Second Regional Liga match vs Deutsche Welle (DW) Venue – Bonn 14th April 2018

Again a good weather for a perfect cricket. CICC players were very confident to get a win.

CICC again won the toss and chose to bowl and put DW to bat.

First Innings

CICC skipper continued the strategy of opening the bowling with a mixture of spin and pace bowling attack of Kausar and Mansoor. DW Openers adopted cautious approach to the batting which sort of became the template of DW innings. Kausar was successful in building pressure on the openers with turn and flight. At the other end Mansoor provided the first breakthrough for CICC in his second over, when opener Waqas was caught behind by Koushik thanks to a big inside edge. Prakhar, who replaced Kausar, struggled to find his rhythm initially because of some discomfort caused by unevenness of the run-up area. The introduction of Kamran resulted in back to back blows for DW. Kamran removed No. 3 batsmen, who’s impatient slog was caught by Wahab. The very next ball, a quick fire bouncer from Kamran, was gloved straight to the slipper -¿ Chris (debut). Quick wickets by CICC and a change of the end fired up Prakhar to join the party with a wicket, down the leg side, caught effortlessly by keeper. This was a great start for CICC with 4 wickets down in 15overs for just 40 runs. The new batsmen at the crease, Tojo and Shipon rebuilt the innings again. They were quick to pounce on bad balls and defend/leave the good ones. Tojo, in particular, went on to score half century and was very well supported by Shipon. This batting gameplan was exactly what CICC was striving to achieve. Nag manages to break the 60+ run partnership by removing Shipon LBW. Tojo’s game plan results in DW scoring almost 200 runs despite being 4 down for 40 runs. The reintroduction of Kausar provided the wicket of Tojo thanks to some sharp stumping from Keeper. The rest of DW batsmen did not make much contri- bution to their score. In the end it took CICC 45+ overs to take 10 wickets.

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AGM 2017: Change of guard at CICC

On 4 December club members met at the Comedia Theater Köln to review an eventful year and to ring in some changes in the club admin. Both chairman Paul and treasurer Denise had decided to step down, meaning that a completely new ‘Vorstand’ was voted in, which now looks like this: Chairwoman: Suzy McAnanama-Brereton Vice…

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Winter training starts again

CICC men and women start their indoor training for the winter season on the 11th of november 2017. Training will take place every saturday from 10h–12h (women) and 12h–14h (men). The indoor training takes place at the sports hall of the Katharina-Henoth Gesamtschule in Köln-Kalk. Follow this link to Google-Maps for more information about the…

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AGM/JHV 2016

The 2016 AGM took place a little later than planned on 29 January 2017, in the rather splendid setting of the Comedia Theater attic room.  The busy 2-hour session included reports on the successful women’s and men’s seasons, a prize-giving ceremony, elections for the committee posts, and discussions on the forthcoming 2017 season. The main…

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Scorers Course am 09.04.16

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Sieben unserer Klubmitglieder haben am vergangenen Samstag erfolgreich ihren Einführungskurs zum Scoring abgeschlossen.

Zunächst wurden allgemeine Regeln sowie Signale des Umpires besprochen, bevor es ans Scoring ging. Danach folgten eine 5-Over und eine 10-Over Übung, um das Gelernte anzuwenden. Ein großer Dank geht an Wraye Wenigmann, die den Kurs leitete und an das Comedia Theater, das den Raum zur Verfügung stellte.

Annual General Meeting 2015

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 award sharmainewomen’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.

award menThe 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!