Report by Jason Walden
A Swiss U11 team travelled to Leicester, England to participate in the U12 Coloured Clothing Tournament held at Leicester Grammar School & organised by the City Cricket Academy and returned triumphant writes Jason Walden.
The Swiss U11 cricket team were invited to play in the quadrangular Colour Clothing T20 Tournament, organised by the City Cricket Academy that took place at Leicester Grammar School.
The format was for each team to play each other 3 times in the round robin phase and the top teams on the table would compete in the final on Friday.
The Swiss team consisted of some hardened veterans from the 2018 U11 Team, from the Surrey tour in May and also some young exciting newcomers (Anikait and Michael) to the team. With several Swiss players having last minute visa issues we also had a few guest players loaned by the academy.
Swiss U11s team at the CCT in Leicester
(5-9 August 2019)
|Avneet Singh – Vice Captain||21 caps|
|Andreas Hall||21 caps|
|Sai Kumar||21 caps|
|Connor Walden - Captain||16 caps|
|Austin Jennings||6 caps|
|Owen Young||4 caps|
|Dhruv Nair||3 caps|
|Anikait Maji||new cap|
|Michael Boyle||new cap|
|Dian Ganga||Guest player|
Super Kings 107/7 - Owen 2/10. Switzerland 86/9 - Chetan 18(16)
Super Kings won by 21 runs
Switzerland 157/5 - Connor 30* (33), Avneet 27 (17). Sunrisers 41/12 – Sai 2/4, Andreas 2/9
Switzerland won by 116 runs
Capitals 99/6 – Darias 3/16. Switzerland 100/3 – Darius 30* (27) Connor 23 (37)
Switzerland won by 7 wickets
Super Kings 51 – Austin 2/7, Darius 2/7, Andreas 2/11. Switzerland 50 – Sai 13(20)
Super Kings won by 1 run
Switzerland 117/3 – Chetan 24(17), Avneet 18(24), Connor 18(38). Sunrisers 86 – Connor 2/12
Switzerland won by 31 runs
Switzerland beat Capitals. (no scorecard available, therefore stats not included below)
Super Kings 112/4 – Sai 1/4, Avneet 1/16. Switzerland 104/8
Super Kings won by 8 runs
Sunrisers 117/8 – Chetan 2/5. Switzerland 119/4 – Darius 26(25), Connor 25(32), Sai 19 (25)
Switzerland won by 6 wickets
Switzerland 111/3 (10 overs)– Avneet 31*(21), Connor 30*(15), Sai 17(7). Sunrisers 112/6 (10 overs) – Darius 2/4, Connor 2/8
Sunrisers won by 4 wickets
Switzerland finished second on the table, therefore qualifying for the final.
THE FINAL Capitals 102/2 (10 overs) – Chetan 2/6. Switzerland 103/1 (10 overs) – Connor 44(27), Avneet 28(24)
Switzerland won the final by 9 wickets.
A highlight of the tour was the team attendance at the T20 Blast match between the Leicester Foxes and the Birmingham Bears. The very enthusiastic (understatement!) Swiss players drew a lot of attention, partly because of their bright red Swiss shirts but mostly because of the disproportionate amount of noise they generated. They dominated the big screen and also appeared several times in the live coverage of the match on Sky Sports. In addition, they got a picture taken in front of the SkyPod, taken by ex-England test match cricketer Rob Keys no less. The boys also got to meet and chat to Colin Ackerman who set a world record on the night for best bowling figures in a T20 match. Another highlight was for Miss Leicester, who requested a picture with the U11 teams’ dads, who were polite enough to oblige.
In the 10 matches played every player contributed to the Swiss team topping the table and ultimately winning the final. The new caps Michael and Anikait fitted into the set-up brilliantly with Michael becoming the run-out king with a number of impressive stops in the field and some very accurate throwing (not to mention 2 great catches). Anikait’s impressively accurate left arm over medium pacers got wickets at crucial times. Dhruv was a live-wire in the field on the boundary and also bowled some tight overs. Owen shared the keeping duties and took some crucial catches and effected some very good run-outs. Austin played a few important innings in the middle order and discovered his ability to turn the strike over regularly and take very quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Sai was, as usual, Mr Line and Length with the ball and discovered batting form in the latter matches with some very responsible innings. Our off-spinner Andreas bowled well and created a number of chances and deserved more wickets, he also produced a memorable fielding display in the final pool game. Vice-Captain Avneet played some solid innings at the top of the order, notably carrying his bat in the final and winning Man of the Match. Connor lead the team from the front by topping the tournament batting stats and winning the Batsman of the Tournament award.
Overall, the frequency and intensity of two matches per day for five days meant that these young cricketers learnt a great deal and matured hugely in a very short time. I have no doubt that the
experienced gained by each player, will manifest immediately during the upcoming Lèman and Romande Cup tournaments.
Thank you to the parents for affording this opportunity to these players. Thank you also to my fellow coach Baljit for your support of the boys throughout the tournament. Thank you Tom for driving the Battle Bus and also to Michael for the general support and for the work you do as Cricket Switzerland Youth Officer.
Swiss Batting Statistics
Swiss Bowling Statistics
For further information on the Swiss U11s participation in the U12 Coloured Clothing Tournament in Leicester (12-16 August 2019) please contact Jason Walden.