Written by Jason Walden and Pete Veal
On Sat saw over 60 players, parents and siblings gather at the Bachgraben pitch for the highly anticipated players versus parents match. First up was the junior match which saw the mighty U9s and U11s take on their nervous-looking parents. The players, captained by Aditya, batted first and scored a mammoth 95 runs in 10 overs. This score had clearly intimidated the parents who struggled from the beginning and eventually got bowled out before their allotted 10 overs. The U9/11s claiming victory.
The senior players then took the field against the highly experienced and talented dads/moms team. The nervous youngsters batted first, the parent’s excellent bowling was only surpassed by their high-quality sledging. This put the boys/girl team under constant pressure with only Marc getting to double figures until the imposing figure of Marshal came to the wicket and in a reversal of last year’s action, he proceeded to smack his father, Jonas, to all corners of the ground scoring a rapid-fire 25 runs. Pick of the bowling was the new South African ringer, Jonty (not Rhodes), with 2-8. The youngsters put on a respectable 124 in their 24 overs.
The parent’s team then came in to bat with Lesley and Kate getting the team off to a steady start, blunting the Dragons team opening bowlers. The parents batted solidly throughout with notable contributions from Omar and Big Sai and looked well on their way to victory off the last ball until that man Marshal again ran out Coach Pete, the match was tied. Man of the Match was a deserved Marshal.
In between the two matches, the players and parents enjoyed lunch together after which the annual prize-giving took place. The prizes were announced and presented by coaches Jason Walden and Pete Veal. The prize winners were as follows:
Bayliss Breathe the Spirit Award – Francis “Frankie”
Frankie has demonstrated his dedication to the club over many yes as a player through the age groups, his attendance and attitude at practice has been outstanding. More recently giving back to the club by giving up Saturday morning coaching the junior players.
Club Player of the Year – Connor
Connor scored 662 runs at an average of 41.4 (260 runs more than the next best player in Switzerland), he was also the second-best bowler in Switzerland with 26 wickets. He captained both BDJCC and Swiss U11 teams and also played in U11, U13 and U15 tournaments for BDJCC. Won best batsman award at the Gingins U11, Basel U11, Basel U13, and Coloured Clothing Tournaments.
U11 Player of the Year – Sai
In addition to being a very dedicated cricketer in the U11 age group, Sai finished the season as the 3rd best batsman (340 runs at an average of 17) and 3rd best bowler (24 wickets at an average of 13 runs per wickets in Switzerland. He also is known as the direct throw runout specialist, with an incredible number of runouts.
U11 Most Improved Player – Christopher
Christopher arrived at the Dragons with no cricket experienced and with a great deal of patience and determination over the last 2 years will come a senior player in the new U11 age group. He is now a reliable bowler and big-hitting batsman, with a memorable innings scoring 16 at the Basel Indoor and also taking a number of wickets at Zuoz.
U13 Player of the Year – Charlie
Charlie has been a loyal and active member of the club for a number of years almost always and training and being available for nearly every match. He finished the season 16 wickets, bowling 60 overs, as well as scoring 263 runs at a strike rate of 90. He also captains the Swiss U13 team a number of times this year, a testament to how he has grown as a cricketer in the last 12 months.
U13 Most Improved Player – Greg
Greg has also been a stalwart of the club since he was 7 years old, he ended this season with an average of 20 this season, a huge improvement on last season, this is a result of Greg understanding his game better and giving himself a chance to stay in early in his innings. His leg-spin has also improved a great deal, he ended with a strike rate of 13, one of the best in Switzerland.
U15 Player of the Year – Max H
Max was again the standout Basel player at U15 level despite his batting being a bit inconsistent all season. He confirmed his place as the best wicket-keeper at this age group in Switzerland and his catches, stumping’s and run-outs (esp the lethal combination with Ray’s powerful arm) earned him the best fielder award at the two indoor tournaments (Gingins and Basel). He also represented Switzerland U15’s in Surrey and Leicester and performed strongly. He is well set to continue to shine and be able to compete well in adult cricket as he moves up to the U17 age group.
U15 Most Improved Player – Zach
Zach only joined the club this season, and despite being behind the other players in ability, threw himself in from the start and with a great attitude improved quickly. He represented Dragons at the Basel tournament, taking his first wickets and scoring runs. Despite moving into the U17 age group, Zach will be allowed to play at the U15 level this season to continue to develop his game.
Alex pushed him hard for this award. Alex developed strongly all year, his bowling getting faster and more accurate, and his batting average increasing significantly (averaging 46 in the Basel tournament).
We would also like a special mention to Ray, who left the club in the summer to focus on baseball. Ray has been an ever-present in the club for the last 7 years, and Beat, his dad, has served ably on the Committee. He has developed into an aggressive batsman, fast bowler (albeit a bit wayward☺) and genuinely nice lad. We wish him all the best!