In a tense, hard fought final Basel Dragons held on to defeat a combined Zurich Cossonay and Gingins team to win their own U15 indoor tournament for the second year in a row.
The tournament was contested by six teams: Basel Dragons, Swiss U13s, Luxembourg, GRYCC, La Chat and the combined team with players from Zurich Crickets, Cossonay and Gingins. The format
was a two group round robin on Saturday and semi-finals, play-offs and final on Sunday. All matches were 20 overs per innings played at two locations in Basel, Baumlihof and
Pfaffenholz, on both days.
Going into the final, both finalist teams had been undefeated through the group stages and had eased through the semi-finals by some margin. Basel won the toss and elected to bat. Ismail and Aryan opened the bowling attack with fast and accurate bowling matched by some assured batting from openers James W and Max L. By the mid-way point of the innings both openers had retired with the score on 86 for 0. The combined team fought back, regularly taking wickets meanwhile Max H pushed the scoring rate up retiring on 30 off just 12 balls. At the end of over 16 Basel were on 163 and the last pair at the wicket, Max L and Max H. Despite the quality of the bowling, they took the score to 192 in the final over finishing on 47* and 46 respectively. The combined Zurich Cossonay Gingins team had scored 193, 263 and 238 in their previous three matches so the total was clearly in range for their powerful batsmen. The openers got off to a measured start scoring at close to the required rate. Amogh quickly reached 30 to retire and by over 8 the score was 78 for 1. The Dragons were bowling well but with the strength in depth in the batting team another 115 off 12 overs looked comfortable. Luke quickly reached his 30 and retired however the pressure was building and wickets started to fall. At 139 for 4 after 15 overs, the required rate had climbed to 11. The big hitters, Amogh and Luke were still to come back in if needed. The match turned in the next over as Ojas was run out and Max L bowled the returning Amogh. This left the final pair of Antar and Luke still needed a further 46 in 4 overs. Eden held his nerve to clean bowl Luke with the third ball of his over and take victory by 42 runs.
The trophy was presented to winning captain James W who also won best batsman for 162 runs in the tournament. Eden from Basel Dragons was awarded best bowler for his 8 wickets including a hat-trick in the game against GRYCC. Best fielder went to Nathaniel from GRYCC for an outstanding caught and bowled.
Match 12: Basel Dragons 192 all out (Max L 47*, Max H 46, James W 32, Amogh 2 for 17, Ojas 2 for 30) beat ZH/Coss/GG 150 all out (Amogh 30, Luke 30, Max L 2 for 39)
Match 10 (SF1): Basel Dragons 182 for 7 (James W 54*, Louis 3 for 37, Kai 3 for 37) beat La Chat 68 all out (Eden 2 for 14, Max L 2 for 10)
Match 11 (SF2): ZH/Coss/GG 238 for 2 (Aryan 35*, Luke 32*, Ismail 30*, Nikhil 30*) beat GRYCC 49 all out
Match 1: Basel Dragons 188 for 5 (James W 48*, Noah 37*, Oliver 2 for 25) beat GRYCC 187 all out (Louqman 42*, Shrishyam 39, Lachlan 32, Eden 3 for 23)
Match 3: Basel Dragons 72 for 1 (James W 28*) beat Luxembourg 71 all out (Eden 2 for 21, Noah 2 for 14, Charlie 2 for 13)
March 5: GRYCC 104 for 2 (Lachlan 34, Shrishyam 32*) beat Luxembourg 103 all out (Louqman 2 for 22, Chaytana 2 for 13)
Group A final standings
Match 2: ZH/Coss/GG 193 all out (Luke 50, Nikhil 34*) beat Swiss U13 103 all out (Luca 32, Aryan 2 for 22, Nikhil 2 for 13)
Match 4: ZH/Coss/GG 263 for 6 (Amogh 79, Roshant 30*, Kai 2 for 25) beat La Chat 101 all out (Kai 36, Ismail 2 for 20)
Match 6: La Chat 142 for 4 (Hanaaz 32*, Adam 30*, Fin R 2 for 25) beat Swiss U13 139 for 6 (Kabir 25)
Group B final standings
Match 7: Swiss U13 125 for 1 (Luca 33*, Kabir 30*) beat Luxembourg 124 all out (Luca 2 for 16, Fin R 2 for 20)
Match 8: Luxembourg 152 for 5 (Frederic 32*) beat La Chat 103 all out (Julian 36*, Harry 31*, Pranav 2 for 33)
Match 9: GRYCC 221 for 5 (Shrishyam 36*, Sidhant 33*, Nathaniel 30*, Fin R 2 for 36) beat Swiss U13 160 for 4 (Vadim 34*, Kabir 31*, Luca 31*, Irsalan 2 for 26)
|Janes W||Basel Dragons||162|
|Fin R||Swiss U13s||5|