This week WDCV youth officer Arif Jamal and DCB General Manager Brian Mantle travelled to Viersen to play some cricket with a group of young children who have fled from cricket playing countries to Germany. The youngsters, who are all under 18 years of age were delighted to find it possible to play cricket in Germany and are now making plans to play more organised cricket in the WDCV Regionalliga next season.
Street20 is a version of cricket invented by the British charity „Cricket For Change“ that allows cricket to be played where there are restrictions on space, facilities and equipment. All that is necessary is a bat and a ball and one game lasts about twenty minutes.
Arif and Brian separated the children into two teams and played a series of five games. As the games took place on an ash football pitch, they decided on „England“ and „Australia“ as their team names and played a „Mini Ashes“.
Brian’s England team took the first two games but then Arif’s Australia came back to win the final three games to win the series. All this lasted two hours and all of the children left with a huge smile on their faces. They can’t wait to take things to the next level.
Street20 is a big part of the DCB youth programme and can be introduced anywhere in Germany. If you would like more information please contact the DCB on firstname.lastname@example.org