The 2015 CICC AGM (Jahreshauptversammlung) was held on November 22nd at our traditional meeting place for official business, Barney Valleys Pub in the Cologne Altstadt. As always, many thanks to Charlie for his hospitality! Ten members took part to review the sporting highlights and other happenings in what was an eventful year for the club.
After parting ways with ASV e.V. at the end of 2014, CICC finally became an independent eingetragener Verein (e.V.) in March, registered at the Amtsgericht Cologne. We now have our own by-laws and are in full control of our finances, at least according to treasurer Denise, who assured us that the sum at the bottom of the balance sheet ist still preceded by a plus sign.
There followed a hectic couple of months in which we set up a new summer training base at the idyllic TPSK sports park in Bocklemünd, registered all members for the DCB leagues, secured a new agreement with the other Cologne clubs for the use of the Chorweiler cricket ground, got ourselves officially registered with the StadtSportBund and a facelift for the website!
Sporting highlights were headed by the ladies’ emphatic win of the first women’s Bundesliga title with a 100% record in all of their matches preceded by an indoor tournament win at the start of the season. Four players, Asmita, Franziska, Suzy and Sharmaine were given awards for consistently high individual performances and their promotion to the national team. Sharmaine deserves a special mention here, not only for keeping protocoll at the AGM, but also for being voted DCB player of the year.
The men’s team had a mixed season including some frustratingly narrow defeats, not helped by one or two under-strength turnouts, finally finishing 5th in the DCB Regionalliga-West table. Clearly we have lots of room for improvement in 2016! On the other hand there were also some outstanding individual performances too, where the accolades go to vice-captain Tushar, who was rated NRW Most Valuable Player (MVP) according to the CricHQ stats, and Rana, who made it all the way into the national squad after a series of demanding regional trials.
One department which suffered a bit this year was the youth work, after a number of members left during our transition, though CICC still put together a team for a WDCV U15 tournament at St Georges school in June, and contributed some key players (Furqan and Kausar) to the victorious WDCV U17 squad at the DCB regions finals in Frankfurt. A high priority for 2016 is to get a regular youth training slot going again, so watch this space!