The venue for this years Gingins Under 19s indoor tournament that took place on Sunday 29th November 2015 was the sports hall of the Ecole de Commerce Aimee-Stitelmann in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva.
It is fair to say that this hall and location impressed everyone! It was a large, bright playing area with excellent facilities for both players and spectators.
As well as the host team “Gingins”, the usual teams from Switzerland were represented, including a Zurich Crickets CC with one Basel Dragons guest - the “North” team, while Cossonay CC and GRYCC
formed the “Leman” team, another strong team.
This year, in order to provide more challenge and competition, invitations were also extended to some local senior teams. This led to the Nestlé Cricket Club team joining the tournament as the fourth team, “Nestlé”. Further, the North team included a number of senior players.
In the first game, Gingins batted first against Nestlé. Solid batting from Aidan, who retired on 50 and Ale (23) and Simon (23) led to an impressive target of 156-4 being set in the 20
overs. For Nestlé, the pick of the bowlers was Tushar who restricted the Gingins batsmen towards the end.
In reply Nestlé started to build up a score but were kept in check by some tight bowling by Gingins and lost wickets gradually, although Murali (22) and Sumit (16) kept the score going. Finally Sunil with his 21 n.o. tried to encourage the remaining Nestlé batsmen to get the Nestlé score up to that of Gingins, but due to effective fielding by Gingins they could only finish at 123-6. Best bowling figures were Ale with 2-13 and Max with 1-13 from their 3 overs. Catches were taken by Ale, Aidan and Simon and there was a direct hit run-out from Max throwing from fine leg to the bowler’s end wicket (his father was the victim).
The second game was between North and Leman and met expectations as being a high scoring encounter. North batted first and Osama (54 retired), Nic (11), Ruan (27) and Asad (25) created a solid
base to the innings leading to the total of 170-6. Despite the high score, Leman fielded well with 2 caught behinds for Ryan off Greg and Jai, a caught and bowled by Ashwin to remove Asad and 2
run-outs by Yash and Pradeep (borrowed from the Nestlé team). Best bowler was Jai (22-2).
Leman started very well, with an impressive and mature 19 from U13 Hemant and 11 from Yash to bring the score up to 56 without loss. But then Yash was caught by Ruan off the bowling of Asad and Jai followed soon after, caught behind by Nic off Khawar. Ashwin and Arnav steadied the innings and it looked to be a close match for most of the 20 overs but towards the end Leman couldn’t score at the required rate due to some of the best fielding seen in these tournaments. Simply North were making it very difficult to score runs, and when Leman tried too hard there were 2 run-outs. Arnav tried to keep the rate up and ended with a solid 24 n.o. but in the end Leman could only manage 145-4.
Bowling was tight by all the North bowlers with Asad (1-18 from 3) and Oli (0-22 from 4) the most effective. However, off the 145 runs scored by Leman 71 were extras.
North also won their next game against Nestlé. Again batting first they reversed their batting order with Ruwan and Oli opening. Ruwan built up a rapid 23 before being stumped by a ball from
Hemant (playing for Nestlé) which spun right past his bat to the keeper Sunil. Oli was out on 10 then Asad (retired on 52) and Ruan (31 n.o.) once having played themselves in, started to hit out.
North, after being kept to a reasonable run-rate in the first 15 overs, then scored about 50 in the last 5, to end with a total of 155-4. This was despite good bowling from Nestlé, they only
conceded 24 extras, Hemant (2-23) and Sumit (0-14) the most difficult for the North batsmen.
Nestlé opened with Hemant and Arjun, and both played the North bowling attack well, but found it difficult to score, the North close fielding again extremely effective. Arjun was caught behind trying to hit out against Ruwan and then Sunil came in and played a long innings of 23 n.o. but again he found it difficult to pierce the field and convert 1s into 2s. Sumit with 14 , Sudhir and Pradeep with a useful 6 n.o. at the end tried to push the score forward but against the fielding it was difficult and the run chase ended at 104-6. This time North only conceded 36 bowling extras, half of what they did in the last game. Asad was the best bowler with 2-7 and one wicket maiden in his 3 overs.
The next day started with snow and the first game was between Gingins and North. The snow proved a good omen for the North. North batted first and the openers Osama and Nic gave no chances to the
unlucky Gingins bowlers, with an impressive display of shots putting on 152 for the first wicket. Osama retired on 50 and Nic was not out on 42. Ruan scored a quick 16 before he was caught by
Aidan off the bowling of George and Aidan had Asad lbw. Moaz played some good shots at the end to finish 7 n.o. North finished with what looked a very good score of 172-2. In a difficult game for
Gingins, best bowler was Thomas with 0-20.
Reversing their batting order, Max and John opened for Gingins. Osama was the opening bowler and was on fire! He bowled Max with his 4th ball, swinging it through the gate. Next in was George who was also bowled in the next over of Osama, then came Rohan, Thomas and Simon, all bowled first ball trying to play almost unplayable swinging balls from Osama, in successive balls - 4 wickets in 4 balls - Gingins were 9-5 in the 3rd over and Osama was 5-4!
Ale was next, caught by Khawar off the bowling of Asad for 1 and Gingins were down to their last wicket pair with the score on 17. Aidan tried his best but when he was bowled by Asad for 4, the final score was 32-7 with John, who had carried his bat through the entire innings, 9 n.o.
North had won the tournament by beating all teams!
The second match of the day was Leman against Nestlé, and Leman batted first with Ryan and Arnav opening the batting. With Ryan run-out on 4, Greg came in and played a cameo innings of 13 in 5
balls, before he was stumped by Sunil off the bowling of Hemant. Ashwin (18) and Arnav (10) continued scoring steadily before both were out. Then with catches behind for Sunil off the
bowling of Jassi and Arjun, the Leman team were reduced to 104 all out despite late flurries from Freddie, Yash and Dilshan who was left on 4 n.o.
Nestlé had bowled their best in this game and Arjun (2-10), Murali and Jassi (both 1-22), Pradeep (0-17) had kept the Leman score down.
Nestlé scored slowly but steadily with Arjun (13) and Sunil (15) holding together the first part of the innings and Sumit (25 n.o.) and Jassi (9 n.o.) were together in the last over needing 7 to win! A 3 was scored then Sumit hit a giant 6 to finish the game. Nestlé had won with 4 balls to spare!
In the last match of the day, Gingins had a good start against Leman, Ale getting Arnav lbw. But Yash (36) and Ashwin (17) kept the scoring going, until Ashwin was bowled by Rohan, who was
by now bowling at his best, and then Simon caught and bowled Yash with a good catch off the roof. Jai was caught and bowled by George diving to his left to take a spectacular catch.
And with Freddie and Ryan ending the innings, Leman scored 133-5. The extras were 69 out of the 133 total.
The total seemed attainable and with Ale in great batting form, even though Aidan fell early on, it seemed as if the score was moving forward. Anhad made a useful 10 before he was bowled by Hemant trying to push the score along. But the bowling of Arnav removed John, Thomas and Rohan and after that the job left to Ale was too much with he and George needing 12 to win in the final over - Ale was caught by Fredddie off Ashwin, with the score on 126. Leman won by 7 runs!
So with Leman winning that game that meant that, Leman, Nestlé and Gingins had each won one game and lost 2.
As in the rules, run rate was used to separate the teams on equal points giving:
1st North - 3 wins: Run rate scored 8.20 Run rate conceded 5.97 Overall +2.23
2nd Leman - 1 win: Run rate scored 6.47 Run rate conceded 6.71 Overall -0.24
3rd Gingins - 1 win: Run rate scored 6.68 Run rate conceded 7.13 Overall -0.45
4th Nestlé - 1 win: Run rate scored 5.56 Run rate conceded 7.03 Overall -1.47
Best batsman was Osama with total runs 104 n.o. from 2 innings. Best bowler was also Osama for his figures of 5-4 in one match. And best fielder was Asad, for the speed and skill he showed in preventing runs.
Thanks to everyone who attended and helped.