In a rare series between two associates from different regions outside of ICC events, Germany's women's side recently travelled to Oman for a four match T20I series against the hosts.

Oman, who had won three match in a tri-series against Qatar and Kuwait last month, were hoping to take that form into the series against a side that hadn't yet won a full T20I game.

However that optimism was dashed as a young Omani side featuring several teenagers including five 14 year olds were whitewashed by a more experienced German side.

Oman did improve as the series progressed though. After losing the first T20I by 115 runs after a 158 run second wicket partnership by Germany's Janet Ronalds and Tina Gough, they scored 99 in the second match before losing by 6 wickets.

In the third match, they kept Germany to 124 from their 20 overs before responding with 105-9 for a narrow 19 run defeat. They again scored 105 in the final match, this time losing by 23 runs.

A tough series for the hosts, but this series was more about gaining experience than results on the field. Oman now know more about how to compete against stronger opponents, and Germany can take some confidence into their home international summer.