Twelve young cricketers made the journey from the artificial pitches of Switzerland to experience the unique challenges of playing on proper grass squares with immaculate outfields of Oxfordshire, England.
They were given a great welcome by all the clubs that hosted us, and for that we express our heartfelt gratitude.
|Swiss U15 squad (Oxfordshire – 14-18 July 2016)|
|1||Hemant Ganesh*||Cossonay CC|
|2||Aidan Anderson||La Chat SCC|
|3||Khawar Awan||Zurich CCC|
|4||Alex Bucheli||Gingins CC|
|5||Zeki Ghazoul||Zurich CCC|
|6||Shaan Gunawardena||Zurich CCC|
|7||Rahul Kavirayani||Zurich CCC|
|8||Francis Lewis||Basel DJCC|
|9||Kieren McConville||Gingins CC|
|10||Dayn Pariaug||Zurich CCC|
|11||Luca Poynton||Gingins CC|
|12||Luke Specogna||Zurich CCC|
First match: Lord William’s School in Thame (20 over match). Result: Switzerland won by 5 runs
Switzerland batted first, and set a target of 130. Notable contributions with the bat came from Luke 43 and Alex 22* (not out) holding together the middle order.
Lord William’s School made 125 in reply. Notable contributions with the ball came from Aidan with figures of2 for 15 off two overs and Alex’s 1 for 11 off three overs.The speed of the outfield surpised the team, but towards the end of the match they had begun to adapt, chasing down balls and sending in several good fast returns to keep the pressure on the hosts.
For his 43 runs scored at a very fast rate and for taking a wicket, Luke was awarded player of the match.
Second match: Horspath Cricket Club in Horspath (25 over match). Result: Match tied
Horspath batted first and put on a formidable 162, with two of their top-order batsmen getting off to a fast start making the bulk of their runs, before the Swiss team had a better understanding of setting an appropriate field to two contrasting batsmen; one was a threat to the cars in the car park, the other, Alfie Turner, a beautiful glider and cutter. Notable contributions with the ball was Shaan, who took 3 wickets for 23 runs off 5 overs and Aidan with 2 wickets for 11 runs off 2 overs.
Notable contributions with the bat came from Hemant (49), Luke (29) and Dayn (24) who kept us up with the run rate. Switzerland neared and reached the 162 in the final over, but the team showed signs of impatience and were losing wickets unnecessarily. Needing 1 run to decide the match with two balls remaining in their innings, the Horspath team showed the greatest calm and broke the wicket twice. The fact that the bowler was Alfie Turner would make the man of the match award no surprise.
Third match: MP Academy in Long Crendon (45 over match). Result: Switerland lost by 13 runs
The MP Academy batted first and put on a formidable 221 runs in their 45 overs. Notable contributions with the ball were: Alex bowled very nicely at the beginning of the innings with his 4 opening overs going for only 12 runs. However Luca was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 wickets for 29 runs off his seven overs. The Swiss team were holding down the scoring strokes, but very overgenerous with the extras. The merits of a long partnership in the longer format were very obvious, and the team was guilty of not always being in the right place at the right time in the field.
In reply Switzerland made 208 runs. Notable contributions with the bat were: Luke 64* and Rahul 50. They both played very well against a variety of high class bowling. Learning when to leave the ball is not something that the indoor format encourages so and was a very valuable experience for those who did so.
For his fighting 50, Rahul was the Player of the Match. He was able to provide the Swiss Team with a chance to reach the target.
Fourth match: MP Academy in Long Crendon (25 over match). Result: Switzerland lost by 76 runs
The MP Academy batted first with a full strength line-up and put on a massive 231 runs. Notable contributions with the ball were: Hemant with figures of 2 wickets for 21 runs in his 3 overs and Alex 2 wickets for 22 runs in his 3 overs. Again we were too generous with extras as the fielders struggled to get to grips with the speed and variable bounce.
In reply Switzerland made 155 runs. Notable contributions with the bat were: Khawar 31 and Luke 29. There were too many run outs for comfort as the astute field placings cut off the favourite scoring strokes.
Fifth match: MP Academy in Long Crendon (19 over match). Result: Switzerland lost by 4 runs
The MP Academy batted first and put on 149 runs. Notable contributions with the ball were: Hemant with figures of 1wicket for 8 runs in his 2 overs, Rahul took 1 wicket for 11 runs in his two overs and Khawar took 1 wicket for 16 runs in his two overs.
In reply Switzerland made 145 runs. Notable contributions with the bat were: Luke (32), Kieren (24) and Rahul (17).
Overall the team played well and gave a very good account of themselves and the state of the game in Switzerland. They needed to learn how to play in the English conditions, which put them at a considerable disadvantage, but they started to find the answers by the end. Many of the players who gave them difficulty on the tour were much olderand/or much more experienced than our players. However, the quality of the opposition really stretched and improved them. Again we thank the host clubs for their great hospitality. The spirit of the team and the togetherness was truly special, and we have made internal bonds that will last for a very long time.