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Germany make cricket history after nail-biting game

Germany make cricket history after nail-biting game

"I am very, very happy and so proud of the team," said national coach Steven Knox. Although Germany lost 116-117 to Italy in the final match of the Europe Qualifier at the Desert Springs golf and cricket resort in the Almeria region of Spain, this narrow defeat can be forgiven. Due to the better net run rate, the German national cricket team reaches the second place in the table with three wins and three losses from the six matches. Italy is third with the same record and is eliminated. As top of the group, Jersey qualifies undefeated for the next qualifying round. Germany will now compete for a World Cup spot either in Oman in 2022 or in Zimbabwe in June.


By reaching the Global Qualifier, Germany has so far recorded the biggest success in its history in the men's competition. In 2019 it was also close - the Net Run Rate let Germany fail then - this time they could cheer. "We fought hard and after missing it two years ago it's great to meet the other side now," said the former first-class cricketer from England, who played for Scotland in his active career. This was provided by bookmakers on the online cricket betting websites in India.

Italy gave a commanding performance - Germany improved late on

"It was a close tournament in which we prevailed in the end," team captain Venkatraman Ganesan was happy. The Italians started well as the team batting first and got to 117 runs when all ten batsmen were out. According to initial arithmetic forecasts, their own score in attack of just over 90 should be enough to keep them in second place in the table via the net run rate.

With a win, all the arithmetic would have been moot anyway, but Germany struggled to score runs or hits against good opponents. Things went sluggishly. But towards the end, there were two who could upset the hitherto confident Italians - who were to take a total of six wickets after 20 overs. "Dieter Klein and Sahir Naqash played incredibly well at the end on a difficult pitch," praised Knox. The bounce of the ball thrown was hard to gauge, often bouncing off the side. That didn't bother Klein. He confected 28 points from 18 balls, three times hitting the ball directly over the boundary for six points each, once rolling his shot over that mark (four points). He also managed two wickets from 34 balls bowled earlier. Sahir Naqash made 28 runs from 15 balls, including a four.

Tournament started with a loss to Jersey - important wins followed

Last Friday, the tournament had started for Germany with a defeat against Jersey (133/5 after 20 overs, Jersey 137/7). "We were very pleased to have put ourselves in the position of needing 66 runs from ten overs, with eight wickets in hand. Unfortunately, this was followed by five weak overs in which we made only 21 runs, taking the required run rate to nine in the remaining five overs," said the 47-year-old coach. The bottom line was that this could not quite be done, but "overall there were a lot of positives that we can take with us for the Denmark game," Knox said.

Germany reached their target of 111 - the Danes had put on 110 runs for six wickets in 20 overs - after the second ball of the 18th over. The best German player was Faisal Mubashir, who scored 36 runs off 37 balls. "It was a good all-round performance by the team. We bowled according to plan and our fielding was on par with the Jersey game. Our selection of shots and their execution was also better," the coach said seeing an improvement compared to the opener.

Then followed the first duel against Italy, which the Germans could decide for themselves. The innings ended with 103/5 for Italy at bat. Germany reached the necessary 104 points in the 18th over. Knox: "I'm delighted with the win. The boys bowled brilliantly and Dylan, Venkat and Sahir were sensational at bat." Dylan Bignaut scored 36 runs (48 balls), Venkatraman Ganesan 23 (26) and Sahir Naquash 13 (9).

Putting Italy under pressure with win against Denmark

With a good starting position of two wins and one loss, the team went into the second round after a day off. Once again Jersey were better than Germany - 85 : 86/6 (17.1/20 overs). "We were not good at bat against Jersey, who were very good at bowling and fielding," said Knox, who was hoping to bounce back with a wide win against Denmark to regain more confidence in their batting.


The win against Denmark, which was also psychologically important, was to be successful. Germany put 119 runs on the scoreboard with five batsmen behind after 120 balls thrown. Denmark was bowled out for 107 with all ten batsmen two balls to go. The best German player was wicket-keeper Michael Richardson, who accounted for two stumpings - the ball thrown is touched by the batsman, caught by the player positioned behind and pushed against the wicket - and came up trumps as a batsman (61 off 53 balls). With three wins and two losses, it was on to the showdown with Italy, where Germany held their nerve. Players and coaches celebrated together before heading home on Friday.