Asvin Lakkaraju releases his report as Competitions Chairman in advance of the Annual General meeting due to take place on Saturday 27th February 2016.
"Another cricketing season has passed by under the auspices of Cricket Switzerland and what a season it has been!!
Let me start the report by sharing with you details of changes Cricket Switzerland competitions have undergone in the last one year. The 40 over league was rebranded as Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL) starting 2015 season. Mr. Pickwick Cup continued to be the premier T20 Championship organized by Cricket Switzerland. Pink Duke Cricket balls are now used in both the official competitions. Colored clothing was introduced on a trial basis in Pickwick Cup Competitions. For first time in the history of Cricket Switzerland, match reports for all the seventy odd games played were published on the website and social media platforms.
Cricket Switzerland Premier League
2015 was a bright year for cricket in Switzerland both in terms of quality of cricket played and the spirit in which it was played. Cricket was ably supported by good weather with only one weekend of cricket falling prey to rain. Highlights of the year included emergence of many young players who have brought a new competitive edge to the entire competition. A special mention has to be made about the achievements of Swiss Colts, who narrowly missed out on qualification to the knockout phase.
CERN CC has once again topped the western division as they have done the previous year and Uprising CC came in second and qualified for the semi finals for first time in their club history. On the eastern end, things were not decided until the last weekend of the season. Three teams ended up losing one game each, however Power CC topped the division followed by Nomads CC who pipped Olten CC for the final qualification spot.
First semifinal in CERN saw Nomads easily overhauling CERN CC target whereas the second semi finals in Winterthur between Power and Uprising proved to be the game of season. Power chased down 320 runs in a high scoring game and set up the repeat of 2014 finals with Nomads. With the momentum of a big semi final win, Power won the finals easily and were crowned 2015 CSPL Champions.
Mr. Pickwick Cup T20
With the quality of playing surfaces improving all over Switzerland, power hitting made its entry, leading to lot of high scoring games in the T20 championship. Power and Uprising CC are the joint holders of highest number of runs scored in a season (250 / 20 overs).
From the western division, Uprising trampled their way into the semi finals leading their group closely followed by new entrants Geneva Sri Lankan CC. On the eastern front, it was once again a three way fight between Power, Nomads and Olten CC for the two available spots. The qualifiers were once again decided on the final weekend of the season which Power topping the group with Nomads in second position who pipped Olten on Net Run Rate. The first semi finals between Uprising and Nomads, was easily won by Nomads whereas the second semi finals between Power and Geneva Sri Lankan CC saw a big run fest. Power sustained the challenge of GeSLCC and qualified for the finals. A repeat of CSPL finals once again proved to be an anti climax with Power easily winning the trophy.
Power CC were crowned undisputable champions of 2015 winning both the trophies along with the Spirit of Cricket award for 2015 because of their exemplary behaviour both on and off the field. Congratulations to them!!
Spirit of Cricket
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game: @MCC.
It is very important for clubs to ensure that cricket is played with respect, obeying the rules and in the right spirit and Cricket Switzerland has over the years built up provisions to ensure fair play.
In 2015, I have received three major complaints of indiscipline in the games and all these have been ably dealt by the disciplinary committee in a time bound manner and stringent actions were taken against individuals/clubs who transgressed.
Quality of the Competition
One of the feature, we as administrators focus on, is to improve the quality of cricket and for this to happen, better playing conditions and an influx of youngsters is a constant requirement.
All the clubs that previously used matting surfaces have now shifted to playing on artificial Notts wickets and an improvement in the quality of cricket was instantly observed.
The competitive nature of our league is also highlighted by the fact that three Cricket Switzerland clubs performed extremely well in international club tournaments. Nomads CC won the European Champions league in Poland, Winterthur CC won the Zuoz International Cricket Festival and Geneva XI Stars came runners up in the prestigious Pepsi Cup in Prague.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage clubs to include youngsters in their teams and sow the seeds for future success, a policy that has been implemented successfully by Power CC over the years and it is reaping rich rewards now for them.
Cricket Administrations is indeed a thankless job, where you cannot keep everyone happy at all the times. The successful running of the league competitions does involve lot of administrative work and I would like to take the opportunity of this report to thank the people who have immensely contributed in successful running of the competitions over the last year:
The wheels have been set in motion to move towards a more professional administration of cricket in Switzerland. The following are some of the changes we foresee in 2016:
To conclude the report, I would like to thank all the Clubs, Sponsors and CS Executive committee for their unwavering support and I look forward to an exciting 2016 season.