The Zuoz tournament has been running annually for over twenty years and essentially involves seven adult teams from across Europe plus the Lyceum Alpinum school team.
In 2011 the Zuoz International Cricket Festival will take place on the weekend of the 18th/19th June between the following teams: Idle Cricket Club (Lodi); Munich CC; Basel CC; Winterthur CC; Tegernsee CC; The Campbell XI from London; Humidor XI from Southern Germany and the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz.
Cricket has been played at the Lyceum for over ninety years and the school pitches (there are 3 good concrete plus mat wickets and a 4th not-so- good flix-mat), at almost 1800m above sea level, are thought to be the highest in Europe. The air is thinner (only 80% of the oxygen compared to sea level) and the UV is intense - so sun cream, hats, sun glasses and a cricket jumper are all a must!
On Saturday morning a draw is made to determine the first round of matches and on which pitch each game will be played. As hosts the Lyceum team always play the first game on the number 1 pitch. Each match is limited to 30 overs, with the winners from the first games progressing to a top 4 play-off and the losing teams progressing to a bottom 4 play-off. The second round games take place on Saturday afternoon with the final round games on Sunday morning.
Lunch, drinks and snacks are provided near the pavilion on Saturday and Sunday (including a vegetarian option) and are included in the CHF350 (€270) tournament fee.
The Lyceum has a very strong and traditional sporting ethos, sometimes described as the Spirit of Zuoz. It is fundamental to us that winning and losing is very much secondary to how the game is played.
The Lyceum school team is usually made up of keen but inexperienced youngsters aged between 13 and 18. As most of the students originate from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and eastern European countries, very few (if any) have prior cricketing experience. A school team player will on average have been playing cricket for roughly two years.
This is a friendly event and fairplay is paramount and although it is expected that everyone takes the tournament seriously, it is not expected people take things too seriously. This tournament is called a “Cricket Festival” for good reason, it should have a festival atmosphere and teams in the past that have not supported this have found their invitation withdrawn permanently.
The umpires are charged to ensure that the weekend is fair and enjoyable for everyone concerned – a real celebration of a game we all love.
A huge thanks to Alex Mackay (Swiss Cricket) for organising umpires from across Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK for this year's festival.
Should anyone require any further information please email Mark Jones.