At 12 noon on Sunday 15th July, the inaugural Cresta Charity Cricket Match took place in St. Moritz at the Olympia Stadion at Hotel-Kulm Golf Course.
CAC XI 130 for 8 (A.Mills 28 n.o, S. Bartley 16, J. Sunley 15 & extras 46);
LCOB XI 118 for 5 (N.Doebler 27 n.o., F. Kuenburg 23, A. Benson 2 for 6, A. Welte 1 for 10)
CAC XI won by 12 runs
On Saturday a team representing the Chelsea Arts Club Cricket Club from London played the Lyceum Alpinum Old Boys at Zuoz. The visitors won by the narrow margin of 12 runs, thanks to some fine bowling by Alessandro Welte (14) an extremely promising young all-rounder who is already in the Lyceum Alpinum 1st XI, and Alexander Benson (12) from England. It was a 20 over a side match:
On Sunday, the original pitch was waterlogged so we cut a new one beside it. After a rain-delayed start, the SMCC 8 batted first (The two Welte brothers were originally selected to play for the other side, so they were really only 6!). They scored 104 for 4 on a slow wicket (D.Haering 24, Ehaan 22 n.o., Sauer 19).
In reply, the Cresta Cricket Club XI made 85 for 8 (S. Bartley 18, and N.Benson 16). There was some splendid fielding on both sides.
Of particular note for the C.C.C.XI was that of R.Sachs, C.Walti, D. Boller and M.Tempel, and a promising all-round performance by A. Knapp Voith.
It was a deserved victory for the St. Moritz Cricket Club by 19 runs. The team, who were also representing Switzerland in the unofficial Olympic Cricket Competition, were all awarded gold medals, the losers representing Great Britain, being awarded silver medals. Ehaan was the Man of the Match selected by our commentator Henry “Blowers” Blofeld for his fine performance with bat and ball, and also for his excellent fielding.
It should be added that the Cresta Cricket Club XI fielded 10 players who have ridden the Cresta Run, and that this was the first match ever to be played by the Club. Hopefully it will not be their last. A surprising incident occurred just after play finished. A mini-tornado suddenly swept across the ground with a roar, overturning the scorer’s table, and sending the scorebook and several glasses of Pimm’s some 20 feet into the air. Perhaps it was a sign from some of the Cresta ghosts of the past.
The weekend was not without incident as the visitors suffered three injuries: a hamstring(Mills), torn calf ligament (Springs), broken rib & ruptured knee ligament (Bartley), mostly down to a lack of practice and unfitness due the wet weather we have been having in the UK.
We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors who included Rolf Sachs, the Kulm Hotel and Golf Club, Bart Davey (Groundsman), the Kurverein, Hotel Steffani, Thoma-St. Moritz, Sir Roger Gibbs, Alexander Boller, and Lady Brabazon for her delicious scones. Sadly the Cornish clotted cream failed to survive the journey from the U.K, nevertheless a brilliant two days of cricket in the Engadin was had by all.
Be sure to look at the photos of the inaugural Cresta Charity Cricket Match on the Cricket-on-Ice website.
Cricket was included in the official programme of the 1st modern olympic games of 1896 and
earlier that year on Thursday 20th February, a cricket match was held in St. Moritz between two teams of British visitors. The XI from Davos were bowled out for 16 and in reply St. Moritz were 58 for 2 at the close of play.
During the 2nd Paris Olympiad of 1900, a cricket match was played at the Velodrome of Vincennes between a side representing Great Britain (aka The Devon and Somerset Wanderers) against a side representing France (aka The French Athletic Club Union), with the former winning a two innings match by 158 runs. As Belgium and the Netherlands failed to produce teams, the winners and losers were only awarded silver or bronze medals for their efforts, along with replicas of the Eiffel Tower. Gold and silver medals were eventually assigned for this contest when the match was officially recognised by the I.O.C. in 1912.
To celebrate the forthcoming London Olympic Games, a match will be held at the Olympic Stadium in St. Moritz (home of the 1928 &1948 Winter Olympics) between teams representing Great Britain (aka The Cresta Cricket Club) and Switzerland (aka St. Moritz Cricket Club). The distinguished cricketer commentator Henry “Blowers” Blofeld will attend to ensure fair play among the contestants, and to attempt to explain the intricacies of the game such as the rules, fielding positions, and different batting and bowling methods to an audience who will mostly be unfamiliar with the sport.
Sir Brian Williamson, President of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club, said "Whilst the Club has existed for well over a century primarily for its members to compete every winter on the Cresta Run, we also participate in a varied and enjoyable series of events and gatherings in the summer months, including field sports, golf, classic car meetings and wonderful parties. Adding a game of cricket at 6000 feet above sea level to entertain and educate our members and many friends in Switzerland will be a very welcome addition to our off season fun."
Spectators can attend for free if they know what a Silly Mid On is and will be invited to buy raffle tickets and make a modest contribution to a local charity for disabled children in the Engadine.
The players taking part in this unofficial Olympic Cresta Cricket event will be awarded either gold or silver medals. In addition they will be presented with replicas of the Leaning Church Tower of St. Moritz and the winning team and “Blowers” will be given a Cresta Firework by the members of the S.M.T.C.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Stephen Bartley
Hon. Archivist St. Moritz Tobogganing Club
Tel: +44 (0) 207 3810561: Mob: +44 (0) 7910 757148: email: firstname.lastname@example.org