The Winterthur Cricket Club started their 2012 season with a cricket family day at Sportpark Deutweg on Sunday 22nd April, involving teams from Winterthur, Zurich and Basel .
Starting at 10am, Zurich Crickets U9 & U11s played against Basel Dragons Juniors and after a BBQ lunch, Winterthur took on newcomers Basel Dragons seniors in a first round Swiss Mr. Pickwick T20 Cricket Cup.
While the rest of the country had games postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather, spectators and players in Winterthur enjoyed a day of cricket and a BBQ lunch with salad & bread for just CHF10 (CHF 5 for U16s), with a bar open all day, experiencing just a shower of hail on an otherwise windy but sunny spring afternoon.
|Time||Type of match|
|10am||Zurich Crickets U9/U11s v Basel Dragons U9/U11s||Friendly|
|1.30pm||Winterthur CC v Basel Dragons Snrs||Pickwick T20 Cup|
Zurich Crickets U9/U11s: To be announced
Basel Dragons Juniors U9/U11s: Ollie Bayliss, Ed Clayton, Will Clayton, Ben Harper, Tom Harper, George Lightowler, Max Lightowlers, Cameron Sawyer, Marc Veal, James West.
Basel Dragons Seniors (47ao) lost to Winterthur (49-4) by 6 wkts
match report by Prakash Hastagiri
Winterthur Cricket Club opened its season with a thumping victory over Basel Dragons in the first round of the Pickwick cup T20 competition. It was a match for many beginnings and the weather Gods were merciful enough to let it happen without too much intervention, although there was some rain (and even a bit of hail) in between the two innings.
The game was our first one with a new captain, Raj Singh, a game where we also welcomed 4 new players into the Winterthur family (Tom, Sinthu, Vaibhav, Sundar). With rain in the air and damp in the pitch, our skipper won the toss and elected to bowl. The Dragons' openers started well, mixing caution with some aggression. The new ball was shared between two newcomer, Sinthu and Vaibhav and they operated well maintaining control and testing the batsmen with their good line and length. Just when the openers looked set and one of them threatened to post a big score, there was a smart piece of fielding resulted in the run-out of the more threatening opener. Soon, things began to go awry for the Dragons. Mahmood and Rajeev bowled with great control and choked the runs while also picking the wickets. Mahmood picked up one wicket and had a few close calls turned down. Rajeev was in his element picking wickets at will, both of unplayable deliveries and rank bad balls that had boundary written all over them (Pip took a fantastic catch off one of those). He bowled 3 overs picking 4 wickets and was on a hatrick once. After their spell, if the Dragons were expecting some respite, there would be none. The next set of bowlers, Hasta and Pip, bowled with miserly control and kept knocking down the rest of the Dragon's batting order. Pip, with his, fastish leg breaks picked up 3 quick wickets and Hasta, bowling with control never before seen of him, picked up one. 9 wickets down for 30 something in a t20 game is never a good sign for a batting team. But the last wicket pair frustrated our bowlers for a while and took the score to 47 before the final wicket was picked up fittingly by our skipper. Another point to mention was our new find, Tom who kept brilliantly behind the wickets and was chirpy and loud throughout the innings.
With some rain and hail between the innings, Batting was going to be a sticky issue although the target was pretty low. Raj and Pip opened the innings and after a cautious start, got some runs away. But the pitch was playing low and one of the Dragons opening bowlers was posing some threat with his lines. Soon, some wickets fell with most Batsmen dragging on to the stumps because of the low bounce off the pitch. It was a similar pattern for the first 7 or 8 overs - some runs followed by another batsman done in the bounce. Raj and Pip departed after a decent start. Tom hit some lusty blows was out to marginal LBW decision. Rajeev was in and out quickly. After these 4 wickets fell, Jiten and Sagar then took over and guided us over the target with plenty of overs to spare.
Winterthur CC was sharp on the field and incisive with their bowling. Some minor batting hiccups notwithstanding, they got the job done in style. Greater challenges await them in the future and only time will tell if this new-look young team can match up to the high standards of the earlier Winterthur XIs. But, the hope and promise are there. A willing team with a supportive captain - there is no reason why we should not look forward to the season with great expectations.
Also, an announcement before we end, the emotional skipper after his first victory as captain, has promised to buy beer for the entire team after every victory this season. Cheers to the most generous WCC captain ever!!
Winterthur CC: Rajesh Singh*, Thomas Mampilly+, Sinthujaan Yoganathan, Vaibhav Singh, Phillip Kirkpatrick,
Jiten Patel, Rajeev Jha, Mahmood Rahman, Sagar Shetti, Sundar Sethupathi, Prakash Hastagiri, John Hallam (12th man)
Basel Dragons Snrs: Pete Bayliss, Chris Clayton, James Harper, Lee Howarth, Ruwan Jayakody, Mark Lightowler, Ian Lightowlers, Brijesh Luthra, Simon Russell, Jo Sawyer, Pete Veal, Steve West.
Officials: Power Cricket Club