May 4, 2011

ICC World Cricket League Division Seven

Of winning over new fans and a day in the wild

Nikita Bastian

By Andre Leslie

At the halfway mark of the tournament I'd be lying if I said it's been all sweet-smelling roses so far for us [Germany].

Today's match against Botswana ended in a narrow loss – tough to swallow after we put in another fighting performance. After a top effort from our middle order to get us up to 229 from 47 overs, we just didn't put in the performance we wanted in the field. Credit to Botswana, who held their nerve well at the end.

It was nice to be visited by the German Ambassador to Botswana, Annette Guenther, before today's game. She was there at the close of play too. I suspect that – despite our loss – we managed to win over another fan for cricket. The final stages of the game were very tense.

Tomorrow we take on Kuwait. We played them in Division 8 in November, so we know what to expect from them. It will be a crucial game. A win will really help our chances of staying higher up in this division.

I almost forgot to mention: yesterday we managed to get in a visit to Gaborone Game Reserve as it was our day off. I thought the trip was well worth it. We saw deer, ostriches, zebras, monkeys and kudus [a species of antelope], all running around wild. Bravo to a great idea from our team manager Ben, whose efforts sometimes go a bit unnoticed!

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Posted by tim on (May 8, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

hey, well done guys, a superb allround performance by the German team who have done well - beyond expectations? - to finish third. This is due to some brilliant batting anfd bowling but also to a strong increase in the fielding and catching. Enjoy the rest of your stay and have a safe journey back home!! PS: Special hello to the wonderboys (!!!) from Berlin Cricket Club.

Posted by Venkat on (May 5, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Hey guys,

I was following ball by ball commentry at work every match... The last two matches were really a good fight... The wickets taken by Javed at right times in the second spell was the key to success...

Keep up the good work and concentrate hard on the last and final game...

Cheers Venkat

Posted by TRISHANE NONIS on (May 5, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

BEST OF LUCK FOR THE ON GOING MATCHES. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU MR. FAZAL SHERIFF. HOPE YOU CAN REMEMBER ME.TRISHANE NONIS FROM SRI LANKA

Posted by shahzan on (May 5, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

hey good luck on your game against Kuwait. Iam from Toronto but i lived in kuwait when i was a kid. growing up in kuwait, i heard a lot about Saud Qamar (you will be playing him tomorrow) people used to say he was an exceptional talent. there were too many folklore about his batting wonders on the local circuit. I would like to know what you think of his talent. and also if you get a chance, please tell him that puppi said wasup. peace !

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