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THCC 1 wins season opener vs. Göttingen

THCC 3/94 (Murali 29, Israfeel 20*, Daub 1/11, Murugan 1/16) def. Göttingen 90 (A. Mustafa 34, Kamaladin 3/21, Cam 3/23)

There can be no doubt that back on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil saw a shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter. Well, that must have been some shadow, because it was still winter in Germany when the first ball was bowled in the 2016 NDCV Bundesliga.

A short pre-season, with little chance for outdoor training, meant the THCC first XI travelled to Göttingen with little preparation, but with a lot of clothing. Snow was forecast, and it came, along with rain, hail and a chilly northerly wind. For many, the match marked the first time playing cricket in snow.

Cricket Göttingen Hamburg

Safiullah and Israfeel guide the team to victory as the snow falls

The new-look THCC team included Murali and Chandan, playing their first games for the club, while Henrik debuted for the first XI. It meant the team comprised players from Afghanistan, Australia, Denmark, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa, with a 12th man and scorer from Germany.

Cam lost the toss, with Göttingen electing to bat, perhaps hoping conditions would improve during the day and the temperature might rise from 3° to 6°. So, THCC took the field, literally shaking with excitement. Bipin started proceedings, bowling with the arctic wind and finding a rhythm early. He had an LBW turned down, which looked about as good as an LBW can, but then got the rub of the green next ball, when a good-pitched delivery kept (very) low and hit the bottom of the stumps.

The Mustafa brothers then batted well to defy Israfeel and Bipin, taking the score up to 36 until G. Mustafa was well caught by Safiullah at point, with Bipin getting a second wicket. Israfeel followed soon after with a searing ball that cut back on Germany U19 player Oliver Markus and took the top of off-stump. From there, Kamal and Cam teamed up to cut down the runs and pick up six wickets. Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Kamal dislodged the stubborn A. Mustafa, brilliantly caught by Bipin at first slip, then had Prem out next ball, this time with Murali taking a sharp catch at short leg, but couldn’t get the hat-trick.

Murali and Steve combined well for a run-out, Henrik took a great catch at extra cover, and after 26 overs, THCC had managed to dismiss Göttingen for 90. In the break, the Göttingen team, always generous and welcoming hosts, put on an excellent lunch of sandwiches, home-made cake and hot drinks.

With the temperature having dropped, debutants Murali and Chandan opened the innings, cautiously taking the score to 25 before Chandan was out LBW. Murali and Cam got to 50, before another LBW sent Cam packing for 16. As the weather started to turn bad, with blustery snow falling, Murali swung the bat some more, hitting a succession of fours before trying one shot too many and getting bowled by the Göttingen captain, Raja Murugan. Israfeel and Safiullah weathered the storm (hah!), getting the runs in the 23rd over, with Israfeel finishing in style with a big six over long on.

The low scores, matching the day’s temperatures, shouldn’t take anything away from this being a hard-fought match. Göttingen is a team showing a lot of promise, especially Z. Jamali, the young left-arm bowler, and Mahel Daub, who dismissed the THCC captain, while Oliver was solid behind the stumps. THCC wishes Göttingen all the best for the rest of the Bundesliga season, and extends a big thank you for your warm hospitality and a great day of cricket. Thanks also to Moritz for scoring in difficult conditions.

Cricket Scorer Göttingen Hamburg

Scorers Moritz and Thomas look more like they’ve camped out while en route to the top of Mt Everest

THCC strikes back: the 2016 season

THCC logo kleinThe new cricket season is starting and has much to offer cricket players and fans:
Our first team is looking to win the Bundesliga Nord and compete for the German championship. There will be five home games for fans and those curious about cricket.

Our teams in the Regionalliga, the Women’s Bundesliga and the youth leagues want to build on last year’s success and look forward to drawing new players and spectators alike.

THCC Rot-Gelb Hamburg invites everyone to participate in the wonderful sport of cricket, as a spectator at one of our games or even at training for a hit and a bowl!

THCC Cricket Team

Here’s a sample of the season ahead:
After just losing out to title winners SG Findorff on net-run-rate, the THCC first XI will be looking to go one better in 2016 and win the NDCV Bundesliga. There will once again be stiff competition from SG Findorff (Bremen) and HSV (Hamburg), while newcomers MTV from Hannover look like being a tough side to beat. The first match of the season will take place in Göttingen on April 24, while the first home game in Klein Flottbek will be against SG Findorff on May 22. THCC will look to build on last year’s dominance with the ball, with further improvements in fielding skill and intensity, while also strengthening the middle-order batting.

This year’s revamped Regionalliga includes two new teams and two renamed teams, making for a league of seven teams. The THCC second XI will be looking to improve on last year’s performances over the course of the twelve-match season, which starts at home on May 1 and ends on October 9. The team will mix youth and experience and focus on playing smart cricket to establish themselves as real contenders in the NDCV Regionalliga.

The THCC Ladies want to play all the games at full team strength and build on the success of the last season, when they won their first ever game. Above all, they want to play cricket together and enjoy it. And they want to show that they are nicest ladies team in Germany – because in this team there are no arguments, no sullenness, and no losers.

THCC Ground

Starting from April 27, outdoor training for adults and league players will be on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 18:00, at the THCC ground, Hemmingstedter Weg 140, 22609, Hamburg. New members are very welcome.

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