Second German School Indoor Cricket Championship held

Mon, Dec 6, 2010 12:53 PM

School cricket teams travelled from all over Germany on the weekend of 13/14 November to take part in the second German School Indoor Cricket Championship held in the sports halls of the Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock Grammar School and the Realshule.

There were 12 teams that took part, in a two group format, with eight players per team and an innings constituting of 10 overs. Teams could be single-sexed or mixed. The eventual winner was the International School Berlin, which defeated King's School, Gütersloh in the final.

The Final was not the close-fought encounter expected as Kings School, Gütersloh, who would have preferred to have batted first, lost the toss and, put in to bat, could only make 33 runs in six overs. Berlin International School with its formidable bowling attack showed their strength in batting as well, by making light work of knocking off the required runs in just under 3 overs.

The other teams finished in the following.

3. Cologne Schools

4. Oldenburg Schools

5. Schwerin Schools

6. Bavarian Schools (Munich, Passau, Tegernsee and Bodensee)

7. Göttingen Schools I

8. Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock

9. Göttingen Mixed Schools

10. King's School, Gütersloh II

11. Bonn International School

12. Lessing Grammar School, Düsseldorf.

The two main organisers Siegfried Franz, the DCB's Secretary/ Treasurer and Erhard Seifert, the Deputy Head of the Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock Grammar School. The latter was very pleased with the turn-out and particularly pleased to see so many single schools sending teams to the event. With an upper age limit of 17 the tournament is a great encouragement to Germany's younger cricketers both male and female.

The DCB's Coaching Coordinator, Mike Kwan, expressed the view that the standard of cricket has risen since last year. Also in attendance at the event were the DCB's Vice-President, Carsten Höfinghoff, and the DCB's Women's Officer, Monika Loveday. There was praise from all sides that the matches had been played without exception ‘in the true spirit of the game' and this was particularly emphasised by Norman Dugdale, a visiting MCC playing member, who acted as an umpire in some of the games.

School cricket has taken off in leaps and bounds in the last few years in Germany and the School Championship provides a national event to link up all the local school cricket activities taking place around the country.

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