Overview by Arnold Bucheli (Tournament Director, Gingins Cricket Club)
On the weekend of 1-2 November 2014, the 2014 Gingins U11 Autumn Tournament was held at the ESEP school in Borex/Crassier. More than 40 U11s took part in this year’s tournament. There were four teams who competed for the honour of lifting the trophy, playing in a round-robin format where each team played each other twice in 15-overs-a-side matches. The matches were all played in a great spirit and the competition was at a very high standard. The final results table looked like this:
- Basel Dragons
- Gingins CC
As cricket is a sport full of numbers, some are below:
Total number of matches played:12
Total number of overs bowled: 316
Total number of runs scored: 2181
– Of which, off the bat: 1529
– Of which, extras (wides, no-balls, byes and leg-byes): 652
Total number of catches :39
Total number of run-outs: 20
– There were on average 180+ runs per match.
– That there were almost 7 runs scored per over played, with about 5 of these coming off the bat (and some courageous running between wickets).
– There was just a little more than one extra bowled per over. Excellent overall.
– There were on average 5 catches or run-outs per match, this does not include the bowled or LBW decisions. So the fielding was great.
However, the lists above only tell part of the story. Each player will have his/her own tales of triumph and perhaps anguish, which might not be captured. Over the weekend some players recorded their first ever catch, run, wicket, run-out, etc., and for these youngsters, these are excellent achievements. Some of the notable individual match achievements were:
– Two batsmen scored 50+ runs in an innings (even after initially retiring on 20 runs)
– One bowler took a five wicket haul (in three overs bowled)
Four individual players won awards for their efforts on the weekend, these were:
Thomas H (Basel Dragons): Best Batsman
Ethan W (Basel Dragons): Best Bowler
Finian N (GRYCC): Best Fielder
Arjun G (Gingins CC): Most Valuable Player – all-round effort
In closing, I would like to say well done to the lads for winning the individual awards and to the Basel Dragons for taking the team honours. We, as developers of youth cricket, want to observe more participation and to watch the joy and excitement as these new experiences unfold. We hope to see all of the U11s again at the 2015 Gingins Autumn Tournament.
Basel Report by Pete Veal
These intense weekends of cricket are a special experience and we try to get as many kids playing as possible. On this occasion 17 children travelled with parents, siblings and mascots and all had a fantastic weekend. 8 played for main Dragons side, 6 for the Wanderers (a mixed team) and 3 played in a half day U9 mini tournament.
The Dragons played 6 games in all, playing each of the teams twice. They finished undefeated and played outstandingly well as a team. It was especially pleasing to see the new members of the team: Euan H, Ross Hunter, Soumil K and George T all contribute well and instantly bond into the team. It was also possible for Sophie H to play the two games against GRYCC (Geneva Youth) as they had 9 players and did very well, especially bowling.
Game 1 – Dragons v Wanderers
Taking it game by game, our opener was against the Wanderers, which was a very tough first game for the mixed side. Wanderers batted first, and some tight and consistent bowling, mixed with alert fielding, prevented Wanderers scoring. Wickets were shared amongst the bowlers, with Tom being the pick with a devastating spell in 3 overs, taking 3 wickets for 9 runs. Sophie deserves special mention for top scoring with 4 (together with Greg) but batting patiently (even against her brother!) and making sure Wanderers were able to bat into the last over before finishing on 64 all out. In reply, the result was never in doubt, but the Wanderers never gave up and Sophie, Greg and Ashmit (Cossonay) bowled well. But Tom and Ethan both retired on 20 and then Max and Marc got the rest of the runs for Dragons to win by 8 wickets.
Game 2 – Dragons v GRYCC (Geneva Youth)
Dragons batted first, and Pete shuffled the order to give the other players a bat. Marc and Max opened and got us off to a good start, both retiring on 20. The mid order got a bit bogged down, but all players scored runs and the scoreboard ticket along. Ross scored 7 and Tom finished 5 not out, taking us to 101 for 3. In reply, GRYCC lost wickets steadily and never looked like reaching the target. They say “catches win matches” and both Sophie and Tom took two each and this together with a devastating spell of 3 overs, 1 maiden, 5 wickets for 7 runs, including a triple wicket maiden, finished any GRYCC resistance. GRYCC finished 68 all out.
Game 3 – Dragons v Gingins (Geneva Youth)
We all knew the host team would be the team to beat, and Dragons confidently batted first. However this time, the start was mixed with Ethan caught out and then Max run out a little unluckily with the ball rebounding off the wall straight to the bowler stood at the wickets. Max is fast, but not that fast! Marc was then bowled, and when Ross was also out, the Dragons were in trouble. However, George came to the crease and batted very well. Tom then retired, and we knew we had some firepower left at the end. George continued to score well, supported by Ross. When George retired, Euan and Soumil played a quick fire cameo before Tom and then George both returned for the last wicket stand. The runs piled on and Tom reached a remarkable 50 – well done Tom! Despite some close calls and the coaches trying all methods to inform George to “run his bat in”, he was eventually run out with 2 balls to go for a superb 25, with Dragons 145 all out, a very challenging score. However, Gingins responded extremely well, with Arjun especially punishing both Tom and Ethan for the first time in the tournament. After 7 overs they were half way there and going at more than 10 an over with wickets in hand. However, when Arjun retired, some accurate middle order bowling from Marc, Ross and Euan applied the necessary pressure and the batsmen started taking risks. Then followed a spell with 5 run outs in the next 3 overs, with some fantastic fielding, throwing and wicket keeping by Max polishing up the tail and leaving Gingins all out on 97 and Basel undefeated at the half way stage.
Game 4 – Dragons v Wanderers
The second game against Wanderers took place in the smaller hall and it was agreed Dragons would bat first and set a target. The batting order was reversed, and Euan and then Ross and George all retired, with only Soumil out. This brought Max and Marc to the crease and some excellent running caused panic amongst the young Wanderers side, including running 5 off the last ball! Max finished 13 not out, Marc 33 not out and the Dragons on 148 for 1. In reply, the Wanderers applied themselves well but found scoring runs tough. This time Charlie batted really well and top scored on 5, with Lewis coming of age and batting 4 overs for 3 runs. They finished on 41 for 6 and despite the result not being in doubt, the achievement of batting out their overs should not be underestimated.
Game 5 – Dragons v GRYCC
Oliver won the toss and elected to bat. Marc, the GRYCC coach, had been working hard with them between matches, and their batsmen applied themselves better. This time, wickets did not fall quickly but they found runs hard to come by, with some exceptional Dragons fielding. Marc was the pick of the bowlers, with 3 tight overs for 6 runs taking 1 wicket. George also took only his second wicket for the Dragons with GRYCC finishing on 60 for 5! In reply, Dragons reverted to strongest batting line up and despite an early wobble with caught second ball for 0, Ethan and Max recovered well and Ethan retired. Max then knocked off the runs, supported at the end by Marc and Dragons had won by 7 wickets.
Game 6 – Dragons v Gingins
Despite being a league, the final game against Gingins was indeed a final, with Dragons undefeated and Gingins just losing the one game. Due to Gingins scoring more runs against the other teams, we knew the winner of this game would win the tournament. This time, Gingins batted first and it was imperative we didn’t let Gingins build a big score. This was indeed the case, especially down to Tom who bowled very accurately and bowled his 3 overs for only 6 runs with one wicket. This meant Gingins were looking to accelerate when the bowling changed and Marc took full advantage, taking the key wicket of Arjun in the 5th over with a good full straight ball. Despite a solid innings from Charlie, who retired, Gingins struggled to pass 100. This was due to some outstandingly accurate bowling from Soumil who took 3 wickets for only 9 runs in his 3 overs and knocked the heart out of the Gingins middle order. They finished on 111 for 6 with the last wicket pair scrambling some key runs. Basel again batted the final game with their strongest line up and Tom and Ethan responded well, scoring fast without taking unnecessary risks. Ethan then started to get more adventurous and was caught. But Max and then Marc continued to score with maturity after Tom retired. Max retired and Soumil was moved up the order, and stuck to the brief, hitting 12 quick runs before being bowled. Marc then hit a long 6 to take Dragons within touching distance of the trophy. When Soumil was out, Ross came in to hit the winning runs and send the Dragons wild!