Using a different structure to the Geneva Colts match day in early November, the organisers opted for a Twenty20 format with four teams of 6-7 players.
The winners of the first two would play a final, while the two losing teams would play against each other in a 3rd match.
Match 1: Zurich Crickets CC Team 1 (181-1) won against Basel Dragons CC (172-4) by 9 runs
Zurich Crickets opted to bat and openers Ruan K (52*) and Noorkhan A (55*) dominated. ZCCC posted 181 for the loss of just one wicket. However, Basel Dragons chased well and despite losing 4 wickets, three of them to sharp run outs, kept up with the run rate for most of the game with Francis L (28) and James W (76*) playing key roles.
Match 2: Zurich Crickets CC Team 2 (97-3) lost to Rest of Switzerland (98-3) by 2 wickets
Despite a bright start by Lavan S (28) and Wafadar W (26), ZCCC’s Team 2 could not capitalise and were bowled out in the 12th over with Hanaaz Q the pick of the bowlers (4-28-2). Due to wayward ZCCC Team 2’s bowling the Rest of Switzerland’s batsmen were under little pressure and despite losing 3 wickets cruised home in the 13th over with Nikhil A (16) and Ismail Z (17*) doing most of the damage.
Match 3: Basel Dragons CC 152-3 won against Zurich Crickets CC Team 2 (83-5) by 69 runs
A much better team bowling performance (Wafadar 4-21-2) by ZCCC Team 2 managed to restrict Basel Dragons runs and 3 wickets were lost cheaply, but very solid batting by James West (52*) and Anshak M (52*) denied ZC’s Team 2 further wickets. In reply, batsmen came and went all too quickly after making promising starts (Lavan S 11, Wafadar W 14, Surya 17 and Amogh R 15*), and James W (1-6-1) and Ismail Z (1-4-1) wrapped up the proceedings.
Match 4: Zurich Crickets CC Team 1 (208-3) won against Rest of Switzerland (63-7) by 141 runs
The in-form ZCCC batsmen ruthlessly exploited anything bowled too short or too full and amassed runs at over 10 an over. Ruan K (48), Noorkhan (45), Khawar A (43*) and Dayn P 19* guaranteed that any chase would very quickly be under huge pressure. The batting display was followed by bowling one: Dayn P (2-18-2), Khawar A (2-19-1), Noorkhan (2-13-2), and Simon H (0.3-1-1) ensured that only one batsman (Aakash G 14) reached double figures and that the innings finished after just 7.3 overs.
|1st||Zurich Crickets Team 1|
|2nd||Basel Dragons Junior Cricket Club|
|3rd||Rest of Switzerland Colts Team|
|4th||Zurich Crickets Team 2|
Many thanks to Basel Dragons’ Ian Lightowlers and Steve West for the organisation of the day and setting everything up for the players.