The 2nd DCB Super Series reached its climax last Saturday in Frankfurt with an exciting final that saw the Western Eagles pip the Eastern Bears in a last over thriller.
The win was a fitting finale to a successful tournament.
In the first of the semi-finals, the much fancied Hessen Thunder were bowled out by the Western Eagles for a below par 89 all out. Top wicket taker for the Eagles was Venkat Ganeshan who took 4-7 off 3.2 overs. Kapil Chandnani took 2-12 in four very economical overs against what is usually a hard hitting Hessen team.
Despite losing regular wickets, the Eagles never looked in serious trouble with an unbeaten 32 from Sahir Naqash seeing them home.
The second semi-final saw the Bavarian Lions post a challenging score of 146-6 off their 20 overs. Top scorer was Daniel Weston with 28. Germany’s Under 19 captain Janpreet Singh took 3-26 in his 4 overs.
Despite the tough task, the Bears looked in control with most batsmen contributing as they reached the target in the 19th over. Top scorer was Sanish Goyal with 42. Sajid Liyaqat (32 not out) and Kashif Mahmood (22 not out) saw them home.
The final was a repeat of two games that had taken place in the group stage of the Super Series. Both the Western Eagles and Eastern Bears had won one game each so a close game seemed likely and this was certainly the case.
Batting first, the Eagles set a stiff target of 178-4 with half centuries from Dilshan Rajudeen (68) and Rishi Pillai (50) leading the way, ably supported by another good score of 34 not out from Sahir Naqash.
In their chase, the Bears were hampered by losing several wickets as soon as batsmen had played themselves in. Three more wickets from Kapil Chandnani decimated the middle order and all seemed lost for the Bears. However a good stand from Waqas Latif and Rohit Singh gave them hope and they needed just 14 off the last over. The tension was extreme but it was the Eagles who held out to take the trophy.