A victory each for series leaders Alpine Tigers and the Western Eagles in last Saturday’s two DCB Super Series matches in Frankfurt means that the tournament is still very much alive as we head into the last two weeks of competition.
In the first game the Alpine Tigers decided to bat and put up a competitive total of 164-7 off their twenty overs. Most batsmen contributed but it was once again Brandon Ess who impressed the most with 46 off just 18 balls. Ess was ably supported by Amith Sarma (27) and Wasantha De Silva (26). Top bowler for the Eagles was Kapil Chandnani who took 3-39.
The Western Eagles‘ reply was halted by the fall of regular wickets just as batsmen had got themselves in. Top scorer was Adeep Ashger with 31 off 20 balls but the Eagles were reduced to 145-9 off their 20 overs, Alpine Tigers winning the game by 19 runs with Wasantha De Silva and Prajakt Jadhav each taking three wickets.
This victory meant that the Tigers only needed another win in the second game to ensure that they could not be overtaken at the top of the table with two weeks left. This wasn’t to be however, as it was a different Eagles performance that led them to their first victory in the Super Series.
This time batting first the Eagles scored 156-9 in their twenty overs with Inaam Ullah top scoring with 29. U19 national team player Safi Schirchan was the pick of the bowlers with 3-26.
In reply, the Alpine Tigers started poorly by losing early wickets before Brandon Ess once again steadied the ship with 29 off 17 balls. It seemed to be heading for an easy win for the Eagles before a 9th wicket partership between Ali Haider (29 not out) and Amith Sarma (22 not out) almost saw them home. The Tigers needed a 6 off the last ball but could only manage two runs to give the Eagles the win they desperately needed.
With two weeks left to play, everything is possible in terms of the winner of the Super Series. On Saturday, Northern Lights will travel to Bonn to play the Western Eagles in two crucial games. Two wins for the Lights will see them still in with a chance of the title whilst two wins for the Eagles will see them travel to Karlsruhe the week after for the return games against the Tigers knowing that two wins there would bring them the title.