Golden Eagles hope to soar in T20 World Cup qualifier
The German women's national cricket team is in good sporting form - despite the Corona crisis and all the restrictions that come with it. The players around coach Michael Thewlis have now won 14 matches in a row. The world record, held by Thailand, is still three victorious duels away. But it could be very difficult to break that record. For Germany, the ICC Women's T20 Regional Qualifier for the 2023 World Cup in South Africa is scheduled from Thursday, August 26, to Monday, August 30, in La Manga, Spain.
The Germans' opponents in the European group of the T20 variant - 20 overs of six balls each will be played - are Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Turkey, and France. Only the top of the group is certain to advance around to next year's global qualifying round to hone their skills for final World Cup participation. In the championship, cricket betting became especially popular.
Germany travels to Spain on Tuesday, with a final training session on Wednesday. On Thursday, the team's qualifying campaign begins with a clash against top favorites Ireland (10:30 a.m., livestream www.icc.tv). The "Golden Eagles" are ranked 25th in the world rankings, while Ireland, in tenth place, is currently nominally the best cricket team in Europe in this competition. Scotland (13th) and the Dutch (20th) are also ahead of the Germans. For France and Turkey, it is the premiere at a competition of the world federation ICC (International Cricket Council). Ultimately, there was a different sporting preparation than usual in all countries because of the virus - accordingly, the current performance level is rather difficult to assess.
National coach Thewlis sees the team on a par with the favorites on "good days"
"It will be very difficult for us because there are strong teams in the group like Ireland and Scotland. But I'm also confident enough to say we're in good shape and absolutely competitive. At the end of the day, cricket is about the duel between the batsman and the bowler. Especially in 20 overs, anything can happen. On a good day, why shouldn't we win?" says 51-year-old Englishman Michael Thewlis, who is in his third year in charge of the Golden Eagles.
In the team, he says, the mix of varied batting and bowling is right. Talented young players like Emma Bargna, Anna Healey and Antonia Meyenborg are putting pressure on the established national players. The development should continue upwards as in general cricket in Germany. "We are really fired up for the qualifiers and have been training hard after the last qualifying round. We have improved in key areas of the game, both as a team and individually," team captain Anuradha "Anu" Dodaballapur tells the ICC website. While it is a strong group, she says, "we love challenges and are all looking forward to this event."
Most recently, there were five wins against France
Thewlis is hoping the players can show the dedication to the game they have displayed so far in La Manga. And then, he said, it remains to be seen "what that will amount to in the end." Germany's last competitive matches were five duels with France at the beginning of July at the national base, reported https://bellyupsports.com/2022/03/the-importance-of-technology-in-sports/. There, the host was able to win all five encounters.