Celebrating With Beer Cricket and Bryan Adams The Championship 2015!

The CICC womens team travelled to Damshagen on the Baltic Coast to play the final and decisive T20 matches for the DCB Kajnok Bundesliga title 2015. CICC arrived with a lead of 15 points but with 8 points for a win plus a potential of 6 bonus points per match, everything was still possible for Damshagen.
On a green grass wicket and wet pitch from the overnight rain, Damshagen decided to bat first after winning the toss. Captain Monika was happy as she would have chosen to field anyway and the CICC team wasted no time and started by taking two wickets in the first over. Suzy bowled her first victim with the second ball of the match and after watching the batsman for two balls, Monika decided to place herself at silly, silly extra cover/mid-off (or whatever this position wants to be called) and promptly caught the next ball. In fact, all catches were held safely by our girls and so the wickets kept tumbling, spread nicely between Suzy (3), Asmita (3) and Sharmaine (2). Asmita and Sharmaine also combined well to complete a run out. Alone the captain of the home team, Mandy, offered some resistance but eventually, the hosts were all out for 56 runs in just over 15 overs.
In reply, CICC stayed patient and although there was some insecurity when three wickets fell in quick succession after a spell of good bowling by the hosts, there was never any doubt about the result, and the experience Monika and Kerstin saw us go over the finishing line with 6 overs to go.

And with this win, our girls were Champions 2015 but they wanted to make sure it would be an unbeaten series and so the 2nd match started….
Damshagen won the toss again and decided to put us into bat, again what we would have wanted to do as well. Sharmaine and Laureana managed to get a good partnership going which was only broken in the 17th over when Laureana was bowled by Antonia Meyenborg. With the support of Denise, Sharmaine managed to reach her personal milestone of 50 runs, including 1×6 and 4×4, with one ball to spare in the innings. The final score was 122 runs. Although there was some tired bowling by the CICC players, the result was never in any danger, especially when a change of bowlers brought some success in terms of wickets. The mother and daughter combination of Kerstin and Selina Meyenborg kept Damshagen in the game but not close enough. In the end, we won the 2nd match by 37 runs, finished the season unbeaten and were crowned (literally) “Deutscher Cricketmeister der Damen 2015”.
And then the celebrations began – with Champagne, beer cricket and – to the dismay of coach Matt – Bryan Adams!

WDCV crowned 2015 DCB U17 champions

Here is a short run down of the U17 DCB finals down in Frankfurt last weekend where the WDCV boys, including Furqan Haider and Kausar Agha from CICC, did us proud by winning all their games and therefore became DCB U17 champs for 2015.

First match
Toss won by Hessen U17 they batted and made 81 with tight bowling from Stean only giving ca. 14 runs of his 4 overs and taking 3 wickets, Zalmay 2-18, Kausar 2-21, Sourish 2-8. WDCV started well but lost 3 wickets in the 4 and 5th over. Some good calm batting from Stean and Furqan we got near to the target and after both wicket fell Khalil won it by hitting a six and some quick singles with almost 9 overs left and 5 wickets.

Second match

WDCV lost toss again and NDCV decided to bat. Stean again bowled very tight and got first over wicket maiden with Zalmai bowling very good. WDCV kept on taking wickets before NDCV Middle order started playing in the gaps and taking singles. Captain Shakib didn’t let them take the match away and brought stean And Zalmai back who made sure the is under control of WDCV. Only Basit from NDCV played responsibly and made 44 with hard hitting support from M.N. Daub making 13.  NDCV managed 91 in their 20 overs.
NDCV’s Basit and Zakhil bowled really well and had WDCV 4-4 with 2 wickets each before captain Shakib decided to send in Stean and Naman who both played brilliantly to take WDCV close to victory. Stean got out for 27 when only 27 was required of 11 overs. But with Naman playing very calmly, skillfully finding the gaps  for his 19 not out, and with Khalil again contributing with a six and 2 fours (18 n.o.), WDCV made it across the line to win the match by 5 wickets with 8 overs remaining.

By winning both games, WDCV were declared tournament victors and 2015 DCB U17 champions.

Thanks to the parents who helped drive the kids down to Frankfurt and to the other teams for making it a great tournament. We hope that we can keep this level of cricket going now for all regions.

Pictures here thanks to DeWet Herselman