International Match Manager's Report

The national team were represented in matches V’s Olton in the DBMC, as an invitation XI in the Zuoz tournament as well as on tours to Amsterdam & Utrecht and to Prague playing against the Czech republic, Luxembourg and Poland.

Chris Lodge, Cricket Switzerland National Coach
Chris Lodge, Cricket Switzerland National Coach

Due to the time commitments and expenses involved playing for the national team, time off work, travel & hotels and for away tours additional flight costs plus conflicts with league fixtures it is not possible to have a small squad, the teams above consisted of some 25 different players.
I would like to thank all the players who were part of the teams for their personal commitment in finding the time and money to participate and to the clubs for releasing their players to represent Switzerland on the international stage.
All the results, reports and photographs for the matches and tournaments are on the Cricket Switzerland website (thanks to Alex for ensuring everything is always up to date).
As part of the match scheduling for 2014 I had many conversations with members of other National cricket bodies in Central & Eastern Europe that as Switzerland are not currently within the ICC structure. It was agreed that we all wanted to arrange more matches but could never find dates when enough other countries were available to make a multinational tournament practical. It was therefore decided to attempt to find 3 weekends during the cricket season (early April - end of September) that we could all take back to our National leagues that would be “International Weekends” meaning that there should be no league fixtures if possible on these dates. (It is not expected that every Nation will play in a multinational tournament on each of these dates but there would be the chance to arrange one off matches or tournaments for teams to take part in).

Chris Lodge in Prague, CZ
Chris Lodge in Prague, CZ

The dates agreed are 6th& 7th June, 4th & 5th July and 5th & 6th September. This from a Swiss point of view then leaves almost all of July & August clear for clubs to arrange fixtures in historically the busiest time of the season. We may not be able to use all of those dates and if an opportunity comes up to get a good quality competitive match outside of these dates I may still take the decision to talk to clubs to see what the league commitments are and if practical slot the fixture in.
I intend to run some indoor training and video coaching sessions for National squad players and those hoping to play for the National team towards the end of April and early May in both the East and West areas and will confirm exact details shortly after the Cricket Switzerland AGM if I am re-elected as International Match Manager.
My personal highlight of the season was the total team performance to beat a strong Czech side in Prague. Given that the team batted well, lost wickets then recovered and also bowled and fielded well even when put under intense pressure to win a tight game.
[Chris Lodge]