November 12, 2010

ICC World Cricket League Division Eight

Mixed feeling for runners-up Germany

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Germany's Andre Leslie writes about the ICC WCL Division Eight.

Well, all good things have to come to an end. Our wonderful Kuwait experience is now over and - unfortunately - so is our winning streak. Kuwait were worthy winners of this tournament, no doubt about it, but I would be lying if I said that we were satisfied with our performance today.

After a good start, our top order - including yours truly - failed to capitalise. Losing wickets regularly always makes scoring a big total difficult. We still thought we had a chance though with 163 on the board, but we knew we would have to bowl well from the start. Kuwait were always going to come out guns blazing ... and this time their plan worked.

Still, I was really impressed by how the team fought their way back into the game and put the Kuwait batsmen under pressure despite the low total. Our spinners once again bowled well. In the end though our hosts played it sensibly to the end and got the runs comfortably. It was a disappointing end for our DCB side, even though we have managed our main goal of qualifying for Division 7 - of that we can be really proud.

This evening we get straight back on the plane to Frankfurt in Germany. It is a quick turn around for the squad. But, we all have jobs to get back to and lounging here in Kuwait will not pay the bills! Although I am looking forward to getting back to family and friends, I will definitely miss the warm weather here a bit.

I hope to catch you all in Botswana next May for the World Cricket League Division 7!

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