Dragons U15s beat the weather to triumph at Zuoz

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Zuoz.  The highlight of the cricketing year.  Those were not the thoughts going through the U15 team when we met at 8 am on a wet and rainy Saturday morning to begin the tournament. A few hours later we adjourned to the indoor facilities of the Lyceum to play the first of our 10 over fixtures against Le Chat.  Put into bat, Le Chat got 25 (Musti 10-3) which the Dragons overhauled quickly.  The next match against GinGins followed a similar pattern after Captain Callum called the toss correctly.  Gingins got 48 that the team (Musti 10*, Callum 10*, Francis 7) again reeled in.  Sunday was better and the boys were desperate to play outdoors.  The sentiment was that the Dragons would rather play outdoors and lose than indoors and win.  Against Cossonay they got their wish.  They bowled very well, restricting Cossonay to 68, but in reply lost Callum cheaply.  Musti got 17 and Francis 8, but dogged resistance from the Cossonay bowlers meant that, while the run rate was never an issue, wickets were, and eventually the Dragons were all out for 62, falling agonizingly short.  The last match was against Zurich and a combination of other results meant the last match of the tournament was winner takes all.  Basel batted first and set off like a rocket.  With Callum speeding up the running, ones became twos, two became threes and Musti (28*) fired off a few boundaries in between.  Callum (28*) continued the pace, handing the baton to Ishan (23) who passed it to Francis (12*) for an impressive 116 off 15 overs, 96 off the bat.  In response Zurich lost an early wicket and fell behind the run rate with all the Basel bowlers and fielders (Tanmay, Zain, Will, Anshak, Callum, Musti, Ishan, Francis) showing great character to keep the pressure on and the run rate down.  It really was a champion team effort.  No over went for more than 8, most at 5.  Zurich fell short at 87, leaving Callum to hoist the cup for the Dragons.  Musti was named best all-rounder of the tournament. Despite the cold and more rain and only a few hardy souls left on the field, it was an emotional moment, as it was Callum’s last match in Dragons colours but a great team effort to send him on his way, with our best wishes.