European Girls gather in Germany for 2nd tournament

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 12:07 PM

Eight teams were attracted to the 2nd European girls' indoor tournament held in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany, on 16 and 17 February and organised by the newest of the DCB's cricket regions, the North East German Cricket Association (NOCV).

Two girls' club teams travelled from England, the eventual winners Thornbury CC, and , runners-up Shirehampton CC , while from the Netherlands came the Dutch U16 team and from Hungary, the Pusta team. Germany provided three teams, Oldenburg CC, Reinickendorfer Füchse Radiomultikulti Cricket team and Schwerin BBCCC. There was also a President's International Team (PIT) composed of players from Bavaria, Oldenburg and Hungary.

The teams, and tournament officials gathered for an official welcome and reception at the Mercure Hotel in Potsdam on Friday evening, the 15 February, which was attended by the Mayoress of Brandenburg, Dr. Dietland Tiemann, the tournament Patron; Thomas Lunacek from the Brandenburg state parliament; Steffi Lamers a Brandenburg sports representative, sponsors and special DCB guest Jackson Thompson, Gloucester CCC player.

Next morning the Deputy Minister President of the State of Brandenburg, Ulrich Junghanns, and the Mayoress of Brandenburg officially set the games in motion by symbolically each delivering the first ball for the opening two group matches.

The teams were divided into two groups of four teams, playing to a format of eight players per team and the games were restricted to eight overs per innings. The group games early showed the strength of the English teams as Thornbury in Group 'A' won all their games and Shirhampton in group 'B' did the same, though not without two of the teams, the Netherlands U16 team and Schwerin giving them a run for their money.

All the group games were settled on the Saturday:
'A' Group 1. Thornbury, 2. Oldenburg, 3. PIT 4. MCR
'B' Group 1. Shirehampton 2. Netherlands U16 3. Hungary 4. Schwerin

On Sunday there were group qualifiers, whereby Pit defeated Schwerin by 9 runs and Hungary secured a win over MCR by 11 runs. This produced the challengers for 7/8 place and the Schwerin team took the 7th spot with a 21 run win over MCR. The 5th/6th game matched Hungary against PIT, with the latter securing a win by 6 wickets.

The top four teams then played a second round of qualifying games which saw Shirehampton successful against Oldenburg by 32 runs, and Thornbury defeating the Netherlands in a thrilling game by one run.
In the 3rd/4th game the Netherlands secured a 6 wicket win over Oldenburg (Oldenburg 80 for 1, the Netherlands 81 for 2)

The final saw the two English teams pitted against each other, with victory only coming off the penultimate ball of the match. It was a hard-fought game with some telling bowling, fine stroke-play and athletic fielding from both teams. This kept the spectators enthralled and vociferous throughout the whole game. Although, then, Thornbury won the game by 8 wickets (Shirehampton 83 for 5, Thornbury 86 without loss in 7.5 overs, it was a much closer game than the score suggests.
Final Placings:
Thornbury CC, Shirehampton CC, Netherlands U16, Oldenburg CC, PIT, Hungary, Schwerin, MCR

At the awards ceremony which followed immediately after the final, the winners were presented with a specially produced steel trophy, in the form of a cricketer, created by internationally well-know local Brandenburg artist Joachim Matz, and weighing all of 7.2 kilos . He made the presentation in person.

In addition, all the teams received trophies made of glass and each individual player, officials and organisers, were presented with glass medallions. Individual awards went to Amara Carr (fielding), Rosie Traggar (bowling 8 for 40 in the tournament) and Charlie Walker (obtained the retirement score in all her games). A special 'Spirit of Cricket' award was made to Stephanie Frohnmayer, captain of the PIT team.

The tournament was a definite success for the development of girls/women's cricket on the European continent, linking up girls' cricket in four European countries; and a brilliant follow-up to last year's tournament in Oldenburg, which has just won an ICC-Europe Development prize. It continued the initiative set up then by Wraye Wenigmann (DCB Women's Officer), Ian Moss (Gloucesterhire CCC) and Carsten Höfinghoff (Oldenburg).

This year they also played a notable part in proceedings when the reins for the tournament were in the hands of the North East German Cricket Association, ably led by its President Helmut Gahsche and Yiannis Kaufmann, the Media and Sponsoring Officer, together with their many helpers and sponsors Lansitzer Glasshütte Döben, Mercedes Benz Chartway, Pepsi Cola, Herbstreith & Fox, Hotel “Zum Rittmeister and Treasure AG.

Last, but by no means least, mention must be made of the umpires (Pete Baldwin, Tony Gilbert, Hoshan Kharadi, Rashad Malik, Steve Tovey and Neil Coxhead , who, together with the indefatigable scorers, (Wraye Wenigman, Cathy Rawson, Hetty Reijmer and Fieke Offerman) kept clear heads to ensure that in the all-action atmosphere of indoor cricket, calmness ruled as far as their duties were concerned.

Next year the tournament will return to Oldenburg where the success story of women's cricket in Germany will continue, backed by cricket friends from across Europe.

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