The annual Leman Cup matches were played at Cossonay on September 7th. The contest is the Schweiz vs Suisse with teams made up from players from Basel & Zurich playing against Cossonay, CDL, Gingins & Geneva.
Schweiz U11 147 for 4 beat Suisse U11 97 for 9 by 50 runs
This year the Under 11’s team had 7 players from the Dragons and 4 from Zurich crickets and the contest was played over 25 overs.
Captain James West having won the toss opened the batting with left hander Daiyyan and faced some fast straight bowling from Ismael Zaidi. Daiyyan was caught and bowled off Wilf which
brought in Aryan who took the score to 52 at the end of the 10th over when James retired on 17. Aryan was out in the next over when Tom and Ethan came in who, with some sensible batting and
tremendous running between the wickets, took the score to 85 at the end of over 16 both of them scoring 8. Luca and Joe kept the runs ticking over both retiring on 3 with the innings finally
closing on 147. This looked like a good score with a slow outfield and helped by a large number of extras from the less experienced Suisse team.
In reply, Schweiz were very good in the field stopping many potential singles and putting pressure on the Suisse batsman to take risks to score runs. The bowling was a mixture of too many wides interspersed with very good balls. This was supported with good catching from Max & Ethan who held difficult chances. James Atkinson and Shreyas both took two wickets each and Marc bowled very well and was unlucky to only pick up one wicket. Tom, Aryan & James W were also wicket takers. In the end Schweiz were comfortable winners through a very good team performance. The players from both teams seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event and it was a great way to start the 2013/14 season for the Under 11’s in Switzerland.
Schweiz U13 199 for 8 beat Suisse U13 95 all out by 104 runs
The U13 game followed on from the U11 game. The U13 Schweiz side contained 6 Zurich Crickets and 5 Basel Dragons and the game was played over 30 overs in bright sunshine at the splendid ground in Cossonay.
The Suisse team won the toss and asked the Schweiz to bat first. Captain Chris Langford and Callum Wright opened the bowling and were intent with seeing off the opening bowlers Tom Bews and Nish.
Chris fell LBW to Tom but Callum batted sensibly and after 10 overs, the Scwiez team were happy to be 50 for 2. Callum got good support from Ishandeep Singh who made 11, Callum eventually falling
for 19. At 20 overs, with the score on 115 for 6, the innings was in the balance. However, Luke Specogna began to connect with some hefty blows ably supported by Ed Clayton and the score
accelerated. The Suisse bowling became a little wayward and the innings finished on 199 for 8, Luke finishing 35 not out and Ed 30 not out.
This was always going to be a challenging score for the Suisse team and after James West picked up 2 wickets in his first 2 overs, the Schweiz team were in control. All 10 outfield players bowled 2 overs each and all bowled well with a minimum of wides. The pick of the bowlers was Will Clayton who finished with 2 wickets for 3 runs, supported by James West 2 for 14, Ed Clayton 1 for 5, Dayn Pariaug 1 for 8, Hamish Graham 1 for 8, Chris Langford 1 for 0 and Ishandeep Singh 1 for 8. Only Arnaud made double figures for the Suisse team and the innings finished in the 24th over with the score on 95, Schweiz therefore winning the game by 104 runs.