Suisse U13’s (Geneva clubs) beat Schweiz U13’s (Basel and Zurich) by 7 wickets
The season opener took place in Cossonay in perfect conditions on Sunday afternoon (3rd September). Coaches decided for a 25 over game and Suisse won the toss and elected to bowl.
Suisse were the stronger team on paper but we hoped for a repeat of the morning when Schweiz easily beat Suisse at U11 level. The team was made up of 7 players from Basel (Ali, Charlie, Fin, Greg, Ross, Ryan & Xander) with 4 from Zurich (Arkan, Hayden, Sasha and Sankar (last 2 U11’s).
Ross and Sasha opened but unfortunately we lost an early wicket with Ross bowled by Thomas G for 1. Ali came in at 3 and looked on form. With Sasha’s placement behind square and Ali’s stronger hitting the scoreboard ticked along nicely. With the change in bowling the number of wides began to increase, also helping the score but getting the batsmen somewhat frustrated.
Sasha (8 not out) and then Ali (14 not out) both retired after 25 good balls and the score 50 for 1 after 11 overs. With new batsmen Hayden and then Greg at the wicket, the run scoring became increasingly difficult, especially in front of square. Greg hit two good 4’s and was eventually caught and bowled by Luca who took a good, sharp return catch for 9 with the score on 95 for 2 off 18. Hayden retired after his 25 balls for 5 and this brought Shankar and then Charlie to the crease.
The Schweiz batsman knew they had to accelerate but with some of the more accurate strike bowlers returning, runs remained tough to get. Ali N bowled Shankar for 3 and then Charlie was run out going for a quick single. The score was now 118 for 4 after 23 overs. The 24th over went for only 1 run and Arkan and Fin knew they had to throw caution to the wind in the last over. Arkan hit a quick fire 6 including one excellent off side 4. Ali then bowled Fin off the last ball of the innings with Schweiz finishing on 125 for 5 for their 25 overs.
Interestingly only 46 runs came off the bat, the Suisse team conceding 79 runs in wides! However the Schweiz team, who set themselves a target of 150 runs, knew they would have to bowl and field really well to have a chance.
But Kabir and Luca opened the reply in confident mood. We felt that if we could keep the score under control we had a chance to win the game in the middle overs. Both retired, Kabir with 25 runs and Luca with 13 off his 25 balls. Suisse were well ahead of the rate on 54 for 0 after 8 overs.
Max P came in followed by Fin (a new Gingins recruit from Australia….) and Max in particular impressed waiting for the bad ball and hitting two impressive 6’s. The Schweiz bowling was good and Shankar and Greg deserve particular mention for keeping the batsmen quiet.
Then Fin came on and the breakthrough finally came, removing both the dangerous Max P with a sharp catch from Ross for 23 and then 5 balls later Thomas G, caught at mid-off by Sasha. It was a double wicket maiden and Schweiz were now on 86 for 2 after 14….. a turning point?
Now Fin was together with Thomas A and they slowly took the score forward against some good bowling and only put on 20 runs in the next 5 overs. They only needed 17 to win off the last 8 overs and with wickets in hand it was now just a matter of time. Ryan, after taking a few blows behind the wicket, had a bowl and took his first wicket of the season having Thomas A caught by Fin for 5. But this brought Ali N to the crease and he finished the game hitting 10 not out in 4 balls and pass the winning post with 4 overs remaining. The good point being Schweiz conceding far fewer extras than Suisse (49)….
Man of the Match: Ali N, Suisse, for his bowling – tight, accurate and taking 2 wickets and closing the game with 10 not out.
Fin, Schweiz, for taking a double wicket maiden and being extremely sharp and vocal in the field.
So overall a well-deserved win by a strong Suisse team! Their players were older, stronger and more experienced, and this was without Gianni and Barnaby! Its going to be a tough year – time for the boys to learn fast 🙂
Pete Veal Sept 2017