As some of you already know, we are hosting a gala dinner event in aid of the Gingins Cricket Club and the Chance to Dream Charity.
The evening will be at the Crowne Plaza and we are pleased to announce that Nasser Hussain has agreed to come over from England for the event. Nasser was the England Captain from 1999 to 2003 - "perhaps the finest captain to hold the office", the Times. During his tenure he transformed the fortunes of the English Cricket team. He recalls his most memorable innings came in the Ashes of 1997 at Birmingham where Nasser gave a master class in playing the cover drive - a shot that would become his trademark - as he belted the Aussies all over the park (apologies to the Southern Hemishphere members of the club). After that knock, Hussain had arrived in International cricket.
What many people don't know is that early on in his career he was a promising leg spinner who was not allowed to give up on cricket by his father when he lost the knack of leg spinning - "I simply decided to become a batsman instead". Born in India, his dad, Jawad (Joe) a first class cricketer himself continually pushed him to achieve the cricket goals that he thought were beyond his meagre abilities. Some have said he pushed him too hard to fulfill his own unfulfilled dreams and many was the time when he was in tears. This also made him the tough captain he became, on the pitch he was a volatile character who managed to inspire and motivate those around him "My captaincy style was very different, but I make no apologies for being fiery".
Nasser is thoughtful, emotional and entirely his own man. Forthright in his views, there are no halfway houses with Nasser, he tells you what he thinks without mincing his words - we will be in for a very interesting evening in his company.
More information on how to reserve your places will follow later, but for the moment please save the date. Places will be limited but of course we will give priority to Gingins club members.
Some Gingins players, a few La Chat players and a lone Basel player came together to beat the Cossonay U17/15 side on their home ground, in what proved to be an uncomfortably sweaty day.
The retiring score and the number of overs per innings were roughly set according to the outdoor temperature – 30.
The toss was won by Ale Poynton, who chose to field. Double layers of sun cream were applied, and the players strode out to the middle.
With the sun high in the sky, there was little shade.
Already early on in the innings, one of the Gingins players fall victim to the sweltering sun. Will Robinson, opening the bowling with excellent figures of 3-0-3-0, was melting in the heat (the situation made worse by his lack of sleep!). Apart from Will’s sun stroke, the first innings was a successful one for Gingins, with Ale taking his best bowling figures of the season (5-2-12-6).
Two batsmen for Cossonay retired at 30 (Jai and Greg), while the next top score was 11. Cossonay finished their innings on 110/9 from 27 overs, Ale taking 6, Tom Russell (the mercenary from Basel) taking 2, and Floris taking 1.
After a short innings break, Gingins openers Ale and Floris made their way to the scorching middle. They started well, scoring ahead of the required run rate, but soon they were starting to have trouble facing the bowlers. The extreme heat resulted in a multiple misjudgements in the batting, one of which including three run out opportunities in a horrible mix-up in the running between the wickets.
It also made Ale and Floris call for drinks after the 5th over, as they were having trouble staying alert. Floris slowly built up his innings, but wickets fell regularly as Ale, Max Miller and Thomas Allen fell cheaply. He found some support in Thomas Russell, who steadied the run chase, before he retired for 32.
That brought Hamish McConville to the crease, who hit his second ball for a single, scoring his first run for Gingins! After him, the boys from La Chat joined Thomas in the middle, and although none of them made it to double figures, they provided good support for Thomas, who was taking the total closer to their target. In the end, Thomas hit a four to pass 30 runs and win the match, ending Gingins’ run chase at 111/6 in the 24th over.
Arnav Sandu had figures of 4-2-12-2, while some other Cossonay bowlers chipped in with a wicket.
It was a good all-round performance by the mixed Gingins team, with everyone contributing to the win. A special thanks to Thomas Russell, who came all the way from Basel, and who contributed well with both bat and ball.
Also a big thanks to the three La Chataigneraie players who participated; Freddie Drake bowling well (2-0-4-0), Finn Wynd-Smith batting steadily supporting Thomas in the final overs, and especially Ian Macdiarmid who took up the unpleasant job of keeping wicket in the relentless heat and doing so very well!
Rohan Jain (Captain)
John Cumberland (Wicket Keeper)
Gingins 119-2 beat Cossonay 45 all out
The first match was late on Friday, with Gingins batting first.
The 2 openers, laid a solid base with Rohan retiring on 32 and Thomas making 24, and then a quick 11 from Max and 13 from Will meant that Cossonay were set a high target of 120 off 16 overs.
Conditions were not ideal for batting, and very effective bowling by Ale (2 wickets) and Thomas (3 wickets) and a wicket for Leo (a caught behind by John) and a run-out by Ale, reduced Cossonay to 45 all out in the fading light and sinking temperatures.
Gingins 134-6 beat La Chat 85-4
Again Gingins batted first and amassed a score of 134 and even though Rohan was run-out first ball (by the borrowed fielder Ale!) everyone else provided runs and at a good rate all pushing the score along, with Thomas retiring on 31 runs, John 17, Anhad 10 n.o. (in his first tournament innings!), George 4, Leo 7, Max 6 , Will 3 and finally Ale (15 n.o.).
Wickets fell at the beginning of the La Chat innings, Will taking 1 wicket and Rohan 2 wickets, but there was resistance from the La Chat batsmen, especially Ian (21 n.o.) who took the match to the end of the 18 overs. But the run-rate required proved too much against tight bowling from all the Gingins bowlers.
Gingins 95-2 beat Zurich 17 all out
Against all expectations this was the most impressive victory of the tournament! Zurich have a good side and it was expected to be a close game but against some near faultless cricket from Gingins they were effectively steamrollered.
Gingins again laid a solid base with Thomas (13) and Rohan (14) soaking up the initial Zurich opening attack. Then Will (21 n.o.) and Max (27 n.o) came in and took the attack to the Zurich bowlers with some hard hitting to get the total to 95.
But it still seemed that a close match was possible, even though Zurich had one batsmen retired injured since Ollie was not able to bat through injury.
Ale opened the bowling and restricted Zurich to 2 from the first over. Next it was the turn of Will and in his first over he got 2 bowled and one caught behind by John, all for no runs.
An historic triple wicket maiden!
In the next over Max bowled another Zurich batsmen, and with Rohan taking a wicket and finally Ruan, who had batted through the innings being run-out at the end, the score was 17 all out. An emphatic win for Gingins!
Gingins 109-3 beat Basel 102-5
Max and John opened the batting with Max retiring on 30 n.o. and although unfortunately John was run out for 7 the remaining batsmen scored regularly with both Thomas 12 n.o. and Rohan 15 n.o. retiring early to let all batsmen have a bat, with George, Leo, and Ale adding runs to record what seemed like a good score of 109 in the 16 overs.
But Basel scored rapidlly and although wickets fell regularly, one each for Max, Rohan and Thomas, and 2 run-outs, the Basel batsmen were approaching the Gingins total. But 20 off the last over proved too much, even though they managed 14!
Gingins had won all their matches, and the tournament!
It was a good team win, again a good Captains performance from Rohan, and excellent fielding throughout meant that the opposition found it difficult to score against us.
Special mention to Thomas who received the U15 best batsmen award with a total of 81 runs, and also to Will for his exceptional triple wicket maiden.
See the photo gallery for pictures of the tournament.
Also see the View from the middle for the U11 and U13 Gingins team reports.
Team (from left to right): Floris, Sam, Simon, Aidan, Ale, Will, Max.
Our first game was against Basel and was very close.
Basel scored 98 with tight bowling by Ale especially, and only 2 wickets fell - one to Aidan and one to Floris. Gingins struggled batting and wickets fell regularly, with Ale the main scorer, retiring on 30.
Then with only Max remaining at the wicket and with Gingins still needing runs, the return of Ale meant that we got the winning runs, but only just, with one ball and no wickets to spare!
Our second game was against Cossonay. Cossonay had some players missing and against the impressive and almost textbook swing bowling of Simon and Will, Cossonay had many problems.
Simon got two wickets - both bowled with his in-swing, and Will got 2 caught behind by Aidan with his out-swing! Cossonay were restricted to 62 and Aidan, Sam, Ale and Floris got the runs required with relative ease.
On Sunday, the next game was against CDL, and it seemed that it was going to be a difficult game. CDL batted first and with 2 of their batsmen retiring and only losing one wicket (to a run-out on the last ball) it seemed like their total of 122 could have been enough to win.
But Aidan and Ale opened like a dream, with both scoring quickly and retiring on 30 to lay the foundations. Then Simon - with a useful 12, and the others ensured that the match was won with 2 overs to spare. An impressive win despite giving away 46 extras!
That left the final match which was against Zurich who had also won all their matches. This was going to be the most difficult. Zurich scored 62 due to impressive fielding from Gingins, tight bowling from Ale again and wickets for Floris, Will and Max and a great run-out and fielding from Sam who prevented many runs.
Once again Aidan and Ale started well and even though both were out, Floris continued well and then Simon, Will and Max got the winning runs with 7 overs to spare.
Gingins had won the tournament with a great team effort!
Ex-Netherlands international and Dutch national youth trainer Ahmad Zulfiqar came to Gingins for a high level coaching course for U15s and U17s in the weekend 1st & 2nd March 2014.
The weekend was a great experience for all who were involved. The coach told us basics that we thought we already knew, but we were wrong. He told us how to bowl faster and how to bat the drive with more power and conviction.
We started by warming up then went straight into batting.We were taught the front foot drive like never before with particular interest on hitting the ball hard.
We would all go up, one by one, to lean forward into our shot as a tennis ball was dropped at our feet.
We then had to play the ball straight, with a follow through that went well behind the shoulder.
Overall we all thought that we had a great experience that weekend and hope we can do it again some time!