Inaugural German School Indoor Championship 2009 a Great Success
Tue, Dec 15, 2009 5:12 PM
School teams travelled from all five German cricket regions to Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock in North Rhine Westphalia on the weekend of 6th November, 2009, to take part in the inaugural 8-a-Side U17 German Indoor School Championships. An international aspect to the championship was provided by a guest school team from Hungary, which made the long journey by road to play cricket.
In total, there were eleven mixed teams, which meant there were well over a hundred young cricketers plying their cricket skills over the weekend. A good number of spectators, including the mayor of Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Hubert Ericlandwehr, the Headmistress of the host school, Marion Blome, and interested parents, were in attendance and the local press were on hand.
The championship was won by Cologne Schools which beat the Nelson Mandela School Berlin in the final.
The DCB tournament was hosted by the Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock Gymnasium (Grammar School), whose Deputy Head, Erhard Seifert, has been a cricket fan since first seeing cricket played in Kenya.
Matches were played in two large school gyms with a hard indoor ball, requiring pads and helmets to be worn. The two-league round-robin format produced the semi-finals: Cologne Schools v. King's School (Gütersloh); and the European School (Munich) v. Nelson Mandela School (Berlin) from which Berlin and Cologne went on to contest the final.
The final was not the cliff-hanger which had been expected: Cologne Schools raced to a total of 95 in its allotted 8 overs (Tushan 15, Ricky 16, Hosain 16), but in reply Nelson Mandela School, Berlin were soon in trouble losing 2 wickets before a run was on the board. And with only two batsmen, Florian and Hares, troubling the scorers Berlin was all out for 17 runs (Azad 1:2:2, Tushan 2:6:2, and Ricky 1:9:2) giving Cologne Schools a victory by 78 runs. 'Player of the Final' was Ricky of Cologne Schools for his 16 not out runs and bowling figures of 1:9:2.
Final placings were: 1. Cologne Schools 2. Nelson Mandela School Berlin 3. King's School, Gütersloh 4. European School, Munich 5. Tegernsee Gymnasium 6. Comenius, Hungary 7. Eversten Gymnasium, Oldenburg 8. Münchberg Gymnasium 9. Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock Gymnasium 10. President's XIII 11. Schwerin Schools
There was a wide-range of young cricketers taking part, from those experiencing their first tournament to others who have represented Germany on several occasions at youth level. All declared, however, that they had thoroughly enjoyed the weekend's cricket and had gained a lot from 'learning by doing'.
As the DCB's work in schools goes ahead successfully, it is planned to make this event an annual one and, if necessary, to have regional play-offs before the final round of matches. A further aspiration is to work towards having the teams play outdoor hardball cricket in the summer.
Thanks go to the Schloss Holte- Stukenbrock Gymnasium and the Realschule for making their halls available and particularly the former's Deputy Head Erhard Seifert, and to DCB Secretary Siegfried Franz, for all the organisational work done before and during the tournament. Those of the DCB's regional development officers and the regional youth officers who organised teams and attended also deserve a special mention as do the volunteer umpires who stood throughout two action-packed days. And a special mention of thanks for Wraye Wenigmann and Antje Mathur who did the brunt of the scoring with barely a break between matches for two days, together with volunteer scorers from the team managements.