The tournament was played with 2 leagues of 3 with 2 league games on day 1 (each 15 overs) and then the knockout stages on day 2. Dragons went into the tournament with all our regular U13’s available (9) and we were hopeful of making a solid defence of the trophy, won by Dragons in 2016!
Dragons were in the same league as La Chat and Luxembourg and played the games consecutively. The opening game between La Chat and Luxembourg had been won convincingly by La Chat.
Day 1 Saturday 18th November: Group Games
Game 1 v La Chat School: La Chat 146 for 4 (Luca 20 not out, Marcos 18 not out, Connor 18, Kai 18; Xander 1 for 18, Fin 1 for 9), BEAT Dragons 107 all out (Greg 11, Alex 1, Xander 7 not out0; Luca S 2 for 22, Louis 2 for 18) by 40 runs
After a long drive from Basel on Saturday morning and quick warm up, the Dragons were thrown into action against La Chat school. Fin, our new Captain for U13 won his first toss and opted to bowl. La Chat batted sensibly using the walls and comfortably raced to 74 for 0 wicket at the half way point (8 overs), with Luca retiring. Rayan was unlucky not to get his first wicket, with the batsman missing the ball which then hit the stumps towards the base without dislodging the bails!! Connor was run out in the 9th over with a direct hit leaving them on 81 for 1. Captain Fin then came on and dismissed Luke for 5 with a sharp caught and bowled and then Xan struck bowling Kai for 18 and leaving LA Chat on 112 for 3 with 3 overs left. They continued to score at 10 an over until Luca W was run out by Charlie in last over. La Chat finishing on a challenging 146 for 4. Ali came in but struggled to score and battled for a couple of overs before being bowled by Luca S for 0. Basel conceded 50 extras, which we need to cut down on in the next game.
We knew we had to bat well and opened with Ross and Xander. We lost the big wicket of Ross in the 2nd over, trying to cut a ball to close to him and getting caught at point by Kai off Luca for only 3. Greg then came in and tried to move the score along with 10 runs coming off the 10th over. He top scored with 11 before being bowled by Louis for 11. The score was now on 53 for 3, after 10 of the 15 overs. We now needed an almost impossible 93 off 5 overs! Xander retired protecting his wicket well. Charlie then came in and was doing well until a ball bounced off the wall ball to be easily caught off the bowling of Luca S for 9 – we knew this wasn’t our game! Alex then came in and hit a quick fire 10 off 7 balls before being run out in the 14th over. He was followed by Fin (caught) and Ryan (run out) leaving us on 92 for 7 at the end of the 14th over. With wides we got over the 100 mark to finish on 140 for 7, 40 runs short with Xander and Rayan not out.
Game 2 v Luxembourg: Dragons 142 all out (Ross 55, Charlie 26 not out, Ali 15; Frederik 1 for 18), BEAT Luxembourg 135 all out (Frederik 25 not out, Lydie 22; Ross 2 for 26, Alex 1 for 9, Ali 1 for 23) by 8 runs
Fin won his second toss and this time opted to bat first. Ross and Xander opened again but this time Xander was out 2nd over, bowled by Frederick for 0 and the score already on 19 for 1. Charlie joined Ross and the 2 accelerated well reaching 50 for 1 after 5 overs. When Ross retired, Alex came in and was run out by Rebecca for 4 in the 6th over. Fin and Ryan were then both run out in the 7th over, leaving the Dragons on 67 for 4 and potentially losing momentum. Ali then came in with Greg, once Charlie had retired. They both fell in the 10th over, Ali caught off Freddie (15) and Greg caught off Alec (5). Rayan, last man was then joined by returning Ross, He accelerated again, retiring a 2nd time on 40 not out. This brought Charlie back and when Rayan was caught for 2, Ross came back with 2 overs spare. His 3rd six brought up his first tournament 50 before he was run out by a direct hit by Frederik with the score 142 all out off 14 overs. So a good score from the Dragons but we didn’t manage to bat out the 15 overs which was disappointing….. We knew we had to maintain concentration to beat a good Luxembourg team……
Frederik and Alec opened positively taking 10 off Ross’ first over but Alec fell in the 2nd over to a good caught and bowled off Ali for 5 and Lux were 12 for 1 off 2 overs. Charlie and Frederik continued well taking the score to 57 for 1 off 8 overs. This set them up nicely for a run chase with wickets in hand. Frederik and Charlie both retired bringing in Freddie F and Lydie. Both Rayan and Fin went in their first over for more than 10 and the 2 batsmen continued until Freddie F was well run out by Xander for 9. The score was now 100 for 2 after 10 overs. Lux needed a very “gettable” 43 off 5 overs with wickets in hand. Alex then came on to bowl the 12th over and really found his rhythm and used his height well. Firstly Leo was well run out by Alex for 0 and then Ross took an outstanding one handed catch off the wall to dismiss Ayush for 1. This left Lux on 110 for 4 after 12. Now 33 needed off 3. It was going to be tight. Ali came back but couldn’t find his line and 12 extras came from the over. 21 needed off 2! Ross came in to bowl the 14th over and had Rebecca caught by Greg off his first ball, diving forward to take a good catch at mid-off. 3 was scored off the next ball followed by an overstep which went thought keeper – 5 no balls and 13 only needed. Stella was then bowled by Ross and Charlie came back in to be run out by Ross and win the match. Lux finished only 8 runs short ….. Basel were through to the Semi Finals!
Day 2 Sunday 19th November: Knock out games
Basel finished 2nd in Group A, behind La Chat after winning 1 and losing 1. We went into a knock out Semi Final v Gingins (15 overs) who won both their Group B games against Zurich and Cossonay on Day 1. Fin lost the toss and Gingins put us into bat. We felt if we matched the batting form from our 2nd game, we could really push Gingins for a place in the final.
Game 3 Semi Final 2 v Gingins / GRYCC (GG): Dragons 50 all out (Ross 8, Charlie 6; Fin 2 for 9, Rory 2 for 5) LOST to Gingins 51 for 2 (Thomas A 14, Finian 18 not out; Ross 1 for 15) by 6 wickets
Dragons opened confidently with Ross and Xander. Reaching 19 without loss after 2. Finian came on to bowl the third over and Ross got frustrated, tried to make room and got bowled round his legs for a disappointing 8. Xander followed caught well by Rory at point off Nevzad for 3 and Dragons were 30 for 2 after 4. We needed Charlie and Ali to perform, but unfortunately it was not to be. Firstly Ali was caught behind by Thomas A off the pace of Fin for 0 and Greg succumbed to a first ball Yorker L to finish the over. Charlie was then caught driving at mid-off off the first ball of the 6th over. We had lost 3 wickets with the score on 32! This left Alex and Fin to rebuild but both fell in the 7th over. Dragons were now 40 for 7 after 7 overs. Ryan and Rayan came to the crease trying to set some kind of defendable total. They did a valiant job, surviving close to three overs, before Ryan was sharply caught by Shiraz off Max P for 3. Rayan was left 0 not out and Dragons on 50 not out.
It was then about lifting the team to put up a decent defense of their meagre total. Ross and Ali opened the bowling and after Ross gave away 11 from a good over, it seemed the match wouldn’t last long but Ali followed this up with an excellent maiden before Ross bowled Shiraz in his 2nd over to leave GG on 17 for 1 after 3 overs. Fin was leading by example in the field and made every run difficult. Ali bowled a 2nd tight over with just one wide and GG were on 19 for 1 after 4 overs. Finian then started to score more freely off first change bowlers Charlie and Xander taking the score to 40 for 1 off 6 overs. Ross and Ali then came back for their final over and possibly our final chance to turn the game. Ross bowled another tight over and then Ali ran out Thomas A. GG were on 49 for 2 off 9 overs. Nevzad came in an hit the 2 required to win off the 2nd ball of the 10th over.
Overall a good effort from the Dragons – they bowled and fielded very well, just simply did not score enough runs to defend! This left Dragons disappointed but still wanting to close on a high, as we played Cossonay to secure a joint third place (12 over game).
Game 4 Third Place Play off v Cossonay: Dragons 110 for 3 (Fin 22 not out, Ross 21 not out, Ali 15, Alex 14, Ryan 13 not out; Tom H 1 for 12, Medhansh 1 for 12), BEAT Cossonay 82 for 3 (Kabir 20 not out, Ryan 16; Fin 1 for 4, Charlie 1 for 11) by 28 runs
We decided to move Fin up to open with Ross and the change seemed to work with the pair racing to 45 for 0 off 4 overs when Ross and then Fin retired. Alex and Ryan came in and kept the momentum going with Alex finally being Medhansh for 14 in the 10th over, Dragons were on 90 for 1. Ali came in and also scored (15 off 6 balls) quickly before being run out in the final over. This brought Greg to the crease for the final ball and he was well caught going for a big hit. This left Basel on 110 for 2 from our 12 overs with Ryan a creditable 13 not out. Just such a shame we hadn’t found batting as easy in the previous game!
Once again Basel had to maintain concentration in the field as Cossonay had a good batting line up. They opened with Thomas G and Kabir and tight bowling really limited their progress. Ross, Ali, Xander, Greg and Charlie all bowled good overs and only a marginal no ball prevented Kabir being caught out. Cossonay were now on 45 for 1 off 7. Charlie had Thomas G caught when driving by Fin for 5. Alex then bowled a very good over, using his height, followed by a second from Charlie. The dcore was now 56 for 1 off 9 overs. CaptainFin brought himself on and immediately took a wicket, having Johan caught by Greg for 7. KAbir retired and ryan scored well in the last couple of overs, but Cossonay needed too many runs and finished 28 runs short on 82 for 3, Ryan being run out off the last ball.
So overall a reasonable performance from the Dragons, and something to build on to challenge in our home tournament in Basel next March!