Zurich Crickets CC 139-9 off 25 overs beat Basel Dragons CC 135-10 off 23.3 overs
Chris Clayton reports on an indoor U15s match that ebbed and flowed, culminating in a very exciting finish and played throughout in a great spirit.
Zurich Crickets won the toss and batted first. Good bowling and fielding from the Dragons with 4 run outs (Tom R x3, Mustafa x1), 3 catches (Tom R x2, Leon x1) 1 bowled (Sid) and good support
from Cameron, Henry and Luke restricted their scoring off the bat to 56. Unfortunately that did not stop the extras – once again these were too high and ended top scoring with 83! Dragons could
have wrapped up the innings before the full 25 overs, but a last wicket partnership held out making a competitive score of 139.
The Basel Dragons innings started well, with Sid scoring 11, Mustafa 18 and Tom R retiring on 30. Then followed a calamitous series of run outs through some Kamikaze calling (5 in total). Disaster was averted by extras from ZCCC (46) allowing Tom R to return and with Pranav (n.o. 8) take the game to the wire. Following a couple of 6s Tom was caught well at cover on 48 in the penultimate over.
The Dragons finished 4 runs short having outscored Crickets off the bat (92) but unfortunately also with extras.