The 3rd Annual Dresden indoor tournament was a phenomenal success and was very well received by the participating teams. We had 16 teams participating this year including guests from Holland and the Czech Republic. In tradition with our contribution to cricket development, a mixed youth U-19 team together with women was fielded in this men’s tournament. Also a new addition this year was a corporate team from Global Foundaries who were highly impressed with the format and the quality of cricket.
The first day of cricket saw the 16 teams divided into 4 groups fighting out to qualify for the cup which meant to become either the winner or runners of their respective group. The group winners and runners up saw no surprises with Chemnitz Black (runners-up 2014), Prague Cricket Club (Winners 2014), Viktoria Berlin along with Göttingen, Sparta Holland, Berlin Lions, Cologne International CC (CICC) all making it to the Super 8 qualifiers. Unfortunately the hosts Strikers and Warriors had to miss out despite some good performances. They, along with the rest of the teams had to fight for the Plate tournament on the second day.
On Day 2, the Super 8 teams for both the cup and plate were divided into two groups. They played again a round-robin match and the winners of the each group played the finals. It was such a tough format that even a solitary loss could throw a team out of the final.
In the Cup tournament, CICC topped their group with some clinical performances against Berlin Lions, Chemnitz Black, PCC 2 and were the clear toppers in their group. The other group was a closely contested group with Viktoria, Göttingen and defending champions PCC all ending up with the same points. Viktoria qualified on net run rate.
In the plate tournament, the new format threw up then the most interesting scenario with all the four Dresden-based teams (Global foundaries, Strikers, Warriors, Mixed U19/ Women) involved. The Plate final between Chemnitz and Saxon warriors was a one-sided affair which saw the Warriors win chasing the relatively low target set for them.
The cup final between Viktoria and CICC was also a one-sided affair with CICC not putting enough runs on the board and Viktoria chasing it down with ease. But CICC was one team which stole the heart of the majority with their exemplary discipline, attitude and spirit. They deserve credit and only their nerves did them in.
One of the other highlights was the visit of Meenal and her companion Nishant who travelled all the way from London to play in the tournament. Meenal, played for the U-19 team and won a special prize for her performance and motivation. Ehsan Latif was named player of the tournament.
The Dresden organising team would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to all the volunteers and participants in making this tournament a grand success.