Denmark U15 tour report

Switzerland U15s take second place in the 40 over competition in Copenhagen, beating the Netherlands & Luxembourg, but losing against the host nation.

Switzerland U15s also finish in 3rd place in the Twenty20 competition.

Day 1, 21 July 2014

Switzerland U15 129 ao (39.1 overs) Denmark U15 130-5 (25 overs). Denmark U15 win by 6 wkts

Switzerland were up against a strong Danish team and were put into bat after losing the toss.
After the early loss of opener Kruger, Switzerland’s Andrews (61) and Sinh (17) put on 41 together before Henderson (19) and Andrews added a further 63 runs to take the total to 113. Unfortunately, the fluent 61 runs from Vice-Captain Andrews came to an end too shortly afterwards. After the loss of the top order the middle order was unable to rebuild against a tight bowling display where runs were hard to come by and this initiated a collapse. For just 25 runs the Swiss lost their last 6 wickets. The final wicket fell in the 40th over.
Denmark came out strong and their batsmen were able to score the runs while losing only 4 wickets. Outstanding bowling on the Swiss side was Sandu with 2 wickets for 6 runs off 3 overs.
This was a tough landing for the Swiss team. 

Svanholm, Denmark
Switzerland U15s in Svanholm, Denmark

Day 2, 22 July 2014

Holland U15 188-9 (40 overs) Switzerland U15 191-7 (39.4 overs). Switzerland U15 won by 3 wkts

On Day 2 Switzerland were playing the Netherlands, the other ICC Associate member country at the tournament, and a European Division 1 country that is due to send their Under 15 XI to the championships against Ireland, Scotland, Guernsey, and Jersey in early August . A strong team with a professional coaching structure, whom Switzerland had never beaten before.
The Netherlands won the toss and batted first, scoring 188/9 in 40 overs. Swiss bowler Kruger conceding only 23 runs off 8 overs and taking 3 wickets. He was ably assisted by Sinh (3 for 25 off 7 overs) and Andrews’ economic spell (1 for 23 off 7 overs). The other wicket fell to Pearce and Sandu. In the first 24 overs the Netherlands crept to 100, but managed to get away in the following 8 overs before the Swiss tightened their grip once again, only conceding 25 runs in the final 9 overs despite the Netherlands having wickets in hand. The fielding had been sharp with particularly committed performances by Pierce, Nasrullah, and Winckel, who also took 2 good catches, while 3 were taken by wicketkeeper Henderson.
This was a tough total and the Swiss knew that they had to bat well to compete.
In their batting reply, the Swiss were dramatically two wickets down with just 4 on the board in the fourth over. Then came an astonishing turnabout. Sinh and Henderson (35) rebuilt, scoring 121 runs together. With Sinh stroking the ball regularly to the boundary, Henderson rotated the strike. The batsmen proceeded to frustrate the bowlers, and accumulated patiently. The damage had been done and Dutch heads began to drop. A more than useful contribution from Foster (27) in a partnership of 63 took the Swiss tantalizingly close with the score on 184 before he was caught. At the other end, Captain Sinh batted through the innings, scoring a first ever century by a Swiss junior at International level. Sinh remained not out on 107 runs. Switzerland had won the game with one ball to spare after Sandu calmly stroked and winning runs to register Switzerland’s first ever win over the Netherlands.

Day 3, 23 July

Luxembourg U15 113-9 (40 overs) Switzerland U15 140-4 (23 overs). Switzerland U15 wion by 6 wkts

Switzerland U15 completed their Danish tour with a straight forward win against Luxembourg to register their second win of the tournament and thus finish in second place behind the hosts Denmark.
Luxembourg had elected to bat first and in a very slow-scoring match in which the Swiss used 10 bowlers few runs were scored off the bat. Luxembourg seemed content to play out the 40 overs, but Allen almost denied them this strategy when he produced some fine wicket to wicket bowling taking 6 wickets during his 7 overs for just 14 runs. Drake’s economic spell deservedly produced a wicket, while Pearce and Sinh were also rewarded with a wicket apiece.
The win against Luxembourg U15 was all the more convincing as Switzerland U15 all but reversed the team’s batting order to give the lower order batsman a chance to perform on the international stage. Regular opener Kruger (39) got the Swiss off to a quick start in the chase of 112. Having notched up a quick partnership of 58 with Nasrullah (34), Kruger was caught. Nasrullah very ably kept the scoreboard ticking over with Drake and Sandu before it was left to Foster to hit the winning runs in the 26th over.

Day 4, 24 July

Denmark U15 205-4 (20 overs) Switzerland 133-2 (20 overs). Denmark won by 72 runs

Having elected to bowl it was not Switzerland’s day with the ball. After restricting the runs very effectively in the first 4 overs, the runs began to flow all too freely. Despite some excellent fielding and well-taken catches by Andrews and Winckel off some good bowling by Sinh and Sandu, the wayward bowling was punished mercilessly. Chasing down 205 was going to be a tough call.
Andrews and Kruger began watchfully and the runs came, but the bowling was tight and almost no extras offered. The runs were going to have to all come off the bat. Good partnerships of 62 were produced between Andrews (39) and Kruger (34), and 51 between Kruger and Sinh (29). Henderson (17) and Sinh continued the chase but decent strike rates by all four batsmen did little to deny the fact that the total was out of our reach. Danish head coach, aware of the strength of the Danish XI that comfortably won both the 40-over and T20 competitions, complemented the Swiss on an excellent batting performance. Indeed, without the Swiss extras this might have been a much closer call.

Luxembourg U15 85-8 (20 overs) Switzerland 86-2 (12 overs). Switzerland won by 8 wickets

The play-off for 3rd place again proved too easy against Luxembourg. With Luxembourg batting first the Swiss used 9 bowlers. Restricting the run chase to 85 wickets were shared amongst Sinh, Pearce and Foster.
Switzerland’s batting was opened by Sandu (33), who efficiently dispatched balls to the boundary, and Allen (6), and by the time they had both departed the score had already raced to 67. With Robinson’s cameo of 29 during which he proceeded to strike the ball cleanly all around the ground, and Pearce’s useful 11, the total was reached after just 12 overs. These Swiss batsmen had played their shots, been patient and unflustered had secured the win.

Swiss U15 squad in Denmark
Swiss U15 squad in Denmark

Further information

More photos of the Switzerland U15s tour to Copenhagen are available in the Gallery.

Further information on this tournament and the Swiss U15s is available from Yeti Sinh or Patrick Henderson.