Cricket newcomers PricewaterhouseCoopers made a strong début at the weekend when they made it to the third placed final of the annual six-a-side cricket tournament.
Their beginner's flair was not enough, however, to secure them the cup, which went to CoMetz, a team only founded the other side of the border this year and which trains at the Metz baseball grounds. The French side beat experienced player The Southerners in the final, meanwhile the plate went to youngsters The Ben Lougheed Appreciation Society.
The teams were among 13 sides, including one women's team, to compete during a two-day tournament which was at the mercy of the elements.
Glorious sunshine greeted teams for the round robin games on Saturday, attracting scores of supporters. In total some 80 people were at the Pierre Werner grounds, among the many newcomers who came along to find out more about cricket.
The summery weather was short-lived, however, as Sunday saw players receive several drenchings. The torrential rain caused some delays, forcing tournament organisers to shorten the games further. Meanwhile, efforts were made to batten down the marquees and bar.
Organiser John Verrinder told wort.lu/en: “We had glorious sun for the first time this summer on Saturday. But, then the wind was terrible today and I've never seen anything like the rain this morning. We had to pause play and were running very late so we slightly shortened the matches, making them more exciting."
The two-day cricket tournament is now in its 35th year, though it was amended to include teams of six in 2004. It was changed to allow more teams to take part in the tournament meanwhile the shorter games mean more action and excitement for spectators. This year saw players travel from around the world, with one player from Australia and a number coming from the UK to take part.