On a perfect day for cricket at the Havelländischer CC Werder cricket ground in Bliesendorf, Werder/Havel, SKG Walldorf scored a 154 run victory over the host club HCCW and thus put their name on the trophy for the second time, having reached the final on three occasions in the last three years. This was the first time after only a decade of existence that HCCW had reached a German final – a notable achievement. The scores: Walldorf 282 for 7 off 50 overs, HCCW 128 all out in 34.4 overs.
Before the game got underway there were introductions and a presentations from the Werder/Havel Burgermeisterin, Frau Saß, who wished both teams a good game.
HCCW won the toss on a bright and sunny morning and elected to field. The opening two Walldorf batsmen set off in T/20 mode and knocked up 15 off the first over. There was some bounce on what was seen as a batsman’s wicket and Walldorf proceeded to take full advantage of it. They kept up a fast pace throughout the early overs and the run-rate reached a peak of 9.06 in the eighth over, which produced 23 runs. After this something like normal 50 over service was resumed, but it was only approaching the halfway stage that the slower Werder bowlers managed to throttle back the run-rate somewhat until there was another flurry of runs, 20, in the 47th over.
Top scorer in the Walldorf innings was A.Ahmad with 72 runs followed by J. Hayat with 57 runs. The opening partnership of Ahmad and Hayat set the innings up well with stand of 54 runs, the other steady partnership which produced 85 runs was between captain A. Rehman and, again, J. Hayat. Pick of the HCCW bowlers were F. Shah with 10.0.42 .3 and S. Mian 10.0.35.2. – both spin bowlers who gave the batsman more food for thought than did the pace bowlers.
Set a target of 5.64 runs per over to win HCCW, with proven batsmen in the team, were up for the chase. But they got off to an unhappy start – losing their first wicket in the 3rd over and thereafter further wickets in the 6th,7th and 8th overs, leaving them at 21 for 4 wickets. A stand of 45 between Liquat and Chaudhry brought hope of a recovery but Liquat went with the score at 66 for 5 and although Chaudhry forged a new partnership with Z. Mahmood which produced another 41 runs this ended with the loss of Mahmood’s wicket – Werder 124 for 7. With Chaudhry still batting, all was not lost. But, well as he was batting, he succumbed to the pressure in the end and was caught and bowled by N. Ahmad for a brave 52 runs, HCCW’s top scorer of the day. The last three HCCW wickets fell for the addition of only 4 runs, so after only 34.4 overs the team, with 128 runs on the board, was well short of the required total. On the day, Walldorf CC fully deserved their victory.
DCB President, Brian Fell and Treasurer Siggy Franz were on hand to make the presentations to both teams. Bundesliga sponsors, Wintech, generously donated a complete set of cricket clothing to the winning team, an announcement which was greeted enthusiastically by the Walldorf team. Thanks were expressed to the two umpires: Volker Ellerbeck and Arun Prakash and to the scorer (book and digital) Hans-Heinrich Mai.
In addition, the work of the local organisers HCCW was applauded – not only for the organisation pre-final and on the day, which was excellent, but for the very important development of the Werder ground, which has been turned by hard work into one of the best venues in Germany. Special DCB thanks to Herr and Frau Saß, J.P. Singh and all those who have contributed to this development.
Full statistics of the match can be found on CricHQ.