It is now two years since I took over the presidency from Mr. John McKillop. Despite the unsettled circumstances in which I was appointed we were able to restructure the association
and accomplished many good things in the first year, and I am very happy to report that in my second term we have been able to halt the association's habit of heading from one crisis to another,
and instead have been able to live by the words I ended my last report on "concentrate our efforts and our resources on the field and not in the courts".
Thanks to a great team, our efforts are beginning to bear fruit. We have played lots of good cricket and the association ist set to expand its ranks once again. But more about that later, firstly, to the achievements of 2013.
The senior international team surpassed the achievements of 2012 and played no less than six international matches. Although we lost all three T20 internationals against our Austrian counterparts, we performed well and, importantly, Switzerland hosted an international side for the first time in many years.
The international side fared better in the David Barmes Memorial Trophy, in a tour to Sussex University and when hosting the Stowe Occasionalists, a team from the UK. Details of our endeavours are available from the 2013 IMM review, published on the website last year.
Domestically we played a very successful revamped Mr. Pickwick T20 Cup, which extraordinarily ended in a tie between Cossonay CC & Berne CC,
and the national 40 over league competition did not disappoint either, Olten CC coming back from the brink of defeat to beat Berne Cricket
There were 72 competitive cricket matches played in Switzerland in the summer of 2013, plus there were friendlies, matches against touring sides and other competitions such as Cricket on Ice, International Cricket Festival in Zuoz, the SwissT20 tournament and Cresta cricket match in St. Moritz.
Uprising won the Spirit of Cricket trophy for demonstrating exemplary behaviour throughout the season.
Further details of the 2013 domestic season are available from the 2013 Competitions' Chairman's report.
The juniors, expertly led by John Millar, organised tours & cricket camps to the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Luxembourg. Domestically there were more cricket camps, tournaments, such as
the Léman Cup (organised by one of our prospective members), Junior Cricket Festival in Zuoz
and indoor competitions, and we hosted Luxembourg on more than one occasion.
Another word of appreciation to Bob Barber who continues to support junior cricket through the Bob Barber Awards, and to all the other sponsors & supporters of cricket at the junior level.
We have continued to communicate our efforts and achievements to the world and to our peers (these include prospective sponsors, our supporters, the UK and Indian embassies, and the ICC &
Swiss Olympic Committee), via our website, eNewsletter and social media (Facebook & Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & our very own YouTube channel). The statistics of which make interesting reading and show a trend of growth across the board.
Through our sister organistations (CCAS & swissFOCUS) we ran a level 1 coaching course, introduction to scoring & introduction to umpiring and individual efforts assisted the SCA in demonstrating cricket in Berne, at the University of St. Gallen, Kantonschule Baden & schools in Andelfingen & Lindau.
My personal tribute to the efforts of individuals includes Karl Walter of Winterthur; the team at Berne, in particular Abraham Koshy; the team at Cossonay; John Millar and all those involved in junior cricket; Mira Koshy & her team at sFOCUS and our supporters & sponsors Saleem Awan, Jon Southworth, Simon Tan & Frau Tanja Gehrig.
I also add a special note of thanks to Ken McKeown & Clive Denney for their support & guidance in 2013, and finally I would like to thank those that have supported Swiss Cricket in the last twelve months through financial contributions: Pickwicks; Specogna; Restaurant Egghölzli; Hotel Walhalla; Discount Sports.
I am very pleased to announce that Pickwicks have already agreed to extend their sponsorship for another year, but additionally, beginning 1.1.2014 we have closed a sponsorship agreement with SauberTec Pitchford, adding more important funds to the finances.
With the expected appointment of a new sponsorship & publicity manager, I am hopeful that we can attract more of the same. With the blessing of our treasurer, this could lead to a reduction in the annual costs incurred to members of this association.
Lastly, at the forthcoming AGM we are expecting to be able to present the membership applications of additional clubs, including two additional schools. Importantly this further establishes us as the single most important body for cricket in Switzerland and the only one that qualifies for Swiss Olympic membership, something that I am hopeful we will be able to conclude this year.
The positive culture in Swiss cricket is continuing!