Germany marks the 25 year relationship between the British Military and Bonn CC

Mon, Sep 15, 2008 12:16 PM

Saturday 30th August saw the marking of 25 years of cricket between the British Military in Germany and Bonn Cricket Club with an invitation match against the JHQ based Rheindahlen Crusaders. Past and present members of the club, founded from Bonn's Sri Lankan community, gathered on the banks of the Rhine to play cricket and to enjoy some South Asian hospitality in the sunshine.

In near perfect playing conditions and against the backdrop of a party atmosphere, the Crusaders won the toss and elected to bat. Initially finding the Bonn opening attack difficult to get away, the visitors lost early wickets, slumping to 10 for 2 from the first 7 overs. However, the ARRC Support Battalion's Dominic Nott (63) and RAF debutant Rob Magee (33) put on 87 together for the fourth wicket and despite a flurry of late wickets, helped the Crusaders to compile a respectable total of 171 all out from their allotted 40 overs.

The Crusaders made an early breakthrough running out the non-striker, veteran skipper Toy Samsudeen, off the first ball of the Bonn innings, however a second wicket partnership of 55 steadied the ship. Playing typically expansive cricket, there were always likely to be catches in the offing and the Crusaders were kept in the game as Bonn wickets fell at regular intervals. Notwithstanding this, a superior strike rate, a number of missed catches and an enforced dependence on a leg-spin attack always made Bonn the favourites and they reached their target with 3 wickets in hand and over 9 overs to spare.

Following the successful joint hosting of the successful ICC tournament, the match was a fitting way to commemorate the strong relationship between the British Military and Nordrhein Westalen cricket. Recalling days of playing matches against the RAF in Laarbruch, Bruggen and Wildenrath, the NAAFI and against BAOR XIs, Bonn Chairman Bernard Nallawangsa was in nostalgic mood as he exchanged commemorative plaques with Colonel John Grinstead, Chairman of BA(G) and Crusaders cricket to mark the occasion.

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