2013 Zuoz International Cricket Festival

The new cricket master at the Lyceum Alpinum, Mr. Thomas Butt, announced today that the 2013 senior Zuoz International Cricket Festival will take place in Zuoz on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2013. 


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.


Cricket has been played at the Lyceum for over ninety years and the school pitches, 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 a must!

Pitch One at Zuoz in 2012
Pitch 1 at Zuoz in 2012

On Saturday morning a draw is made 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 1 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 are provided near the pavilion on Saturday and Sunday (including a vegetarian option) and are included in the tournament fee.


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


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

The Lyceum school team is usually made up of keen but 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.


This is a friendly event and fairplay is paramount and although it is expected that everyone takes the tournament seriously, it is not expected people take things too seriously. This tournament is called a “Cricket Festival” for good reason, it has a festival atmosphere and teams in the past that have not supported this have found their invitation withdrawn permanently.

The following teams have confirmed their participation:

  Team Country
        1. Lyceum Alpinum Hosts
2. Carmel & District CC Wales
3. Winterthur CC Switzerland
4. Idle CC Italy
5. Milan CC Italy
6. Geneva XI Stars Switzerland
7. Basel CC Switzerland
8. Munich CC Germany


The umpires, organised by Alex Mackay of Swiss Cricket, are all experienced & qualified umpires, drawn from across Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK, and are charged to ensure that the weekend is fair and enjoyable for everyone concerned – a real celebration of a game we all love.

The services of the following offcials, from across Europe, have been secured for the tournament.

         1. Clive Denney+  
2. Alex Mackay+  
3. Richard Black*  
4. Peter de Boeck*  
5. Paul Cawsey#  
6. Ian Bond#  
7. Andrew Scott*   
8. Bill Monkau*   
9. Richard Eames*  
  denotes accommodation: at the school *; hostel #; hotel +   

Reports of the 2012 Zuoz International Cricket Festival or the the 2013 Swiss National Junior Cricket Festival (Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May) might also be of interest..


Click here for a list of other Swiss cricketing dates in 2013.

Should anyone require any further information on this tournament please contact Mr. Tom Butt.