Youth Development report 2016
Cricket Switzerland's Youth Development Officer a.i., Michael Hall, publishes his 2016 report ahead of the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 18th February 2017.
The 12th Swiss Junior Cricket Festival will take place over the long weekend of Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June in Zuoz.
Information about Registration and the fomat of the tournament can be found via the link below.
The 2016 Bob Barber Awards (19th November)
Cricket Switzerland's Youth Development Officer, Michael Hall, has announced the winners of this year’s Bob Barber Awards. These annual awards are presented to the best cricketers in each age group.
The winners of the Bob Barber Awards in 2016 are:
U11 - Kabir Mehta
U13 - Ismail Zaidi
U15 - Luke Specogna (Zurich Crickets CC)
U17 - Ruan Kruger (Zurich Crickets CC)
U19 - Ashwin Vinod
Many congratulations to them all for their contributions to junior cricket this year, in particular to Ruan and Luke, two most deserving winners from Zurich Crickets CC who both had outstanding seasons.
The presentation of the Awards is on Saturday 19th November at the Collège Madame De Staël.
Gingins CC Under 15 tournament results.
A week after the U13 indoor tournament, on the weekend of 26-27 November, Gingins Cricket Club hosted its annual U15 indoor tournament at the College Madame De Staël in Carouge (GE). Along with the home team were teams representing Zurich, Basel, La Chat, Cossonay and GRYCC.
Many thanks for all the work and time Gingins invested in this series of indoor tournaments to round off the 2016 cricketing year in Switzerland.
Gingins Under 13 Indoor Tournament
Over the course of the weekend of 19-20 November, Gingins Cricket Club hosted its annual indoor tournament at the College Madame De Staël in Carouge (GE).
Along with the home team were teams representing Zurich, Basel, and GRYCC.
With a scoring system that encouraged accurate bowling, tight fielding and sharp running between the wickets, the overall Standard was exceptionally high across the 10 matches played.
Zurich Crickets unbeaten at Gingins Under 11 Indoor Tournament (12th/13th November)
Winning all four of their matches over hosts Gingins, Luxembourg, a combined GRYCC/Cossonay team and Basel Dragons,
the captain Owen also picked up Best Bowler, while Sasha was awarded Best Batsmen.
Gingins Under 11 Indoor Tournament (12th/13th November)
Over the course of the weekend of Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November, Gingins Cricket Club once again hosted its annual indoor tournament at the College Madame De Staël in Carouge (GE).
Under 11/13 camp with Hampshire coaches in Zurich (7th-9th October)
The Zurich Crickets Junior cricket camp with Hampshire's Chris Wheeler and Simon Hammond was a huge success with 27 enthusiastic young players from across the country benefitting from the experience. The three-day camp saw a strong group from ZCCC as well as guests from Cossonay, Gingins, Basel and GRYCC attend.
Congratulations to all the players for their hard work and commitment. Many thanks to M.H. for the organisation, coordination, and report.
Zurich Crickets fight hard to take home the Under 11 Suisse Romande Cup (2nd October)
Teams from Basel Dragons, Cossonay, Gingins and Zurich Crickets met at Cossonay for a last day of outdoor cricket in 2016.
Convincing win for Zurich Crickets CC 1st XI against Winterthur CC (25th September)
Winning the toss and electing to bat Zurich Crickets' batsmen posted an excellent 293 in their 35 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. In return Winterthur were kept under pressure with wickets falling at regular intervals. They were bowled out for 230.
Report to follow.
Zurich Crickets CC's Annual Awards Dinner
Many thanks to everyone who attended the dinner at the Sprützehüüsli hall in Weisslingen on Saturday 24th September. The event was well attended by 60 parents and players.
The 2016 Annual Awards Dinner photo selection can be found on the Gallery page.
Zurich Crickets CC donate to Cricket Without Boundaries charity (24th September)
For the third year ZCCC was able to put together a generous donation for Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), a UK cricket development and AIDS awareness charity.
Steve Wells from CWB writes that the £320 goes a long way in Africa, for instance in the funding of CWB Ambassadors who maintain contact, continuity, coaching and health messaging in schools after their UK project teams have left.
"It's wonderful how cricket can work across boundaries to do so much good. Thank you again for this magnificent contribution to the cause."
CWB has three main goals:
For more information please go to the CWB Website
The Schweiz XI comfortably win the Under 11 Leman Cup in Cossonay
Schweiz U11 117-5 (Owen 18*, Greg 10; Alex 1-10, Ethan 1-14, Thomas G 1-17) beat
Suisse Romande U11 76 all out (Ryan 14, Thomas A 5; Owen 3-13, Matthijs 2-6) by 41 runs [winning runs scored in 12th over]
The season opener for the junior cricket calendar sees players from the East Switzerland clubs (Basel, Zurich) playing as Schweiz against the West Switzerland clubs (Cossonay, Gingins, GRYCC) as Suisse Romande at Cossonay for the Leman Cup. The match is a great opportunity for the players to put aside their local club rivalries and play together.
Congratulations to ZCCC players Owen (captain), Sasha, Andreas, Shankar, Maxwell and Danyal.
Schweiz XI wins the Under 13 Leman Cup
The U13 season opened with the traditional September “Leman Cup” fixture pitching the best of the East of Switzerland in a Schweiz team against the best of the West in a Suisse team.
Under glorious skies and with a fantastic even pitch and fast ground, the spectators expected lots of runs and on paper, a close game. They were not disappointed with the Schweiz XI winning by 3 runs.
Swiss Under 19 XI tour to Surrey, England
In early August the Swiss Under 19 Team successfully toured to Surrey winning three of their four matches, including the “curtain raiser” to a charity match organized by English T20 cricketer Jason Roy. A crowd of about 1500 people attended the match against Reigate Priory CC.
Swiss Under 15 Tour to Oxfordshire in July
Twelve young Swiss cricketers made the journey from the artificial pitches of Switzerland to experience the unique challenges of playing on proper grass squares with immaculate outfields of Oxfordshire, England.
Zurich Crickets CC vs Winterthur CC (6th August)
This was an excellent 35-over fixture played in the perfect spirit and could not have been closer. Hitting 169, but losing their last wicket in the 30th over, ZCCC's Nic, Oli, Grant, Asad and Moaz all made useful contributions. This was backed up by some excellent bowling with wickets taken by Osama, Oli, Grant, Shaan, Asad and Noorkhan, while Brijesh was denied two! WCC hit the winning runs with 4 balls to spare and with just one wicket in hand.
We will look to organise a similar fixture in September.
See the gallery for some photos taken by WCC.
Mixed Under 11 and Sapphires match at Deutweg (10th July)
On a sunny July Saturday at Deutweg mixed 11-a-side teams took to the field to play a competitive match of 24 overs each. Many thanks to all the coaches for preparing the ground, and our visitors from Australia who provided the match ball.
Please see the Gallery page for the photos.
Swiss U11s Triumph over Luxembourg and Belgium at Tri-Nation Competition (25th/26th June)
The Swiss U11 team were invited by Luxembourg to participate in a tri-nation competition together with Belgium over the final weekend in June. Switzerland remained unbeaten over the two days. Three Zurich Crickets players toured with the team.
Zurich Crickets and Zurich Grasshoppers compete at 2016 Swiss Junior Championships in Zuoz (4-5 June)
The Zuoz Junior Cricket Tournament is the highlight of the Swiss junior cricket summer. Hosted by the Lyceum Alpnium on four pitches in the valley below Zuoz, it offers the main opportunity for outdoor cricket.
This year, Zurich U11s had two teams entered: Zurich Crickets and Zurich Grasshoppers. The Crickets was made up of the older or more experienced players, with five Swiss U11 players in the squad. The Grasshoppers was made up of the younger or less experienced players, with six U9s in the team.
Zuoz Swiss Junior Cricket Championships results
Despite the weather, two full days of cricket were played with some great performances by so many young cricketers. Zurich Crickets came away with 2nd place in all three age groups. Congratulations to all our players.
For the moment, here are the results. A report will follow.
1. Basel Dragons 8 pts
2. Zurich Crickets 6 pts
3. Gingings CC 4 pts
4. Basel Nightfuries 2 pts
5. Zurich Grasshoppers 0 pts
1. Basel Dragons
2. Zurich Crickets
Runner-ups: Zurich Sapphires and Gingings CC
Geneva best third in the group stages versus La Chat
1. Basel Dragons 6 pts
2. Zurich Crickets 6 pts
3. Gingings CC 4 pts (won vs Cossonay CC)
4. Cossonay CC 4 pts (lost vs Gingings CC)
5. La Chat 0 pts
The tournament directors selected, based on the coaches' inputs and statistics, the best players in each category at the tournament:
Best Bowler: Ethan from Gingins CC with 8 wickets.
Best Batsman: Owen from Zurich Crickets with 63 runs.
Best All-rounder: Euan from Basel Dragons who got 6 wickets, scored a decent number of runs (over 16) and did some good fielding.
Best batsman: Sam from Zurich Crickets. Tournament top scorer with 50 runs and was as only out once – batting at no.2 – leaving him with a 50 average for the tournament.
Best Bowler: Mark from Gingins. Mark took 7 wickets in the tournament – the second highest but this included the tournament's only hat trick!
Best Fielder: Veena from Zurich Sapphires. Veena had to keep wicket to some fairly wild bowling and fielding and did so with great enthusiasm and no little skill – regularly putting her body on the line to save byes and over throws.
Best All-rounder: Eden from Basel Dragons. A clear winner. Eden scored the third highest run total at 36 and took a tournament leading 8 wickets for 17 runs – including a match winning 3 for 8 in the final destroying the Zurich top order (who were the leading opening pair and no.1 and 2. batsmen in the tournament). The umpires described his fast, swinging, highly accurate (with no wides or no-balls in the final) opening bowling as truly exceptional.
Best Bowler: Ismail from Cossonay CC, who took 6 wickets for 48 (2 more than the closest rival) and nearly single-handedly turned the match against Zurich.
Best Batsman: Kieren from Gingins CC who scored 75 runs , dismissed only once and held together some great run chases
Best All-rounder: Mustafa from Basel Dragons 65 runs, 3 wickets for 24; his innings vs Zurich in the last match was one of savage beauty that put Basel in the driver’s seat from the opening.
Youth Whitsun cricket camp in Zurich / Winterthur (17th May)
Hosted by Zurich Crickets CC, Hampshire coaches John Cook, Chris Wheeler and Ross Hunter, ran a youth cricket camp for over 20 Swiss Under 15 and 17 players in Zurich over the long Whitsun weekend (Friday 13th - Monday 16th May).
Beginning on Friday 13th at the Kantonsschule Hottingen's indoor facilities, the training camp remained indoors until the weather improved enough to move outside to Deutweg on Monday 16th.
On Monday morning a tailor-made Bowling Workshop took place for coaches with Ross Hunter. The coaches discussed and worked on specific problems and questions they are faced with in their weekly sessions with the various age groups.
Swiss Under 11 tour Report by T20 International (12th May)
For further information on the Swiss U11s tour to England you can also read Robin Maslin's T20 International's review of the Swiss U11s tour to England.
Swiss Under 11 tour to England (11th May)
Over the Ascension long weekend, the best sixteen Under 11 players in Switzerland toured to England playing six matches against teams in Surrey. Switzerland did themselves proud by winning five of their six fixtures. All matches were T20s and gave most of the players their first experience of playing on grass pitches. Five Zurich Crickets CC boys toured with the squad.
Bob Barber Awards 2015 (5th March)
Cricket Switzerland wishes to thank Mr Bob Barber for attending and awarding the Player of the Year 2015 to the junior cricketers from Switzerland who have been the benchmark within their
respective age groups.
The ceremony was held during the Under 11s and Under 15s indoor tournament in Geneva, which was co-ordinated by Gingins Cricket Club, on Saturday 5th March 2016.
The players were selected on the basis of their efforts and achievements during the playing year 2015; and nominated by the panel of coaches who have been supporting the development of Youth Cricket in Switzerland.
Congratulations to Luke Specogna for winning the Under 13 Award!
Zurich Crickets Cricket Club 2015 President's Report (15th March)
Prior to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19th March 2016, Zurich Crickets CC's President, Patrick Henderson, presents his report of the 2015 season, and also takes a brief look at the 2016 season after what has been a very busy winter indoor season.
ZCCC U17/19 team win at Gingins mini-tournament (16th March)
Six ZCCC cricketers undertook the journey to play in the Under 17/19 mini-tournament kindly organised by Gingins CC at the large Madame de Stael indoor facility on Sunday 13th March.
Playing against a Gingins CC and a Geneva Region Youth team the Zurich Crickets players, together with one Cossonay player, won their two T20 matches.
Swiss U11s competitive at Gingins U13 Indoor Tournament (12th & 13th March)
With the Swiss U11 tour to England only a couple of months away, they were entered in the Gingins U13 indoor tournament to give the players time to get experience playing together. They would face five teams, and experience another level of competitive cricket. Two ZCCC Players were selected.
ZCCC take 3rd place at Gingins Under 11 Indoor Tournament (6th March)
Congratulations to Gingins for playing fantastically well and not dropping a game.
Luxembourg came second, only having lost to Gingins. Zurich came third (due to a better run rate) with Basel and GRYCC rounding out the table, all having won one game.
ZCCC Under 15 team win Gingins Indoor Tournament (6th March)
Zurich Crickets Under 15 players continued their winning ways, this time in Geneva, albeit by a slim margin, and have now won all tournaments so far in the new season that began in September 2015: Leman Cup, Swiss Romande Cup, Basel Indoor Tournament and the Gingins Indoor Tournament. Congratulations!
Youth Cricket Tour to Rajkot, India - 12th-21st February 2016
Manoj Parmar, who runs a cricket academy in Thame, Oxfordshire, and has twice been over to Zurich to work with Zurich Crickets players, organised a cricket tour for young players to India in mid-February. This year three Swiss lads were part of the tour as well as two ex-Basel Dragons players.
Zurich Crickets CC Awards and Parents Matches 2015
The Zurich Crickets CC 2015 Awards were presented at a special lunch held at the ZIS Adliswil sports hall on December 17th. Both before and after the Awards there were the traditional Players vs Parents matches, which were enjoyed by all.
Women's Indoor Cricket Sessions (11th January)
Indoor training sessions are planned all through January as well as two sessions in February.
Beginning at 9am sessions will take place at the Kantonsschule Hottingen (Minervastrasse 14, 8032 Zürich). All newcomers welcome!
For further information on how to get involved in subsequent training sessions contact Veena Mampilly.