by Ashwin Vinod
The Swiss Colts arrived on Thursday morning in London, very excited, ready to play a good cricket match on a wonderful cricket ground.
Our first match was a 20/20 against the T20 Academy, on a very cold and windy day. Skipper Arjun V was planning to bowl first but lost the toss and was put into bat. Callum H and Arjun V opened the batting but struggled to score runs and Callum H lost his wicket followed by Osama M. The score was 36 for 2 after 7 overs. Arjun V and Simon H rebuilt the inning while Simon H was hitting big shots on one side and Arjun V rotating the strike on the other side. Simon H scored a quick 31 runs of just 11 balls including seven 4s and had to retire. Moaz B kept up the good run rate and scored 15 runs of 7 balls including three 4s. After 18 overs, Arjun V scored a sensible 31 runs and had to retire. Aiden A could not resist the bad balls, hitting two 6s and scored a splendid 16 runs not out of 6 balls and putting on board a total score of 166. Osama M and Ashwin V gave a good start with the ball, with Osama M (3 overs 1-12) and Ashwin V (2 overs 0-6 including a maiden over). Moaz B then came into the attack and was unstoppable, taking 5 wickets of 4 overs giving away only 6 runs including 2 maiden overs. He was supported by Arjun V (2-0-9), Marishque P (1-0-9), Jack D (1-0-6), Simon H (2-1-6), Neil C (2-0-8), Jai S (1-0-6), and Aiden A finishing the game by taking the last 2 wickets (0.3-2-2). Swiss Colts bowled them out for 74 runs and won the match by 92 runs with an excellent all-round performance. Moaz B was the Man of the match.
On Friday evening, we played our second 20/20 match against East Berkshire and the weather was much better than the previous day. The Colts batted first and got off with an exciting start with Callum H hitting three 4s in a row of the first 3 balls. Callum H lost his wicket scoring a well deserved 41, with a total score of 66 after 12 overs. Osama M and Arjun V kept up the good work and Arjun V was the second wicket to fall with a score of 23. Osama M and Simon H accelerated the run rate with Osama M scoring 14 runs of 8 balls, and Simon H scoring 15 runs of 5 balls. Moaz B continued the aggressive batting scoring 18 of 7 balls, followed by Jai S scoring 10 of 8 balls. The Swiss Colts scored a reasonable and defendable total of 138. In the second inning Ashwin V took a tremendous wicket in the second over putting the team in a good position right after the break. Osama M was bowling very well on the other side giving away only 8 runs of two overs. Moaz B bowled an excellent spell keeping up his consistency (4-2-21) and was well supported by Marishque P (4-0-15). Simon H, pick of the bowlers, getting all the key wickets with a bowling figure of 4-4-22. The opposition team needed 21 runs to win from the last over and we were all a bit tensed but Osama M, very calm and confident, bowled a great last over giving away 10 runs and finishing the game for us. Swiss Colts beat East Berkshire by 9 runs.
The third match was on Saturday morning against Camberley Colts. Although, the Captain lost the toss, he still got to bowl first as he was planning to do because the ground was wet from the previous night’s heavy rain. Osama M gave us an excellent start by getting 4 wickets in 4 overs giving only 16 runs including a maiden over. Everyone bowled well, with Jack D (3-1-15), Marishque P (1-1-2) and once again an excellent bowling by Moaz B taking 4 wickets in just 1.4 overs. The Swiss Colts restricted the opposition team for a total score of 74. As we had to chase a low total, the captain mixed the batting order to give a chance to the low order batsmen. We won the match quite comfortably with still 5 overs to spare. The top scorer was Marishque P who scored 17 runs including one 4 and one 6.
On Sunday, we played our fourth and last match against London Warriors and it was a 35 over match. The skipper won the toss and chose to bat first. Unfortunately, Callum H lost his wicket in the first over. Arjun V and Osama M steadied back the innings with a partnership of 33 runs, then Arjun V lost his wicket scoring 11 runs. Osama M then got out on 29 with a team total of 56. Disappointingly the next 8 batsmen were only able to score 28 runs. We were bowled out for a total score of 84. Our only chance to win the game was by getting them all out. Unfortunately the opening bowlers didn’t get any wicket despite their good bowling. Moaz B then came into the attack and got the first break through in the ninth over when the batting team was on 22 runs. The next two batsmen brought their team to a total of fifty runs and we thought that the game was over for us. But Arjun V came into bowl and bowled a magical spell taking 3 wickets in 3 overs, one to a great catch taken by Neil C at square leg with only a fraction of second to react. We then started having hope and were full of energy. Marishque P and Simon H also got one wicket each. They then needed one run of the last over but we were not able to stop them. This was a very exciting match even though we lost the game. The Swiss Colts bowled extremely well and only gave 22 runs in the last 15 overs. Osama M was the Man of the match from our team.
A very good tour for the Swiss Colts to start their season, and excellent team work and dedication were seen throughout the tour and the whole team returned with high moral and good spirit.
Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1 match.