Kölsch ‘n Cricket evenings started in Bocklemünd

Despite the shortened season we kick-started a regular cricket social event on May 29th with our first Kölsch ‘n Cricket evening. To qualify for this, you just need to show up – no prior knowledge or skills needed, and no age limits! It was nice to see some CICC alumni show up and even pit their wits against Betty, the fearsome bowling beast. 

Ready to roll – next customer please

Rohan checking that Betty is on target and up to speed

Was that a sweep or a scoop, Monika?

Matt about to launch this long hop into the WDR studios car park

Switch hit!

Grandstand view of the action

Spring clean and nets preparation

The lockdown has put paid to our early training plans, but some dry weather has given us a chance to tidy up the kit and mark up the training net with bowling and batting creases.

ICC standard collapsible pitch-marking template 

Squeaky-clean kit container. Wonder how this will look after 2 weeks’ training?

Ready to roll!


Members’ Annual Meeting 2020

The CICC annual meeting for 2020 was held on 17th January at the Comedia Theater in the Kölner Südstadt – thanks again to Heike and Frauke for making this possible! No team silverware this year, but there were still some great individual performances of note throughout the season. For the women Monika Loveday (best batter) and Elia Gutierrez (best overall player) took the honours; for the men Ritvik Marwaha (best batter), Furqan Haider (best bowler) and Afaq Mehab (best allrounder). Last but not least, a special mention is due for our up-and-coming best youth player, Navi Mann!

As for our tireless committee, there’s no change at the top: Andrew Schou (Chairman), Frauke Powell (Vice Chair) and Sebastian Sterl (Treasurer) were unanimously elected to retain their posts for another year.

Net practice area renewed at TPSK

Thanks to generous support from the Stadt Köln and our friends at TPSK, we were able to completely replace the old uneven practice area with a brand new carpet placed on top of a flat, bouncy base. Finally CICC has a practice area where members can really hone their batting skills on a surface offering true bounce and a bit of pace!

Here’s a short photo montage of how it happened:

Paving-stone base

Rubbery matting glued onto the paving – careful to get the bubbles out!

Top layer carpet – still some bumps to stretch out and bolt down at the edge

Net cage back in place and waiting for carpet to dry