Following on from the U12 tournament the week before (won by the Swiss U11s!), a group of U13 players formed a team in the U14 coloured clothing tournament at Leicester Grammar School from 12th to 16th August 2019.
Due to last minute illness and other logistical issues the Swiss contingent was only 6, but were joined by local players and players joining the international residence.
The tournament is organised by the City Cricket Academy in Leicester, and the U14 version was held at Leicester Grammar School.
Due to heavy rain at the weekend, one pitch was out of action, so the first day consisted of T10 matches.
Match 1: CCA Sixers 87-5 (Oliver D 31*, Olly 13; Andreas 1-7, Kai 1-9) bt Switzerland 53-6 (Darshan 16, Sasha 8; Zubin 2-0, Sid 1-11) by 34 runs
Match 2: CCA Heat 39-3 (Darshan 10, Shaantanu 8; Stephen 1-4, Aryan 1-7) bt Switzerland 38-6 (Adam 13, Benedict 7; Chetan 2-4, Sayaji 1-14) by 7 wickets
The tournament started with tough conditions. Without some of the bigger hitting of the other teams, the T10 format didn’t suit Switzerland. Also having half the side made of unknown players, the
coaches and captain had to make a guess at batting and bowling orders. The first game got off to a great start with the Sixers 3-2, but some big hitting saw them to 87 with Andreas and Kai
getting wickets, and keeper Hayden getting a run out. In reply Switzerland raced off with Darshan and Sasha finding the boundary in the first over and going at 10 an over until Darshan fell, and
the run rate started to fall away and wickets fell as the required rate crept up with the Swiss finishing on 53.
In the afternoon, the Swiss side batted first and couldn’t get off to quite the start they had in the morning. Darshan hit two fours before being out caught, and Sasha followed 3 balls later. A flurry of run outs meant the side struggled to 39 after the 10 overs. The second inning started well with Sayaji picking up a wicket in his first over but Benedict and Adam broke the back of the innings before Chetan picked up their wickets and the Heat strolled to victory in the 6th over.
Match 3: Switzerland 107-4 (Darshan 27, Kai 18; Karan 1-13, Omar 1-17) bt CCA Stars 103 all out (Mark 29, Aidan 24; Kai 5-14, Krish 2-14) by 4 runs
Match 4: Switzerland 80-0 (Darshan 41*, Sasha 13*; Olly 0-22, Carson 0-8) bt CCA Sixers 79-9 (Otto 22, Toby 13; Chetan 2-5, Krish 2-27) by 10 wickets
With the sun out, both pitches were in operation which meant the games were back to T20. Switzerland were asked to bat first, Darshan and Sasha combined well, with Darshan finding the boundary, including a lofted off drive for 6! Darshan holed out, bringing Krish to the crease who continued with some great cricket. Sasha perished timing a ball a little too well to the cover fielder, but Kai strode out and hit 3 fours with some powerful strokes to the leg-side boundary. Thomas and Hayden saw out the innings with some quick running to post 107.
The Stars got off to a good start, knocking off 34 runs before Krish removed Zac caught and bowled. Alfie was caught by Kai off Sasha soon after, but the Stars started to rebuild. With both
batsmen into the 20s it looked like this game would slip away, but Shaantanu removed the opener with him top edging to Hayden. The skipper brought back Kai and he delivered, with three wickets in
4 balls, leaving the Stars on 92-6. A mini-rebuild came and the Stars got themselves into the 100s before Krish bowled Omar, and then ran out Sam. Kai took the ball for the
last over with only 6 needed and he delivered with a caught and bowled and a bowled to finish with a five for!
The afternoon saw a match against a somewhat depleted Sixers with most of the side in a national club competition. They batted first, and Kai had a rude awakening being pulled for 18 in his first over. Krish similarly strugged, and the score was an eye watering 31 after two overs. However Kai recovered and had Olly caught at cover by a diving Sasha. Sasha struck soon after running out Otto, and he couldn’t be kept out of the game when a ball from Krish popped up to him. Krish followed up by bowling Luca. Sasha bowled a tight line and the batsmen struggled to get him away, ultimately telling with Arnav being caught by Krish in a wicket maiden. Darshan ripped out Prisha’s middle stump with a wrong’un before Chetan had two taken by Hayden. Two of the smallest batsman came to the crease, but batted sensibly with a 36 run partnership and the Sixers finished on 79.
The reply innings was broken with some brutal batting from Darshan who hit 8 fours. Sasha at the other end wasn’t as chanceless as the morning but the side cantered home with 12 overs to spare.
Match 5: Abandoned with Switzerland 81-4 (Sasha 25, Darshan 19) vs CCA Heat. Switzerland won on bowl out 3-1.
Match 6: CCA Sixers bt Switzerland 3-0 on bowl out
With rain forecast, the matches were reduced to 10 overs, and Switzerland batted first. Darshan and Sasha continued their partnership with Darshan finding the boundary 3 times. Sasha rode some
luck with two catches going down, but by the end of his innings started to time it well before being run out looking for a second in the last over. Kai hit well, but couldn’t find the rope and
the team finished on 81, a far better score than they had achieved on the first day. Sadly the rain came down heavily and persistently and the match was abandoned at that point and decided by an
indoor bowl out.
In the bowl out all players, aside from the wicket keeper bowl at the stumps and the winner is the side with the most wickets after all 11 in the squad have gone. In the first bowl out, Andreas bowled second and clipped the top of middle stump. Thomas then knocked over the stumps with a full toss hitting middle. The Heat came back with a wicket but the result was decided with another wicket.
After some indoor cricket, was the bowl out for match six, and sadly the Swiss team couldn’t hit the stumps once and lost to the Sixers 3-0, leaving the team third and hoping for some outdoor matches on Thursday!
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