The Women’s European T20 Tournament took place in Jersey this year and our ladies were pumped, well prepared and ready for the challenge. On the way to Jersey, last years runners up played 2 friendlies against a Dutch club selection in Deventer. The first match was won by Germany. Batting first, the ladies scored an impressive 150 that proved too much to chase for the Dutch team, due to the tight bowling attack of Germany. The second game was not as easy. The Dutch team posted 199 on the board including a century from one of the national players Heather Siegers. Faltering under pressure the German ladies managed to bat out the 20 overs but only scored 99. Having learned a lot from that game and discussing the details, the ladies were on their way to Jersey.
Germany vs France
France has been a strong side since the German girls got to know them and even earned last years most promising player award. Due to an unfortunate warm up accident one of France’s best players, Rebecca Blake got injured and was not able to participate in this match. Germany captain S. Frohnmayer won the toss and elected to field first because of the wet outfield. It only took the first over for the first wicket to fall (direct hit run out by S. Mannan). From then on wickets kept falling on regular basis (3 more run outs from exceptional direct hits, 2 LBWs, 1 caught behinds, 1 catch in the slips, 1 bowled). France ended their innings with 69 runs after 20 overs for 9 wickets.
An unorthodox batting order started with a bash. M. Theron scored a four off the very first ball of our innings. After two overs Germany already had a total of 20 before the first wicket fell. Continuous scoring led to a victory in only 11.2 overs with 8 wickets in hand. (C. Gough 27*)
MVP: Tina Gough 27 off 26 (4-18-1)
Germany vs. Norway
Norway was new in the competition and nobody knew their style of play. Ready to face anything, Germany lost the toss and batted first. A. Doddaballapur and S. Frohnmayer opened the batting with a great start and posted a score of 48 after 6 overs before the first wicket fell. With continuous great batting performances we came to a total of 141 runs for 5 wickets.
T. Gough shattered the Norwegian batting order from the very first ball. She took 2 wickets (bowled), the skipper took 2 as well (bowled), A. Kohli took 1 (bowled). Norway finished the 20 overs with 71/6 resulting in a 69 run win for Germany.
MVP: Stephanie Frohnmayer 14 off 22 (4-11-2)
Germany vs. Jersey
Being arch-rivals, the game against Jersey was a long anticipated one. Germany had beaten Jersey last year and intended to do the same this year. S. Frohnmayer lost the toss and Germany batted first. Being very cautious our batters were faced with some very tight bowling from the Jersey attack. The unimaginable happened and Germany faltered under pressure. A. Doddaballapur lost her wicket in the 4th over and S.Frohnmayer in the 5th. Not being able to stabilize, the German ladies fell one after the other until M. Daub managed to establish a partnership with S. Mannan. The team scored 65 runs for 6 wickets after 20 overs. In return Germany put up a great fight on the field and with the bowling. T. Gough showed once again superb control with figures of (4-10-1) but Germany couldn’t defend the total. Jersey needed 16 overs to win the match with just 1 wicket down. After the devastating loss, the next game against last years winners was a must win to enter the final.
Germany vs. Italy
And so began the match of all matches. Italy being the most professional of all teams had to be beaten in order for Germany to reach the final. Germany won the toss and elected to bowl, knowing that quick wickets had to be taken in order to get through the good top order batsman. And so it came. In the second over S. Frohnmayer managed to lure KN Peddrick Jansa Bolonghe into playing a shot that got caught at mid- off by M. Daub. The early breakthrough looked promising, but unfortunately, until the 18th over no other wicket fell. Germany kept tight and managed to restrict Italy to 125 which was a very reachable total.
T. Gough and A. Doddaballapur made a solid start, scoring 25 when the latter fell in the 4th over. M. Brauser managed to stabilize at no 4 scoring 27 of 27 when she also fell in the 18th over needing 32 off the last 2 overs. Finishing on 111 the German team played well but not were agonisingly short of the target. That set up a 3rd place play-off against the French.
Germany vs. France
France won the toss and elected to bat. Rebecca Blake, back in the team despite the injury had no chance to show her form, as T. Gough took her wicket with the first ball she faced. S. Frohnmayer took 3 and F. Ziegler 1 with France ending on 59.
It took Germany only 10.1 overs to reach that total and secure bronze medals at the tournament.
MVP: Franziska Ziegler 27 off 25 (4-9-1)
Germany vs. Italy (friendly)
The German ladies were fired up after their close match from the day before and wanted another chance at Italy. Germany won the toss and elected to field first. T. Gough struck in the 2nd over and bowled the Italian opener. The 2nd wicket fell right in the the next over and this was exactly the start the German team had been hoping for. Continuously getting wickets, despite Italy building a decent partnership in the middle order, Germany continuously put the Italian team under great pressure and limited them to a total of 132 in 30 overs, a very gettable target.
A. Doddaballapur and M. Daub opened the batting and constructed a 28 runs partnership, before M. Daub got bowled. Continous steady and sensible batting, particularly from T. Gough enabled the team to come within reach of the total, when M.Theron got bowled after a 51 run partnership. It was a thriller and came down to the 25th over, when S. McAnanama-Brereton showed brilliant awareness to call her partner through on an overthrow putting T. Gough back on strike with the scores level. A wide decided the game and Germany had finally won against Italy.