Competition Chairman's report 2016

by Asvin Lakkaraju

2016 saw the most number of official games ever player in Switzerland and for the quality of cricket did not disappoint at all!!

Let me start the report by sharing with you details of changes Cricket Switzerland competitions have undergone in the last one-year. Cricket Switzerland has started using CricHQ platform for player registrations and scorecards. The new registration system is user friendly and has reduced the registration time from two weeks to a mere 3 days now.  For the first time, we now have documented scorecards for all the games played throughout the season and more importantly the games can now be scored live which was used efficiently by some of the clubs. Both the finals were scored live and matches were followed supporters of the teams around the world.

2016 was yet another bright year in terms of quality of cricket played in Switzerland. Good weather played its part and only one CSPL game and two PT20 games were washed out in the entire season. Highlights of the year included emergence of lot of young players in most teams who have brought a new competitive edge to the entire competition.

Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL)

Players from Zurich Nomads Cricket Club celebrating victory at the 2016 CSPL Final in Geneva

Introduction of quarterfinals to the Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL) provided a new edge to the competition almost all the teams were in fray of qualification until the last two weekends. West saw Geneva CC topping the table in their second year back and east saw Nomads CC top the table. When the knocks outs were done and dusted the finalists this time were once again from the eastern division, which has been the trend from 2013 onwards. Nomads CC entered their third final in a row and this time the opponents were Olten CC.
In a closely contested game on lush green outfield of Bout du Monde, Nomads CC emerged as champions of 2016 season winning the finals by 11 runs.

Mr Pickwick T20 Competition (PT20)

Zurich Nomads Cricket Club after winning the 2016 Pickwick Cup competition in Berne

With the quality of playing surfaces improving all over Switzerland, lot of high scores were witnessed throughout the country in the Pickwick Cup T20 championship. The season also some spectacular centuries scored by players in the shorter format.
From the Western division Geneva XI Stars won all their games and stormed into the semi finals closely followed by Geneva CC On the eastern front it was once again a three way fight between Nomads CC and Berne CC qualified for the two available spots. The first semi finals between Nomads and Geneva CC, was won by Nomads whereas the second semi finals between Berne and Geneva XI Stars saw a run fest, which XI Stars edged out. The final was played between Nomads CC and XI Stars at Berne and Nomads comfortably chased down the target put in front of them and won the finals by 6 wickets.

Nomads CC were crowned indisputable champions of 2016 winning both the trophies. 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 2016, I received four major complaints 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.

Thanks

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:

1.    Mr. Abraham Koshy
2.    Mr. Alex Macay
3.    Mr. Tom Mampilly
4.    Mr. Pardeep kumar
5.    Mr. Yeti Sinh
6.    Mr. Clive Denney
7.    swissFOCUS
8.    Cricket Switzerland Executive Committee

2017 season

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 2017:

1.    An organizing committee led by Publicity Coordinator to organize the finals events.
2.    CricHQ platform will now be extended to the friendly games between the clubs.
3.    Use of next generation pink cricket balls.
4.    Introduction of power plays.

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 2017 season.

Yours sincerely,
Asvin Lakkaraju