The Swiss U12 and U11 teams travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a four team tournament against hosts Luxembourg and Belgium. With the whether cold and unsettled, everyone had fingers crossed that we would get through the weekend which we did despite some heavy showers.
The U12 team started as expected and won quite comfortably against the U11’s and the Belgium team. However, the first day came alive in the last game of the day with the Swiss U11’s playing Luxembourg. The U11’s bowled well and restricted Luxembourg to 95 for 6 off their 20 overs. In reply, the U11’s lost early wickets but Ed Clayton, coming in at 5 held the innings together and with good support from Luke Specogna and Dayn Pariaug, it looked like the Swiss boys would have an unexpected delivery. Ed had retire on 20 in the penultimate over but with only 4 required off the last over, victory looked certain.
With 2 balls to go, 2 were required but Leo Clairs was caught to bring Ed back to the wicket as the last wicket. However, the batsmen crossed to leave him stranded at the non strikers end and Haresh Zehman was then bowled off the last ball of the match to give Luxembourg the victory by one run.
This set up the final game on Sunday as the winner takes all between Swiss U12 and Luxembourg. No one could have believed that would have a repeat of the previous days cliff hanger but that is exactly how it turned out. Despite losing openers Callum Wright and Mustafa Hussein, Tom Bews and Will Clayton moved the score to 50 off 10 overs.
At this stage, Tom had to retire and then wickets began to fall freely until the innings finished in the last over with a very disappointing score of 74.
No one believed that this would be enough and when Luxembourg reached 45 for 3 off 10 overs, the Swiss boys looked beaten.
However, with superb bowling from Ben Harper, Callum Wright and Mustafa Hussein, wickets started to fall freely and runs started to look very difficult to come by.
With Will Clayton left the ball the last over 3 runs were required with 2 wickets in hand. On the second ball, one of the batsman was run out and Switzerland smelt a victory. The fielders closed in but to the anguish of the Swiss boys, the batsman made a good contact and 2 runs were scrambled to win the game with 2 balls to spare.
So Luxembourg ran out winners overall after winning 2 of the closest games of cricket that anyone would wish to see. Will Clayton was awarded the best batsman of the tournament but this was no consolation for losing out on first place.
Swiss U12 86 for 4 (Callum Wright 19, Mustafa Hussein 15, Will Clayton 13 not out) beat Swiss U11 83 all out by 6 wickets
Swiss U12 137 for 5 (Callum Wright 20, Will Clayton 20, Tom Bews 21 all retired) beat Belgium U12 74 for 9 by 63 runs
Swiss U12 74 all out (Tom Bews 20, Will Clayton 14) lost to Luxembourg U12 75 for 9 by 1 wicket
Swiss U11 83 all out (Archer Martin 19) lost to Swiss U12 86 for 4 by 6 wickets
Swiss U11 94 all out (Ed Clayton 20 not out) lost to Luxembourg U12 95 for 6 by 1 run
Swiss U11 88 for 3 (Luke Specogna 20 not out) beat Belgium U12 87 for 4 by 7 wickets