Basel saw fourteen Swiss U11 and fourteen Swiss U13 squad members descend for a training weekend before their various tours and tournaments over the summer.
The weather conspired to provide a very realistic simulation of Surrey in May, with sun, rain, and clouds all in attendance. The weekend kicked off with sessions outdoors on the Rankhof astro-turf getting the players re-accustomed to the hard ball. Heavy rain saw the sessions move indoors, and U11s were able to get outside again before the rain hit. The day finished with combined matches with mixed sides.
On the Sunday, the U13s used the large hall at Pfaffenholz (accompanied by bag pipe music from the local Highland Dancing society!) to play three 7-a-side matches with focus on situations. Two 1 wicket wins showed the competitiveness of the games, and by the end the U13s were all tired from the intense two day camp.
The U11s worked on improving fielding skills with many catching and run out drills. A bowling session followed with great improvement seen with the spinners, medium pacers and the quicks. The day
ended putting all the skills picked up over the weekend being put together with a few fun matches.
As one of the few opportunities for the national squads to come together before their tours, the weekend achieved all the goals. On Saturday night a dinner was held at the Hotel Stücki where the players were awarded Cricket Switzerland hoodies, which will worn by the players as they arrive for their matches.
Many thanks to Jason Walden for the organisation of the facilities (and having to deal with the changeable weather!), hoodies as well as leading the Swiss U11 coaching, accompanied by Antony Scanlon and Baljit Singh. For the U13s, Michael Hall was joined by Gareth Anderson and Lance Mayer.
Many thanks to all of the coaches for their dedication and input.