Eurowrap: Frankfurt sides rule the roost in Germany

Frankfurt CC celebrate victory

Frankfurt teams monopolised the finals weekend in Germany, with the Furies winning the women’s championship in Krefeld on Saturday and MSC Frankfurt repeating that success with victory in the men’s event in Berlin the following day.

German international batter Anne Bierwisch hit an unbeaten 112 from 67 deliveries as the Furies posted a massive 223 for two against SV Damshagen, and the Frankfurt women then dismissed their opponents for 29 to complete an overwhelming victory.

In the men’s championship 2020 winners Kummervelder SV fell at the semi-final stage, losing to MSC, while BSC Rehberge beat TV Pflugvelden in the other semi. MSC then went on to beat the Berliners in the final.

Prague complete a Czech double

Prague CC added the Pro40 title to their T20 Cup win in the Czech Republic on Sunday, beating Prague Spartans in a one-sided final.

Half-centuries from Sharan Ramakrishnan and Keyur Mehta had set up Prague’s semi-final victory over Vinohrady on Saturday, with Mehta then taking five for 29 as the title favourites dismissed their opponents for 121 to win by 91 runs.

In the other semi-final the Spartans cruised past Prague Bohemians, Neeraj Tyagi and Satyajit Sengupta taking four for 15 and four for 23 respectively as the Bohemians crashed to 82 all out. Sengupta’s unbeaten 43 saw the Spartans home in just 19 overs, for the loss of two wickets.

Put in to bat in Sunday’s final, Prague were in early trouble at 27 for three, but they were rescued by a superb 105-ball knock of 145, including 16 fours and six sixes, from Sudesh Wickremasingha, enabling them to reach 269 for seven.

The Spartans had no answer to this and were all out for 94, Vyshakh Jagannivasan top-scoring with 31; Sameera Maduranga claimed four for 36 for Prague and Ali Hassan Sittar four for 30.

Jinnah Brescia in pursuit of a double

Jinnah Brescia eased their way into the final of the Italian 50-over championship on Sunday with a six-wicket victory over Rome, and stayed on course for a double title, since they had already qualified for a meeting with Asian Latina in the T20 final.

A fine display with the ball by Janaka Vaas, who took three for 16 in ten overs, was instrumental Jinnah’s dismissal of Rome for 164, and a 44-ball 57 from Rizwan Muhammad then put the Brescia side on course for victory, which they achieved with almost ten overs to spare.

In the other semi-final, Modena Bergamo’s 237 all out was enough to account for Kings XI, who could only manage 175 in reply.

Beveren and Exiles Ostend neck-and-neck in Belgium

Wins for Beveren and Exiles Ostend in the much-rescheduled Belgian National League kept the joint leaders tied at the top of the table, with both sides having two matches to play.

80 from captain Hakim Khaksar was the basis for Beveren’s total of 260 all out against Antwerp CC in Gent, with Ilyas Zaheer taking five for 62 for the visitors, who were then dismissed for 137 in response, Khalid Ahmadi the most successful of the Beveren attack with four for 34.

Exiles Ostend secured a three-wicket home victory over 12 Stars Antwerp, despite useful contributions from Rounak Jain (59) and Sazzad Hosen (46) in the visitors’ total of 170; Faisal Mehmood (42) and Waqas Ali Raja (48) then led the way as the Exiles got home with 18 overs to spare.

Austrian Cricket Tigers too strong in final

In Austria, the Austrian Cricket Tigers defended their total of 143 for five to beat Vienna Afghan by 16 runs in the final of the T20 championship at Ballpark Graz.

Captain Muhammad Shahbaz got them going with a 20-ball 25 at the outset, Imran Asif anchoring the middle of the innings with 31, and then economical bowling from Shahbaz and Aqib Iqbal maintained the pressure; Umair Tariq chipped in with three for 31, and despite a fighting ninth-wicket stand of 41 from 32 deliveries between Nour Alam Ahmadzai and Zain Safi, the Afghans finished well short.

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