Last Sunday saw the final of the WDCV T20 tournament with an enthralling game between Bonn Blues CC and Köln CC in front of a large crowd, which saw Köln take the title in a thrilling super over after a tied game.
Following the game, the WDCV honoured the best players and teams in the region with a prize-giving ceremony.
Following a 30 run win in the morning’s semi-final against Cologne CC, Köln CC took on Bonn Blues in the afternoon’s final. This was an exciting contest between the team that have dominated 50 over cricket in the region over recent years (KCC) against the team that has dominated T20 cricket (Bonn Blues).
Batting first, Bonn Blues scored 135-8 off their 20 overs. In response Köln started very well with 69 off the first 6 overs before losing regular wickets that brought Bonn Blues back into the game. Off the final over Köln needed a daunting 16 to win with national team player Satya Srinivas at the crease. Following some wides, Srinivas needed three off the last ball to tie the game and force a super over. He hit the ball to long-on and ran two, only for a wild throw from the fielder to cause overthrows and the game was tied. Amazingly, the final of the WDCV T20 tournament and the team to progress to the DCB finals was to be decided by a super over.
The drama wasn’t over and Köln scored 12 in their six balls. Köln bowler Sahir Naqash was charged with bowling the over that would decide the destination of the trophy. He held his nerve with three dot balls to give Köln CC the title and the double after winning the Bundesliga West earlier in August.
Following the game the best players in the region were awarded trophies for their endeavours:
Best Bowler – Sahir Naqash (Köln CC)
Best Batsman – Satya Srinivas (Köln CC)
Player of the Season – Adeeb Ashgar (Bonn Blues)
MVP – Asad Mohammad (Cologne CC)
Best Bowler – Nagendra Babu (Rheinland Riders CC)
Best Batsman – Bryan Rattan (Rheinland Riders CC)
MVP – Tushar Marwaha – CICC
This was the first season for the newly formed WDCV and it has been successful with more teams playing cricket in the region than ever before – with more waiting in the wings to join next year.
Bonn’s mayor Jürgen Nimptsch was on hand at the game and was suitably impressed. He promised to look into further possibilities for cricket to develop in the city.
The DCB would like to thank all those who have made this possible and have contributed to this season, especially Syed Haider and the WDCV board who have finally put cricket on the right path after years of neglect.