Zurich Nomads 315ao (40.0 overs) beat Swiss XI 211ao (37.2 overs) by 104 runs
Buchholz, Uster - Sunday 23rd April 2017
The official season opener, the David Barmes Memorial Trophy, took place on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Buchholz in Uster.
Traditionally the first game of the Swiss domestic season, Zurich Nomads Cricket Club earned the honour of taking on a Swiss Representative XI, made up predominantly of members of the Swiss National side, as winners of the CSPL last season.
Zurich Nomads captain Aseem Nazir won the toss and elected to bat on the lively artificial pitch and the quick artificial outfield. Although sunshine had been forecast, the umpires took to the field in their swissFOCUS outfits, including the jackets, as the day began with overcast skies and a cold wind.
The determination that saw Zurich Nomads win the double last season was still apparent from the first ball of the game, Asvin Lakkaraju (60) returning the first ball of the game over the young
Ruan Kruger's head for six.
A first wicket partnership between Asvin and Faheem Nazir (24) amounted to 67, only to be usurped by Asvin and Shafqat Hussein (93) the second wicket worth another 89.
At drinks on 20 Zurich Nomads looked confident and in control at 151-1. Ruan was brought back on by the Swiss XI captain Prafull Shikare immediately after the break, taking two wickets in two balls. Firstly he dismissed the Nomads' opener Asvin bowled and then Wicky Khawaja (0) caught at mid-on by Ravi Damotharan first ball for nought.
The hat-trick wasn't to be, but the score was a more respectable 156-3 from a Swiss XI perspective. However, the Swiss XI bowlers struggled to break the next Zurich Nomads partnership. Azeem
Nazir (58) joined forces with Shafqat Hussein for another 73 partnership, Shafqat eventually caught in the deep by Sara Subramani just 7 short of his century. Zurich Nomads now 237-4.
Then followed another flurry of wickets, Idrees Muhammas (0) judged LBW by umpire Abraham Koshy on 0 and Noman Khan (4) caught by Ruan off of Sara Subramani immediately after the Zurich Nomads captain Aseen has been dismissed by Ravi Damotharan, the game had appeared to have been turned on its head, Zurich Nomads suddenly 260-7.
But the experienced Sudath Jawayadin (29) steadied the Zurich Nomads ship once more. Supported by S Singh (17*) to take the score over the 300 mark, it was left to Aiden Andrews to clean-up the tail-enders, Farid Din (1) and A Butt (0), Zurich Nomads closing the innings all out on the last ball for a massive 315 runs.
A superb curry lunch compliments of Zurich Nomads gave the Swiss XI time to work out how they intended to chase down the score.
Unbroken sunshine accompanied the Swiss XI openers MM Martin (47) and the 'keeper M Waridu Shahid (4) who was dismissed by Noman in the second over (7-1).
But Aiden Andrews (82) helped Martin move the score on to 92-2 before being dismissed by A Butt in the 17th over, just twenty runs behind the Zurich Nomads score at the same point and just marginally short of the required average run-rate of just under 8.
But the game was seemingly lost by the drinks break after the Swiss XI lost two further wickets in quick succession, A.Mehmood (2) judged LBW by umpire Alexander Mackay trying a low sweep across the line and Nic Henderson (1) run out in a big mix-up with Aiden.
After drinks Ruan Kurger (15) was the only middle-order batsman to score double figures before being bowled by Shafqat Hussein, Prafull Shikare (2), Sara Subramani (9) and Ravi Damotharan (1) all failing with the bat, the Swiss XI struggling at 170-8.
The tail wagged for a while, A Sidhu (10) and Tharani (16*) with an unbeaten sixteen, but Wicky Khawaja tidied up with two late wickets to ensure a 104 run victory for Zurich Nomads
At the end of proceedings Cricket Switzerland President Alexander Mackay spoke fondly of Dr David Barmes the first president of the national executive who passed away in 2001 but whose dedication to Swiss Cricket we remember and honoured with this annual opening match of the season.
After thanking those involved in putting this game together, the President went on to award Shafqat Hussein the Man Of the Match award for top-scoring with 93 and taking two wickets and the
Zurich Nomads captain, Aseem Nazir, was presented the DBMT Trophy.
Members of Zurich Nomads, Asvin, Azeem and Edda Perera presented Jennifer Hallam, captain of Zurich Sapphires, the first women's team in Switzerland, with four cricket bats.
You could also have followed this year's David Barmes Memorial Trophy live, with ball by ball commentary, as the game was scored live on cricHQ!
|David Barmes Memorial Trophy Match|
|Zurich Nomads Cricket Club||Swiss Representative XI|
|1,||Azeem Nazir *||1.||Anser Mehmood (GICC)|
|2.||Waqas Khawaja||2.||Aidan Andrews (Cossonay)|
|3.||Shafqat Hussain||3.||Amandeep Singh (GXStars)|
|4.||Faheem Nazir||4.||Ruan Kruger (Swiss U17s)|
|5.||Idrees Tariq Muhammad||5.||Matthew Martin (CERN)|
|6.||Nouman Khan||6.||Prafull Shikare (Winterthur)|
|7.||Khawer Memon||7.||Nic Henderson (Zurich Crickets)|
|8.||Sudath Jayaratne||8.||Saravanakumar Subramani (Lions)|
|9.||Gajenthiran Tharmarajah||9.||MAW Shahid (Olten)|
|10.||Abid Mahmood Butt||10.||T. Tharanitharan (Olten)|
|11.||Dinesh Darvesh||11.||Ravi Dhamotharan (GESLCC)|
|Umpires||A.Mackay & A.Koshy||Scorers||Team scorers|
The late Dr. David Barmes of Geneva C.C. was the first President of the National Association and in honour of his memory Cricket Switzerland has established a tradition that the winners of the league championship play a 40 over cricket match against the Swiss national team to mark the beginning of the season and for the prestige of winning the David Barmes Memorial Trophy.
You can view all the photographs from the 2017 David Barmes Memorial Trophy in the website gallery.