Swiss Junior Cricket has caused a ripple of excitement in the Swiss Embassy in London, who were delighted to hear of the forthcoming Junior teams' tours to England in May.
The diplomatic service had not associated Cricket with Switzerland, but was very pleased to be able to promote the tours and our participation in a sport that originated in and remains so popular in England. Even the Ambassador was keen to meet the teams!
Their excitement is justified. Several Swiss teams, approximately 60 junior players and a squad of seniors, will be visiting England in May and July this year.
A key difference between Junior Cricket in Switzerland and in England is, of course, volume and proximity. In the 4 day tours over Ascension, the Swiss sides will be playing 5 games and having two elite coaching sessions. Particular thanks to Rokeby School, who will play 3 of the four teams touring Epsom, and have kindly offered to host the Swiss players while there.
You can follow Switzerland's fortunes at this time at the Twenty20 Cricket Company website.
Given the distances between the Swiss junior clubs in Geneva, Nyon/Gingins, Cossonay, Basel and Zurich, it is just not possible to achieve this intensity - though we are looking forward to intense competition at altitide at the Swiss National Junior Club Champoinships at the Lyceum Alpinum in Zuoz over the weekend of 25-26 May.
All of this activity begins this weekend, as on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April, Basel Dragons Junior Cricket Club hosts the U11, U12 and U13 Swiss National Cricket Squads for an intensive training weekend in conjunction with 20/20 Cricket of the UK.
This is the first time these age groups will have played outdoors this year. With the Burley indoor ball now familiar, the hard outdoor ball will take some getting used to again.
Finally, from 9th - 11th August, the Swiss Colts are in action in a four nation tournament in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The seniors are also in action this weekend at the David Barmes Memorial Trophy Match. They take on last year's league champions on Sunday 21st April at the Bout du Monde in Geneva.
Later in the year the senior national side also travels to the UK to play Sussex University, and at the end of the season travel to La Manga in Spain to participate in the 5th La Manga Charity Tournament.
This is in addition to the Swiss National senior side hosting Austria in three International Twenty20 matches in June 2013.
The SCA wish the national teams of all age groups the very best of luck on their tours.
|Summary of Swiss National side tours 2013|
|9-12 May||Swiss National||Under 11||Epsom, UK|
|9-12 May||Swiss National||Under 13||Epsom, UK|
|9-12 May||ZCCC U15s||Under 15||Epsom, UK|
|9-12 May||Swiss National||Colts||Epsom, UK|
|17-18 May||Swiss National||Under 15||Cambridgeshire, UK|
|22-23 Jun||Swiss National||U11 & U12||Luxembourg|
|3-5 July||Swiss National||Seniors||Sussex, UK|
|9-11 Aug||Swiss National||Colts||Karlsruhe, Germany|
|13-15 Oct||Swiss National||Seniors||La Manga, Spain|
Swiss Junior Cricket is grateful to Specogna Immobilien, the Illien family and several further sponsors who, working with Zurich Crickets Cricket Club, are supporting the National Junior game.
Details of all the sponsors can be found on the Zurich Crickets website.