The German Women’s team took part in the 7th European Women’s T20 tournament held at Herning Cricket Club from August 4-7, 2016. The team competed against Italy, France, Belgium, Norway and hosts Denmark.
Germany took on France in their first fixture on the first day. Batting first, the team put up a score of 96 losing 6 wickets at the end of 20 overs (A. Doddaballapur 35 and C. Gough 29). France worked their way through a good bowling attack. Up until the last over, the game could have swung both ways. However, France managed to chase the total with one ball to spare in a nail biting finish (S. Meyenborg and A. Doddaballapur took a wicket each).
On the second day, Germany beat Norway by 126 runs. The team scored 184, their highest ever total with C. Gough (104*) smashing a rapid century who was well supported by M. Theron (36*). Germany ripped through Norway’s batting line up in 15 overs, with A. Doddaballapur (4 overs, 5 runs and 4 wickets) and C. Gough (3.1 overs, 14 runs and 2 wickets) being the pick of the bowlers.
Germany had a two header on the third day against Belgium and Denmark. Bowling first against Belgium, Germany restricted the opposition to 40 runs owing to excellent bowling by M. Beresford (3 overs, 4 runs and 2 wickets) and C. Gough, S. Mannan and S. McAnanama-Brereton (1 wicket each). Chasing the small total in 7 overs, M. Loveday (11) and S. Frohnmayer (20*) finished the game with ease.
After a quick lunch, Germany faced hosts Denmark. Bowling first, Germany were off to a brilliant start where C. Gough annihilated two Danish wickets in the first two balls of the innings. Inspite of constant wickets falling, the Danish middle order batsmen had successful partnerships to put up a final score of 87 on the board. A. Doddaballapur and C. Gough (both with 4 overs, 10 runs and 3 wickets) and S. Mannan (3 overs, 13 runs and 1 wicket) were the top bowlers. In the German Innings, three wickets fell early on, but S. Frohnmayer (19) anchored the innings before losing her wicket in the 10th over. M. Brauser (34*) and S. Mannan (16*) steered Germany to an exciting finish with 12 balls to spare.
On the last day of the tournament, Germany took on Italy, the defending champions. Although the weather conditions were not ideal, Germany batted first and scored 100 for 4 (C. Gough 28 and M. Theron 27). Despite the constant drizzle, umpires deemed the pitch fit to play. However, Italy not willing to bat forfeited the game.
Germany Women winning four out of five games finished as runners up, while France came through as champions for the first time at the EU Women T20 championship.