Germany's youth cricketers invade Dusseldorf
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 3:15 PM
The DCB’s annual indoor schools championships, named in honour of the DCB’s first president, the late Rolf Schwiete, took place in Düsseldorf on the weekend of 10-11 November 2012.
Fifteen teams and 150 children, as well as a team from the North London Cricket Club, descended upon the capital city of North Rhein Westfalia to play two fantastic days cricket, offering many a dramatic game, lots of talent, and an incredible amount of hope for the future of German cricket.
The first day saw the teams split into three groups. The first group was for teams of children from only one school. The tournament was won by the Hildegard von Bingen Grammar School from Cologne who won all of their games, edging the hosts from Lessing School into second place. A special mention should be made to the youngest team, the Quentin Blake School from Berlin, who put up a team of very young children who did their city proud and will surely go from strength to strength in future years.
The second day saw the teams divided into two tournaments in different halls, based on their performance from the first day. The Rolf Schwiete Cup saw teams from as far away as Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Essen pit their wits against each other and against the visitors from London. The semi-finals saw North London gaining revenge for their defeat to the talented Frankfurt side from the day before. We also saw a last ball victory for the young and impressive Göttingen Cricket Youth against the equally impressive team from Munich. Göttingen’s remarkable success showed the importance of team work and an excellent attitude if you want to win cricket matches.
The final was played out to a large crowd of cheering spectators as London triumphed in a close encounter. The London team are now firm friends of German cricket and we are sure that we will be seeing each other again in years to come.
In the other hall, the Rolf Schwiete Plate final was played out between teams from South West Hamburg and Dresden with the latter winning the trophy.
The sixteen teams taking part is just the top of the iceberg with regards to youth development in Germany. The DCB will extend its Under 19 interregional championships next season seeing double the cricket being played throughout the country at this level. In addition, it is planned to introduce a similar tournament at Under 15 level, giving the growing number of youth cricketers every opportunity to develop their game and make an impact later on the adult game.
The DCB would like to thank everyone who helped with the organisation and running of these championships, in particular Doc Wilkinson and his team and colleagues at Lessing School who did a fantastic job of making everyone feel so at home. Also a big thanks to our sponsors Gray Nicolls and the Body Shop for supporting this event.