Schwerin indoor league gets underway in Germany
Mon, Dec 10, 2007 12:13 PM
The Schwerin indoor league is well underway again, this year with three divisions. The league is the brainchild of Detlev Mai and the Schwerin Cricket Club with support from Keith Thompson (Hamburg) and Rashid Malik (Kiel). There is a place for everyone in the league: older players and male and female youth players in all age groups.
In the 'A' division teams from Schwerin, Hamburg and a mixed Kiel, Hamburg, Schwerin team share the honours to date, each team having won one game and lost one.
The 'B' division is made up of the Schwerin women's team, the Schwerin boys U15 team, a mixed youth team from Güstrow and the Buchholz youth team.
'C' division is made up of youth teams from the Padagogium School in Schwerin.
The organisers are particularly pleased to welcome the Güstrow team to the league for the first time. Cricket was unknown in Güstrow until this year, and, as is so often the case with school cricket in Germany, things got underway with a kwik cricket set supplied by the DCB via the ICC-Europe Development Program, sent to Rüdiger Rosenstock, a sports teacher at the Ernst-Barlach-Gymnasium in Güstrow.
Though the team, under the leadership of Markus Fahning and Laura Albrecht, has so far lost both its 'B' Division league games, the players showed great promise and enjoyed themselves enormously. An aspiration for the most talented of the Güstrow players is now to obtain a place in the planned Mecklenburg/Vorpommern state team.
Cricket development in Schwerin and the surrounding area is a shining example of how far cricket can progress from small beginnings, driven by volunteers with enthusiasm and dedication.