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!