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Three ZCCC players to receive 2021 Bob Barber Awards (November 30th)
Shankar Panguluri U15, Max Hoegenauer (17) and Abdullah Zahir U19 have been recognised as the best players in their age groups for their outstanding contributions in 2021.
Congratulations to all three who also play key roles in the Zurich Crickets CC senior men's teams.
ZCCC in Gingins U15 Indoor Tournament (20/21 November 2021)
After a two-year COVID hiatus, November saw the return of the Gingins Indoor tournament, in Geneva. The tournament saw six teams competing, with two pools of three. The pool positions then put teams into 5th/6th play off, 3rd/4th play off and the final. The Crickets were missing several of their players, and were joined over the two days by three Gingins U13 players.
ZCCC with seven newly qualified Level 2 umpires (7th November)
In Zurich on Sunday 7th November 2021 the Swiss Federation of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (sFOCUS), in conjunction with Cricket Switzerland, ran the second of two ECB ACO Stage Two Umpiring Courses.
The prerequisite for this course was the successful participation in an ECB ACO Level One Umpiring Course, which can also be completed online for free.
Going into the 2022 season it is essential that Zurich Crickets has enough qualified umpires. We aim to again field a 1st and 2nd XI in the Pickwick T20 Cup, the Swiss T10 competition and the 40-over leagues. In addition, a ZCCC Colts XI will take part in the Pickwick T20 Cup.
Neutral umpires are essential to the game in Switzerland. Clubs that are members of Cricket Switzerland are not only invited to play in the competitions that are organised by CS, they also have duties and responsibilities. These include attending official meetings and voting on issues important for the association, providing scorers and umpires, and ensuring that their members become properly qualified for such tasks.
Without the guarantee of two neutral umpires at official matches, unnecessary and avoidable can arise. Recently becoming an associate member of the ICC also entails greater professionalism in the organisation of our core business, the matches. Zurich Crickets sees the provision of two neutral umpires at every league match as essential.
It is excellent news that together with our five Level 1 umpires for senior matches, we now also have seven qualified Level 2 umpires: Keeran, Lavan, Kavi, Nic, Kutty, Shafi and Patrick.
Brilliantly intense begin to the indoor season (31st October)
With three teams of ten players the U15s/U19s and seniors got off to a blistering start with their indoor season at ZIS Adliswil. Three 22-over matches (115 overs were bowled!) involving Colts A, Colts B and a Senior team worked and played hard to produce some fine cricket.
The Colts teams will form the new ZCCC team that will compete in the Pickwick T20 Cup in 2022. This will give these young players the chance to step up a level and compete with adult teams. Already, they are sparkling with confidence and during the winter months, which is traditionally the period best suited to tweaking technique before the new season gets underway in April, these players should have plenty of opportunity to hone skills and become competitive among the adult teams in the T20 league.
With evening nets on Fridays, team training on Saturdays, match days on Sundays and two Hampshire weekends in December, the rest of 2021 has much on offer to help these players progress.
Many thanks to all those involved in making the day such a success, not least for the enthusiasm and spirit of the players themselves.
Zurich Crickets U17 dominate the Dragons and win by 146 runs (16th October)
Batting first away at Bachgraben against Basel Dragons U17 the ZCCC XI racked up a huge 323 in this 50-over fixture. Despite losing Vadim’s early wicket, Khalid and Sasha put together a magnificent 134 before Khalid retired on 107 in the 25th over. His strike rate for a 50-over match with 11 fours and 2 sixes radiated confidence while the running between the wickets with Sasha was demoralizingly quick for the opposition. Sasha (33) succumbed to a catch but not before, together with Shankar, another 30 runs had been quickly added to take the total to 190-2. Arya (30) and Shankar continued the rapid turnover of the scoreboard, putting together 57 with relative ease until Arya was bowled. With Shankar retiring on 58 in the 40th over, the target became surpassing the 300-run mark. This was reached emphatically already in the 46th over thanks to a stunning and classy 27 from Shayedullah off just 12 balls, and some great running and aggressive stroke-play from Paarth, George, Hezbullah and Farhad. Everyone had played their part, 25 boundaries had been hit, and some well-crafted partnerships formed. Chasing down 323 was going to be a very tough call for the Dragons.
With Vadim and Shankar working tactically well together to marshal the team in the field, the Basel Dragons were hugely restricted at the start. Farhad and Khalid were excellent, conceding just 9 runs in their opening spell of 8 overs. Arya and Vadim followed, as did the first two wickets for Vadim with catches to Faisal and Sacha (wk), while Arya was unlucky not to have taken two wickets in the 17th over just before the drinks break. Despite some rebuilding by Parth and Sai, and the only two Basel boundaries, the target remained well out of reach. When they were both removed by Shankar, the batters were struggling. Vignesh resisted but when he fell to George in the 41st over and Fynn in the next over to Sacha’s stumping off Paarth, the match was all but over. It was left to Vadim (6-2-8-3), Shankar (6-0-16-4) and Shayedullah (3.2-0-12-1) to bag the last four wickets for 20 runs.
ZCCC’s bowling had been for the most part tight, the fielding and throwing sharp, and the catching very respectable, in particular Arya’s outstanding running take at mid-off over his head. Vadim and Shankar deserve credit for enabling all ten bowlers to showcase what they have on offer. Basel finished on 177 all out in 48.2 overs to provide ZCCC with a resounding win. Congratulations to this still young U17 side. We look forward to seeing them playing and gelling together during the winter season before they form the backbone of the 3rd XI next season in the Pickwick T20 men’s league.
Zurich Crickets overpower opposition at U17 Romande Cup (9th/10th October)
At the U17 Romande Cup Zurich Crickets won both their matches against Geneva Region Youth CC and Basel Dragons CC.
Zurich Crickets CC 232/6 (30 overs) vs Geneva Region Youth CC 54/11 (18 overs) won by 178 runs.
Zurich Crickets CC 176/11 (29.4 overs) vs Basel Dragons CC 125/7 (30
overs) won by 51 runs. For the full report click on the link
ZCCC's Noorkhan Ahmadi wins Emerging Batter of the Year (10th October)
At the Emerging Player of the Year Awards 2021 the winners, Batter of the Year, Noorkhan Ahmadi (Zurich Crickets CC), and Bowler of the Year, Malyar Stanikzai (Olten CC), were presented with their trophies.
Both players were ranked the highest in the batter and bowler lists in the Swiss Premier league and the Pickwick T20 league for any U23 player.
It was fitting that the presentations took place at the new Embrach ground during a match in which both cricketers, as part of the Swiss national squad, were playing. Among those players involved with the national squad were three other ZCCC members.
ZCCC win the 2021 Under 15 Romande Cup (2nd/3rd October)
ZCCC U15s won the Romande Cup in Geneva after winning all three of their games. They were pushed hard after two batting collapses against Swiss Romande and Gingins but held their nerve to close out both games. When the batting fired, it fired well, putting on the highest score of the tournament against Basel Dragons. It was an all round performance with the ball and in the field, and great to see Sophie get her first wickets with the club. Shankar was given the batter award after another dominant performance.
Johan Kruger steps down after 12 years of coaching (September 2021)
The Krugers came to Zurich Crickets CC in the summer of 2009. Back then there were just over forty Under 11 players and only a handful of older members. How that has changed over the years with membership today at 100 members and full teams at every age group from Under 9s to our two senior teams, and that is likely to increase to three XIs in the coming 2022 season.
Johan became a coach officially in 2010 after quickly becoming involved in the running of the club. After twelve years he has coached every level of club cricket but also national teams. National tours have taken him to Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, England, and in 2018 to Barbados with the Swiss U19s.
At first, with Johan's son, Ruan, turning 15, there was no senior team at ZCCC. As a result, long trips to Cossonay to play with the Swiss Colts in the Pickwick T20 and Swiss 40-over leagues were undertaken on many, many weekends. After three years, in 2017, Johan was one of the coaches instrumental in setting up a Zurich Crickets T20 senior team. The past four years have seen so many young players introduced to senior cricket and Johan has always been at the heart of it.
One cannot begin to count the hours and hours of coaching both on the field at Deutweg and the Hottingen gyms in the winter, the thousands of balls he has fed into bowling machines, the long afternoons stood at the stumps umpiring, or on CricHQ scoring. He has been hugely dedicated and reliable, he knew his players, pushed and encouraged them, and earned their respect. The club has developed dramatically over the years and many thanks are due to Johan for his part in that journey. We will miss him and wish him all the best.
Below are a selection of photos involving Johan Kruger
ZCCC win U11 Romande Cup 2021 (18th September)
Geneva Region Youth Cricket Club (GRYCC) hosted the U11s Romande Cup at Bout-du-Monde, which saw a Swiss Romande side (consisting of players from GRYCC, Gingins and Cossonay) compete against teams from Basel (BDJCC) and eventual winners Zurich (ZCCC).
U17/19 Leman Cup dominated by the East (5th September)
The Leman Cup tournament for the U19/17s took place at the sunny Cossonay ground between the East and West Swiss teams.
Winning the toss the East Captains Max and Eden decided to bat. Openers Suleman (85*) and Vadim (54*), started strongly and maintained a steady run rate of around 8 per over with flurries of boundaries, including several sixes, sensible singles and opportunistic running between wickets to accumulate extras. After their partnership of an excellent 172 runs, they were retired. Then came Max (12) and Aayush (12*). After a quick firework of three 4s in six balls Max was bowled by Thomas’ swinging ball. Then Parth (28*), Gianluca (4) and Charlie (8*) played to maintain a steady run rate with good batting. The final score was 262 for the loss of 2 wickets after 30 overs.
In reply there was huge scoreboard pressure on the West’s batting from the start. The openers played aggressively to keep the run rate competitive. Both impressed with the bat until they fell to Khalid’s spin and brilliant direct hit by Suleman. After this breakthrough, the middle and lower orders were exposed by Simul’s swing bowling. He took 5 wickets and was judged man of the match. The rest of the wickets were shared among James (2) and Charlie (1). The West were all out for 96.
The match demonstrated the benefit of taking up the challenge of playing senior cricket. There are clearly a lot of budding talents. (Sh.M.)
The East U13s win the Leman Cup by 28 runs (4th September)
Schweiz U13s won the toss and elected to bat first. Suisse U13s bowlers put on an excellent bowling display, with Anhad (1-16) and Samanyu (1-16) the pick of the bowlers. With batsmen applying themselves well, Schweiz U13 were able to put up a competitive total 138. Avik (25*) anchored the innings and Emaad (25*) provided the acceleration at the end.
Team Suisse looked well set to chase the target with Ayan (17*) and Anhad (9*) scoring at a good pace. With the depth in the batting line up for Suisse U13s, the match was well balanced at 71 for 3. Things were looking good for an exciting finish. However, Vedant’s (3-21) and triple wicket maiden, swung the match in favour of the East. Anikait (14) gave a good fighting innings.
With an excellent fielding and bowling display, Schweiz U13s got the remaining wickets. Suisse finished on 110 in 22.4 overs.
In addition to players mentioned above, there were other notable performances by players from both teams, especially Jhonti, Noah and Aaditya from team Suisse and Furqan, Fynn, Chris from team Schweiz.
For his spirited performance, Emaad (25* and 3 catches) won Spirit of Cricket Award, and for his match-changing bowling Vedant Chorvada (4.0-1-21-3) was adjudged Player of the Match.
ZCCC 1st XI confidently defeat Pakhtoon Zalmi CC at Embrach (4th September)
The ZCCC 1st XI managed to close their T20 campaign with a convincing win over Pakhtoon Zalmi by bowling them out for 123 after 18.2 overs and chasing the total in 12.1 overs, while only losing 1 wicket.
The toss was won by Pakhtoon and ZCCC were put in the field. The bowling was started off with a solid opening spell by Lavan S. (3-16-0) and Doug N. (3-17-1) only allowing 33 runs in the powerplay and Doug managing to take a big wicket in his 3rd over. There was also a fantastic run out in the 3rd over by Noorkhan A., assisted by Nic H., which meant that Pakhtoon were 33/2 after the first 6 overs.
During the next six overs ZCCC found themselves facing a flurry of runs despite Eden W. and Abdullah Z. working hard to continue the momentum created by the opening bowlers. Although there were promising signs of a wicket being just around the corner, they were unable to get the breakthrough. This meant that Pakhtoon recovered to 95/2 after 12 overs.
However, in the 13th over Ziaulhaq H came on with his deceptive off-break bowling and took a wicket first ball. The floodgates had been opened as the next six overs would bring about the collapse of the Pakhtoon batting order. Bowling in tandem, both Ziaulhaq H. (3.2-13-3) and Noorkhan A. (3-15-3) took 3 wickets each in their 3-over spells to bowl out Pakhtoon, who were missing a man and had only 9 wickets to play with. The last wicket came with the second ball of the 19th over when Nic H. was gifted a simple stumping off Ziaulhaq’s bowling.
Then it was time to chase the total of 123 and Noorkhan A. and Ruan K. were the opening pair. They got off to a good start, albeit with a little bit of help from some rather wayward bowling that beat the Pakhtoon keeper 3 times down the leg side only to go for four as well. Nonetheless, both Ruan K. and Noorkhan A. played their shots and kept the scoreboard ticking over rapidly during the powerplay, helping ZCCC to reach 50 after only 5 overs. Unfortunately, Noorkhan A. was dismissed in the fifth over after hitting 23 from 17 balls including 5 fours. Then Jude D. (aka Kutty), who had been brought up from the 2nd XI to replenish the batting order after some strong performances in his previous innings, joined Ruan K. at the crease and they maintained the momentum. They both finished not out at the end of the match, getting ZCCC across the line in just 12.1 overs with an average run rate of 10.36 per over. Ruan K. struck 42 off 33 balls with 6 fours and Jude D. hit a confident 27 off 24 balls including 3 fours and 1 six.
All in all, it was a convincing victory for the ZCCC 1st XI and a strong finish to an especially tough season in their T20 campaign. (Nic)
Zurich Crickets 2nd XI victorious over Winterthur CC in CSNL match! (21st August)
The 2nd XI completed a perfect day for ZCCC's senior teams. This win had been coming for some weeks. The players have worked hard, gelled together, and are getting their tactics right. It was a thoroughly deserved win and bodes well for the future. Congratulations to the whole squad!
Zurich Crickets CC's 1st XI win extraordinary Premier League match (21st August)
This match certainly ebbed and flowed. Geneva CC were bowled out for 240 with valuable contributions by the whole team. ZCCC were then confident they could chase this down on a ground with short boundaries. However, it took some sensational performances to get to 241 for 8! The team was understandably more than happy with the win and the relief huge.
Zurich Crickets 1st and 2nd XIs lose T20 Pickwick matches despite posting 405 runs vs Nomads CC at Embrach (15th August)
The biggest knock of the day was Latif's unbeaten 88, which included six 4s and seven 6s! This was followed by Prafull's 72 and Noorkhan's 40.
Junior Season Review 2020/2021 by Michael Hall
Junior Cricket in Switzerland is a little unusual as it is played all year round, with fantastic indoor facilities to use in the winter, and so the seasons line up with the school year. While the 2019/2020 season was a year of many unprecedented situations, the 2020/21 junior cricket season had some more positive firsts to celebrate.
ZCCC undefeated in U15 summer cup (5th/6th August)
Zurich Crickets hosted and won the U15 summer cricket cup run at Embrach during the summer holidays.
Teams from Basel Dragons and a mixed Gingins/GRYCC side joined the host’s side.
Trophy shared in U13 2-day summer cup at Embrach (29th/30th July)
With international travel off the agenda, Zurich Crickets again hosted a tournament at the new ground in Embrach during the school summer holidays. Teams from Basel Dragons and a mixed Gingins/GRYCC side joined the host’s 1st and 2nd XI sides.
Defending champions, Zurich Crickets CC successfully defended their title at the 2021 summer cup held at Embrach, Zurich (22nd/23rd July)
Last year due to COVID junior cricket was impacted as some of the important tournaments were cancelled. However, it also gave birth to a new outdoor tournament: the Summer Cup. This year, the tournament was hosted by Zurich Crickets at Embrach on the newly laid Notts pitch. Click on the link for the full report
Switzerland re-enters world cricket as an ICC associate member
On Sunday 18th July 2021, acting Chief Executive of the ICC, Geoff Allardice, confirmed that Cricket Switzerland's application to become members of the ICC had been considered & approved by the ICC Board and ratified by the ICC AGM on Sunday 18th July 2021.
Zurich Crickets 2nd XI chalk up a tie (26th June)
In their 40-over league match, ZCCC’s 2nd XI chased 226 to finish the match with a last ball tie.
The team showed great character, energy and support for one another, and a thrilling finish was a deserving end to the 2nd XI’s first 40-over outing in the National League.
ZCCC and the 2021 Zuoz U15 tournament (12th/13th June)
While the team had been dominant in Geneva, the Zuoz tournament demanded that the Under 15s show some grit. The team managed to come back from some tough situations to win the trophy.
The festival, hosted by the Lyceum Alpinum and organised by Zurich Crickets CC, has been running for 16 years and this year featured U9, U11, U13 and U15 tournaments, plus a girls match, all running in parallel.
ZCCC wins Premier League match and Dayn gets a 'fifer' (13th June)
Zurich Crickets fought hard to comfortably win their Premier League match against Berne CC at the Schonau ground. Opting to bat first, the wicket proved difficult to bat on, the bowling was tight, and three wickets by over 5 for 13 runs was a rude awakening. The calm and patient Ninad, though, steadied the reeling ship and with Nic began to rebuild. But in over 13, 4 for 28 runs! Despite this, the middle order of Dayn (10), Lavan (19) and Eden (20*) all helped grind out the runs with the experienced Ninad (29). Character shone through and the score clambered, at times painstakingly slowly, to 129 all out in the 38th over. Batting all the 40 overs is key. An added bonus were the 10 runs awarded to Zurich Crickets for the slow over rate. The target was 140. Defendable?
The beginning of an answer was not long in coming. Two sharp slip catches were held gloriously by Westy off Keeran (4-12-1) and Lavan (4-14-1) in the 2nd and 3rd overs. They were then perfectly supported by the economical Abdullah (5-16-1) and Doug (8-20-2) who struck in the 15th and 16th overs to remove two key batsmen. 52 for 4! A few overs of respite follow, and the score inches to 60. However, Dayn’s second over produces a catch straight to Ninad at mid-on and then he bowls the next man first ball. Berne is on the ropes and as soon as Dayn is given the ball for a third time, he produces an LBW. His 4th over and again the stumps are rocked hard and now it is 78 for 8 and 61 runs are needed. And all the while Noorkhan had been piling on pressure from the other end with 3 fine overs. But bowling in tandem now with Dayn is Doug and he immediately produces a result – bowled. Three overs later and Dayn has his 5th and the figures are impressive (6.4-15-5). Zurich Crickets win by 50 runs. Convincing but by no means straightforward, and all 11 players have played their part. Match scorecard
First senior league match of the 2021 Swiss cricket season (5th June)
The Pickwick T20 between ZCCC’s 1st and 2nd XIs was the first league match of the 2021 Swiss cricket season, and with the 1st XI winning by 69 runs (203 for 6) the result was clear, but how the 2nd XI (133 for 9) has progressed from 2020.
Winning the toss, 1st XI openers Noorkhan and Baljit were immediately relentless in their run-making. Noorkhan’s blistering 56 off 24 balls and Baljit’s slightly more measured 54 off 35 meant that the 100 came up in the eighth over! Saru, Kavi, Attaullah battled hard, but it was Suleman’s economy and pace that produced the first wicket, caught and bowled. And the second and third were not long in coming when Shankar bowled newcomer Prafull and then forced a catch off Baljit to Saru in the deep. Resuming on 125 for 3 in the 12th over, long-standing (12 years?) batting partners Ruan (25) and Nic (22) put together an excellent 50 in five overs before Kavi forced Nic to edge one to keeper Max. A perfect 20 blitzed off 12 balls by the in-form Lavan took the score to over 200, but not before Attaullah had Ruan caught by rookie Khalid and Kavi had produced another catch, this time by Doug cutting to Vadim at point.
The chase began watchfully but openers Max, Khawar and also Latif fell early and cheaply. In the 3rd and 4th overs Lavan and Keeran struck, two catches to keeper Nic and another to Baljit. At 17 for 3 after 4 overs the 2nd XI was reeling and Gokul and Shankar had their work cut out. They played catch-up well, though, and their flurry of runs took them to 65 by the end of the 8th over when, unfortunately, Gokul’s brisk 28 off 14 balls came to an end when he was adjudged LBW to Abdullah. However, they were back in touch, but sadly his partner Shankar (16) succumbed all too soon afterwards to Doug. A collapse ensued and for 20 runs Kavi, Saru, Suleman and Attaullah were dismissed. The pressure of some fine bowling and tight fielding brought results. Abdullah added two more wickets with catches to the safe hands of Keeran and Noorkhan, Noorkhan himself forced another catch for Keeran, while Prafull lured Attaullah out of his crease enabling Nic to whip off the bails. Undaunted, Vadim (15) and Khalid (29) had plans of their own and set about scoring freely and in the space of 20 balls, 8 of them dot balls, they put together 47 impressive runs to finish on 133 for 9. Match scorecard
Emerging Player of the Year Trophies (5th June)
Two trophies will be awarded annually to the best emerging Swiss players of the year. There will be one for Emerging Batsman of the Year and one for Emerging Bowler of the Year. Players can be a maximum of 22 years (cut-off date is 23rd birthday) and points will be awarded to the players based on their batting, bowling, and also fielding performances in the Swiss senior leagues.
The trophies will be awarded for the first time during the presentation of the Cricket Switzerland National League finals on Sunday 10th October 2021 by the Henderson family who have donated the trophies.
New Zurich Crickets pitch at Embrach (May 2021)
The Embrach Project: scenic, state-of-the-art Embrach pitch becomes the 6th artificial strip in Switzerland. It has been a long process, with ups and downs, and in the end a race against the clock to finish in time. The brainchild of Nomads Cricket Club, Zurich Crickets Cricket Club then joined hands with Nomads CC in 2020. Together, plans were developed and pushed to get this project underway, over the finishing line and ready for the 2021 season.
ZCCC U15s dominate the GRYCC Summer Cup at Bout du Monde (May 8th/9th)
Winning all their games, it was a real team performance with batting, bowling and fielding of great standard. Shankar finished the tournament as leading run scorer with 104 runs not out, Arya joint highest wicket-taker with 4-24, and Sasha as wicket keeper with 2 stumpings, 3 catches and involvement in 7 run outs.
ZCCC Under 13s finish runners-up at GRYCC Summer Cup (April 24th/25th)
After a hiatus in competitive cricket due to COVID-19, GRYCC hosted teams at
Bout-du-Monde again for a spring version of the Romande Cup. Teams from Basel Dragons, Gingins, a combined GRYCC and Cossonay and Zurich Crickets competed. The format was 18 overs with a round-robin followed by a final between the top two teams.
Rules and restrictions for sports from 19th April
For Under-20s: There are no restrictions for this age group. Spectators are not allowed.
For Over-20s: Only amateur competitions and matches involving up to 15 people can be played in non-contact sports like cricket. Groups involving up to 15 people can train. Outdoors a mask must be worn or the required distance of 1.5 metres respected.
Indoors it will be necessary both to wear a mask and respect distancing rules.
Junior cricket will continue to enjoy fixtures both at home and away. However, the start of the senior leagues has been delayed until further notice. In addition, Cicket Switzerland's planned series of iT20s in Warsaw, Poland, on 5th & 6th June 2021, has been cancelled.
Zurich Crickets Cricket Club 2021 Annual General Meeting
On Tuesday 16th March the ZCCC Annual General Meeting will take place via video conference, 19:00 - 20:45. The Agenda for the meeting has been sent to all the members.
Cricket Switzerland's proposed new 40-over league in 2021 (December 13th)
Zurich Crickets CC are seeded 5th and will be in the premier division.
The growth of the domestic game and the desire to progress the senior men's game ahead of admission to the ICC are the main driving forces behind the decision to have a two tier 40-over league format in 2021.
The top tier will be called the Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL) and will consist of eight teams, while the second tier will be named the Cricket Switzerland National League (CSNL).
The league committee compiled data for all the teams over the seasons 2017 - 2019 (3 years) and the top eight teams have been chosen based on the number of average points gained per match in the CSPL games played over the last 3 seasons.