by Alexander Mackay
Alexander Mackay, President of Cricket Switzerland, reviews the news & articles covered by the Cricket Switzerland website over the last 12 months.
The year began by installing an https certificate on the website to minimise any chance of anyone impersonating us or our website. Our website, along with our social media presence and
monthly eNewsletter, continues to play an important role in the communication of all our efforts to develop cricket as a sport in Switzerland.
The website’s first article at the beginning of the new year was to cover the new partnership with SwizT Watches, as Cricket Switzerland’s official timekeeper.
We remain ever thankful to SwizT and our other sponsors & supporters, without whom we wouldn't have the financial resources to do what we do.
The first meeting of the year was the association's Annual General Meeting where we were able to welcome Zurich Lions CC & Rhône Cricket Club to the Swiss cricket family. Also at the AGM, Yeti Sinh was presented with a
Services to Cricket Award by the President Alexander Mackay.
The first cricketing event of the Swiss calendar was of course the annual Cricket on Ice Trophy in St Moritz. This was quickly followed by two coaching courses and no less than four umpiring courses and the creation of the Swiss umpiring panel, of which every member was kitted out with black shirts, jackets & hats, all bearing the swissFOCUS logo.
In 2017, cricket workshops were offered by someone other than ourselves as ASVZ offered two cricket workshops.
Another first was Geneva's efforts in organising a series of cricket match with refugees across the border in Annemasse, France.
Our young cricketers train indoors through the winter months and the first tournaments of the year took shape in the form of the Annual Basel Spring Indoors.
Our coaching partner Twenty20 Cricket Company assisted in running two successful youth cricket camps and the Basel Summer Cricket Camp. The 12th Annual Swiss Junior Cricket Festival, the largest single event attracting took place in in Zuoz, while Cossonay hosted the U11 & U13 Leman Cup matches and with Bout Du Monde the U11, U13 & U15 Romande Cup.
The junior season was wound up with a series of youth indoor tournaments run by Gingins at end of year.
During the the summer the youth national teams participated in tournaments at every age group:
The youth season was capped off with awarding the 2017 Bob Barber Awards.
Women's cricket maintained its recent success with a first successful international tour to Austria and continues to go from strength to strength with new kit sponsored by Wintech Sports.
Our senior domestic season began with the Zurich Nomads winning the Annual David Barmes Trophy and culiminated with Olten winning
Swiss Mr Pickwick Twenty20 Cricket League and Zurich Nomads, in their 4th consecutive final, still two short of Berne
CC's record of six (1996-2001), won the 40-over Cricket Switzerland Premier league. Talking of records, Geneva XI Stars set a
new record 448 in 39.3 overs! Want to read more Swiss Cricket domestic records?
The Zuoz Cricket Festival was won by Zurich Nomads while Berne CC remembered our late friend Peter MacLaverty in the inaugural Peter MacLaverty Memorial Match.
On a less positive note, disaster befell Winterthur when the club's kit-room was caught up in a fire, but the cricket community came together & collected enough to replace everything lost apart from the kit-room itself! A partuclar thanks to our neighbours & friends the DCB,
Other domestic activities included a Tennis Ball Cricket Competition run by Olten & a Tennis Ball family cricket fun day near Basel. Also, Geneva XI Stars organised an Independence Day Tournament with representative sides from India & Pakistan.
At an international level the Swiss senior side competed in the Euro T20 Cup in Warsaw and finished joint 3rd in Central European Development League ODI in Prague ending the 2017 season 62nd & 77th respectively in the world rankings.
Disappointingly, we were unable to raise a side to participate in the Native Swiss Sixes in Warsaw, but remain keen to participate in 2018.
Rounding up the year for the seniors, the 2017 Spirit of Cricket Award went to GICC.
But the highlight of 2017 was undoubtedly the acceptance of Cricket Switzerland’s application to become members of Swiss Olympic and in turn being recognized nationally as the official body representing cricket in Switzerland.
Preparations have already begun for a packed programme of cricket in 2018, the highlight of which will no doubt be the U19 tour to Barbados at Gary Sobers International Under 19 Cricket Tournament in July 2018. Proceeds from the sponsored Kyburg Lauf
will be put to subsidizing players to join the tour.
With so many amendments to the laws, umpire training takes on a renewed importance and plans are underway to educate all on the new laws applicable to Swiss cricket.
Meanwhile, see you all at St Moritz Ice Cricket!!