1 and 2nd April 2017
7 teams registered for the tournament (See below), ensuring a full weekend of cricket.
- Basel Dragons
- Le Chat
- Swiss U11
- Zurich Crickets
- Zurich Sapphires (women’s team)
Two venues had to be used on the Saturday for the league games and one venue Sunday (Pfaffenholz) for the knockout rounds.
Basel Dragons played the following league games on Saturday with 20 overs per side format:
Saturday: Game 1 v Zurich Crickets. Basel won by 111 runs
Basel were put into bat by Zurich and opened with Marc and Ross against two spinners (Vadim and Kabir K). Following 2 steady overs, the breakthrough for Zurich came when Ross had the top of his off stump hit by a cracker from Kabir in the 3rd over. This brought Max H to the wicket and together with Marc they started to accelerate. Max retired on 26, followed 2 overs later by Marc. Alex came to the crease and showed his ability to hit hard and straight. Ali joined him and the score continued to build. Alex was run out by Shankar for a useful 12 and then Soumil was bowled by Shankar, leaving Dragons on 132 for 3 off only 13 overs. Ali continued to accelerate with Ray both retiring on 24 and 28 respectively. Fin came in and was bowled by Ryan for 2 trying to keep the momentum going with 200 in reach – Basel were 186 for 4 off 18 overs. With Max and then Marc coming back in, 25 runs were bagged in the last 2 overs taking Basel to an extremely challenging 221 for 4.
In reply, Zurich lost wickets steadily from the moment Ray beat Kabir for pace and bowled him for 3 in the second over. Only Sam showed resistance, retiring on 29. Zurich finished on 100 all out, with Fin starring with 2 wickets, and one each for Ray, Soumil and Ross.
Basel stayed on to play Swiss U11’s
Game 2 v Swiss U11: Basel won by 47 runs
Basel were again put into bat and Ross and Marc started steadily. Marc was narrowly run out by Owen in the 4th over for 9 with Max joining Ross. The Swiss team bowled tightly and made it difficult for Basel. Thomas G had Max caught behind for 17 and then Ross retired on 25. Basel were on 74 for 2 halfway through their innings. Fin was then run out by Charlie and Basel looked in a bit of trouble. Ali joined Ray in the middle and the 2 of them started to build again until Ray was caught behind off Ryan for 24. Basel were now 132 for 4 in the 16th over. Ali continued to score and retired leaving Alex and Soumil to try and grab some late runs. Soumil was bowled by Ethan for 10 useful runs going for the “big’un” bringing Ross back for the last few balls and taking Basel to a challenging 176 for 6 with Alex left 4 not out.
In response, Swiss U11 struggled against some fast, accurate bowling and lost Adarsh bowled by Ross in the first over for 0. They continued to lose wickets and after 10 overs were 66 for 4. Only Thomas G, Owen and later Charlie got into double figures and Swiss were bowled out for 129 with 3 overs left.
Marc got 2 wickets with 1 for Ross, Ray and Fin.
2 wins took Basel through to the second semifinal Sunday against Luxembourg. Zurich went through to the other semi-final against Vaud (a strong combined Geneva team due to the individual clubs being unable to field full teams). Le Chat and Zurich Sapphires went through to the plate competition, together with Swiss U11’s (who went on to win the plate, beating Le Chat by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare).
Our opponents in the semi, went to the calculator as both. The head to head was tied with both teams scoring 125 due to a remarkable 9 off the last ball by Luxembourg. It then went down to wickets lost (both lost 10), so net run rate (NRR) came into play and ultimately Luxembourg went through to the semi-final with a better NRR -0.2 than Le Chat -0.9!
Sunday: 2nd Semi-Final v Luxembourg. Basel won by 7 runs
The Semifinals were 12 overs to side to accommodate the large number of matches. Once again Basel were put into bat and started brightly, racing to 51 for 0 wicket off 5 overs and both Marc and Ross retiring on 25. Luxembourg clawed their way back into it with Charlie bowling Soumil for 3 and then Frederic bowling Max H for a rare duck. Ray and Ali were next up and they continued their good form of Saturday. After 3 dot balls, Ray scored off every ball, finishing on 22 not out. After Ali was run out for 8, picking up the pace, Alex was bowled by Lydie off the last ball for 6 leaving Basel on 132 for 4 off the 12 overs.
In reply, Luxembourg got off to a bad start with key player Sasha run out in the first over. Ray took the second over and conceded 11 extras, his pace both frightening but also slightly variable J. When Rahul was then run out for 12 in the 7 over Luxembourg were 61 for 2 and still in the game. But a couple of tight overs Ali and Aidan left Luxembourg needing an unlikely 46 to win off the last 2 overs. Ray bowled ta 10 ball 11th over and conceded 23 runs. Leaving Ross to bowl the final over with Luxembourg requiring 23 runs. Ross kept his cool despite the Luxembourg batsmen Lydie and Ayush throwing everything at it. Importantly he didn’t bowl any wides and restricted Luxembourg to 16 off the over, leaving them an uncomfortable 7 runs away from an unlikely victory. Worryingly for Basel, we conceded 52 extras in the 2nd innings….and knew we would have to tighten up for the final.
This was nothing compared to the drama in the next match (3/4th playoff) where Luxembourg , batting second needed an impossible 34 off the last over to beat Zurich. Poor Andreas, with wides, bowled 13 ball over, including 8 from one ball (lots of ping pong J), and Charlie hit 3 off the last ball to give Luxembourg a deserved 3rd place in the competition….
Final v Vaud. Vaud won by 5 wickets
Finally Basel won the toss and still elected to bat first and set a good score in such a pressure situation. The final had to be reduced to 16 overs per side, due to the late running of the previous game. Marc and Ross again got Basel off to a good start reaching 41 for 0 off 5 overs, against some accurate, fast bowling from Gianni, Barnaby and Kabir. When Ross retired on 17, Ray came to the crease and continued to score rapidly. Marc then retired on 25 and Alex joined Ray and continued to hit the ball very well. He was eventually caught by Alistair off Oliver’s bowling for 14. Max H came in at number 5, but in a defining moment hit a good leg side shot, which unluckily bounced up nicely off the bars giving Finian any easy catch off his brothers bowling (Alistair). This left Basel on 105 for 2 after 12 overs and needing another 50 runs off the last 4 overs to set a challenging score. Ali came in next but was run out by Barnaby for 5 starting a sequence of 4 run outs in the last 3 overs. This was a sign of the pressure exerted on the batsmen, mainly by the accurate bowling of Barnaby. Aidan was then run out first ball. Soumil followed, this time with a close call at non strikers end. This brought Ross back in who took his score to 26 before also being run out. Ray and Marc were together for the last 3 balls, but Ray swung and missed and Basel were all out for 141 runs, arguably 10 or 15 runs short of the challenging total were wanted to set.
The team still felt if they bowled well and controlled the extras, like they did in the final at Gingins, they stood a chance. Louqmaan and Kabir opened and Ross and Ray bowled very tightly. Alex took a good catch off Ray in the 3rd over to remove the dangerous Louqmaan for 6. When Ross then run out Kabir for 16 in the 7th over, it left Vaud on 67 for 2 and the game was finely balanced. Gianni and Alistair then came in and batted sensibly, both retiring and tipping the game in Vaud’s favour. Barnaby and Finian then came in and Aidan took his first Dragon’s wicket, bowling Finian for 2. But Barnaby looked comfortable and retired for 25 at the beginning of the 15th over. By now only 6 more were needed to win and new batsmen Oliver and Max P scored 3 each, giving Vaud a deserved victory with 7 balls to go.
So many congratulations to Vaud and also well done to Basel team for making a close game against such a strong team!!
|Bowling||Batting||Spirit of Cricket / Fielding|
|Gianni St Hilaire, Vaud||Sam Caton, Zurich Crickets||Alex Evans, Dragons|
|Barnaby Johnson-Hill, Vaud||Lydie Wykes, Lux||Andreas Hall, Crickets|
|Adarsh Ravikumar, Swiss U11||Kabir Mehta, Vaud||Aidan Eby, Dragons|
|Alistair Nicol, Vaud||Ray Radelfinger, Dragons||Lydie Wykes, Lux|
|Louqman Motala, Vaud|
|Batting award||Sam Caton||Zurich Crickets||Highest runs scored and highest score of tournament. Solid throughout. Only run out towards end of innings|
|Bowling award||Barnaby Johnson-Hill||Vaud||Just behind Gianni on wickets, but highest % good balls and 2nd highest economy. Great all round tournament.|
|Spirit of Cricket||Alex Evans||Basel Dragons||New to game & Dragons team and bowled, batted & fielded well. True team player|
Pete Veal April 2017