Hansa claim first German championship
Wiesbaden CC and Hansa CC from Hamburg met in the final of the DCB Championship in Frankfurt last weekend. Overnight rain meant that the start was delayed by 90 minutes and the game reduced to 38 overs per side. Hansa CC won the toss and put Wiesbaden in, their bowlers bowling with great control on a fast pitch, with wickets falling at regular intervals. Rizwan Mir and Munir Ahmed, however, responded with a fighting partnership, with Wiesbaden ending up on 176 all out at the end of the innings, Mir contributing 62, and with Zaheer Malik and Quaiser Mahmood both finishing with 3 wickets.
Hansa began their innings aggressively, with the partnership between Barkatullah Masaud (45 having taken 2-18 in 8 overs in Wiesbaden's innings) and Shakil Ahmed's partnership pushing Hansa towards their target. Three wickets from offspinner Yasir Ahmed, threatened to turn things around, but the Hansa captain, Abrar Hussain stood firm and managed to steer his team home to victory in the 33rd over, for Hansa's first ever German Championship.