Dragons retain U11 Gingins Indoor Title

Reproduced by permission of Basel Dragons Junior Cricket Club

Five teams contested the 2013 Swiss Indoor Championship at Gingins on 23rd & 24th November 2013. As last year’s winners, the Dragons were in a confident mood but there were a few surprises along the way.

Basel Dragons Junior U11 Cricket Team 2013
Basel Dragons Junior U11 Cricket Team 2013

Match 1

Luxembourg 44 for 5 beat Basel Dragons 43 all out by 1 run

Luxembourg Batting: Liam 16, William 5, Basel Bowling: James W 3 for 5, Tom 2 for 14; Basel Batting: James W 18, Ethan 4; Luxembourg Bowling Liam 3 for 12

The Dragons started with an excellent performance in the field and tight bowling from all the bowlers. James W took 3 wickets and Tom 2 then Ethan with 3 overs for 11 runs and Marc 2 overs for just 6 runs pinned Luxembourg down. Liam scored 16 but the total of 44 looked achievable.  Basel’s reply started well with James W and Ethan putting on 13 before Ethan was caught on 4. Max L and James took the score to 24 when Max was bowled for 1. When Tom was bowled for 1 with the score on 39 the match looked secure, 4 overs and 4 wickets to score 6 runs.  To prove that catches win matches, two runs later James W was superbly caught and bowled by William from a hard, low straight drive quickly followed by Marc in an almost identical dismissal, this time from the bowling of Liam.  The pressure was really on and the Luxembourg bowlers stepped up.  Their bowling was straight and good length and proved too much for the new Basel batters. Three wickets fell on 43 and victory went to Luxembourg.

Match 2

Basel Dragons 56 for 1 beat Zurich 54 for 6 by 6 wickets

Zurich Batting: Aryan 21*, Luca 7; Basel Bowling: Marc 2 for 17, Ethan 2 for 19; Basel Batting: James W 18*, Ethan 8, Max L 5*, Zurich Bowling: Aryan 1 for 12

After the disappointment of the previous result, the Dragons had to dig deep to put in a good performance against our rivals Zurich. Another good bowling performance with Marc and Ethan taking two wickets each and Tom bowling 3 overs to take 1 for 4.  Despite some hard hitting from Aryan, Zurich were limited to 54 which would be a testing total for our nervous batsman.  The run chase was very controlled as James W and Ethan put on 29 for the first wicket when Ethan was out for 8. Max L (5*)and James (18*) knocked off the remaining runs for a comfortable victory.

Match 3

Basel Dragons 82 for 1 beat Gingins 61 for 5 by 21 runs

Basel Batting: James W 24*, Shreyas 21*, Max L 11*; Gingins Bowling: Wilf 1 for 15; Gingins Batting: Arjun 11, Charlie 9*, Wilf 5; Basel Bowling: Tom 3 for 19

Gingins won the toss and chose to field.  James W and Shreyas made a steady controlled start putting on 61 when James retired on 24. Marc fell LBW to Wilf for 2 but Shreyas continued to pick off the runs to retire on 21. Max L clubbed 11 quick runs including a 6 and Ethan finished on 1 not out.   In reply Arjun and Charlie made a good start putting on 19 until a remarkable over from Tom saw Arjun, Nikhil & Ricky all clean bowled. Gregor & Wilf staged a fight back but the total was too big and when Shreyas took the wicket of Wilf in the final over, the match was secured for the Dragons.

Match 4

Basel Dragons 45 for 2 beat Cossonay 44 for 5 by 5 wickets

Cossonay Batting: Tristan 19*, Luke 6, Max L 22*, Max H 10; Basel Bowling: Kian 2 for 18

This was the match that would decide who would play Luxembourg in the final. Cossonay batted first and made a steady start losing a couple of wickets in the first 4 overs. Ethan then came on and clean bowled Amog, Kean and Kabir in the space of 5 balls leaving Cossonay 15 for 5. Tristan and Isaac knuckled down to play out the overs with some good shots from Tristan. Economical bowling from Basel, notably from James A, kept Cossonay to a total of 44. Tristan and Kabir opened the bowling and proved very difficult to score off.  After 6 overs openers Max H and James W had scored just 11 runs and the pressure was on.  Then James was out and Max L joined his namesake and the score rattled on.  Max H played some deft shots around the wicket and Max L also scored freely. When Max H was out for 10 in over 9 the score was 32. Marc joined Max L who by now really had his eye in and raced to 22 not out as the target was quickly reached. 

Next the final.

Match 5

Basel Dragons 48 for 1 beat Luxembourg 45 for 4 by 6 wickets

Luxembourg Batting: Liam 10*, William 10, James 9; Basel Bowling: James W 3 for 15: Basel Batting: James W 19*, Max L 7*; Lucembourg Bowling: Bryce 1 for 3

The final was a repeat of Basel’s first match that had ended in a narrow defeat.  Luxembourg were undefeated having proved to be the top bowling side ripping through most of the opposition batting orders – could the Dragons hold their nerve this time? Luxembourg batted first and Bryce showed he meant business when he drove the second ball of the innings for 4.  However James W had his revenge when the next ball rattled Bryce’s middle stump.  After a tight over from Tom, Luxembourg’s James got stuck into James W hitting him for 6 but was then caught and bowled on the last ball of the over – 14 for 2 after 3 overs.  Liam and William then played very sensibly against some tight bowling from all the bowlers, Marc conceding just 4 runs in three overs and beating the bat numerous times. Max H was having another excellent game behind the stumps conceding just 1 bye in the 12 overs. When James W bowled William in over 11 the score was 38. The Basel fielding continued to be tight, including some superb deep fielding by Ethan & Shreyas to prevent to certain 4’s.  Tom then bowled Rahul in the final over leaving Liam undefeated on 10 and Luxembourg on 45. Could the Dragons make it over the line this time? The Dragons got off to a difficult start when Ethan was caught behind off Bryce in the first over.  James W and Max L looked nervous against some good bowling and carefully moved the score onto 20 after 4 overs.  A couple of loose overs saw the score race onto 38 and the target was within reach. Bryce, who by now had taken 10 wickets in the tournament, came on and bowled a very good over, pinning James W down to score just a single. Another excellent over from William had Max nervously chipping the ball over the keeper to take the score to 40. The runs had dried up and the pressure was mounting.  Liam then came on to bowl the 9th over. James took control scoring two 2s to level the scores and then on driving for 4 to win the match and the title. The jubilant team collected their medals and the big silver trophy then posed for the photographers.
James W was named best batsman for 84 runs in 5 innings. 

Overall it was a great team performance with everyone working for each other and playing excellent cricket. Well done Dragons! 

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