18.02.2012 - 2012 Wintercup Teams
by Michael Bailey

Berlin CC (BCC) - Founded in 1986 under the name of The Refugees by a small band of exiles from the Thatcher revolution, we started out playing in the tournaments and league of the British Forces in Berlin. After Berlin's (and indeed Germany's) reunification the British left and the club was finally registered as Berlin Cricket Club e.V. in 1994. Since then, we have slowly but steadily grown into a truly multinational and multicultural club. We have been entering two teams in the Berlin league structure for the last 4 years and won the German club championship in 2010. We tour regularly to the UK as well as other European destinations but our highlights have undoubtedly been the trips to India (in 2009) and Australia (in 2011).

Fives & Heronians CC (F&HCC) was formed in 1970 by the amalgamation of the former Fives CC and Old Heronians CC. They began playing at their ground at The Paddock in Chigwell Essex the following year. This was literally a paddock made available to them by the late Bill Humphrey and his wife Ivy where they created a cricket ground and pavilion by the physical efforts of the club's members. The Club grew and was admitted to what is now the Shepherd Neame Essex League in which it runs four teams.

In 1992 the Club won the NCA Indoor Cricket 6 a side Championship at Lords and this led to being invited to play in the Vienna CC Wintercup the following year, which they were proud to win. Happy visits were exchanged with the members of Vienna CC including their sending some youngsters over to visit us and play cricket with our Colts.

In the summer of 1992 the Club were finalists (losing) at the Oval in the inaugural Evening Standard Trophy competition. Since those heady days the Club has not fared quite so well on the field although we have much to be proud of including the success of many of our Colts members.

Indoors the Club has had some success in the indoor competitions, reaching our regional final of the National in 2010 and our County semi-final in February 2011.

Lords Cricket Club (LCC) was established in Vienna, Austria in 1989. The club is made up of a large number of expatriate Indians. On the field LCC has been highly successful in Austrian cricket winning the Austrian Open League Championship 4 times and finishing runners-up on several occasions. The club has regular practice sessions throughout the year, playing indoor cricket during the winter. Lords Cricket Club has realized the importance of youth development and started working into this direction, with youth players being supported and advised by the senior players during training sessions and matches at all levels.

Touregs CC (TCC): The Touregs are a Cricket Society which specialises in playing cricket in unusual cricketing venues or against unusual cricket teams. Formed in 2011 following successful tours to Vienna, Bonn and Hamburg, in 2012 we will be touring Vienna, Estonia and Rome as well as having matches in the UK including against the England Cricket Association for the Deaf Southern Region XI. We welcome new members from all parts of the world and details can be found on our website at www.twenty20cricketcompany.com.