The 2013 Gingins U15 indoor tournament was held in the new sports hall of the La Chataigneraie campus of the International School of Geneva on 16th & 17th November.
Six teams were present: Basel, Cossonay, La Chat (a new team from the International School ), Luxembourg, Zurich and hosts Gingins. Matches were 20 overs.
A new and relatively inexperienced La Chat were playing in their first tournament match.
Gingins batted first and got to 143, with the two openers Thomas (32 n.o.) and Rohan (33 n.o.) both retiring and then Max hitting a quick 29 not out, with some good running (after a hesitant start) with George who was also not out on a useful 8. La Chat found it difficult to score against Gingins bowlers with only Seb, Fred and Finn managing to get on the scoreboard. There was tight bowling from Thomas (1 wicket), Max (1 wicket) and Leo but especially Rohan with a double-wicket maiden and a run-out. La Chat were finally bowled out for 43.
Gingins Player: Our confidence was high, and we were trying to give our best performance. I enjoyed finding the gaps on the side wall.
This was the most dramatic game in the tournament. Luxembourg scored 94 all out (Max top scoring with 18) with Ryan and Greg both taking 2 wickets.
Cossonay were up against excellent fielding by Luxembourg, even though the Cossonay batsmen were hitting the ball well, fielding on the back wall by Luxembourg was preventing any 4s.
Wickets were falling regularly with Marcus taking 2 and performing a great runout to remove Greg. There were also 2 stumpings off Robert’s bowling, which left just Arnav, who had batted through the innning and Finn. Arnav managed to take strike for the last over. He was facing Marcus and needed 12 off the last over to win.
Three well bowled and fielded dot balls meant 12 were needed to win off the last 3 balls!
Arnav managed to pierce the Luxembourg fielders to make a 4. Then a single off the wall, meant 6 were needed to tie. Arnav, by this time well up the wicket, launched himself into the last ball and hit it high into the back wall! Cossonay had managed to tie the game, and because they had one less wicket, came out winners of a very close game.
Basel scored 123 with Sidhart retiring on 30, Thomas K making 16 and Cameron 15. Tight and effective bowling by Thomas with 4 wickets (12-4) and also Luca picking up 2 wickets, and Oliver taking
a good catch to remove Tom B. meant that the Basel batsmen didn't get more runs, but unfortunately 20 wides added to an extras total of 48.
It wasn't to be Gingin’s match from the batting either, with only Rohan putting up resistance for an excellent 28 not out, carrying his bat through the innings. But the bowling by Basel, especially the tight and accurate spin of Sidhart (7-4) which seemed to mesmerise the Gingins batsmen, meant that they could only score 53 in reply.
Zurich scored 79 through a well-played 27 from Ruan and useful 9 from Matté, though Luxembourg fielded well with 2 run-outs and Marcus and Luca restricted the Zurich batsmen.
But the total surprisingly proved enough with Luxembourg bowled out for 59 with wickets shared between the Zurich bowlers and only Jack (10) getting into double figures.
Basel scored 135 with Tom K. (31 n.o.) and Mustafa (34 n.o.) both retiring, but La Chat took wickets through first Ian taking the valuable wicket of Sidhart and then wickets for Devansh and Finn
with Finn bowling a wicket maiden.
La Chat couldn't make the total of Basel and were all out for 77, but there were useful innings from Seb , Salam, and at the end Alex (11 n.o.).
Max and John opened the innings, but it wasn't to be John's match as he was bowled by Ruan’s aggressive opening bowling. Max looked like he was settling in and the score was moving along with
Thomas, but then Max played inside a ball from Tom B. and was caught behind.
Thomas continued with Rohan until Rohan was caught at mid-wicket. Then George scored 5 before Ruan took his wicket. Luca was run-out for 2 and finally Thomas was out for an excellent 29, bowled by Damien, to leave Zurich needing 108 to win. Was it enough?
The answer came relatively quickly with Ruan (30 n.o.) and Tom B.(31 n.o.) both retiring and the Gingins bowlers seemed to be firing below par, with only Thomas (2) and Max (1) picking up wickets, even though both were not bowling at their best. Zurich won with 5 overs to spare.
Luxembourg scored 129 with Thomas (31 n.o.) and Max (30 n.o.) retiring and both Marcus (15) and Luca (14) getting runs.
La Chat started steadily with Devansh top scoring with 10 and Seb and Fred both with 6. But the Luxembourg bowling and fielding was too strong with Marcus 6-3 and La Chat bowled out for 57.
Zurich made 141 with Ruan (30), Damien retiring on 32, and Dali retiring on 30.
But Cossonay made them play for that score with Arnav getting 3 wickets (19-3), Daniel and Ryan taking a wicket apiece and Ryan taking a great catch.
Cossonay started very well with Daniel and Arnav and the partnership lasted until the 14th over when Daniel was run out by Ruan for 22. The score was then on 95. Greg came on, but was run out after only scoring a few runs, and then wickets quickly fell due to bowling by Damien and Ruan to leave Cossonay falling behind, and despite a late 4 from John they finished on 133 at the end of the 20 overs.
Congratulations to the tournament winners Zurich. The best batsmen was Ruan from Zurich (also special mention to Arnav), the best bowler Damien from Zurich and the best fielder, Ryan from Cossonay. The Spirit of Cricket award went to La Chat to recognise their achievement in building a new team.