Driving to Geneva on the Saturday morning in pouring rain, all were hoping the cricket to come would brighten things up! The tournament consisted of only 4 teams, following the late withdrawal of Luxembourg, namely Gingins, Zurich Crickets, Geneva Regional Youth Cricket Club (GRYCC) and Basel Dragons (BDJCC). The format was a round robin on day 1 with day 2 consisting of 2 semifinals (1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd) and then a third / fourth playoff followed by the final (full tournament report can be found here)….
Game 1: Basel beat Gingins by 26 runs.
We opened the tournament against hosts Gingins and were put into bat.
Marc and Ross opened and started steadily. Ross was first out bowled by Kabir for 6 to leave Basel on 22 for 1 after 4 overs. Marc was joined by Max H and Basel started to accelerate. Marc retired after 20 balls on 12 after some accurate bowling from Etan, Gianni and Kabir and Max H was joined by Ray. Both retired Max H (20) and Ray (21) bringing Ali (15) and Soumil (14) in to bat. Both continued to bat well taking Basel to 109 for 1 with 3 overs to go. Both were run out in the thirteenth over with the batsmen looking for every run. First Finlay came in but was unluckily run out chasing a tight single. This brought in last man Greg who hit 7 in 3 balls before also being run out off the last ball of the innings. The basel innings closing on a competitive 127.
In reply Gingins opened with Ethan and Kabir and both started strongly taking the score to 35 for no wicket after 5 overs. Then in Marc’s second over, he first dismissed Kabir with a stunning caught and bowled, holding onto a beautifully timed straight drive and then Max P, caught by Ross for 1. Ethan then consolidate with new batsman Aarit to take the score to 72 for 2 after 9 overs and well positioned to win the game. Ethan then retired after 20 balls and Aarit was joined by Wilf. Aarit was bowled by Ali for 15 and then the dangerous Wilf was caught by Ray off Greg for 12 off 5 balls. This left Gingins on 84 for 4 after 11 overs, needing 46 off 4 overs to win. Finlay then bowled a wicket maiden, with Josh caught behind by Max, really exerting the pressure. Marc came back on for his third and final over, really pinning Mushar down but he responded to the last ball of the over skipping up the pitch to hit Marc for the first 6 of the tournament. Needing 30 off the last over was a tall order and when Ben was run out on the first ball, it brought Ethan back in but he could not get Ross away and was bowled off the last ball of the innings with Gingins 101 all out.
Game 2: Basel beat Zurich Crickets by 30 runs
After an encouraging first game, we stayed on to play Zurich immediately after. Basel again batted first and set themselves a target of 150 runs. Ross (24) and Marc(22) opened and both retired, followed by Max H (20 off 9 balls) and Ray (18) who also retired. This took Basel past the 100 mark after 10 overs for no loss. Finlay continued in the same vein and was joined by Greg. First Greg was stumped by Sasha off the bowling of Vadim and then Fin was run out by Sasha for 15. Soumil (1) was then caught and Ali (5) run out to bring Ross and Marc back for the final over. 17 came from it to give Basel a strong total of 160.
In reply Sam and Kabir started well and took Zurich to 28 for 0 after 5 overs. When Sam was run out by Soumil for 11, Vadim came in, followed by Sasha after Kabir retired (10 off 20 balls). Vadim and Sasha both batted well taking the score to 74 after 10 overs, but they were always behind the rate and the pressure started building. Ray bowled Vadim for 15 bringing Shankar to join Sasha. When Sasha retired on 20, Matty came in but was bowled by Greg for 4. Shankar was then stumped by Max H off Soumil for 13, bringing last pair of Paolo and Daniel in. Paolo was bowled by Finn (6) and Daniel bowled by Soumil (4). This brought retirees Kabir and Sasha back and they took 15 off the last over to finish on 130-6.
Basel then had to wait for 2 games and decided to indulge on the great spread by the Gingins mums supplemented by high energy Scottish snacks such as deep fried mango (from the McIntyre’s) and run around like crazy….. not ideal prep before their last game of the day against GRYCC (see attached photo – videos available on request…..).
Game 3: GRYCC beat Basel by 29 runs
GRYCC batted first and opened with Louqmaan and Alistair. Strong hitting by Louqmaan took GRYCC to 44 for 0 off 4 overs and retiring on 20, bringing Sabarish to the crease. Then Soumil had Alistair caught behind by Max for 10 and 4 balls later Adarsh run out for 2 by Ali. Oliver was then caught by Marc off Soumil for 4, Christopher (3) runout by Greg and Finian bowled by Greg for 0. Last man Ben was run out by Ali and Max H combination for 3 brining Louqmaan and Sabarish back in with GRYCC on 101 for 6 after 10 overs. They both batted forcefully and the Basel bowlers had no answer. Marc finally had Louqmaan caught off the wall by Ali for an excellent 40 with 2 balls of the innings to go. Sabarish scored an excellent 47 not out, leaving GRYCC on a challenging 147 for 6 after 15 overs.
Ross and Marc again opened and got Basel off to a necessary strong start (49 for 0 after 5 overs), after Marc retired on 20. But things quickly changed in the 6th over, with first Ross run out by Finian off his own bowling for 13, and then Max H well caught by Alistair off Finian for 12, leaving Basel on 61 for 2 after 6 overs. Then Basel lost a wicket in each of the next 4 overs, Ray caught by Sabarish off Oliver for 3, Soumil run out for 9, Ali bowled by Finian for 6 and Finlay run out for 0. Thus left Basel struggling on 107 for 6 after 11 overs, requiring 41 to win off the last 4 overs, with the last wicket partnership of Greg, rejoined by his brother Marc. They put on another 12 runs until Greg was well caught by Alistair off his brother Finian for 7. Marc finished on 25 not out but Basel finished 29 runs short.
This made life interesting for the scorers as the final places in the league went to net run rate (NRR). Finally places were confirmed as:
So Basel would play the first semifinal on the Sunday v Zurich Crickets.
After that, all (well the parents ….) regrouped for a few beers!!
The next morning started bizarrely with Ross and his dad stuck in the lift at the hotel for 90 minutes (Ross – maybe not a good idea to do your warm ups in the lift…. J). After finally being rescued by “Les Pompiers” the team could make their way to the game!!
Game 4 – Semi Final v Zurich. Basel beat Zurich Crickets by 64 runs.
Basel batted first and lost Ross 2nd over caught by Sam off Kabir K for 0. Max H (23) came in and pushed the score along with Marc (22) , both retiring. After Soumil was caught and bowled by Kabir K for a duck, Basel were struggling slightly on 54 for 2 off 7 overs (half way through the innings. Ali was then bowled by Shankar for 8 leaving Basel on 93 for 3 after 11 overs. Finlay and then Ray started to finally accelerate to try and set a decent total. First Fin retired (17) then Ray (20) bringing Max H back in (retired first) to join last man Greg. A combination of good hitting and wayward bowling saw the pair put on 52 off the last 2 overs, setting a formidable total of 166 for 3 off the 15 overs. Greg finished on 21 not out and Max H on 28 not out.
In reply, Zurich struggled throughout the innings and lost wickets regularly. Soumil (2), Ali (2), Ray (1) and Greg (1) all took wickets as well as 1 runouts, reducing Zurich to 99 all out. Only Sasha (22 not out) and Vadim (27) provided any resistance, finishing103 all out.
Game 5 – Final v Gingins. Basel beat Gingins by 53 runs.
After Gingins beat GRYCC relatively comfortably (following Louqmaan being run out for a duck), we ended up finishing the tournament as we started it – playing the hosts and arguably a fitting final between the 2 strongest teams.
Again Wilf captain of Gingins elected to bowl first. Marc and Ross strode out for the final time and really set about the Gingins attack. Gingins did not bowl badly but the confidence was high and Basel raced to 45-0 after 4 overs when Ross retired (21) and Marc hit Aarit for a huge 6! Aarit got his own back by bowling Marc (his first time out in the tournament) for 17. Max H struggled to find fluency and was caught around the corner off Kabir M for 3 and then Ali was bowled by Wilf for 9, leaving Basel on 63 for 3, half way through their 15 overs. Soumil and then Ray picked up the pace, both hitting sixes. Kabir K took both their wickets, having Soumil caught by Wilf and bowling Ray. Fin and Greg took the score forward, until Fin was bowled by Wilf for 12, leaving Basel on 130 for 6 at the start of the final over. Ross then came back in and hit a great 4 until Greg was smartly run out by Kabir M with 2 balls of the innings left on 135 all out and 15 or so short of what they wanted. Basel knew they had to bowl and field extremely well to give themselves a chance.
Gingins opened with Gianni and Kabir M and immediately the bowlers found their length and started exerting pressure. They battled to 30 for 0 after 5 overs, and then Gianni got an inside edge onto his stumps from Ray to be bowled for 3 and Kabir M retired on 20. In the next over Max P was caught behind by Max H off Ali for 9. Wilf batted steadily and with mounting pressure Aarit was run out by the Soumil / Max H combination, leaving Gingins on 53 for 3 off 8 overs. Mushar was then run out, again by Soumil for 0 leaving Gingins 60 for 4 and needing 76 off the last 6 overs to win. But the Basel boys really fought for every run. Ray came back on and bowled William (3) and Ben (0) in one over, meaning last man Kabir M, joining Wilf at the crease. The final pair looked capable of getting close to the score. However in the 12th over, Kabir drive Ali through the covers and off the wall. Marc, turning, took a great one handed catch low down to seal a great win! Gingins ended 82 all out, with only 8 extras in the innings! It really was a great performance from the Basel boys, especially in the field. Their bowling and fielding was truly amazing and at a standard rarely seen at this level.
Tournament Winners: Basel Dragons (BDJCC)
Best Batsman: Louqmaan (GRYCC)
Best Bowler: Wilf (Gingins)
Best Fielder: Marc (BDJCC)
Spirit of Cricket: Shared between:
Sasha (Zurich) – still only 10 and batted extremely well at a higher level with enthusiasm and spirit
Josh (Gingins) – only started paying cricket in April and performed admirably throughout.