came to a stunning climax in perfect sunshine at the Cártama Oval.

England XI demonstrated incredible batting skills, beating Belgium comfortably by 10 wickets in the final.

England XI’s triumph comes after a thrilling Finals Friday, which saw them edge into the concluding match of the tournament following a dramatic last-ball win over Belgium, and the exit of the Spanish team earlier on in the morning.

After ending the hosts’ three-game winning streak, the Netherlands XI were eliminated themselves, having been beaten by Belgium to a place in the final.

The highly anticipated European Cricket Championship began on Monday 13 September with 15 teams competing against each other in a double round robin format.

With teams organised into 3 groups of 5, and playing 24 matches per group, at the end of each of the three weeks two teams went through to Championship Week.

The Championship Week, which commenced on Monday 4 October, consists of representative sides from Italy and England XI from Group C joining Belgium and the hosts Spain from Group A and Netherlands XI and Austria from Group B.

England XI were announced as the Dream11 European Cricket Championship winners at the picturesque oval in Malaga province.