German cricket is on the up
Tue, Jun 10, 2008 4:14 PM
ICC Europe inspected the grounds for the U17 Division 2 tournament in Germany and expressed themselves satisfied with the locations and facilities they found.
The Nord Rhein Westfalen Cricket Union (NRWCU) and Deutsche Cricket Bund (DCB) who are hosting the tournament along with the assistance of the British Army are glad that the grounds passed the inspection by Richard Bedbrook.
'It's great to know we're on schedule and we are hoping to deliver a first rate tournament,' explained organising committee member and head of Military Liaison, Col John Grinstead.
'From the British Army perspective we have a team that plays in the NRWCU league each weekend, and we felt that we would be able to give something back to the local German community by assisting with the tournament in August', he added.
Ben Das, head of the organising committee said, 'Bringing international cricket back to Germany is a fantastic achievement, and a lot of people have worked very hard to achieve it. The last tournament held in Germany was in 2001 in Berlin and we're very proud of the steps forward in development we have made since then.'
In the last couple of years the national championship winning team has come from the NRWCU firstly with Köln CC and then with Bonn CC, and the ICC Europe U17 B Division tournament is another proud moment in the cricketing history of the NRWCU and the DCB.
Additionally with the MCC tour to Berlin later in June it truly is an historic year for German cricket after the senior sides achievements at the ICC WCL Div 5 held recently in Jersey, coming third in their group behind the Nepal and the USA. The senior side may be setting the bench mark for the U17 squad, but as has already been proven this year, German cricket is on the up.
The tournament runs from the 9th to the 15th of August will feature 10 teams including Belgium, France, Gibraltar, Hellas, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and hosts Germany. Matches will be played at 3 locations in the west of the country at Bochum, Bonn and Mönchengladbach. Entry for spectators is free to all matches and their support will be most welcome