Match Report U11 Leman Cup 6th September 2014 – Suisse (Combined Geneva Clubs) v Schweiz (Basel & Zurich)
The new Swiss junior cricket season got underway on a glorious day at Cossonay. Due to some unfortunates getting stuck in severe motorway traffic it was agreed that Schweiz batted first to allow the others time to arrive. The planned batting order was thrown away and Ethan and Marc (Basel Dragons) opened the batting, putting on 50+ in confident manner, only pegged back by some tight bowling from Arjun. Ethan, who had most of the strike retired on 20 (first time in a competitive game -well done Ethan!). Max (Basel Dragons) joined Marc at the crease and hit a quick fire 11 before both were retired. This brought Kyle (Zurich) and Ray (Basel) to the crease and they immediately tried to accelerate with some ambitious shots bringing 11 runs off the 12th and 10 runs off the 14th over, hurting Arjun’s excellent bowling figures. Kyle was then bowled by a good straight ball from Wilf and Ray was retired bringing Vedant and Kabir (both Zurich) to the crease. Unfortunately Vedant was run out rightly trying for a quick single, bringing George (Basel) to the crease. He was bowled by Ari round his legs going for a leg glance, bringing Ethan back to the crease to face the last ball with Schweiz finishing on a challenging total of 107 for 3 after their 16 overs.
In reply, Suisse set off quickly with Charlie and Ashmit opening, mainly due to some loose bowling from Schweiz, bowling 10 wides in the opening 3 overs. Charlie was then unluckily run out in the 4th over with both batsman ending up facing! Ashmit then retired hurt, thankfully not seriously, bringing Arjun and Wilf to the crease. This coincided with the first bowling change, bringing Ethan and Marc on and a nice battle followed over thefollowing 4 overs with Arjun hitting 4 excellent 4’s with balls that drifted only slightly towards leg. This took Suisse ahead of the rate with 56 off 8 overs against Schweiz’s 48. Then Arjun retired on 20 and Wilf was superbly run out by a Vedant throw and quick hand from Max behind the stumps. This brought Kabir and Gianni to the crease and some tight bowling by Kyle brought the game back into the balance. A second superb run out, this time a great throw from the boundary by Kabir and quick hands from Max leaving Gianni just short going for a 2nd. Ethan then trapped Gianni LBW for 6. When Ricky was retired and Ari was bowled by Kyle, this brought Arjun back to the crease to join Mahin with Suisse needing a possible 22 off the last 2 overs to win. Ethan bowled the penultimate over, with Arjun hitting two good 4’s and a wide meaning Suisse were on course, needing 12 to win off the last over. Marc bowled the last over, and despite overpitching bowled a good line making it hard for Arjun to score the boundaries he needed. Good running by Mahin got Arjun back on strike and he needed a 4 off the last ball to win. He could only manage a single meaning Schweiz narrowly won an entertaining encounter.
The trophy was awarded by Schweiz coach Pete Veal (Basel ) and Suisse Coach Pavel Mehta (Cossonay).