4-nation T20 tournament report

Prague, Czech Republic (21st - 23rd June 2019)


Hungarian Cricket Association
Latvian Cricket


Switzerland finished in third place at the Central European four nation Twenty20 International tournament in Prague (Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June 2019) against Czechia, Hungary & Latvia.

 

All matches took place at the Vinoř Cricket Ground in Prague/CZ.

 
The tournament started well with the a good win against Latvia but due to a lack of squad depth compared to the other teams, lost a very tight game against a strong Hungary side and lost heavily against a refeshed Czech team who only just beat Latvia in this morning's match after losing heavily against Hungary on Saturday morning.


Switzerland went on to beat Lavia for the second time in the tournament to finish 3rd, while Czechia beat Hungary in the afternoon match to win the final.


Match schedule & results

3rd/4th place match report

Switzerland vs Latvia


Switzerland came 3rd in the Central European Cup following a hard fought victory against Latvia.

Latvia won the toss and elected to bat with light rain around and an uncertain forcast. Switzerland started with some tight bowling by Ashwin, Stefan and Partha Paul keeping the powerplay overs down to 32 runs. Stefan continued his role as the tournament's most unlucky bowler, according to the umpires, with yet more deliveries just managing to avoid contact with the edge of the bat and another dropped catch.

Jai Sinh was introduced in the 8th over and took a wicket with his 2nd delivery, caught by Asish (one of the 4 injury replacements in the Swiss Squad, joining only a week before the tournament) and his first over ended with a runout and the score on 39 for 2. Things looked to be going Switzerland's way. With Switzerland playing their 4th game in 3 days with the same 11 players (the other squads having between 14 & 17 players and the ability to give players a rest) and some of them already carrying knocks from previous matches, this was always going to be a tough ask. The injuries told a tale: Chris had already had to go off to treat the second hit on an already injured finger during the 7th over; and Partha had to go off in the 12th over after sustaining a blow on the hand he injured on the first day. Our 12th Man Will Page who had been doing a great job during the tournament, keeping the team hydrated during breaks in play, was now on as a covering fielder.

Thilleepan who had been bowling well through the games on Saturday started the 13th over and 2 balls later had the wicket of the Latvian No.3 caught by captain Arjun Vinod at long on.
This coupled with the introduction of James (another player stepping in with a few days notice) bowling his first over in the 14th resulted in confusion between the Latvian batsmen and gave Will the chance to affect a good run out and be rewarded by Partha bringing him a drink out. A good take by Idrees (who had stepped in the day before the tournament) behind the stumps gave Switzerland another over with 2 wickets and the match poised at 82 for 5 from 14.

Unfortunately Idrees also injured a finger stopping a wide later in that over and had to go off for treatment. So all change in the 15th over Partha patched up but not able to field without pain came back on, Chris took the gloves, and Will continued to cover in the field.

Thileepan got the Latvian No.7 LBW with the first ball of the over on his way to figures of 3 overs, 2 wickets for 12 runs. With James getting another LBW in the following over, Arjun getting another run out in the 19th, and Ashwin coming back on for the last over and also picking up a wicket, Latvia ended on 113 for 9 (Latvia No. 6 "Harsh" NO 26 off 19 balls). Switzerland had a target of 114 to claim 3rd place.

Aidan (having already hit 2 "50's" in the tournament) and Partha (after more treatment to his injured hand) determind to bat, took to the field and the Swiss team were confident we had the batting to get the job done. With Idrees unable to bat at 3 due to being off the field during the last few overs and also still with his finger strapped up, a change in batting order was needed. After a discussion with team manager, Chris, captain Arjun Vinod took the responsibility and put himself in at 3 knowing if he batted through he would secure victory.

It wasn't intended that he come in for the 3rd over, but Partha fell to a good catch for 7 off 5 so the resposibility was with the captain. With Aidan falling to another good catch in the next over, Switzerland were 22 for 2 after 3 overs possibly without Idrees to bat. Jai Sinh hed been doing a good job at 4 and this continued. Some great running between the wickets between Arjun & Jai put pressure on the Latvian fielding and increased the noise level in the Swiss camp. Their 22 run partnership over the next 4 overs brought the game to a fine balance before Jai was bowled by probably Latvia's most effective bowler "Ventil" (who ended with figures of 4 overs 1 wicket for 10 runs). At this point Idrees who had put the batting gloves on, said he had to give it a go and see how it felt batting with his injured finger. Although not batting in his normal flamboyant style he stayed there with Arjun, running well and keeping the scoreboard moving.

Idrees' innings was ended by another good catch from the Latvian team and brought Ashwin to the middle with the best part of 10 overs left and 60 runs to get. With great concentration and some good running, the brothers kept the scoreboard moving and the ball on the ground. With the Swiss 100 reached in the 17th over the end was close and the noise level rose another notch in the Swiss camp. An all-run 4 leg byes off the 2nd ball of the 18th brought up the brothers' "50 partnership" and the noise rose another notch. Arjun took a single from the penultimate ball of the 18th over leaving 6 to win which Ashwin achieved in classic fashion, giving the brothers an unbeaten partneship of 61. Ashwin 26 off 25 and Arjun 42 off 44 seeing the team home.

Tour summary

This tour has been one of the toughest we have had for a few years but the team spirit was exceptional. With a mix of young players coming through from the Swiss U19's & Swiss junior structure including Captain Arjun Vinod and Vice Captain Aidan Andrews and with senior players like Partha Paul, Thileepan Rasalingam & Stefan Franklin showing a great example and huge commitment, all 4 highly competitive games were played hard but fair. This was recognised by the tournament officials with the Fair play award received on behalf of the Swiss team by Vice captain Aidan Andrews.

The commitment to the national team by all the players on the tour, many only taking up the places when others were injured shortly before the tournament, is amazing. To take time away from work and family for some at short notice, is a huge ask and you all do it because you want to be part of this team which is evolving, improving and showing it is capable of overcoming almost anything. Thanks to all of you and probably most important thanks to all your families for all their support.

Swiss National squad

The squad named for this tournament is as follows:

  Name                                      
Club                                 
1 Aidan Andrews Cossonay CC
2 Arjun Vinod GXIStars CC
3 Ashvin Vinod Geneva CC
4 Asish Venkatesh CERN
5 Idrees Ul Haq Geneva CC
6 Jai Singh Cossonay CC
7 James Aston  
8 Partha Pratim Paul CERN CC
9 Stefan Franklin Winterthur CC
10 Thileepan Rasalingam Cossonay CC
11 WIll Page  
12 Vinod Unikkadath GRYCC
Player/Coach Chris Lodge Cricket Switzerland
Scorer Miriam Lodge  swissFOCUS

Accommodation

blueORANGE, Prague/CZ

The Swiss squad stayed at:

 

Blue Orange Business Resort
Tupolevova 676
Praha 9 - Letňany
199 00
+420 286 006 222
+420 736 630 165
info@blueorange.cz

Venue

All games are played at the Vinoř Cricket Ground:

Further information

Cricket Switzerland

Further information on the 2019 summer T20 International Tournament in Prague is available from Chris Lodge.