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!