By Pete Veal
The weekend of the 6th-7th April saw the last of the Basel Indoor Tournaments, this one at U15 Level. The tournament consisted of 5 teams, hosts Basel Dragons, Geneva Regional Youth Cricket Club
(GRYCC), La Chat/Zurich combined, Swiss U13 and Zurich Sapphires (Ladies team) who competed over 2 days for the prestigious trophy in a new double elimination format that created the excitement
of a knockout whilst giving all teams a “2nd chance”.
Saturday consisted of first knockout rounds at 2 venues – Volta and Pfaffenholz. Basel Dragons kicked off the tournament at Volta beating Sapphires by 99 runs with Alex starring for Basel and Paulina for Sapphires. Basel Dragons then when onto play the Gingin winners, GRYCC whilst Sapphires switched venues to play Swiss U13’s, after they beat La Chat / Zurich by 87 runs.
Firstly the Basel v GRYCC game was very tight and despite the umpire chatter unusually quiet due to “app issues” , Basel posted a competitive 149 all out with key run outs making the difference, with Adarsh and then Ollie getting Max, Connor and Alex. Ray was especially impressive, hitting 34 not out, but he ran out of partners. In reply GRYCC the game was always close and GRYCC fell behind the run rate and continued to lose wickets. It ultimately came down to whether Louqmaan could return after retiring and hit the needed runs before he ran out of partners. Only Ali Nicol could support him but the game turned in the 18th over, when Louqmaan hit 23 off the 18th over but the game was in balance right to the last run as Basel only need to take 1 wicket. However Louqmaan and Ollie held their nerve to win by 1 wicket with 1 over left. Congrats to Louqmaan finishing on an impressive 62 not out, including 4 6’s and 6 4’s! In the other game, La chat / Zurich bowled out Sapphires for 75 and passed their total for the loss of 3 wickets.
The third round matches started with the final 2 matches of the Saturday schedule.
Firstly Swiss U13s played GRYCC and the game wasn’t as close as expected, with GRYCC getting off to an awful start collapsing to 25 for 4, with both openers run out. Ali Nichol again offered some stern resistance scoring 16 but they were all out for 71 in the 16th over. Swiss kept calm and knocked off the runs for the loss of 2 wickets, with Kai starring and Thomas A seeing them home. The final game of the day at Pfaffenholz, saw another close game, with Basel playing La Chat/Zurich. La Chat/Zurich batted first and posted 162 for 6, with some wayward bowling ensuring Eddie Extras scored strongly with a whopping 43! Roshanth and Harry being top scorers for Zurich. However Basel started strongly with Alex continuing his good form, opening and retiring. There were also good contributions from Shankar (19) and Greg (13 not out) but 2 key moments swung the game La Chat’s way, firstly Barnaby took a stunning low, one handed caught and bowled to get rid of the dangerous Max H for 18 and then a scrambled single resulted in Ray being run out when “bodies on the line” or the crease in this case prevented him grounding his bat and he was out for 14 a quick fire 14 the ball after an effortless 6. This put pressure on the lower order batsman and when Alex was run out for 30, Greg ran out of partners and Basel finished 15 short.
Saturday finished with Swiss the only unbeaten side and we would see them in the final. Sunday started with the Semi to decide who would play Swiss, between the 2 sides who only lost once, La Chat/Zurich and GRYCC. La Chat/Zurich batted first and despite Louqmaan opening waywardly he got one peach to clip Roshanth’s off stump and remove the dangerous opener for 0. But La Chat / Zurich responded with Vadim and Luca making steady progress and GRYCC could not find the accuracy of the previous day. Harry also retired and contributed 30 but difference was extras, with Eddie Extras scoring a massive 86 runs, pushing La Chat / Zurich to an extremely challenging 183 for 5. In response Roshanth got his revenge, removing the dangerous Louqmaan also for 0. Fin played a very patient 17 to try and hold the innings together but wickets fell steadily and Ollie was the only other to reach double figures (21) leaving them 81 runs short. It was a shame GRYCC could not find the consistency that won them the Gingins indoor back in November.
Next up was a consolation game between Basel and the Sapphires. Sapphires batted first scoring a credible 100 all out with Jen top scoring on 26. In reply Basel got the runs for 2 wickets with George retiring and Zach scoring 26 in his first tournament (well done)….
This left the much anticipated final between Swiss U13 and La Chat/Zurich….. Swiss batted first and the impressive Kai retired again and top scored on 42. Charlie, Hayden and Nevzad also contributed strongly helping Swiss to keep the score going to the end and post 177 for 6, ensuring they went through the tournament batting the full 20 overs in all 3 matches!! In reply La Chat/Zurich lost wickets steadily and only Roshanth managed to retire. Kai, Louis and Thomas all took 2 wickets. Several chances went down and the crowd wondered if the strong last wicket pair of Luca and Roshanth could score the 58 runs needed off the last 5 overs to clinch a miracle victory. This looked on with strong scoring in the 15 and 16th over on the first ball of the 17th over, they took a quick single for a bye behind the wicket and Hayden reacted quickly to throw down the stumps with a direct hit and give the Swiss a deserved victory!
There were also many impressive individual performances over the weekend and the individual awards went as follows:
Max H (Basel Dragons) – strong performance behind the wicket in all games with 3 catches, 3 stumpings, 5 run outs assisted 1 unassisted run out.
Also notable, Roshanth with 5 outfield catches and 1 run out and Ali Nichol with 3 catches and 2 run outs. Hayden, Ray, Kai and Barnaby were also strong fielders.
Roshanth (La Chat / Zurich) who is bowling with pace and more accuracy and took 6-112 over the tournament.
Also notable, George G (5-68), Louis, Kai, Jen, Alex B and Roshan (All with 4 wickets)
Kai (Swiss u13) with a total of 99 runs in 3 matches but importantly with an average off 99 and including a match winning 42 not out in the final.
Also notable Roshanth (LaChat / Zurich) 133 runs from 5 matches with an average of 44; Alex E (Basel Dragons) with 92 runs form 4 matches and an average of 46. Top 10 (4th-10th) were Luca (88), Harry (82), Ray (79), Louqmaan (65), Vadim (54) , Greg and Charlie (50).
Ultimately Swiss were the deserved winners, being the only unbeaten team and had too much strength in depth for the other club sides. Thomas A accepted the trophy from a Pete veal (Tournament Director) meaning it had a new home after Basel victories in 2017 and 2018…. Overall the tournament was played with a great spirit between the teams and the quality of cricket was high. It was great to welcome our ladies team and give them some competitive match practice – they get better every time we see them! Thanks also to Michael Hall, who helped run the 2nd venue on Saturday and was instrumental in ensuring all games could be scored electronically, making the stats and awards much easier! In reality the standard is high and the margins are small – with performances of key players swinging games one way or the other…. So keep training and see you all in Zuoz where we won’t have the Swiss U1’s to contend with.