Gingins Cricket Club hosted two celebrations of excellent junior cricket in Switzerland at their tournaments for U11 and U13 players on 24-25 November 2012 and for U15 players on 1-2 December.
In addition to the excellent games, Gingins kindly allowed Swiss Cricket juniors an opportunity to present the Bob Barber Player of the Year Awards for 2012 at the tournaments, while so many of our junior cricketers were gathered together.
On 25 November Chris Clayton, coach of the National U11 team in 2012, presented Christopher Langford (Zurich Crickets CC) with his award for the outstanding U11 player of the year. Chris noted that among many strong performances by U11 players in the year, and with very strong technique, the area in which Christopher made himself the easy choice for Bob Barber Player of the Year award winner for 2012 was his leadership skills. Chris led his teams inspirationally, displaying a sensitivity that is very unusual in players of his determination and age.
Johan Kruger and Glen Collins, coaches of the National U13 team in 2012, had no hesitation in giving the U13 Bob Barber Player of the Year Award to Anthony Palmiero (Zurich Crickets CC). They reported that Anthony has shown himself to be, by any measure, an exceptionally talented junior cricketer. His ability with bat and ball are consistently above the average for his age group, and this is complemented by a mature leadership capability. He has represented the ZCCC team over the past 5 years and is regularly selected to play above his age group. He has been ever present in the Swiss Junior national side and has often been a key influential figure in many competitive matches. Anthony has captained the ZCCC U13 side for the last 2 years and was recently appointed Captain of the Swiss national side for an U13 tour in Denmark. He carried out these duties with great maturity. During the year, Anthony’s steady performance resulted in him being nominated as best player in a number of categories at tournaments. He received the prize as best bowler during the Gingins tournament played between 26-27 November, having taken 6 wickets for 26 runs off 11.1 overs. In the 2012 Zuoz tournament Anthony scored the most runs (80) and shared the highest number of wickets taken (6), at the better economy average of 1.9 runs per over. He deservedly received the prize as coaches’ choice of “best U13 player of the tournament”. At the international level Anthony distinguished himself as the captain of the National side and led by example, scoring the most runs in the team (90) in 4 games helping to team in every match to a respectable total. He also contributed handsomely with the bowling taking 5 wickets from 16 overs and conceding only 46 runs. In total, his 299 runs at an average of 33.22 and his 27 wickets at an average run per wicket of 6.26 were outstanding. In addition to his cricketing technical ability, he displays an easy going temperament. However this masks a fiercely competitive attitude. Despite his will to win, however, he always respects the laws and spirit of the game, and he is one of the most popular and inclusive figures in his age group. At times Anthony seems (blissfully) unaware of his cricketing talent. His desire to learn, his openness to new skills and genuine popularity and respect for and from his team mates and opposition alike, make Anthony an exceptional individual. John Millar, Youth Development Officer, will present Anthony with his award.
On 1 December, Patrick Henderson and Yateendra Sinh, coaches of the U15 and Swiss Colts teams respectively, presented the awards for the U15, U17 and U19 players.
In awarding the U15 prize Patrick summarised a successful U15 season and paid tribute to several strong candidates:
Three special Under 15 days of cricket took place in Zurich during the indoor season. Three teams were formed to incorporate the talent in this age group, and it was already apparent on the first day in December that there was good cricket being played at this level in Switzerland. After the other two Under 15 indoor days, which took place in January and February, a national team was selected to play in the Under 17 tournament in March. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this team did remarkably well and just failed to win the tournament after being level on points with the Luxembourg national Under 17 team, but with a lower run rate.
Led by Ashwin Vinod (Geneva Region Youth CC) this team moved outdoors in May to play a couple of warm-up matches against the Under 17s. Ashwin’s 66 and Simon Henderson’s 51 considerably helped a lively run chase, but the team fell just a few short.
The team then travelled to Denmark in mid-May to play four competitive matches against two club teams and twice against the national team. Here there were a number of excellent performances:
Ashwin’s 42 not out, with a tour average of 26.33 and the best bowling figures were just what was needed of the captain. At the end of the season Leman Cup in September his retiring score and 4
wickets for 6 runs clearly showed the strength of this all-rounder. Mr Consistent, Ashwin, led his side by example with both the ball and the bat, he is a sharp and brave fielder with an
excellent pair of hands. Ashwin Vinod was this year’s winner of the 2012 Under 15 Bob Barber Award for Player of the Year.
There were several other contenders for this award and they deserve a special mention here:
Neil Creba-Wright’s (Basel Dragons CC) batting average of 36.66 was impressive as was his top score of 83 not out against the Danish XI. This classy, top-order batsman later in the season showed just how dangerous he can be with the ball when he returned figures of 5 wickets for a mere 28 runs on the Cambridgeshire tour. His total of 110 runs in three innings without ever losing his wicket made him a key player on that tour. Cover fielding is his speciality and it is rarely that a ball will find its way past his agile fielding.
It was on the Cambridgeshire tour in July that another stylish batsman, Marishque Puvimanasinghe (Geneva Region Youth CC) also excelled. His average of 38.5 and top score of 63 made it probably his best tour ever. He is also a coveted economical off-spinner, and this combination served him well in the Zuoz tournament and has begun to show in the few matches he also played for the Swiss Colts later in the season.
Moaz Butt (Zurich Crickets CC), a ferociously aggressive bowler, who invariably opened the
Under 15 bowling, although economical, probably did not take as many wickets as he would have liked to. There is no doubt that he is going to get faster and stronger. His ability with the bat has not gone unnoticed and he has developed into a valuable middle-order batsman who is always capable of producing runs when needed. He produced fine innings during the indoor season with one 64 not out, and averaged 47 during the U17 indoor tournament without ever losing his wicket. He also averaged 23.5 in Denmark ensuring we won the final match of the tour.
Another outstanding all-round performance for the Under 15 XI was Simon Henderson (Zurich Crickets CC). A pile of runs indoors together with one bowling spell of 6 overs for 11 runs started his season. Some typically hard-hitting in Zuoz followed a Denmark tour when he knocked a valuable 63 against the national team and averaged 26.75. Some more than useful pacy bowling often produced key wickets, together with a collection of catches in the field, and most batsmen learned fast to think twice about risking a quick run when the stumps were within his throwing range.
Aiden Andrews (Gingins CC) was the most improved player coming into the national team and he will be a key player in the 2013 season. He batted well in the indoor season, quickly making a name for himself as a batsman who became increasing difficult to remove from the crease as the season progressed. He top scored in the Zuoz tournament and really started to show talent on the Denmark and Cambridgeshire tours. A brave fielder who has a pair of very safe hands.
Of course the team was not just about these players. Some great team players made outstanding contributions throughout the season and it was encouraging to see several of these players beginning to make appearances for the Colts team and playing against adult teams. This is a large step up. Jai Sinh (Cossonay CC) is such a player as was Duncan Heggie (Collège du Léman CC), our chirpy wicket-keeper who did such a consistently efficient job for us behind the stumps.
There were also plenty of magic moments to savour, too. One of them was James Gaillet (Zurich Crickets CC) at the Basel indoor tournament. Having made his own bat he came in and promptly smashed a quick 30 with a flurry of 6s. Then there was Ale Poynton’s (Gingins CC) top total of 83 runs at the same tournament. Nathan Ryan’s (Cossonay CC) two overs in Cambridgeshire which produced two wickets against tough opposition were invaluable. Vincent Jacard’s (Cossonay CC) outstanding reflex catch in Zuoz will be remembered for a long time. And finally, the determination and unflinching bravery shown by Paulina Kratka (Zurich Crickets CC) when Denmark threw everything at her in an attempt to break our last wicket stand.
Yateendra Sinh, Coach of the Swiss Colts, was able to explain the objectives and successes of the Swiss Colts side to the U15 players and parents, offering an inspiring objective for U15
cricketers: the opportunity of a next step towards the senior game.
He went on to explain that his U17 Bob Barber Award for Player of the Year winner, Simon Henderson had been the pick of the Colts batsmen in 2012, with three 50+ innings this year. He consistently shows plenty of commitment and aggression in all areas of his cricket - including his batting, his safe fielding, and his fast bowling: Simon could be called on to bowl hostile spells and got several breakthroughs for the Colts team. Simon would go on to be selected to play for the senior Swiss National Team at the tournament in La Manga in November 2012.
In awarding the Under 19 Bob Barber Award for Player of the Year to Manish Lal, the key attributes highlighted by Yateendra were that he has been the fastest junior bowler in the country. Manish troubles all types of batsmen with his pace, and has improved significantly with his accuracy. He frequently secured one or two wickets for the Colts from his opening spells. He also contributed by captaining the early season games, when our regular Captain was away completing his IB. Besides this, Manish scored one fifty this year, so was also a top order batsman for the Swiss Colts. Manish would also be selected to play for the senior Swiss National Team at the tournament in La Manga in November 2012.
Finally, the Swiss Cricket Association would like to thank Gingins Cricket Club for allowing us to present these awards at their tournament. We were also, as an audience, inspired by the charity, A Chance to Dream, that has been set up by older members of Gingins Cricket Club and which was introduced to the club's guests - very effectively, it turned out, as almost 3,000 Francs were raised! Other clubs left for home inspired to do the same.
The Bob Barber Award, usually presented by Bob Barber, is awarded annually to the Swiss junior player who has made the most outstanding contribution to junior cricket in their age group (U11, U13, U15, U17 & U19) and receives a medal to commemorate the occasion.
Congratulations to the 2012 Bob Barber medal winners:
|2012 Bob Barber Awards|
|Age Group||Winner (Coach)|
|U11||Christopher Langford (Chris Clayton)|
|U13||Anthony Palmiero (Johan Kruger and Glen Collins)|
|U15||Ashwin Vinod (Patrick Henderson)|
|U17||Simon Henderson (Yeti Sinh)|
|U19||Manish Lal (Yeti Sinh)|