Germany relax with visit to Kuwait City
Germany batsman Andre Leslie writes about the World Cricket League Division 8
The team is pretty chuffed with our two victories so far in the tournament here in Kuwait. But, we aren't getting too carried away - things are still tight in our group.
Our first match against Zambia was a close call. After scoring just 128 we knew we would need a massive effort in the field to turn things around. Once again it was our fast bowler, Ehsan Latif, who got the crucial wickets at the end. Our spinners also made a big contribution with some very economical bowling. The win gave us a great boost of confidence to start the tournament.
After “getting out of jail” against Zambia, we managed to do things a little easier on Sunday against Gibraltar. Our batting was very strong - thanks mainly to centuries from both Milan Fernando and our captain, Asif Khan. It is the first time we have had two centurions in one innings for a long time in German cricket. In the end we won by 130 runs.
With lots of training and playing, we haven't really had a chance to see much of Kuwait so far. Today we plan to head out and check out some of the sights in Kuwait City. I'm especially looking forward to the Kuwait Towers. Where I live in Berlin we also have a unique-looking thin tower. The locals call it "the asparagus". I wonder what they call it here.
One added bonus of sightseeing here in Kuwait is that you know it is going to be sunny and warm. When we left Germany last week, the mercury was already starting to dip below zero degrees.
Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo