History of cricket in Switzerland

"Vue de la Ville de Genève et de Plein-Palais (Florence 1769-1845)" from 1817 by Giovanni Salucci
"Vue de la Ville de Genève et de Plein-Palais (Florence 1769-1845)" from 1817 by Giovanni Salucci

Although, as the water colour of "Vue de la Ville de Genève et de Plein-Palais (Florence 1769-1845)" from 1817 by Giovanni Salucci, cricket has been played in Geneva since at least 1817, the  inaugural meeting of the first cricket association was held on 9 March 1980 at the Australian Embassy in Bern,.

Four clubs were represented at the original meeting: Bern C.C., CERN C.C., Geneva C.C. and Geneva Asians C.C.., while apologies were received from Baden C.C., Basel C.C. and Zurich C.C. A draft Constitution was agreed and subsequently ratified at the first Annual General Meeting of the association.

The first President was Dr. David Barmes of Geneva C.C. and Mr. Roger Johnson (of the same club) the first Secretary.

Mr. Brennan, the then Australian Ambassador, presented a trophy to be played for in a knock-out competition between six clubs divided geographically into two sections. The winners of each group then played in a deciding final, for which, in 1983, the Malaysian Ambassador donated a cup for the Man of the Match.

The main competition has been reorganised several times since. The current format involves 12 clubs who meet on a league basis of home & away 40 over matches. The new Championship trophy was presented for the first time in 1994, the winners being Alpine C.C., Zurich.

In 1985, at the initiative of the Lyceum Alpinum, Zuoz, the SCA helped to organise the first Zuoz Cricket Festival. The Lyceum has a long tradition of cricket and other "British" sports (eg. Eton Fives) dating from the 1920s when an English sports master was appointed. Four cricket matches can be played simultaneously on the grounds at Zuoz in an idyllic setting at an altitude of 1700m.

Following a modest start (only four clubs participated in 1985), the Festival is now well established with the regular participation of 8 clubs.

Switzerland is also the birth place of the very prestigious Cricket On Ice, a unique tournament played every winter on the frozen lake in St. Moritz (1700 metres above sea-level) in the Swiss alps.  

An S.C.A. side played in the inaugural Cricketer International Tournament in Guernsey in 1990, narrowly missing the semi-final by 0.1 runs/over.

Tours have been made over the years to various countries by individual Clubs or by the Association, and there have been welcome visits by touring teams to Switzerland.

In 1985 the S.C.A. was granted Affiliate status of the ICC.

At the end of 2009 a second association was formed, the SCV, thus, since 2010 two cricket associations exist in Switzerland. Despite concerted efforts throughout 2010 it was not possible to bring the two groups together which will ultimately lead to the suspension from the ICC and the subsequent rebranding of this association as Cricket Switzerland in 2014.

Presidents of Cricket Switzerland, past & present

Term of Office President's Name
2014 - present Mr. A. D. Mackay
 

Presidents of the Swiss Cricket Association, past & present

Term of Office President's Name
2011 - 2013 Mr. A. D. Mackay
2010 Mr. J. McKillop
2008 - 2009 Mr. D. Mathur
2006 - 2007 Mr. P. Nixon
2005 Mr. N. Nayyar
1997 - 2004 Mr. J. McKillop
1990 - 1996 Mr. P. Nixon
1980 - 1989 Dr. D. Barmes

 

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