10 May 2012

Austria v Germany - The Supernewbs Attack

Report by Brian Mantle aka Mr. Cricket Germany

Match 1 [1st innings] [2nd innings] [source]
Match 2 [1st innings] [2nd innings] [source]

Well, so it has been completed. Some of you have inevitably suffered from my suffering. But the German cricket team is a German team after all and not unlike the footballers they often start to fire after an initial phase of acclimatisation.

And so it happened in Austria; losing the toss of the first match they were put in to bat in damp and unfriendly conditions, and while André Leslie assumed the shape of a salt pillar and did not move from his wicket until he had reached 105, the other batsmen couldn't muster much. In the second innings the German bowling was not able to stop the home side from going rampant in friendlier weather.

In the second match Germany grabbed the pike from the Austrians and turned it against them. This time bowling first and bowling well, they restricted the hosts to a gettable total, and some batting performances which I am really kinda proud of (Kashif Mahmood with the matchwinning knock) had us march home with a handful of overs to spare. 

Janardhan Siddaiah (c) DCB
I would just like to pick out one of the new players, allrounder Janardhan Siddaiah. Janardhan plays for the Karlsruhe Cricket Lions and seized the opportunity with both hands. In the first match he played nicely alongside André Leslie, but in the second clash he stepped on the throttle, scoring 57, which is just two runs short of Kashif's highscore, and thus put the tailenders into the position to get us home comfortably. It wouldn't be surprising if he appeared in the squad against Denmark later this summer.

Another new addition to the German ranks, Bilal Jafar from Kiel, knew to impress in the re-match, bowled like the devil was behind him, and knocked off the remaining runs with Syed Farid Shah, who stuck out to me as well. Hope to see him again versus the Danes. Rishi Pillai deserves to be mentioned as well for his good allround performance, and let's not forget Rana-Javed Iqbal, who quietly but efficiently like a clockwork held the attack together.

Generally there is some massive chopping and changing going on these days, Denmark will be another opportunity to throw some new players before the lions (even though it should be damn hard for them to step up in such challenging circumstances), and some more probing is to come in the course of the season. Whether we will know the approximate composition of the World Cricket League squad by then or not remains to be seen. I hope we will soon find a core group to which we can stick, so that the concerning players can - extra thick retinas provided - enjoy wearing the German jerseys and play a bit more freely.

Go the Germs!


4 May 2012

Austria v Germany in Vienna 5-6 May 2012

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Today the German squad have departed for a two match 50 over mini series against Austria. The matches will be played Vienna. They are friendlies, but in times of drought regarding international contests both of the teams will be eager to prove their strength and get some desperately needed match practice under the belt. For Austria it means to find form ahead of the World Cricket League Div. 8 qualifier later in 2012, while Germany play their next big tournament in 2013 (World Cricket League Div. 7).

The German squad looks as follows:

  • Asif Khan, Düsseldorf (captain)
  • Rishi Pillai, Köln
  • Satya Srinivas, Köln (wicketkeeper)
  • André Leslie, Bonn
  • Kashif Mahmood, Berlin
  • Rana Javed Iqbal, Berlin
  • Dilshan Rajudeen, Bonn
  • Rajeev Vohra, Hamburg
  • Yasir Ahmed, Wiesbaden
  • Janardhan Siddaiaha, Karlsruhe
  • Imran Chaudhry, Berlin
  • Ashwin Prakash, Berlin
  • Syed Farid Shah, Hamburg

A few of my favourites are missing and I hope to see them back in German colours soon (no matter how bright), but I wish the newbies a good start and would hereby like to express my confidence in the German ability to put bat on Mozart Ball and fend off  the Sachertorte chuckers successfully. Tschuldigung... musste sein ^^

Just in:

The German cricket team running into football legend Michael Ballack at the airport! Cricket Germany tweets: "German team heads to Vienna and meets Michael Ballack, was very excited to hear about German cricket (not) #gothegerms" [Source] BTW. Can't believe Mr. Cricket Germany has officially picked up the slogan *sniggers*. 

From left to right: André Leslie, Michael Ballack, Asif Khan, Dilshan Rajudeen  (c) DCB

This is great, too:

A history of the cricket rivalry between Germany and Austria: Brian Fell, the President of the German Cricket Federation (DCB), has penned down the history of the German-Austrian encounters on the cricket field and gives a brief summary of the European contests as well. Personally I love Brian's writing style and hope the DCB will restore his epic match reports, which unfortunately have gone to the eternal hunting grounds due to the complete overhaul of the DCB website (apologies for any broken links to posts on the old website).

YES Cricket Germany have redone the website, please go and have a look: Cricket Germany new website. You can now more easily subscribe to the RSS feed, subscribe via Email, and even leave comments (via your Wordpress account). Share buttons have been enabled, too. So, while I am a fervent objector of this animated tag clouds nonsense the rest of the website is coming along well.

If you are not following the DCB on Facebook yet please don't hesitate to send them a friend request. The Twitter handle should be known to most of you already: @Cricket_Germany

Hmmmm Mozart Baaaaaalls

Go the Germs!!!


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