Saturday 22ndh and Sunday 23rd March 2014.
The Basel U11s tournament had 8 teams this year including both the Dragons & Nightfuries. The format was two groups of 4 with the top two teams in each group going through to the semi finals.
Match 1: Luxembourg 94 for 1 (James 20, Aditya 21) won against Basel Nightfuries 55 for 2 (Shiv 5, Rene & George 4)
Basel Nightfuries first match was against Luxembourg. Luxembourg openers Brice & James made a solid if steady start scoring at around 10 runs per over and Nightfuries bowler Soumil had bowled Brice when 17. Aditya (21*) and James (20*) retired and Luxembourg had set a target of 95 runs.
Nightfuries started their chase with Rene with Henry opening their innings with a good start and continued the partnership till 3rd over. Henry and Sophie got out in quick succession but Shiv came in and stabilised the wicket fall with Rene. This pair started to put the runs on the board. As the overs where were nearing to be exhausted, the pair was retired and Soumil and George accelerated the score in the ending overs to finish at 55 for 2 wickets. Nightfuries had put up a strong fight with Luxembourg which was the inaugural match of the tournament.
Match 2: Basel Nightfuries 34 for 7 (Soumil 12, Shiv 4) lost to Cossonay 35 for 1 (Tristan 18)
Basel Nightfuries won the toss and decide to bat. The batting order was shuffled with Rene and Soumil started the innings. Rene was run out in the initial over. Soumil and Shiv started to stablise the innings till the score was 21 in the 3rd over. Shiv got out and Soumil continued the baton with George, Henry and Ali. Team set a target of 35 runs. Cossonay started with a big bang in the first over from Shiv giving away 12 runs. Soumil had a good spell with a wicket of Amough. Tristan went ahead and scored 18 runs to finish the match under 5 overs. Nightfuries though started their innings very well, the fall of quick wickets had turned the game towards Cossonay.
Match 3: CDL 51 all out (Owen and Shivan 6) won against Basel Nightfuries 48 for 7 ( Ray 15, Rene 14)
CDL won the toss and decided to bat. Basel Nightfuries demonstrated a good bowling attack against CDL with the opening bowlers Henry and Soumil. Soumil struck early with a spectacular Yorker to Ismail to initiate the first wicket in the second over of the innings . Ray continued the wicket spree and with excellent fielding by Night furies making 3 run outs. CDL managed to have 51 runs on the board. Nightfuries batting order experiment this time started with Soumil and Shiv. Shiv and Soumil were out on the first over. Ray managed to keep the scoreboard ticking with sophie, sourish and henry until Rene joined. Ray and Rene displayed a great pull back for the last wicket by clearly striking the balls in the gaps and excellent running between the wickets. The calls were made clearly and the scoreboard was ticking continuously almost every ball. Rene was bowled by Ismail on his last ball of the second over. Nightfuries lost by 3 runs.
This match was an excellent thriller which made audience think that Basel Nightfuries had all the potential to turnaround the situation despite the top order collapse but just enough.
Overall Nighfuries team had gained experience in every aspect of the game and tried their best to apply it.
Match 1: Dragons 73 for 0 (Tom 21*, Westy 20*) beat Zurich 43 for 3 (Aryan 13*)
The Dragons first match was against rivals Zurich who won the toss and elected to field. Openers Tom & Westy made a solid if steady start scoring at around 6 runs per over and when they both retired Max (9*) and Ethan (2*) accelerated the scoring to set Zurich 74 to win. In reply the Dragons bowled tightly giving away only 12 in extras in 10 overs. Marc had Diayyan caught to a stunning one handed catch from James A and Tom bowled Kyle. Despite a rally from Aryan, the total was too big for Zurich and the Dragons were comfortable winners.
Match 2: Dragons 61 for 4 (Marc 14) beat Gingins 45 for 3 (Arjun 21)
Gingins were next up and they also invited the Dragons to bat. Marc & Ethan got off to a flying start until Ethan fell to a catch at cover point off Giani. The runs continued to flow but Max H was out to Wilf and then Marc was LBW to Ricky shortly after for an excellent 14. Some classy shots from Shreyas took the score onto 44 when he was bowled by an unplayable delivery from Diayyan. James W joined James A and with some terrific running they managed to get the score up to 61. It was always going to be a tight result but the Dragons were razor sharp in the field. A great stop and throw in by Tom at extra cover ran out Ricky then James A pulled off another improbable catch, this time at square leg, to dismiss Giani off Max. Arjun batted sensibly to keep the scoreboard ticking over but Gingins dropped behind the run rate and the margin of victory was eventually 16 runs.
Match 3: Dragons 52 for 4 (Marc 17*, Nathaniel 2 for 18) beat GRYCC 52 for 4 (Ismail 18*)
Westy lost the toss again and for a third time the Dragons were asked to set a total. In over two Tom was run out taking a tight single and then Ethan fell LBW to Nathaniel. Max L and Marc steadied the innings but runs were hard to come by. At halfway the score was just 21 and some acceleration was needed. Although Nathaniel also had Max L LBW, Marc kept the score moving and with help from James A at the end of the innings the total reached 56. Despite defending a low total the Dragons were untidy in the field conceding 24 extras and the match looked like it could go either way. After 7 overs Geneva were on 42 with Ismail and Nathaniel in full flow. Shreyas then came on to bowl and trapped Nathaniel LBW and conceded just 5 runs from the over. Tom bowled Shivan in over 9 leaving Geneva needing 8 to win off the last over. Westy kept it tight and conceded only 3 runs to scrape home by 4 runs and a semi-final place against Cossonay.
Match 4: semi-final Dragons 40 for 1 (Westy 11*, Tom 11*) beat Cossonay 38 all out (Tom 2 for 5) Westy lost the toss again but Cossonay decided to bat. Cossonay got off to a flying start scoring 12 off the first over but the Dragons were back on form in the field. Kian tried taking a quick single to James A at third man but he fired the ball into Max H who whipped the balls off to run Kian out. Tom bowled Tristan next ball and the pressure was back on Cossonay. Over 4 saw Kabir run out and then Archie was caught by Ethan off Tom. Arjun pushed the score on but in the process Shivam was run out. Ross hit some big shots to mid-wicket but he was eventually caught off Shreyas and the Dragons needed 39 to reach the final.
Tom & Westy got off to a good start scoring 6 off the first over then Tom was unluckily caught off the wall by Amogh. Max L and Westy just kept the scoreboard ticking over to comfortably reach the total in over 6. The final would be repeat of the Gingins final from November last year.
Match 5: Final Dragons 23 for 3 (Liam 2 for 4) beat Luxembourg 22 all out (Westy 3 for 6).
The outcome of the final would depend on who would dominate: the big hitting Lux batsmen or the Dragons bowlers. The die was cast in the first two overs when Westy trapped Brice LBW and then caught a sharp chance off Tom to dismiss James and Lux were 2 for one. In over three when Westy bowled William then Adithya, the Dragons were really on top. The score slumped to 12 for 5 when Liam was run out and 16 for 6 when Ethan bowled Alison and the target was just 22 when Siofora was run out.
So it seemed an easy task but this was a final and nerves would play a part. Marc fell LBW to Brice in the first over followed by Max H run out in the second and when Ethan was bowled in over the three the score was 6 for 3. Shreyas and Westy held it together and although William bowled an excellent maiden over to Shreyas and Brice had one last determined over, the total was reached and the Dragons had won.
The medals & trophy were presented with Brice winning best batsman, Tom best bowler and James A coaches choice best fielder.