2-in-a-row for CICC!

On a warm, cloudless day we played our 2nd Regionalliga match against the new team Bonn Zalmi. CICC lost the toss and were put into bat. First Innings (CICC) Samar and Vikram opened the batting for CICC. It was a slow and challenging start for us as we lost 3 early wickets in the first…

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CICC men start off Regionalliga 2016 with win in Cologne

Regionalliga 50-over match, 10.04.2016: CICC vs. Altendorf 09-ESSEN-2

In dry, eventually sunny weather CICC played their first Regionalliga match against the new Essen team Altendorf 09-ESSEN-2. The toss was won by CICC by default (because the guests turned up a bit late), and then chose to bat first.

1st Innings CICC Batting
Samar and Ricky opened the batting for CICC. Both openers fell for duck by some good accurate bowling. The skipper Tushar went 1 down needing to stabilize the innings, but unfortunately got a leading edge and was caught on 3. At that point CICC was under a bit of pressure and needed some good rebuilding partnerships – which they got too! Vikram and Anish on their debut scored 35 and 30 and increased our runrate with some nice big shots from Vikram and steady strike rotating by Anish. After Vikram’s dismissal, Furqan came into bat and showed confidence and experience by careful shot selection and managing the tail-enders, finally ending with 38 not-out after there was no support anymore on the other end. CICC scored 164 in 39.4 overs, which was a decent score on that pitch and something to for the bowlers to defend.

2nd Innings CICC Bowling & Fielding – Target 165
Assad (also on debut) started off his spell with Furqan from the other end. Bowling on the right line and length picking up early wickets put us on the right track. Assad 3/27 and Furqan 2/19. Both did their job well, until Waqas from Essen came in and showed his batting brilliance hitting big shots and starting take the match away from CICC. He and his partner were well set and chasing well to get Essen over the line. CICC needed to keep things tight and so spin was introduced on both ends with Samar and Tushar. At first struggling a bit for wickets, but then the breakthrough was finally there by Tushar, when Waqas swept it directly into the hands of Assad. This tilted the game back in CICC’s favour again, who finished it off bowling the Essen team out for 96 in 26 overs. Samar finished it off well by taking 3/17, landing CICC their first league match win of the 2016 Regionalliga.

A big factor was the brilliant fielding all round (not a single dropped catch) by the players, who kept up a strong motivation and eagerness to win. There was also exceptional fielding by Said, who was not only agile and quick but also had soft pair of hands every time a ball came into his way. Great keeping by Koushik (also on debut!) who took an outstanding catch behind the stumps of Samar. This was definitely a promising start for CICC and builds up the confidence for the matches to come.

Furqan – Man of the Match 38* and 2/19
Vikram – 35
Anish – 30
Assad – 3/27
Samar – 3/17
Tushar – 2/21

Great overall fielding and good team work to secure the first win of this year’s Regionalliga! Keep up the good work!

Cheers, Tushar

Scorers Course am 09.04.16


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!


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

Kölle Alaaf! Die Damen des CICC erkämpfen zwei weitere wichtige Siege


Der 1. August 2015: zwei Siege, zwei Geburtstage und super Wetter!

Morgens, halb 10, in Köln-Chorweiler: als wir, die Damen des CICC, auf dem Cricketplatz in Chorweiler eintreffen, werden wir bereits von der Sonne begrüßt. An diesem Sommertag stehen uns zwei wichtige Spiele gegen die starke Damenmannschaft der SG Hannover/Göttingen bevor. Dementsprechend gespannt sind wir auf das, was die Matches bringen werden. Aber die Stimmung ist super und sie wird noch besser, als die Mädels aus Göttingen anreisen und sogar zwei Autos mit Publikum dabei haben!!

Nach dem Aufwärmen kann das erste Match also pünktlich um 11 Uhr beginnen. Dank gutem Bowling und Fielding kann die SG Hannover/Göttingen beim Batting nur 88 Runs 20 Overs vorlegen. Dann beginnen Monika und Sharmaine für den CICC und sie ziehen es durch, der CICC verliert keine Wickets! Wir gewinnen das erste Match mit 10 Wickets im 15. Over!

In der Mittagspause erwartet uns ein super Buffet mit Vor-, Haupt- und Nachspeisenoption am Spielfeldrand. Aber das Buffet macht nicht nur die Spielerinnen glücklich, sondern auch die Wespen. Sowohl beim Essen, als auch beim Rückspiel am Nachmittag zeigten diese sich nicht von ihrer netten Seite und so wurde manche Spielerin auf dem Feld eiskalt verfolgt und attackiert.

Auch beim zweiten Match beginnt Göttingen mit dem Batting und kann diesmal 109 Runs in 20 Overs vorlegen. Als Antwort darauf schickt der CICC diesmal Anu und Franzi aufs Feld, die stark beginnen und einen Run nach dem anderen machen. Auf Franzi folgt Kerstin und schließlich Suzy, die gemeinsam mit Anu den Sieg klar macht: auch das zweite Match gewinnt der CICC mit 8 Wickets im 15. Over!

Wir haben es geschafft! Die Freude über die Siege ist groß und wir teilen sie mit den vielen Anwesenden: das Publikum ist im Laufe des Nachmittags noch gewachsen, denn die Damen der Nationalmannschaft reisten an, um sich auf dem Weg nach Jersey in Köln zu treffen. In entsprechend großer Runde feiern wir abends in der Kölner Altstadt unsere Siege, Kerstins Geburtstag, Monikas Geburtstag nachträglich und natürlich das nette Beisammensein. Pizza und anschließend 1 bis ein paar Bier in Charlie‘s Irish Pub – was will man mehr?!

Die letzten beiden Bundesliga-Matches stehen den Damen des CICC am 29. August in Damshagen an der Ostsee bevor. Wir freuen uns schon auf einen weiteren Trip in den Norden!

Spielstatistik auf CricHQ hier

Regionalliga: narrow defeat to Welle

Captain’s Match Report – CICC Vs. Deutsche Welle, Regionalliga 2015

A pretty horrible day for cricket: we had interim spells of rain and it was very windy at a the ground making it quite a tiring experience. Not to mention the fact that we played with just 9 players!

First Innings (CICC batting):
Having won the toss, we decided to bat and Naeem opened with Tushar. Their job was to build a steady partnership and keep the score board ticking. They did a wonderful job rotating the strike and getting us to a respectable 45+ in the first 12-13 overs when Tushar fell. A few shots from Tushar were wonderful to watch, especially his flick for 4! I joined Naeem and continued the partnership, at which point Naeem also started opening up, dispatching a couple of good boundaries.

Close to the 21-22nd over I started to try to go after the bowling and was caught at gully. Naeem continued until the 35th over scoring 59: a very special innings considering the fact that we were missing nearly 4 of our in-form batsmen. The rest tried their best to stay at the wicket and nearly 25 extras from their side helped us get to a respectable total of 149 in close to 42 overs. Furqan held his nerve till the end with some sensible batting.

Second Innings (CICC fielding):
We started very positive with Rana on song, supported well by Furqan and then by Byju. First few wickets fell fast and we had them on the back-foot. Rana’s German Team experience was great to see as he bowled a wonderful first spell. Byju also bowled well, and his wicket was special when Naeem took a brilliant running catch. The best of the season I feel.

After that Tushar, Matt and Kausar continued. They bowled very well to keep the score down. Unfortunately we failed the pick the crucial wicket of Kausar, who played well and took the win from us.

Naeem’s half century – well planned, well played! I believe if he had more support his score would have been bigger!
Bowling – Rana with 2 wickets, but also Byju, Matt, Furqan, Tushar and Kausar. A very disciplined attack. We must improve on our extras though.
Fielding – Absolutely brilliant. With 9 fielders to work with, it was difficult to set an attacking field. Having said that I feel all of us were on red bull or some other energy drink :D cause they was some beautiful dives, stops and saves! I would like to see the same commitment every game we play. It is an achievement that they took 35 overs to get there. Good to have Vijay behind the stumps again!

All in all a good match. If had we played a full team, I am 100% sure it was winnable. But it is what it is. Congratulations to the team. a brilliant effort on a tough day.

Sir Pochont

CricHQ report: https://www.crichq.com/#matches/281779/match_info

12 Mädels, ein Matt, drei Mietwagen und Cricket am Meer

Mitten in der Nacht Meeresrauschen und kreischende Möwen – endlich angekommen. Nach unzähligen Kreisverkehren auf der „falschen Seite“ die ersehnte Ankunft in Caister-on-Sea . Noch ein englisches Bier und dann ab in die Koje, in der wahrsten „Größe“ des Wortes. Nach dem gemeinsamen Frühstück am Freitagmorgen erstmal kein Cricket – naja, also fast. Die Mädels und Matt wieder in die Mietwagen verfrachtet und ab ging es nach Norwich zum Shoppen. 12 Mädels, eine Stadt, viele Geschäfte. Das Ergebnis: Randvolle Tüten, aber nicht mit den hippsten Klamotten, sondern mit Schlägern, Crickethosen, -schuhen, -pads und dazu noch eine große Flasche Whiskey (ein Geschenk natürlich). Ein richtiger Mädcheneinkauf also.

denise+suzyDann jetzt aber wirklich Cricket: Kurz nach dem Norwich-Ausflug machten sich die CICC-Ladies auf den Weg quer durchs County zum T20 gegen Topcroft. Der Club hat uns super empfangen und es wurde trotz andauernden Nieselregens und anbrechender Dunkelheit tapfer bis zum Ende durchgespielt. Auch wenn wir das Spiel verloren haben, wurden wir anschließend mit leckeren Burgern, Würstchen und Bier reich belohnt .

Sherringham CCAm Samstag hieß es dann trotz kurzer Nacht früh aufstehen, denn es standen gleich zwei Spiele gegen eine Norfolk County-Auswahl an. Der Cricketplatz in Sheringham ist idyllisch gelegen: Über die Hügel der direkte Blick aufs Meer, in gleichmäßigen Abständen zieht eine Dampflok tutend ihre Runden und der Platz selbst natürlich 1a englische Qualität J. Die Kölner Mädels waren hochmotiviert auf dem Platz, feuerten sich an, was das Zeug hielt. Oder wie Bryan Adams singen würde: „Everything I do, I do it foooor Cricket!“ Beide Teams hatten riesigen Spaß, auch wenn wir leider wieder „nicht ganz“ gewonnen haben.

Da natürlich ein bisschen englische Tradition – neben dem Cricket – nicht fehlen darf, ließen wir den Abend in einem urigen Pub am Wasser mit, natürlich, Fish and Chips ausklingen.

Dann war auch schon fast wieder Sonntag, unser Abreisetag. Ein letzter Besuch am Meer und dann ging es schon fast zurück zum Flughafen. Aber natürlich nur fast, denn jeder Tag in England ohne Cricket ist ein verlorener Tag (auch wenn das Bryan Adams nicht gesungen hat;). Wir besuchten wieder, wie schon die letzten Jahre, die Mädels in Lowestoft für ein weiteres T20. Leider machteamste uns aber nach einiger Zeit das typisch englische Wetter einen Strich durch die Rechnung und wir mussten das Spiel, das wir natürlich gewonnen hätten frühzeitig abbrechen. Dafür blieb uns dann aber mehr Zeit für das leckere Barbecue, das die Gastgeber für uns vorbereitet haben. Ein schöner Abschluss!

Dann die 12 Mädels und ein Matt, sowie gefühlte 100 Crickettaschen wieder rein in die drei Mietwagen und durch unzählige Kreisverkehre, nach drei Tagen immer noch auf der „falschen Seite“, zurück zum Flughafen. Ein tolle, wie immer viel zu kurze England-Tour war leider schon wieder vorbei. Aber wir sehen uns im nächsten Jahr ganz sicher wieder! Oder wie Bryan Adams singen würde: „Yeah I know that day is coming soon. Yeah I’m comin’ back to you.”