Swiss Junior Cricket Festival preview

Zuoz (6.-7.06.2015)

Swiss Junior Cricket Festival in Zuoz
Swiss Junior Cricket Festival in Zuoz

The 10th Swiss Junior Cricket Festival takes place on Saturday 6th June & Sunday 7th June 2015. 

The Swiss National Junior Championships (organised by the Cricket Switzerland Junior Development Programme and hosted by the Lyceum Alpinum) is the largest gathering of junior cricketers on one weekend in Switzerland, and is the annual showcase for Junior & Youth Cricket in this country. 


The tournament takes place in the stunning beauty of the Engadin valley at Zuoz, almost 1'700m above sea level, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Teams from all over Switzerland compete in 8-a-side matches at under 11, under 13, under 15 & novice levels.


10th Swiss National Cricket Tournament
 Zuoz, 6 & 7 June 2015
West Leman
La Chat
Basel Dragons
La Chat
Basel Dragons
Zurich Crickets
Basel Dragons
Die Vereine
Gingins CC
West Leman
Les Ecoles
Gingins CC
Zurich Crickets

Zurich Crickets


All teams need to provide a scorer and umpire for each match. The umpires are responsible for the toss being made 15 minutes before a match begins so that teams are ready to start punctually.

The Laws of Cricket 2000 Code 2nd Edition – 2003 shall apply except when varied below:

Teams shall consist of 8 players. None of the 8 players are allowed to be overage unless with express permission of the tournament organisers.  Overage players and players borrowed on the day will bat last in each innings and will be restricted to bowling two overs. (Note: Coaches must seek permission from the tournament organiser to field an overage player.)
In the event of a player sustaining an injury, or is taken ill, then a substitute may bat, bowl and field.

All batsmen and wicketkeepers in all competitions are required to wear protective equipment.

For Under 11s the pitch length shall be 20 yards.

Competition format
2 points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw or tie.  If scores are level, the side that lost fewer wickets is the winner.  If scores are level and the sides both lost the same number of wickets, the side reaching the score in fewer balls is the winner. If the scores are level, the number of wickets lost is the same and the number of balls used to reach the score is the same, the match is a tie. 

U11 and U15
Each team will play all other teams (4 matches).
The competition winner will be the team with the most points.
In the event of teams finishing level on points, the result of the match played between those two teams will decide the winner.
If the match played between the two sides was a tie, then the result will be decided by the net run rate, where Net Run Rate = Runs scored x Wickets taken / Runs conceded x Wickets lost.

The entering teams are divided into 2 groups. 
On Saturday, the teams in each group will play each other. 
On Sunday, the games played will be dependent on the teams’ performances.
The competition winner and runner up are the teams in the final.
The finishing order of the remaining teams is decided by the total points they have accumulated in their 4 games.

Length of the matches
110 MINUTES is available for each match, 50 minutes per innings.  It is vital that the umpires push the teams along throughout the games to maximise use of the time. 
Subject to restricting the number of overs for overrunning time, all matches will be of 16 overs per innings.

To save time, all overs will be bowled from the same wicket.  The wicket-keeper may also bowl. 
Not more than three overs are to be bowled by any individual.
Each innings must be completed within 50 minutes, with a maximum of a five-minute interval between innings.
If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first session, that team’s innings (batting second) will be limited to the same number of overs bowled by it at the end of the scheduled time for cessation of the first session.  The Tournament Director may adjust this if he is of the opinion that events beyond the control of the team bowling first prevented them from bowling the required number of overs within the scheduled time. This decision will be made after consultation with the umpires.
If the team fielding second do not complete the full 16 overs for their innings within the scheduled time, play will continue until the requisite number of overs has been completed or a result achieved. The penalty for this slow over rate will be the deduction of 6 runs per not-bowled over from the score of the offending team.
A new ball will be used for each match. For Under 11s and Under 13s the ball shall weigh 4.75 ounces.


In the Under 15 matches, when a batsman reaches a total of 30 he/she shall retire, but may return to the crease in the event of his/her side being dismissed within the 16 overs.
In the Under 13 matches, when a batsman reaches a total of 25 he/she shall retire, but may return to the crease in the event of his/her side being dismissed within the 16 overs.
In the Under 11 matches, when a batsman reaches a total of 20 he/she shall retire, but may return to the crease in the event of his/her side being dismissed within the 16 overs.
Retired batsmen must return in the order of their retirement and take the place of dismissed or retiring batsman. If, on resumption, the batsman scores a further maximum total, he/she will, once again, retire before resuming again in sequence.
The final two batsmen may continue batting until the final wicket falls or the innings is completed.
No batsman is allowed to retire voluntarily unless through injury or illness.

No ball
In addition to the foot-fall and >2 fielders behind square leg laws, a No-ball shall be called
if the ball rises and passes or would have passed above shoulder height of the batsman standing upright at the crease, or if a full toss is bowled above waist height of the batsman standing upright at the crease, or if the ball bounces more than twice, rolls along the ground before the popping crease.

The penalty for a No-Ball shall be 2 extras, and these are added to any additional runs that the batsmen score.

There will not be an extra ball to compensate for any No-Ball bowled.

Wide Ball - Judging a Wide

Umpires are instructed to apply a consistent interpretation in regard to
this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket, especially on the Leg side. In general a ball 12 inches outside leg or 24 inches outside off stump is a wide, but this should be reduced for small batsmen.
Umpires should try to be consistent:
-       in their own interpretation
-       with the interpretation of their colleagues
-       with the interpretation adopted throughout the whole tournament.
The penalty for a Wide Ball shall be 2 extras, credited as Wides.
There will not be an extra ball to compensate for any Wide bowled.

Methods of Dismissal
The methods of dismissal contained in the Laws of Cricket 2000 Code 2nd Edition 2003 shall apply.

Tournament directors
The tournament directors are responsible for the match plans, the match balls and score sheets (which must be returned to them immediately after each match by the umpires/ scorers), any disputes*, the awarding of points for the matches, and the awards at the end of the tournament for the:
Best Batter
Best Bowler
Best Fielder/Wicketkeeper

A trophy will be awarded to the winning team.

Under 11 Tournament Director – Juliet and Prakash Patel
Under 13 Tournament Director – Gnome and Jabouri Ghazoul
Under 15 teams tournament director – Paul Langford

*In the unexpected case of dispute (this is a junior cricket tournament), the word of the tournament directors is final; on cricketing matters, they may call upon John Millar as organiser of the tournament for advice.

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Further information

Lyceum Alpinum

Should you require any further information on this event, or about the Swiss National Junior Championships, please contact John Millar



Read the report of the 2014 Swiss National Junior Cricket Festival or the 2013 Swiss National Junior Cricket Festival.