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England Knocked Out of Cricket World Cup by Germany
Colombo, March 13th 2011
England have been knocked out of the Cricket World Cup by Germany after a thrilling drawn game in Sri Lanka.
Fans of the minor sport are thought to be distraught after such a heartbreaking elimination. The game was tied at 230 runs each after 50 overs, so the umpire deemed that the game should go to a penalty shoot-out after a portable football goal was wheeled into the outfield. Each wicket keeper acted as goalkeeper for the shoot-out, with the previously unfancied German team coming out on top.
The German team is ranked eighth in Europe amongst the non-test sides and is full of amateur “athletes” compared to the pie-eating, standing in a field, game-called-off-if-its-raining full time players from the England team – some of whom earn up to £12,000 a year.
Germany featured various professions in their side – a bratwurst salesman, a lederhosen maker, a oompah band member and former Spurs midfielder Steffen Freund.
England missed all three of their penalties.