Zurich Crickets U13s 163 for 1 (Dayn 26*, Haresh 26*, Aryan 28*, Luke 24) beat Basel Dragons U13s 160 for 5 (Ed 51*, Westy 25*)
In what is becoming a regular fixture, the Dragons U13s ended their 2014/15 season with a 20:20 match against local rivals Zurich Crickets at Rankhof. Zurich brought only 5 players so Max, Jimmy and Omair swapped sides for the day. Luke won the toss and chose to field and the Dragons made a brisk start with Will looking in excellent form. However a faster Yorker from Luke bowled Will for 10, Francis was out in similar way in the next over and then Zain fell LBW to Aryan. At 27 for 3 after 5 overs some rebuilding was needed. Ed and Westy batted sensibly keeping the scoreboard ticking over until Ed retired on 27 to be replaced by Henry. Westy also retired two overs later on 25 bringing Ibrahim to the crease. Some good bowling made runs hard to come by and the pressure built as Henry was run out for 10. At the end of 19 overs the score was 138 which looked a long way short of a defendable total on the lightning quick outfield of Rankhof. Luke took the last over and bowled Ibrahim (9) with the first ball. This brought Ed back in. The next 5 balls went for 4,4,4,6,6 as Ed unleased a serious of powerful shots. The total reached 160 and Ed was 51 not out.
In reply Zurich set off like an express train reaching 68 in 5 overs with both Haresh and Dayn powering boundaries. When Dayn retired Luke came to the crease and captain Westy threw the ball to Ed to resume the season long battle between the Swiss U13s big hitting fast bowlers. Ed bowled fast and straight and Luke had some luck but also struck some powerful blows. The Dragons got a breakthrough when Eden took a towering catch to dismiss Luke off Westy’s bowling. By now the score was 101 in the 9th over and the Dragons needed to take more wickets. Jimmy came in and together with Aryan batted very sensibly with some excellent shots through the covers. The Dragons bowlers slowed the run rate but didn’t manage to capture any wickets and the total was reached in over 18 for the loss of just one wicket.
This was the fifth time that the Dragons and Zurich had met in the 2014/15 season with the final tally 3:2 in Basel’s favour. We are all looking forward to resuming the rivalry in the new season.
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