Last week the German national team played two friendly matches against their counterparts from Denmark in Husum, near to the border between both countries. This was a big challenge for the German team as Denmark are ranked 23 in the world, compared to Germany’s ranking of 39.
The first game saw the favourites from Denmark win convincingly. Germany batted first and were dismissed for only 157 off overs. Top scorer for Germany was Rishi Pillai with 31. The Danes responded well and chalked up the runs for the loss of only three wickets despite good bowling from Shakkel Hassan (2-32)
Scorecard Game 1 (courtesy of Cricket Denmark)
As in Germany’s recent trip to Austria, a big defeat in the first game was foillowed by a convincing victory in the second. This time the Germans were on top from start to finish.
Again, Germany batted first but with much better success than in the first game, scoring a respectable 203 off the full 50 overs. Asif Khan played a captain’s innings of 67, ably supported by 18 year old Rohit Singh who hit 47 on his debut. Rohit will play for the Germany Under 18 team in two weeks in the four nation tournament in Karlsruhe and is a good sign that youth cricket in Germany is developing.
Germany’s bowlers did an excellent job in taking regular wickets and reducing the scoring as the Danes were bowled out for 121. Top wicket taker was Asad Khan with three wickets.
This was a pleasing success for Germany as they build towards their participation in next summer’s ICC World Cricket League Division 7 tournament.
Scorecard Game 2 (courtesy of Cricket Denmark)