Last week saw the newly-formed German national team travel to Husum CC on the German-Danish border for a training camp and three T20 matches against a young Denmark squad. The week was highly successful and the German team returned home after winning all three T20 matches, remarkable when you consider that 10 of the 18 players were making their debuts for Germany.
In the first game, Germany won the toss and batted first on a slow pitch but with a fantastic fast outfield. At first, things didn’t go well for the Germans who lost regular wickets at the top of the order before the middle order repaired the scorecard and got Germany to a score of 126-9 off the 20 overs. Top scorers were debutant Majeed Khan Afridi (24) and captain Rishi Pillai (19). Germany’s opening bowlers Ehsan Latif (1-11 off 4 overs) and Zadran Asmdin (3-13) took early wickets and bowled economically as the Danish batters struggled from the outset. More regular wickets meant that Denmark were always struggling and they fell well short on 100-9 off their 20 overs, Germany winning by 26 runs.
The second game saw a huge win for Germany. Again batting first, they scored a mammoth 217-6 off 20 overs. Debutant Amith Sarma from Munich CC hit a fantastic 97 off just 51 balls as Denmark’s bowlers were put to the sword. He shared in good stands with Rohit Singh (27), Brandon Ess (20) and Khaled Khan (18) as Germany hit their highest ever score in a T20 match.
If the batting had been fantastic, the bowling reached new heights too. After the batting powerplay, Denmark were on 7-3 after Khaled Khan (3-6 off 3 overs) and Rana Singh (1-1 off 3 overs). Denmark never recovered and finished on 77-9 with Wasantha De Silva taking three wickets towards the end of the innings. This meant Germany had won by an incredible 140 runs.
In the final game, Germany batted first again but didn’t get off to the start they had done in the second game. A couple of run outs and a first ball duck for Thursday’s hero Amith Sarma left Germany on 39-4 before Wasantha De Silva (32) steadied the ship. An excellent unbeaten partnership of 93 between Rohit Singh (51 not out) and Hamid Wardak (32 not out) saw Germany post a challenging score of 165-6.
Denmark’s response was stronger than in the previous games but they once again fell short on 151-8 with Ehsan Latif and Khaled Khan being the pick of the bowlers with two wickets each, Germany winning by 14 runs.
The week was a huge success for a new squad. 10 of the 18 Players had never played for Germany before and the success is a clear result of the DCB Super Series which has undeniably lifted the intensity of German cricket.
The DCB would like to thank the Danish Cricket Federation and Husum CC for being wonderful hosts in a great cricket location. We would also like to thank the management and coaching team for taking German cricket to a position where we can be very positive about the future.