The women of Cologne International Cricket Club (CICC) travelled to Damshagen on the Baltic coast at the weekend to play the final and decisive T20 matches for the DCB Kajnok Bundesliga title 2015.
CICC arrived with a lead of 15 points but with 8 points for a win plus a potential of 6 bonus points per match, everything was still possible for Damshagen.
On a green grass wicket and wet pitch from the overnight rain, Damshagen decided to bat first after winning the toss. This played right into the hands of CICC who wasted no time and started by taking two wickets in the first over. All catches were held safely by the girls from Cologne and so the wickets kept tumbling, spread nicely between the bowlers. Alone the captain of the home team, Mandy Krüger, offered some resistance but eventually, the hosts were all out for 56 runs in just over 15 overs.
In reply, CICC stayed patient and although there was some insecurity when three wickets fell in quick succession after a spell of good bowling by the hosts, there was never any doubt about the result, and the experience of CICC skipper Monika Loveday and Ex-National team player Kerstin Winkler saw the guests go over the finishing line with 6 overs to go.
In the 2nd match of the day, Damshagen won the toss again and decided to put the guests into bat. Sharmaine Mannan and Laureana Armitage managed to get a good partnership going which was only broken in the 17th over when Laureana was bowled by Antonia Meyenborg. With the support of Denise Grützke, Sharmaine managed to reach her personal milestone of 50 runs, including 1×6 and 4×4, with one ball to spare in the innings. The final score for CICC was 122 runs.
Although there was some tired bowling by the CICC players, the result was never in any danger, especially when a change of bowlers brought some success in terms of wickets. The mother and daughter combination of Kerstin and Selina Meyenborg kept Damshagen in the game but not close enough.
The team from Cologne also won the 2nd match by 37 runs. They finish the season unbeaten and are “Deutscher Cricketmeister der Damen 2015”. A big “Thank you” goes to everyone in Damshagen for the fantastic organisation and hospitality.