Last weekend in Cologne saw the start of the inaugural DCB Women’s Super Series with games between the „Diamonds“ and the „Rubies“.
The concept of the tournament is to give the best female cricketers the opportunity to play high level cricket against each other, bridging the performance gap between the Bundesliga and the women’s national team. On each of the weekends, the teams will play one 40 over match and one T20 match against each other.
In the 40 over match last Saturday the Rubies batted first in damp conditions and chalked up a score of 117 all out from 36.3 overs. Top scorers for the Rubies were Anu Doddaballapur (46) and Kerstin Winkler (12) whilst Asmitha Kohli took the bowling honours with 4-23 off 6 overs.
The Diamonds reply was cautious in the face of some steady bowling from the Rubies attack but Franziska Ziegler (23) and S.Manan (17) built up a 2nd wicket partnership of 38 to put them in charge. Following the fall of their wickets there was a collapse and the Diamonds were bowled out for 86, losing by 27 runs. Top bowler was Doddaballapur with 3-24 off 8 overs.
On Sunday the attention turned to T20 and the Rubies batted first once again, this time putting on a fantastic 86 run opening partnership between national team stalwarts Monika Loveday (30) and Kerstin Winkler (35). This was the basis for a final score of 109-5 which looked quite decent on a pitch where scoring boundaries was always going to be difficult.
The Diamonds reply started well but then stalled as regular wickets fell. Top scorer was Maura Brauser (17) in a score of 77-8, a defeat by 32 runs.
The next games in the Women’s Super Series will take place in Frankfurt.