Zuoz International Cricket Festival Count-down


As previously announced on the Swiss Cricket website, this year the Zuoz International Cricket Festival will take place on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2013 and will be contested by the following teams:

Winterthur CC (CH); Carmel & District CC (Wales); Idle CC (Lodi, IT); Milan CC (IT); Geneva XI Stars CC (CH); Basel (SCV) CC (CH); Munich CC (DE); and the Lyceum Alpinum (Zuoz, CH).

The Zuoz tournament has been running annually for over twenty years and essentially involves seven adult teams from across Europe plus the Lyceum Alpinum school team.

International Cricket Festival in Zuoz in 2010
International Cricket Festival in Zuoz in 2010

However, cricket has been played at the Lyceum for over ninety years and the school pitches (there are 3 good concrete plus mat wickets and a fouth not-so-good flix-mat), at almost 1800m above sea level, are thought to be the highest in Europe. The air is thinner (only 80% of the oxygen compared to sea level) and the UV is intense - so sun cream, hats, sun glasses and a cricket jumper are all considered obligatory!

 

At 9pm on Friday 14th June the draw will take place in the presence of the umpires at the Restaurant Dorta in Zuoz at a Captains' & Managers' meeting to determine the first round of matches and on which pitch each game will be played.

As hosts, the Lyceum team always play the first game on the number one pitch.

 

Each match is limited to 30 overs, with the winners from the first games progressing to a top 4 play-off and the losing teams progressing to a bottom 4 play-off. The second round games take place on Saturday afternoon with the final round games on Sunday morning.

Lunch, drinks and snacks for 15 players per team are provided near the pavilion on Saturday and Sunday (including a vegetarian option) and are included in the CHF350 tournament fee and additionally lunches can be arranged by contacting Mr. Thomas Butt.

 

The Lyceum has a very strong and traditional sporting ethos, sometimes described as the Spirit of Zuoz. It is fundamental to us that winning and losing is very much secondary to how the game is played.

The Lyceum school team is usually made up of keen but relatively inexperienced youngsters aged between 13 and 18. As most of the students originate from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and eastern European countries, very few (if any) have prior cricketing experience. A school team player will on average have been playing cricket for roughly two years.

A 'pride' of umpires at Zuoz 2012
A 'pride' of umpires at Zuoz 2012

This is a friendly event and fairplay is paramount and although it is expected that everyone takes the tournament seriously, the panel of qualified European umpires are at hand to ensure that matters are not taken too seriously and charged with ensuring that the weekend is fair and enjoyable for everyone concerned!

 

This tournament is called a “Cricket Festival” for good reason – a real celebration of a game we all love, it should have a festival atmosphere and teams in the past that have not supported this have found their invitation withdrawn permanently.

 

Should anyone require any further information please email Thomas Butt.