The Dragons U13 team travelled to Geneva with high hopes of winning the Gingins Indoor Tournament but after last year’s thrashing in the final by Luxembourg, mindful that it would not be straight forward.
The Dragons were drawn in a group with La Chat (International School) and Luxembourg. The first game saw Luxembourg run out winners against La Chat but the school put up a good performance to keep the result in doubt to the end of the game. The second game in the group saw the Dragons take on La Chat.
The Dragons hit the ground running with a powerful display against La Chat. Callum Wright retired on 22 and Will Clayton retired on 24 as the Dragons ran up the highest score of the day. They followed this up with a superb bowling and fielding display that made runs very hard to come by for the school. Mushti Hussein, Ed Clayton, Ben Harper and Ishandeep Singh all bowled with pace and accuracy, keeping extras to a minimum. 3 run outs and sharp wicket keeping from Francis Lewis meant La Chat were kept down to 26 runs before the innings ended.
Captain Ben Harper lost the toss and Luxembourg elected to bowl, a repeat of last year’s final. Again, opening batsman Callum Wright batted sensibly to retire on 24 but wickets fell regularly. It was left to Ed Clayton and Ishandeep Singh to hold the innings together and ensure the total reached 3 figures. Ed finished on 19 not out and Ishandeep on 12 not out. Again, the bowling and fielding was exceptional, the pick being an excellent caught and bowled dismissal by Will Clayton and a direct throw run out by Ishandeep Singh. Ed Grantham finished off the innings leaving the Dragons top of the group and looking forward to Sunday’s games.
In the other group, Gingins beat CDL (International School), CDL beat Zurich and Zurich beat Gingins leaving tournament organiser, Andy Cleavely, with the onerous task of calculating net run rate. This resulted in Gingins winning the group followed by Zurich with CDL unlucky to be in last place. The semi-final line up was therefore Gingins vs Luxembourg followed by Dragons vs Zurich.
The first semi-final on Sunday morning saw Luxembourg run out winners against Gingins. The meant that the Dragons had a chance of revenge should they manage to overcome Zurich.
Zurich won the toss and elected to field. The Dragons then proceeded to demolish the Zurich attack, Callum Wright and Will Clayton retiring on 24 and Dan Hope hitting 19 not out. The final score of 128 was easily the highest of the tournament and perhaps the Dragons thought the match was won. However, this was not the case, and with openers Chris Langford and Dayn Pariaug batting sensibly, Zurich started to put some pressure on the Dragons. The bowling and fielding dropped from its previous high standards and when big hitting Luke Specogna came in at first wicket down, the Dragons were worried. Luke proceeded to smash 2 sixes and suddenly the total looked within reach. At this stage, Ed Clayton bowled Luke and the runs dried up leaving the Dragons victorious by 32 runs but knowing a better performance would be needed for the final.
At the final time of asking, captain Ben Harper won the toss and elected to field. Luxembourg batted sensibly against a much improved Dragons bowling attack. Wickets fell at regular intervals and runs were hard to come by and a final score of 81 whilst credible, did not seem to be enough to trouble the Dragons. This proved to be the base with both openers Callum Wright and Mushti Hussein retiring, it was left to the Clayton brothers, Will and Ed, to finish the game, knocking off the runs without losing a wicket and with 3 overs to spare.
After being thrashed in last year’s final by Luxembourg, this was very satisfying for the Dragons. It also showed just how far the boys have progressed as a team. Callum Wright was named
batsman of the tournament, scoring 94 runs without being dismissed. Robert from Luxembourg was rightly named bowler of the tournament for his brilliant display of controlled leg spin.
Big thanks to all our friends at Gingins for organising such a great weekend.