Under 17/19 matches at ZIS Adliswill hall (9th December)
A two-innings match was played with a number of fine performances. Three wickets by Brijesh, two for Oli and one each for Dayn and Ruan restricted the A-Team's batsmen to a low-scoring 54. However, in reply, with only Dayn (24) and newcomer Ojas (13) getting into double figures, the bowlers John, Johan, Adil and Anshak did not let the X-Team's batters get past 80 runs.
The second innings saw an excellent partnership of 91 between Adil (39) and Khawar (37), and useful contributions from Noorkhan (14) and Aryan (10) boosted the A-Team's score to 184. A couple of wickets by Oli, and Ojas and Brijesh with one each, helped restrict the run rate from getting beyond all reach. The chase looked promising with Ruan and Oli busy between the wickets, but the loss of three quick wickets to Noorkhan and Adil saw the batters struggling. A more than useful partnership with Brijesh (18) and Ruan (35) restored the momentum, but on 145 with overs to spare Aryan struck twice to remove Ruan and Ojas. The X-Team's batters had fallen 24 short to some outstanding bowling by Adil 2 for 8 off 4, Nookhan 2 for 18 off 4 and Aryan 2 for 5 off 2.
Well done to all the players for an entertaining, hard-fought, quality day of cricket played in such good spirit.
ZCCC 1st XI Awards (9th December)
At the ZIS Adliswil indoor hall ZCCC presented season awards to the first XI players. However, first of all Junior Development Officer Michael Hall awarded the prestigious Bob Barber Swiss U15 medal to Dayn Pariaug for his outstanding performance at this level in 2017.
Noorkhan Ahmadi and Tom Howe were awarded balls signed by England and Hampshire player Liam Dawson as the season's most valuable players. Tom was ranked 4th amongst 280 players for his fielding (6 of our players were among the best 50 fielders) and 24th for his bowling. Noorkhan was amongst the best batsmen, and among the best Most Valuable Players with Tom and Nic in the T20 senior league. Mention was also made of Khawar, the most improved player of the year and again, Dayn. Both these players have shown great commitment and have dramatically upped their game. The captain, Nic, led his team well in tough circumstances and has grown as a player.
In addition, Oli Millar, Dayn Pariaug and John Millar were awarded Baggy Caps for their contributions over the course of 7-8 years to the club, including their first season in the 1st XI.
Finally, the Favotto Cup was presented to Oli Millar. He has been a lynchpin in so many ZCCC teams but has also played internationally for the Swiss U11, U13 and U19 teams. At the same time he has been a great support at training sessions, also taking junior sessions himself. He is the only player who uses a bat he made himself and recently scored a fine 50 with it in the outdoor season!
Congratulations to all of these players!
Under 19 Match Day in Geneva dominated by ZCCC at the Madame de Stael indoor hall (3rd December)
The first match between La Chat and GRYCC was a closely fought contest with La Chat winning by 9 runs. Rohan Jain played a fine innings against a bowling attack that conceded far too many extras. In reply to 135 runs Ethan Powell, Ishaan Sagar and Nathaniel Gordon did well to come close but La Chat bowled far tighter and Ismail Zaidi ensured that runs were hard to come by in the final overs and limited GRYCC to 126.
In the second match La Chat found themselves too restricted in their batting after two quick wickets by ZCCC's Noorkhan and top batsman Rohan having to retire. They were unable to post a big enough score to defend. In chase of 97 runs Zurich got themselves off to a good start with runs coming from Ruan and Khawar. Nic and Dayn got the team comfortably over the line with 15 balls to spare for the loss of three wickets.
The third match saw ZCCC lose two early wickets but the innings was steadied by Dayn, an unbeaten 30 by Haresh, some solid strokes by Francis, and an solid partnership in the final 5 overs that took the score to 143 and way beyond the reach of GRCCC who had been unable to put enough pressure on the batsmen. The chase was always going to be tough, but a hatrick by Dayn completely dissolved any opposition. Another two quick wickets by Dayn in his next over decided the match with GRYCC all out for 60 runs. Dayn's 5 for 9 off 3 overs was as good as it gets!
Gingins Under 11 Tournament Report
The Gingins U11 indoor tournament on 11th and 12th November was held at the College Madame de Stael in Geneva. Teams from Cossonay, Luxembourg, Gingins, Zurich and a combined Basel/La Chat side competed for the 2017 trophy.
A powerhouse ZCCC team were looking to retain the cup and continue their unbeaten run stretching back 17 months!
Two Zurich Crickets players win Bob Barber Awards!
The winners of the 2017 Bob Barber Awards were announced on Sunday 29th October by Cricket Switzerland's junior development officer, Michael Hall.
Owen Thompson (U11), Max Hoegenauer (U13), Hemant Ganesh & Dayn Pariaug (U15) and Aiden Andrews (U19) are the recipients of this year's prestigious Swiss award by ex-England test player Bob Barber, recognising & encouraging the special talent amongst the younger members of the Swiss cricketing community.
The medals are expected to be presented by Bob Barber himself at the Gingins U13s indoor tournament on Saturday 18th November.
Congratulations to all these young players for a terrific season, and in particular our Owen Thompson and Dayn Pariaug.
Romande Cup U11 Report (30 September 2017)
The first club competition of the season is the Romande Cup. The U11 event was again hosted by Cossonay. Cossonay, Gingins and Zurich Crickets played a round robin 20-over competition for the cup.
Zurich were declared winners of the trophy, with Cossonay second and Gingins third. Continuing their excellent form, it was a strong team
performance with everyone contributing. Full report
Leman Cup U11 2017 Report (3 September 2017)
Schweiz 137-7 (Sasha 20*, Danyal 15*; Will 2-14, Katie 1-13) bt Suisse 67-8 (Aiden 8*; Sasha 3-1, Andreas 2-4, George 2-8) by 70 runs
Blue skies greeted visitors to Cossonay for the 2017 installment Leman Cup. This fixture traditionally opens the new season and pits a “Schweiz” side made up from clubs from the East of Switzerland (Basel Dragons, Zurich Crickets) against a “Suisse” side from the West (Cossonay, GRYCC, Gingins, La Chat). It is a great opportunities for players to put aside their local club rivalries.
U19 International ODI and T20 tournaments in Berlin, 27th - 31st July 2017
The Swiss U19s team, coached by Simon Drake, competed in an U19 cricket festival in Berlin from 27th - 31st July 2017, finishing 3rd in both the T20 and ODI competitions.
Organised by the DCB there were 5 days of T20 & ODI cricket involving U19 teams from hosts Germany, Switzerland, Belgium & Norway on the Maifeld cricket grounds (Olympia-Glockenturm, Am Glockenturm 1, 14053 Berlin, Germany).
Swiss U15 win Colour Clothing Tournament (14-18 August 2017)
The tournament that took place in Leicester was a great experience for all the Swiss cricketers to test themselves against strong opposition and continue to develop their individual cricketing skills and teamwork. The three ZCCC players, Dayn, Luke and Aryan, did particularly well against the other three teams: ICC Power from ICC Dubai, CCA Rhinos a mixed team from Pune and local players, and CCA Sixers also a mixed team from Mumbai and local players.
Congratulations on winning all their nine matches!
Zuoz Junior Cricket Festival (5th June)
More than 150 children & youths from all age groups from across Switzerland participated in the 12th Swiss Junior Cricket Festival 2017 that took place on the LAZ cricket fields from Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June 2017 in Zuoz GR.
ZCCC Under 11s lift Zuoz trophy!
Zurich Crickets U11 team continued their dominant form to win the Zuoz U11 trophy, meaning they have won all the tournaments in the 2016/17 season - the Grand Slam!
Sasha H was awarded both Best Batsman and All-rounder. Shankar P took Best Bowler.
Zurich Crickets CC Under 11 team in action at the Zuoz Junior cricket Festival
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Zurich Crickets win Zuoz Under 15 Cup!
ZCCC won all four matches, excelling in all disciplines with every single one of the team pitching in. Wicket-keeper Haresh won the Best Fielder Award, while Luke S was Best
Batsman for his explosive hitting. Sidhant was revelation with his left arm spin, Dayn was his usual aggressive self in bowling, and Luca displayed pinpoint accuracy with his bowling. Antar energetic as usual in all aspects of the game, with Alex, our honorary Zurich member, and Aryan with their all round contributions were the toppings on the cake.
Swiss Under 11s tour to England (May 25-29)
The Ascension long weekend again saw a squad of U11 players from Switzerland successfully tour clubs around Surrey at Weybridge, Camberley, Ashtead, Cranleigh & Windsor winning three of their six fixtures.
Zurich Crickets CC continued their unbeaten run this season to win the Basel U11 tournament.
Zurich Crickets U11s built on their success in the Gingins indoor competition to deliver a comprehensive
performance against Luxembourg, Basel Dragons, Cossonay and a Wanderers All Stars team. Their victories against all the competing teams ensured that they lifted the trophy.
Danyal was awarded the fielder award and Andreas the spirit of cricket award.
Congratulations to all the players!
Zurich Crickets CC explore unknown territory in the Pickwick Cup (29th April)
Saturday 29th April 2017 saw ZCCC for the first time play a 1st XI in the senior Swiss T20 Cup - a first for any junior club in Switzerland.
Zurich Lions CC posted a formidable 218 with the Crickets unable to deliver in their bowling, missing the off stump discipline we know it takes to keep the score down. Some good catches (Tom H) and a couple of run outs produced 6 wickets (Oli M - 3, Moaz B - 1), but we did drop 3. Moaz B was the glue in the batting, scoring 28, with a good partnership with Oli M (21), then Oli and Dayn P built a partnership, but our total of 103 for 8 was nowhere near our target of 219! It was a valuable experience for this very young XI, and clearly if we play to our potential we would be able to fight for wins.
Another successful Zurich Crickets and Hampshire cricket camp (14-17 April)
Hosted by ZCCC over the four Easter days another incredibly rewarding long weekend in Zurich saw three Hampshire coaches, assisted by Zurich coaches, get together with roughly 40 players. Eight Under 19 national players from the Geneva area also joined the group.
As John Cook said: It was good fun and we began to sow a seed to get the players to understand more about their game, consider others within the team and where they fit into it and how they complement each other to win moments in the game, gather momentum, analyse their performances.
The players worked exceptionally hard, showed enthusiasm throughout and demonstrated what keen learners they are. Thanks to so many club members who pulled together to enable this camp to work, who also provided food, shelter and transport. Photos
ZCCC Under 15 finish runners-up at Basel Indoor tournament
The team, a predominantly young one, did well together, while Dayn P was awarded the Best Batsman and Aryan L was the Best Fielder of the tournament.
Under 17/19 Match Day at Rennweg indoor hall in Winterthur (4th March)
Zurich Crickets CC hosted U17/19 players once again from across the country for a day of matches.
Next weekend this group of players will face their next test with Hampshire County coaches in Zurich.
Under 11 friendly: Zurich Crickets CC vs Basel Dragons at Adliswil (28th January)
Zurich Crickets and Basel Dragons Under 11 players continued their round of monthly friendly matches at the ZIS indoor hall in Adliswil.
Match day at Adliswil/Zurich for Swiss Under 19 players (28th January)
An excellent day with the Swiss U19s was had yesterday at the Adliswil ZIS indoor sports hall. In three T20 matches three teams of 9 players played each other in hard-fought matches. The standard was high and raised by having a few overage players involved.
This format will be repeated when the players meet for the next round of matches in early March. The venue then will be the large indoor Rennweg sports hall in Winterthur.
It looks like Switzerland has a possible squad of about 22 players so there is going to be good competition for places. The coaches hope to be able to nominate the team in mid-April. The Swiss Under 19 XI will tour in August to Germany's Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to take part in a 4-nation Festival.