The tournament was held in the new sports hall of the La Chataigneraie campus of the International School of Geneva. Six teams were present: Basel, Cossonay, La Chat (a new team from the International School ), Luxembourg, Zurich and hosts Gingins. Matches were 20 overs.
Gingins vs La Chat (Winners: Gingins)
A new and relatively inexperienced La Chat were playing in their first tournament match.
Gingins batted first and got to 143, with the two openers Thomas (32 n.o.) and Rohan (33 n.o.) both retiring and then Max hitting a quick 29 not out, with some good running (after a hesitant start) with George who was also not out on a useful 8. La Chat found it difficult to score against Gingins bowlers with only Seb, Fred and Finn managing to get on the scoreboard. There was tight bowling from Thomas (1 wicket), Max (1 wicket) and Leo but especially Rohan with a double-wicket maiden and a run-out. La Chat were finally bowled out for 43.
Gingins Player: Our confidence was high, and we were trying to give our best performance. I enjoyed finding the gaps on the side wall.
Cossonay vs Luxembourg (Winners: Cossonay)
This was the most dramatic game in the tournament. Luxembourg scored 94 all out (Max top scoring with 18) with Ryan and Greg both taking 2 wickets.
Cossonay were up against excellent fielding by Luxembourg, even though the Cossonay batsmen were hitting the ball well, fielding on the back wall by Luxembourg was preventing any 4s.
Wickets were falling regularly with Marcus taking 2 and performing a great runout to remove Greg. There were also 2 stumpings off Robert’s bowling, which left just Arnav, who had batted through the innning and Finn. Arnav managed to take strike for the last over. He was facing Marcus and needed 12 off the last over to win.
3 well bowled and fielded dot balls meant 12 were needed to win off the last 3 balls!
Arnav managed to pierce the Luxembourg fielders to make a 4. Then a single off the wall, meant 6 were needed to tie. Arnav, by this time well up the wicket, launched himself into the last ball and hit it high into the back wall! Cossonay had managed to tie the game, and because they had one less wicket, came out winners of a very close game.
Basel vs Gingins (Winners: Basel)
Basel scored 123 with Sidhart retiring on 30, Thomas K making 16 and Cameron 15. Tight and effective bowling by Thomas with 4 wickets (12-4) and also Luca picking up 2 wickets, and Oliver taking a good catch to remove Tom B. meant that the Basel batsmen didn't get more runs, but unfortunately 20 wides added to an extras total of 48.
It wasn't to be Gingin’s match from the batting either, with only Rohan putting up resistance for an excellent 28 not out, carrying his bat through the innings. But the bowling by Basel, especially the tight and accurate spin of Sidhart (7-4) which seemed to mesmerise the Gingins batsmen, meant that they could only score 53 in reply.
Gingins player: Our standards were high, but when we realised the opposition was strong we lost confidence, even though we seemed to pull it together in the last overs, but by that time the game was lost. Our bowling was not as accurate as it should be even though we fielded well. Then, although Rohan gave us a solid base and we tried to follow the example, we couldn’t manage to build up an innings.
Zurich vs Luxembourg (Winners: Zurich)
Zurich scored 79 through a well-played 27 from Ruan and useful 9 from Matté, though Luxembourg fielded well with 2 run-outs and Marcus and Luca restricted the Zurich batsmen.
But the total surprisingly proved enough with Luxembourg bowled out for 59 with wickets shared between the Zurich bowlers and only Jack (10) getting into double figures.
Basel vs La Chat (Winners: Basel)
Basel scored 135 with Tom K. (31 n.o.) and Mustafa (34 n.o.) both retiring, but La Chat took wickets through first Ian taking the valuable wicket of Sidhart and then wickets for Devansh and Finn with Finn bowling a wicket maiden.
La Chat couldn't make the total of Basel and were all out for 77, but there were useful innings from Seb , Salam, and at the end Alex (11 n.o.).
Semi-final: Cossonay vs Basel (Winners: Cossonay)
Semi-final: Gingins vs Zurich (Winners: Zurich)
Max and John opened the innings, but it wasn't to be John's match as he was bowled by Ruan’s aggressive opening bowling. Max looked like he was settling in and the score was moving along with Thomas, but then Max played inside a ball from Tom B. and was caught behind.
Thomas continued with Rohan until Rohan was caught at mid-wicket. Then George scored 5 before Ruan took his wicket. Luca was run-out for 2 and finally Thomas was out for an excellent 29, bowled by Damien, to leave Zurich needing 108 to win. Was it enough?
The answer came relatively quickly with Ruan (30 n.o.) and Tom B.(31 n.o.) both retiring and the Gingins bowlers seemed to be firing below par, with only Thomas (2) and Max (1) picking up wickets, even though both were not bowling at their best. Zurich won with 5 overs to spare.
Gingins player: Learnt lessons from the previous game and we wanted to restore our reputation. Batting - We wanted to build an innings but, some of us were unlucky. We played well together but were still 20 runs short of what was needed. Bowling - We tried to do better but match practice seemed to be missing, we gave away lots of extras. But fielding had improved.
5th Place: La Chat vs Luxembourg (Winners: Luxembourg)
Luxembourg scored 129 with Thomas (31 n.o.) and Max (30 n.o.) retiring and both Marcus (15) and Luca (14) getting runs.
La Chat started steadily with Devansh top scoring with 10 and Seb and Fred both with 6. But the Luxembourg bowling and fielding was too strong with Marcus 6-3 and La Chat bowled out for 57.
Final: Cossonay vs Zurich (Winners: Zurich)
Zurich made 141 with Ruan (30), Damien retiring on 32, and Dali retiring on 30.
But Cossonay made them play for that score with Arnav getting 3 wickets (19-3), Daniel and Ryan taking a wicket apiece and Ryan taking a great catch.
Cossonay started very well with Daniel and Arnav and the partnership lasted until the 14th over when Daniel was run out by Ruan for 22. The score was then on 95. Greg came on, but was run out after only scoring a few runs, and then wickets quickly fell due to bowling by Damien and Ruan to leave Cossonay falling behind, and despite a late 4 from John they finished on 133 at the end of the 20 overs.
Congratulations to the tournament winners Zurich. The best batsmen was Ruan from Zurich (also special mention to Arnav), the best bowler Damien from Zurich and the best fielder, Ryan from Cossonay. The Spirit of Cricket award went to La Chat to recognise their achievement in building a new team.
This year for the first time, Gingins was organizing a national indoor tournament for the U17s in the new sports hall of the La Chataigneraie campus of the International School of Geneva. Four teams were present: CDL, Cossonay, Wanderers - a combination of players from various clubs - and hosts Gingins, which allowed to play longer matches (25 overs).
The tournament opened with Gingins batting vs CDL. As always, Aidan (20) opened solidly, and, notwithstanding good bowling from the two Ashwins, Floris (58 n.o.) and Josh (17) built a 3rd wicket stand of 87 runs, cleverly using the side walls and placing shots in the corners. With a good contribution from Mr Extra, Gingins ended on 154 a.o. in the 25th over.
Although the Gingins bowlers had some problems to bowl straight, too, the only player who made a good score was Ashwin Vinod, until he was superbly bowled by Ro for 45. CDL were all out for 116, with Floris getting two wickets and four players (Ale, Vince, Josh and Ro) each one wicket.
In the next match Wanderers, with two Zurich players and the other players from Gingins (U17 and U15), scored 109 runs against Cossonay, with more than half coming from Ale (53) and Thomas (14). The Cossonay wickets were shared between Jai (2), Greg (3), and Arnav (1). Cossonay were, however, no match for them: they were all out for just over 40; Moaz took 3 wickets, assisted by Thomas and Ale with each one wicket.
In the following match, Gingins-Cossonay, the top three batsmen of Gingins made their ‘usual’ contribution: Aidan with 51 n.o., Ale with a fast 38 and Floris 35. A useful 14 of Josh gave a total of 169. The best Cossonay bowlers were Jai with 2 and Ian and Greg with each 1 wicket. Again, Cossonay were unsuccessful in their batting; out of a total of 82, only Ian and Marcus reached double figures. Both Ale and Floris took two wickets, with one wicket for Max, Vince and Simon.
Wanderers were no match for CDL, with only Thomas getting more than 10 runs. The two Ashwins (2 wickets each) and Arjun (3 wickets) were too difficult for them.
CDL needed only 13 overs to make this total, although there was fierce defense from Moaz (3 wickets) and Ro (2 wickets, of which one very well caught off the ceiling on own bowling).
In the first match on Sunday, Gingins had reversed its batting order against the Wanderers and struggled to get a decent total. Alistair (19) started well, and it was only when Floris (19) and Ale (39) came in that a good partnership was achieved. Gingins finished at 100, a total which did not seem impossible to make for Wanderers, who had now been strengthened with some players from the Geneva region.
However, tight bowling by Vince and Simon (1-7 resp. 1-13 in 5 overs), neat bowling from Aidan (2 wickets) and sharp fielding limited their total to 90, giving Gingins a 10 run victory.
In their last match, a reborn Cossonay managed to get a reasonable score of 117, with main contributions from Vincent (18) and top scorer George (28). They also fielded and bowled sharply – two remarkable catches from Greg - limiting CDL to 90 (Ashwin V 19, Mrdad 21, Jordan 13).
Gingins, who had shown the best team play and won all their games, became the overall winner, with Floris chosen best batsman.
The other teams all won one match, with Moaz of Wanderers chosen as best bowler (8 wickets, against Arjun 7 and Ashwin C. 6), Ashwin V. of CDL as best fielder and Cossonay winning the Spirit of Cricket award.
Luxembourg U13 (72 & 67) lost to Switzerland U13 (103-7 declared & 37-3) by 7 wickets
The long awaited match up between the U13 teams of Luxembourg and Switzerland at Duetweg, Winterthur was over the weekend of September 21/22 in glorious autumnal sunshine.
This was the first time that the boys had played over 2 days in a 2 innings format and it proved to be a great experience.
Swiss captain Rohan Jain won the toss and elected to field.It soon became clear that scoring runs on a wicket with variable bounce and a soft outfield following the rain in the previous week, was going to be difficult.The openers Thomas Martin and Brice Barzin batted sensibly, seeing of the Swiss opening bowlers but both fell to first change bowler Jack Morris in the 8th over.
The ‘spin twins’ Will Clayton and Rohan Jain then bowled in tandem, taking a wicket each and cutting the flow of runs. Only Marcus Cope and Robert Walker offered real resistance to the Swiss bowlers but once Marcus was out to the bowling of Ben Harper, the writing was on the wall and Luxembourg finished on 72 all out in the 27th over. Jack Morris finished with 3 for 14 and Rohan Jain with 2 for 8.
In reply, the Swiss innings started badly against some fine bowling from Marcus Cope and Oscar Ramsden, 3 wickets falling for just 5 runs in 6 overs. At this point, Rohan Jain joined opener Callum Wright at the wicket to repair the innings. Both batted with maturity beyond their years, defending stoutly and taking singles whenever and wherever possible. The pair put on 78 in 22 overs in a 4th wicket stand that firmly swung the whole game in favour of the Swiss team. Rohan made 19 and Callum 22 leaving the later batsmen to play their shots freely. John Cumberland finished the innings unbeaten on 12 leaving Switzerland on 103 for 7 at the end of day one. Marcus Cope finished with 4 for 12 from 6 overs and Oscar Ramsden 2 for 9, both brilliant individual performances.
The match resumed on Sunday morning with Luxembourg batting for a second time. With a heavy dew and wet outfield, both bowling and scoring were going to be difficult. However, it was the Swiss team that adapted to the conditions best with Thomas Allen clean bowling Brice Barzin and Marcus Cope in his first spell. Wickets fell regularly and at 41 for 9 after 20 overs, victory looked like a mere formality for the Swiss team. However, cricket has a funny habit of throwing up the unexpected. Robert Hagermann and Surya Selvaraj dug in and refused to give up their wickets.
The Swiss bowling and fielding dropped from its previously high standard, extras began to mount up until eventually Robert was bowled by Ben Harper. The last pair put on 27, by far the highest stand of the innings, meaning the Swiss had a target of 37 to win. Ben Harper was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 2 from 3.4 overs, Ollie Miller also chipping in with 2 for 4 from 2 overs.
Perhaps the Swiss boys started too confidently but after the first over from Marcus Cope, the smiles were gone. With the 4th, 5th and 6th balls of the innings, Marcus completed a stunning hat-trick, all clean bowled. As the saying goes, ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’, captain Rohan was sent out to join opener Ollie Miller to prop up the innings . Ollie and Rohan batted sensibly, taking no risks, defending well against excellent bowling and picking off the singles.
Gradually, the target looked achievable and was finally overcome in the 16th over, Ollie finishing unbeaten on 7 and Rohan on 12, giving the Swiss team victory by 7 wickets. Marcus finished with remarkable figures of 3 for 2 off 4 overs and match figures of 7 for 14 from 10 overs.
Rohan Jain picked up the man of the match award!
As Libby & I travelled to the “Commune de Gingins” by train from Milan I started to think of the upcoming cricket clinic and the best way to ensure the kids had a great experience.
After years working & coaching in the sport and education sector I have always determined my effectiveness by the response of the participants. I believe if they return session after session, season after season, then something positive must be happening!!
Even at 48 years of age I still get excited about the opportunity to engage with cricketers. July 2013 in Geneva was no exception!! Although I had spoken to & exchanged numerous emails with Scott, googled GCC, looked at photos on the website and followed your achievements on twitter, the image of coaching cricket at the foot of the Jura range seemed somewhat foreign.
After 4 years of stories from previous Cricket Victoria guest coaches I was very excited about the 2 days ahead at GCC.
Once I met Scott & Luca Poynton at Geneva station I was immediately struck by their enthusiasm & energy level. This made me realise the wonderful experience I was about to have. I certainly was not disappointed. I will remember my time with GCC forever and here are some reflections:
♦ I’m in awe of the facilities you use and the sheer blood, sweat and tears that have created a cricket facility in a rather foreign cricket land! Bowling machines, nets, every imaginable coaching aid available - how can a coach and player not have fun!!
♦ The wonderful mix of backgrounds and journeys that have brought all the kids together – cricket is a wonderful vehicle and catalyst for bringing people together. GCC must be so proud of this singular achievement alone. Meeting all the kids on the first day and seeing them all resplendent in their GCC uniforms also made an impression. As Bradman said, “If you can’t play at least look like a cricketer”
♦ The support of Andy, Alex & Arnold made my role so much easier. I certainly had plenty of support!!
♦ What a wonderful group of young cricketers! Their enthusiasm and willingness to throw themselves into each activity created a truly dynamic environment and hopefully the activities help them to develop their understanding and skills of our great game. I really enjoyed the manner in the kids looked out for each other and were quick to include each other in each activity. Given the warm weather they also demonstrated they had more than enough stamina to play a test match!!
I was inspired by the story of GCC and only too happy to be able to visit. Congratulations to Scott and Manish who founded the club and to everyone else who volunteers their time to assist. Judging from the recent results perhaps the clinic actually helped the kids in their preparations!!
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to me you all and share a most memorable experience at GCC.
Long Live Cricket
Back in 2007 when we were thinking of starting Gingins CC, it was the idea of kids playing together as a team, enjoying themselves together around the great game of cricket that motivated us most.
Right from the start of the Club in March 2008, this has been a key focus of everything we’ve done.
We’ve had huge amounts of fun in the process and we’re constantly looking for new experiences for our kids to give them life-long memories of their formative years here in Switzerland, playing cricket with their mates and not missing out on the chances that they would otherwise have enjoyed had their families stayed put in the UK, in Australia, India, South Africa…wherever cricket is played as a serious sport.
With this in mind, one of our families – the Winckels who are Dutch – came up with a terrific idea about a year ago. Sander said “How about we take a team to tour in The Netherlands?” They do indeed play serious cricket in The Netherlands. I like to remind my English mates (many of who have rediscovered our friendship it seems in recent months) that the last time England played Netherlands, Netherlands won. Indeed, Sander played cricket as a lad and as an adult in The Netherlands and that has inspired his son Floris to take up the sport.
They set about the task with great energy. Sander contacted a large number of Clubs across The Netherlands and Monica organized the logistics. We couldn’t have known what a truly memorable experience awaited us as we boarded our plane in Geneva, bound for Amsterdam on Sunday August 18th.
We took eleven lads with us. We had ten from Gingins CC and one from GRYCC. Nine of the boys were born in 1998, one in 1997 and one in 1999 so we were a mixed U14/U15 team. Typically for Swiss cricket, we had a mixture of nationalities – mostly English but with a few Aussies, a South African, a Swiss/English, a Swiss/Dutch and a Dutch lad to help us understand the oppositions’ sledges!
Monday morning opened with a training camp organized by Voorburg CC. The Club was established in 1932 and has a terrific new clubhouse, grass wickets and an all weather pitch. The head coach there is Australian and he had two Kiwi coaches to assist him. They focused on batting and bowling skills in a two-hour session that included a good mix of kids from all over The Netherlands. This was a good way for us to get the tour started because most of our lads hadn’t played any competitive cricket for two months. We were then treated to a great lunch and, in bright and brilliant sunshine that had broken through after a morning storm – and subsequently lasted the whole week - we took on a team comprising a select group of kids from the camp.
We had a good win in that game, posting a total of 157 for 4 from our 20 overs and restricting VCC to 107 for 4. Really some of the kids weren’t yet ready to face the sort of bowling we had at our disposal but again, it was a fun match and a good way to ease into what we expected to be much tougher games in the week ahead.
The great people at VCC then put on a very fine dinner for us all. We presented the Club with our Gingins CC banner and VCC were so kind as to present us with a beautiful “Delft” pottery tile painted with their logo. This will hang with pride of place in our little room at the Gingins Centre Sportif.
That night, the fun really began because Monica had chosen our accommodation effectively. It was a bungalow/caravan/camping park called Duinrell, in Wassenaar, located in the center of all the venues during the week. The accommodation was fine enough but the best thing was that it had a water park and amusement park attached to it. As residents, our lads had free access to the pool and the amusements and boy, did they enjoy themselves! We later heard stories of all the rides and water slides and how all eleven lads had taken rides and slides altogether; brilliant. The best thing was that us adults could sit quietly with a beer or wine at Monica and Sander’s bungalow reassured in the knowledge that the kids were safe in the park.
Next day we travelled to Schiedam, near to Rotterdam to take on Hermes DVS CC. Hermes CC was established in 1884 so have a wonderful tradition. Again, we were very envious of their excellent grounds and facilities.
We lost the toss – the only loss in the six matches we played – and were put in to bat. We batted for thirty overs, scoring 173 runs for 8 with both openers retiring at 50 and our number three making a rapid-fire 25. It was a good batting performance overall and it proved too big a target for the Hermes lads.
In the end, we had them all out for 79 a.o. through a combination of tight bowling and excellent fielding. Again, we enjoyed a nice dinner with our hosts – who had also put on a fine afternoon tea between innings – and each of us were presented with the Club’s 125 year celebration book. It really was something to think that we had played a Club with such a long tradition when our Club is not even ten years old.
Wednesday was a designated rest day from cricket but the lads did anything but rest. A few folk visited Amsterdam or family nearby but almost all of the lads headed straight to the amusement and water park facilities and spent the morning there. Lunch at 1:00pm was followed by a short bowling practice session before we headed to the beach, just a few kilometers from where we were staying.
The lads had a great time – catching practice in the North Sea swimming and just spending time together – before we linked up with returning families from Amsterdam for an excellent meal on the beach. Thursday was an important day – we were competing in the Dutch T20 U14 National Championship – so we had the boys in bed good and early; no rides tonight!
The Championship was organized by Cricket Touring Club de Flamingo’s. Founded in 1921, the Flamingo’s members are generally Dutch cricketers who mostly play or have played at a high level. Since 1925, the Flamingo’s have organized many junior tournaments throughout the season and the Club has a strong relationship with the Royal Dutch Cricket Association.
We were up at sparrows the next day to travel to the Amsterdam CC in Amstelveen which was where the Flamingo’s were hosting the tournament. ACC was established in 1921 and is another magnificent club with great grounds and a terrific clubhouse. ACC was also our first opponent for the morning to get the tournament started. We won the toss and chose to bowl, thinking it would be wise to check out the field and the opposition before venturing to the crease ourselves.
Once again, our bowlers performed brilliantly, restricting ACC to 84 for 7 off their 20 overs. It was really pleasing that we really restricted the number of extras, bowled straight and fielded strongly. Again, we made rapid work of the run chase, with both openers retiring at 30 and the rest of the lads mopping up the required runs, with no loss of wickets.
Next up was Hermes DVS CC, the same team we had played over 30 overs on Tuesday. We won the toss and bowled again, restricting the Hermes lads to 100 runs for 8. We decided to reverse our batting order – not without risk – but in the end, we scored the required runs without too many difficulties for the loss of 6 wickets.
Two wins from both preliminary matches meant that we were in the Final, scheduled for 5:00pm. Our lads enjoyed a terrific lunch put on by our hosts, spent some time in the nets and then prepared to play The Hague CC (established in 1878) in the final. HCC are reigning Dutch National champs and are undefeated in the 2013 season. They had scored heavily in their two preliminary matches so we knew we had a challenge on our hands.
We won the toss and again decided to bowl. The HCC openers got off to a flying start – 34 without loss after 4 overs – with the Gingins boys being guilty of some overconfidence in the field. When the first wicket fell – a beautiful ball taking out off stump – the lads regrouped and focused down on the task of restricting the HCC batsmen to a gettable total. The GCC lads did brilliantly in this respect. Again, very few extras and after their allotted 20 overs, HCC were 91 a.o..
You don’t go through a season undefeated unless you can bat AND bowl so we knew we still very much had a match on our hands. This sense was heightened when both our openers – who had scored heavily in all our other matches – found themselves quickly back in the pavilion. We have strength in our depth at Gingins though and our number 3 and 4 batsmen calmly set about moving the scoreboard along.
Our number 4 fell and our number 5 came in with HCC sensing an opening through to our lower order. Great batting from the two lads steadied the ship though and step-by-step they moved toward the very reachable target. Our number 3 fell a few runs short of the total having done terrific work in getting us to that point. This left our number 6 to come out and see the job done in support of our number 5.
As the ball sped away and the batsmen crossed for the winning run, our lads on the boundary celebrated with glee, joining their teammates on the field in a great group team hug. The HCC lads had put up a great fight and though the scoreboard says we only lost 4 wickets in the run chase, really the game was much closer than that suggested.
We had set our sights on a strong performance in the T20 tournament but never could we have imagined that we would have won it. We respect very much the excellent set up we saw at all the Clubs we visited in The Netherlands. What we learned was that our own efforts in Switzerland to build a team and to build the kids’ skills were on par with what was happening in The Netherlands. We also learned that the great efforts over many years of the Swiss Cricket Association (SCA) to foster excellence and strong development in the youth game really was excellent, especially in light of the dearth of grounds, pitches and facilities here in Switzerland. Our win in the Dutch National U14 T20 Championship is a great thing for Gingins but congratulations and credit must also go to the SCA.
Our hosts at ACC put on a terrific BBQ for dinner that evening and there was a wonderful prize giving ceremony. There were cups for the 3rd, 2nd and of course 1st placed teams and we watched with great pride as our boys held the winners trophy aloft, huge smiles covering every face. Really, we were pinching ourselves.
The tour was not yet over though and on the Friday we had a final game against a combined team from Bloemendaal CC (est 1910) and Red & White CC (est 1881). We won the toss yet again and decided to bat; really to set the boys free to see what total they could post. We posted a strong 189 for 6 from 30 overs with two lads retiring at 30 and another coming close. We mixed up the bowling line up again, ensuring that everyone got a bowl and we managed to restrict the opposition guys to 129 for 8 from their 30 overs.
Again our hosts put on a fine post-match meal and we all sat quietly to reflect on what had been a truly exceptional week. Six wins from six matches including the Dutch National U14 T20 Championship was so much more than we had expected. Fun in the water park, amusement park and on the beach on top of just spending a terrific week together in everyone’s company was a priceless gift.
Every boy in the team bowled and indeed every single boy took at least one wicket over the 6 games. Every boy batted and every boy contributed magnificently to the great team spirit we value so strongly, no one stepped backwards in the field. The fielding, overall, was good, with most catches taken and some magnificent throws from the outfield causing run outs.
We thank our hosts from all of the Dutch clubs with great warmth. We were left feeling that the Dutch youth cricket program is in strong health and very focused on ensuring the kids have a great experience playing the great game and that everyone was motivated to help and support the kids to achieve whatever they want in the game. The hospitality was second to none, the grounds were brilliant, the respect and spirit in which all games were played was magnificent.
We were invited by CTC Flamingos to come again next year to defend the trophy and we will most certainly do that. Flamingos also noted that the levels between the ages were comparable and so invited us to participate in the U19 tournament next year as well. We certainly will make plans to do so.
Overall, as I sat on the plane flying home on Friday evening, a tremendous week behind us, I reflected on those thoughts I’d had back in 2007; about why we had started the Club in Gingins. We wanted to start a village cricket club with all of the homely spirit that brings and to bring kids from all over the world together to play cricket. We wanted them to be able to develop their cricket skills but above all, we wanted them to learn important life skills – like playing as a team – while having fun. The Gingins CC inaugural tour of The Netherlands ticked all the boxes. The exhausted smiles on all the boys’ faces as we touched down in Geneva told us what a success it had been.
For that we thank the Winckel family for their terrific idea and organization. We thank the Gingins Commune for their unending support of what we’re trying to do – we so hope to have our own field one day. We thank the parents who funded the whole adventure and who allowed their kids to come on the tour. We thank the Swiss Cricket Association for their unending support to youth cricket in Switzerland – so ridiculous that they have been kicked out of ICC Europe, honestly, give me a break.
We thank our great sponsors. Firstly, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Geneva whose support has allowed us to build two fantastic cricket nets and to buy a bowling machine that together have really helped build the kids’ skills. Secondly, our new sponsor INEOS who have supported us for the first time this year. INEOS’ support has allowed us to buy more equipment to keep the kids skill levels improving.
Finally, and above all, we thank the lads who played such terrific cricket over each and every match. The boys never failed to clap a batsman off, or to clap a new batsman on. They supported each other even when catches were dropped, when wides were bowled or when an innings was cut prematurely short. They moved quickly between overs, showing that they knew something about the game, they bowled and batted beautifully, they respected the opposition, the umpires and their hosts. They tucked their fantastic new GCC shirts in and REALLY looked like a cricket team; they looked like they belonged to a Club. We couldn’t have been more proud of them and for that, each and every one of them deserves a very special mention. Our team was:
Hail Gingins CC! Hail the U14 T20 Dutch National Champions!
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The GCC U15 team were:
Aidan – Captain
Jelle – Wicket Keeper
Thomas (from Basel)
Aidan: It started with my best mate (Jelle) coming all the way from South Africa, to play cricket. It was fantastic because I hadn’t seen him for a while so I was really excited to catch up with him and all the other players. The bus trip was awesome. Well besides the fact that someone threw up in the bus after eating some amazing cake. That was probably not the best part, but we had to stop shortly after the little accident and it was snowing. We were high up in the mountains. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere and you guessed it. We had a snowball fight. It was so much fun!!
We arrived in the afternoon, after listening to every song I had on my iPod on repeat and it was quite cold! The training was cancelled so we stayed in our rooms for a bit. I shared a room with James, Jelle and of course my dad. “Thank goodness” said my sister, because after a long day of cricket we took our shoes off and relaxed. Apparently the room smelled bad!!
Max: Next morning we were most surprised by the snow which fell during the night! So, unlike last year where everyone was spreading some sun cream on themselves, this year we were getting our thermals on! Fortunately, the new GCC kit arrived just in time, including some fine looking shirts and extremely practical jumpers. Once the team got to the pitch, we were putting those jumpers to the test with a lowest temperature down to -2°C! The cold meant that when fielding, we couldn’t stop rubbing our hands. And what’s more is that the snow which fell made the pitch wet and therefore slippery and the ball became a chunk of soap. But the weather gradually got better and it got a bit warmer the next day.
Aidan: It was definitely the coldest weather conditions we had had compared to the other years but none the less we had a great time.
Max: So the first match was against the school ‘’Lyceum Alpinum’’ (starting at 9 o’clock). So after a good warm-up we did the toss-up, which we won, and decided to bowl first.
Aidan: Will and I opened the bowling, with Will ending with very good figures of 4 overs 10 runs for 1 wicket. The rest of us unfortunately were not as tight and went for 6+ per over with Simon and Max taking a wicket each. The school was much improved from previous years and they got 95 runs after 16 overs as we struggled to take wickets in the freezing conditions.
With only 16 overs to get the runs, we knew we had to get off to a decent start and Jelle and I opened the batting. Jelle unfortunately fell relatively early. Will came in next and we rotated the strike. The school’s captain (another Max) was fielding at short cover and it was difficult to make runs but with a retirement at 25, I smashed a six when I was on 23 and retired on 29. Will and Simon continued very well and made up the balance of the runs without losing their wicket (Will 16, Simon 12).
The school proved to be very competent fielders but leaked a number of wides helping us to the total. My sister thought that match was really interesting, and braved the cold to watch the boys, or the `hotties` as she called them, from the school!! We won that match by 5 wickets.
Max: Straight after that match we played against our rival Zurich and we batted first (we won the toss). They didn’t seem to be at their best (they didn’t have some of their best players) and we quickly established a high score! Aidan and Will retired, that’s 52 runs from them, with the possibility of coming back in!
Aidan: In came Jelle with a well played 21 and was unfortunately run out. Simon followed and was unlucky not to have made more as he was hitting the ball well. James came in and fired a good few shots. Then it was Max who got out for a duck. Thomas and Devansh came in and also went out cheaply but we managed a first innings total of 114.
Max: The victory of Gingins was near certain...
We felt that the total should easily be defended but we unfortunately battled to get their openers out. We started to let things slip and bowled too many wides, didn’t take the catches and the overthrows cost us dearly. The extras started getting fatal, the fielders were playing it too gently.
Aidan: Zurich managed to get the runs in the last over despite us taking Ruan`s wicket for a well played 21. It wasn’t enough to turn things around and unfortunately we lost the match.
Max: Once that match was finished the players all snuggled up in their coats and jumpers. Some of the parents retreated back to the hotel, while others, bravely encouraged the younger members of Gingins.
Aidan: After a great dinner and a good sleep we woke up to another chilly morning but that didn’t stop us from playing cricket.
The last match on Sunday was against Cossonay and we all decided it would be Max and Devansh to open the batting this time. It started off rather slowly with Devansh struggling to get the ball away and he was eventually bowled. Max had been collecting a couple of runs here and there and after 8 overs we were struggling on 26. Aidan came in and fired a quick 30 runs off 16 balls to get us back on track. He was followed by Will who went for a duck.
Simon joined Max at the crease and suddenly Max came alive and started smashing the ball all over the park. We even saw him with an aggressive baseball stance dispatching the ball to the boundary and retired on a very well played 25.
Simon kept the runs ticking over, smashing 12 off 14 and James was not out with 4. We finally managed to set a total in the 90s. Knowing we had lost the match before trying to defend 114 we knew had had to get our bowling in order.
Will and I once again opened the bowling and Will bowled superbly and restricted them but we were battling for wickets. On came Max to bowl and was a touch expensive but with a field change Will swallowed a catch off Max`s bowling which was the start of our come back. Simon bowled his best spell and continued to restrict and frustrate the batsmen. Jelle came on to take 2 wickets as they needed to up the run rate. Devansh fielded extremely well and committed himself to stopping each ball. We had pulled it off and beat Cossonay despite Jai retiring.
We had managed a well deserved second place behind Zurich and will be back next year to get our trophy back. A special thank you to Thomas from Basel and Jelle from South Africa who helped out.
Aidan - 85 not out off 77 balls (batsman of the tournament)
Will - 12 overs 44/2 economy 3.67
May 25-26th 2013
This year’s tournament took place over two very cold days in Zuoz. It even snowed during the weekend!
The GCC U11 team were:
Alex Bucheli – Captain Leo Clairs Ricky Bucheli (U9)
Dylan Cleaveley – Vice Captain Archer Martin Charlie Martin (U9)
Mattia Sparacino – Wicket Keeper Gregor Wellard Charlie Whiting (U9)
Aidan Anderson Nick Whiting
Basel Dragons: The GCC U11s opened the tournament with a game against the difficult Basel Dragons. Basel opened the batting, and we did very well to keep their runs restricted for most of the innings. However, they did put up a decent total, and we could not make the runs required to win the match. The highlights of the match were Aidan’s caught and bowled (below) and Dylan’s two wickets.
(Photographs courtesy of Nigel Atkinson of Basel)
Zurich Crickets: The team’s second match was also against a tough team, the Zurich Crickets. The weather was still cold, and we got an early breakthrough off the bowling of Archer. However, the Zurich team were too strong and made lots of runs. We lost a couple of early wickets and couldn’t match their score.
Basel Nightfuries: After the initial hard first two matches, things became easier and we played our third match of the day against the Basel Nightfuries. We batted first and scored 105 for the loss of just 3 wickets, and when we bowled we restricted them to 52 for 5. What a nice way to end the first day with a win.
Les Ecoles: The first match of the second day was against another team from Suisse Romande, Les Ecoles, a team made from players from La Chat and CDL, and we had never played them before. We batted first and made 86-4, and restricted them to 52-5. It was good to get our second win of the tournament.
Zurich Locusts: Our last game was against the Zurich B team, the Zurich Locusts. They had lots of younger players, so our U9s also got chances to play in this match. We won this match quite easily.
We finished the tournament in third place behind Zurich Crickets and Basel Dragons. Gregor won the ’Best Fielder’ Award of the U11 tournament – well done to him! All the players played well, and we had a very good time as a team.
Hopefully next year it will be warmer and we can perform better.
March 24th 2013: La Châtaigneraie - Gingins v Cossonay
The U15s got up on a cold, wet Saturday morning and got ready for what lay in front of them today. The players today were Ale, Vince, Floris, Devansh, Aiden Archer, Kieran Wilson, Max and Simon.
Everyone arrived 30 minutes before the game and we commenced training. Soon enough the game had started and we were bowling. Their two openers, Daniel and Greg, came out to bat against the opening bowlers, Ale and Floris. Soon enough, Ale had Greg caught behind by Simon for 7. The captain Arnuv came out and immediately got off the mark by hitting 1 run to the wall. Unfortunately for him, the next ball, he was bowled by Ale. So Gingins had Cossonay at 20 runs for two wickets off only six overs.
The bowling and fielding was tight for the next six overs but our bowlers couldn’t get Basel’s Tom or Daniel, the opener, out. Then Max came on to bowl and bowled a shocker of a ball, bouncing three times and going down leg but Tom hit it straight up and was caught by Vince at square leg. Louis came on to bat and started scoring some quick runs but 5 overs later he was bowled by Ale who seemed to be having a good day with the ball.
Gingins now had Cossonay at 82 for 4 with 23 overs remaining. Next in was Ian. With one run away from retiring, Floris got the opening batsmen, Daniel, out for 39. This meant that Alex was to come in. Not too long after, Devansh got Ian out for 5 caught by Simon at mid-on. There was one wicket remaining, and Cossonay had 126 runs. Surely this wouldn’t be enough to win the game. Unfortunately, the last pair kept their ground until they reached a score of 185 runs when Alex smacked a ball of Simon’s bowling to Ale at mid-off and was caught.
Finally after 32 overs, Gingins had got Cossonay out for 185.
Gingins had forty overs to chase their target. As Aidan Andrews was playing in a Colts game today, Ale opened the batting with Floris and they got off to a terrific start.
Ale retired at 41 off 28 balls having hit one 6 and three 4s as well as a ton of runs off the wall and by running between the wickets. Simon came in at number three and got caught off Greg’s bowling on 0 off 2 balls. 10 balls later, Floris retired at 41, thus bringing Gingins total to around 100. Vince and Devansh were in.
Vince was in for a while and managed to get a few runs off the back wall before getting bowled by Ian on 18.
Gingins now were 118 for 4 off 19 overs. Devansh quickly got run out when batting with Max for only two runs. Kieran lasted four balls before getting caught by Greg off Alex’s bowling for only two runs. Max was in for a long 35 balls but unfortunately only got two runs.
Aiden Archer was in and Ale came back in at the fall of Max’s wicket. Gingins needed 39 runs off 13 overs with 2 wickets to spare. It looked like it was going to be a tight game. Ale and Aiden started blasting the ball around as if it was the contest of who could hit the ball the hardest.
Aiden made thirteen before handing the strike back over to Ale who hit 4 fours off 5 balls to win the game for Gingins! Great game and well played everyone. The spirit was great as well. Everyone did well in the field. Some need to work on their batting and bowling though. See you all next time.
To the GCC U11 Cricket Team,
I hope those of you who played at the Basel Indoor Tournament last week have recovered! It was a brilliant weekend of cricket and you all played so well. You should feel very proud of your efforts. Each one of you contributed something special during the weekend. It is amazing to see the improvement that you are making as individual cricketers and as a team. I am certain that the improvement is going to continue and we are going to have a great time at Zuoz.
I thought it might be useful to try and capture some of your highlights from Basel. I am sure to have left some great things out, so please feel free to share with the group if you would like to add some points.
The main overall highlight for me was the way you played together as a team. You all supported each other, encouraged each other, backed each other up in the field and congratulated each other. You also played the game in a good spirit, respecting the opposition teams and the umpires. It was great to see you getting to know some of the boys in the other teams and even watching their games. I was very proud of all of you.
I was also very impressed with your leadership when you had a chance to be captain. You all took the responsibility seriously, thought about the job and made a big effort to motivate the team and get the best out of your team mates. This was the first time that junior members of the team – Mattia and Gregor – have had a chance to be captain and they did a fantastic job.
OK, some of your individual highlights and improvements:
Scoring 24 against Geneva in a great display that ended with a 6 to retire!
After the disappointment of spilling a caught and bowled opportunity against Zurich Crickets, the next ball Alex came in and took a wicket. It was a great way to respond and showed his fight and determination
Continued improvement in all areas of the game – steady batting (scoring 50 runs for the tournament), good fielding and outstanding team leadership. I would particularly mention Alex’s bowling which was tight and disciplined. Alex ending up as our highest wicket taker (7 wickets for the tournament)
I suspect Archer would count his 7 sixes as highlights!
I would say his innings of 20 (retired) against Zurich Crickets was the best batting we had in the whole tournament. The Zurich bowlers were bowling very well and there were very few loose balls. Archer batted with excellent technique and concentration – and even hit two sixes in this innings!
Archer’s batting throughout the tournament was top quality. He scored 114 runs and was only out twice. Archer has improved to be one of the best batters at the U11 level in Switzerland
Dylan’s innings against Basel Dragons was a highlight. Opening the batting against top quality bowling, his score of 16 helped put us in a great position of 0 for 30 after 5 overs (unfortunately we did not build on this start and ended up 5/52 after 12 overs)
Dylan’s innings against Geneva was also a highlight. He retired after his second 6 took him to 21 and then came back in at the end of the innings to make our highest score of the tournament – 26
Without a doubt, the improvement in Dylan’s batting was the find of the tournament! He made 77 runs (our second top score) and was only out 3 times. Congratulations Dylan – you can consider yourself an outstanding opening batter.
Gregor hit a great 6 against Zurich Locusts, in an unbeaten score of 10
The catch Gregor took off the wall in the small hall was unbelievable! The previous evening a player was awarded a prize for a catch off the wall. Gregor deserved a prize for this too!
The overall improvement in Gregor’s batting was tremendous. He scored important runs for us, especially in the lower order. Gregor batted out the last 2 overs as “last man standing” against Basel Dragons, getting the team’s score above 50 with intelligent shots and great running between the wickets.
Seeing the middle stump pegged back after bowling one of Luxembourg’s top batters in the first game will no doubt stay with Leo for a long time
The instinctive catch taken low to the ground just forward of square leg in the small hall against Basel Nightfuries was one of the catches of the tournament
The improvement in Leo’s bowling was outstanding. He has established himself as one of the team’s top strike bowlers. The reduction in the number of wides Leo bowled was a great improvement. Before the tournament he was bowling almost 2 wides per over. In Basel he averaged only 0.6 wides per over.
Mattia’s stumping was an excellent piece of cricket and demonstrated how comfortable he is becoming behind the stumps
Mattia also took a couple of great catches as wicket-keeper, including one that bounced off the back wall!
While Mattia’s wicket-keeping continues to improve and his batting was more consistent than at the Gingins Indoor Tournament , it is actually his bowling that deserves to be mentioned. He bowled 3 overs and only conceded 2 wides, with a much straighter arm and delivering the ball off the correct foot. Great stuff.
The wicket against Basel Nightfuries was definitely a highlight!
Ricky’s fielding behind square-leg in the small hall was outstanding and he saved a number of runs by paying attention all the time and showing great anticipation
Just coming along and getting 3 games was fantastic! Well done Ricky for showing such commitment and enthusiasm!
Congratulations once again. Please keep practicing and playing as much cricket as you can. The outdoor training season starts on 14 April and we need to be ready for Zuoz. If we keep the bowling and fielding as tight as we did at Basel we will do well. We can continue to improve our batting technique, especially in facing balls that are on the stumps – we should aim not to have anyone out bowled at Zuoz! There will also be more need to run between the wickets at Zuoz, so we can work on our backing up, calling and running between the wickets.
Finally, thanks to Andy for scoring, Simon for umpiring and coaching, Katie for making sure batters were ready and all the parents for supporting.
Gingins CC U11 Coach
March 2nd- 3rd 2013: U15 Indoor Swiss Tournament - Basel
The U15 team made a long, early morning journey to Basel to play a 5-sided tournament. Most of us had arrived by train except for some of us by car. The teams were; Basel, as hosts, Gingins, Luxembourg, Cossonay and Zurich.
We all knew that the pressure was on, as Luxembourg had won the previous indoor tournament and it was time to show Gingins’ capability. We were all set to grab the trophy.
Our first game was at 1p.m., so I am not sure about the first 2 games. When we came out to face Basel for our first match, we were nervous but exhilarated. Since we were a player short; we had to borrow an U13 player, Mustafa Hussein from Basel. The first innings started and we were fielding first. We got Callum Wright for a duck. We were ecstatic. Although Floris was sick, he had picked up an important wicket at the right time. Simon took a good catch at point.
Basel’s 2 best batsmen, Ruwan and Neil were on the pitch and were unstoppable as they continued scoring runs. Ruwan retired after scoring a quick 25. Max chipped in with 2 wickets. We slowed the run rate as Devansh and Max bowled some good spells to Neil, who was constantly getting troubled to play some off spin.
Neil hit his last ball for a six and then retired. Devansh then got the wicket of Stuart, who was caught by the extra player, Mustafa. Basel managed to make a total of 96 in 15 overs. Our openers managed to put some precious, quick runs for us, until they both got out. The pressure was on Ale and Simon. Ale scored some good boundaries but got out to Callum. Simon was then run out for 10. Will was cleaned bowled by a yorker from Callum on his first ball. Devansh was pretty nervous as the run rate was getting higher.
Max was scoring singles and doubles at a constant rate which kept our hopes up. Ruwan had Max bowled. We needed about 7 runs of the last over. Unfortunately, Devansh got run-out of the third ball and the match was won by Basel. Will had injured his finger while wicket keeping in the first innings.
Our second game was against Cossonay. Cossonay had won the toss and were fielding first. Aidan and Floris led to a good start but got out. Cossonay chipped in with some wickets of Simon and Max.
Ale was very fluent in his innings of 25. He had scored some good sixes and fours. Will was out for a platinum duck! We just couldn’t believe it.
Callum was our 8th player for this game. Callum and I had to put up a good partnership to lead Gingins to a respectable total. Haphazardly, I got run out. Ale had to come in and he scored a boundary and with some precious extras, we got to a competitive total. Cossonay had to score 90 to win.
We looked forward to the second day of the tournament, which was at a new venue. Our first game was against Luxembourg. We knew that they were a strong team and we had to beat them to stand a chance of winning the tournament. Luxembourg had won the toss and elected to field first. We had to make a good total to increase our net run rate.
Aidan had started of the innings at slow but steady pace. Floris was given caught behind the second ball. Once again the match depended on Ale and Aidan.
Aidan and Ale were scoring runs with the help of wides and no-balls. Ale had hit 3 consecutive boundaries and then was given out stumped. On the other hand, Aidan had retired for a brisk 25. Simon was also in-form and scored quick runs to add on the total. Will and Simon were unbeaten and Gingins had made the highest total of the tournament, 119 in 15 overs. Luxembourg opening pair was strong and had put up a good partnership. Devansh broke the partnership and got the wicket of Theo. The next ball Devansh got the wicket of Luca. Devansh was overwhelmed. Luxembourg was very close, because of the extras we had bowled. We knew that we now stood a chance of winning the tournament. It was an easy win against Luxembourg. Now, we had won 2 out of our 3 games.
The last match of the tournament was against Zurich. We had to reverse the batting order for this game. We won the toss and elected to bat first-very unlikely of Ale. Max and Devansh had to give Gingins a strong start. The only way we could win this tournament, was to get a huge total. We didn’t get many runs of the first 2 overs, but we knew we had to play some good shots. Max got out early having caught behind. Zurich then came back strongly with 2 wickets of Will and Devansh. Ale and Simon played some attractive strokes until they both retired. Aidan also contributed with some good shots to finish the innings. We realised that we had piled up a total of 123. We had to bowl very well to win this game. Will opened the bowling department with Max. Surprisingly, Will got a wicket in his first over.
We knew we were on the way to victory.
Simon took a wicket to slow down Zurich’s progress in the game. Devansh then took the wickets of James and Dalibor to thrash Zurich and win the tournament.
Ruwan received the Batsman of the Tournament and Arnav received the Bowler of the Tournament.
Finds of the tournament
Recently, Gingins held an U13 cricket tournament at the La Chat International School. They played against Zurich, Basle and a CDL/La Chat side. They lost to all three teams. I have asked Rohan Jain, the U13 captain of the side about the occasion and why his team lost all their games. I am also going to ask him what the team needs to improve for next time if they want to win a game.
Why do you think that the team was so confident?
The team was very confident because they had beaten teams like CDL and Zurich in the past and they believed they could do it again, easily. Last time we played against CDL, we thrashed them and the team thought that it would be easy so they played as if it didn’t matter and we ended up losing. The team thought the tournament would be a run-through.
Was this the main reason for the team’s three defeats?
Yes and no. Yes the team was over confident but because of that there was a lack of commitment. The ball would be hit at a player and they wouldn’t make an effort to stop it. Some of the members of the team were eating sugar cubes before matches and were having 5 minute sugar rushes before having no energy to do anything. Some players would go and play on their iPods after getting out instead of watching their teammates play.
Why did you lose so heavily to Zurich?
The players were tired and didn’t have enough rest. If an important batsman got out then the whole team would collapse
What do you think the team needs to learn for next time?
They need to learn how to dedicate themselves to the game. Not to stuff their faces or play videogames before, during or after the games and to control their confidence levels
What technical training do you think the team needs?
Obviously nobody is perfect when it comes to batting, bowling or fielding but after that tournament we need to also practice the way we use tactics. But I really think we would be a better team if the dedication to fielding was 100% and not 50% because the team has high potential but they are not dedicating themselves to enough training so every day, each player should get a ball and get one of their parents to chuck it at them for 10 minutes and then, we will be able to be the best again.
Thank you Ro for your answers and good luck at your next tournament.
It’s been more than 2 weeks and someone has to capture the memories and events before they are forgotten.
Gingins Cricket Club at Junior Swiss Cricket Championships at Zuoz, 2012.
This year was a year with lots of new faces. We have nearly tripled in size for our teams since last year, now having at least one competitive team in each age category except U17. A stray Basel player even joined the U15. Not only have we grown in players but also in supporters. Around 55 supporters joined the Gingins crusade. That is on average 1.7 supporters per player! In manpower we would have easily beaten the other teams, but are we good enough in Cricket to defend the title?
Day 1: A fresh set of cricket clothing is taken out of the suitcases as the kids gear up for their first match. As I am an U15 player, I can’t record all the U11 and U13 matches, but I know that the first Gingins match played was Under U11 vs GRYCC. The first Gingins U15 match was in the afternoon versus Cossonay. Cossonay had played earlier that day against Zurich and won, so we could not afford to underestimate them in the first match.
The first innings has started and Gingins are bowling. It being the first match the bowling was rusty and we let too many wides slip. However this does not count for everyone and we managed to pick up a few wickets. Cossonay had to defend a reasonable score as we came into bat. The magic pair, as they were called throughout the tournament, opened. Aidan Andrews and Ruwan Jayakody (the stray Basel player) played magnificent innings and basically won the match for us when Aidan retired and all Alessandro Poynton had to do was score a single.
The second match however was a bit late due to a previous match that went overtime. Gingins bowled again to start the match and although the wides were limited (speaking on the team’s behalf), Zurich still managed to score a decent amount. The magic pair got us off to a good start in the second Innings. However after they got comfortable Ruwan was dismissed and the magic was broken. The players lower on the batting line up did very well with Simon Pearce even scoring close to 20. But we only lost by about 30 runs. The second day was going to be better, we decided, as it was already turning dark.
Day 2: One of us did not make it today. He had to return home sick. We had to borrow an U13 to fill in. We were scheduled to play the other two teams again in the same order. We were stronger against Cossonay, most of us bowling less wides and restricting more runs in the field. However, the magic pair was broken quite early and Alessandro had to keep the order. However, soon we were losing more wickets and it was down to 2 wickets to go. Floris kept the innings relatively steady, until he got out near the end with only one more run to go, which Rohan Jain scored to win the match. After feeling happy about beating Cossonay for the second time, we prepared ourselves for Zurich. We played on a fresh pitch which we haven’t played on yet and we were all well prepared. It being only a 16 over game, the Zurich opposition wanted to score even faster than in a regular T20 match, which probably led to the early run-out of Zurich’s opening batsman. Our bowling was very good compared to previous matches, and even though we were smacked for a huge six, we managed to stop them at an attainable score. As our magic-pair came into bat, the other batsmen were waiting to go in. And waiting. And waiting. Until we finally figured out that our magic-pair has once again batted throughout nearly the entire batting innings, and eventually led to one of them scoring the winning runs. All of a sudden, the remaining batsmen did not mind not going in. They won.
As the coaches huddled us together at the end of the match and brought us to the middle.
“We’ve been doing some math, Scott and I, and we found that; Cossonay only won one- can only win one more. Zurich one one-can only win one more. And we won 3.”
That’s when it hit us. We had won the Zuoz U15!! One more friendly match against the Lyceum, and we will be on the bus back, bringing home at least one trophy.
On the last day we were more relaxed. We won the U15, and the final game was just a friendly match. The afternoon before Cossonay got Zurich all out for a very low score. The morning was spent watching the U13s and U11s. Just before lunch we had the U15 trophy ceremony. Even though we knew we had won, we still cheered as our name was called for 1st place. Lunch shortly after suddenly tasted better knowing that we had officially won. All we had to do is wait until our friendly match against the Lyceum U17s started.
When it finally did, we started the match by fielding again. Our opening bowling got the opening batsman from Lyceum out for a platinum duck. This immediately put us all in good spirits. Eventually, we got them all out for 64, which is not bad at all. However, our opening batsman (not the magic pair, because we switched the order around) got out first ball, and also walked back to the side-lines for a platinum duck. 2 platinum ducks in one game. Even if we lost this would still be a historic game. We lost some wickets but eventually stayed in long enough to hit the winning runs. We won 4 out of 5 matches in the end.
We learned that the U13s also won their final against Zurich, and on the way back, everyone had a reason to be happy. When we arrived at the Hippodrome in Divonne, I realised that this trip was over, and I could finally say to myself;
Normally after the annual Zuoz tournament, we get an article up on our website pronto, within one or two days. So strong are the emotions generated by the “Zuoz experience” (see last year’s article below), that we have to get them out there, and quick! It pains us to be silent! Our non-participating families want to hear the news. Our participating kids want to read about their efforts and have that final reflection before looking forward to future matches, trainings, fun with their mates, ultimately, to Zuoz 2013.
This year is different. The over-riding emotion this year, heading home and even now, some two weeks after the tournament, is a sense of deep reflection on what was achieved. Last year we just had elation but this year, well, it was something different. We don’t measure our overall Zuoz experience by the number of trophies we bring home. Yes, of course a trophy or two adds a sweetener but we prefer to gauge ourselves according to how the kids played, in what spirit, whether they performed as a team and also how we, collectively, acted as a Club, on and off the field.
By these measures, Zuoz 2012 was a resounding success. We are all savouring the experience; keen somehow, not to let it go. The sense is that words to describe it should not be rushed. Like a health spa; heated waters soothing the soul, it’s been great to just wallow for a bit in the simple happiness generated by having shared a great moment together. In the end though, we do have to write something sometime, the wallowing must stop! So, here then is our Zuoz 2012 article.
So, to Zuoz, where the Magic continues
“Zuoz” –an odd sounding word; an even odder name for a town. With just four letters, two of them zeds, it shares a place in the English lexicon with “buzz”, “fizz”, “jazz”; not words the locals would commonly associate with their sleepy, mountain valley home. Yet for the players and families of Gingins Cricket Club, Zuoz is buzz, it is fizz. Zuoz has become for us something of a “Shangri-La”, a place where, every year, pixie dust sprinkles magic on our lives, our “MCG”, our “Lords”.
“Are we going to Zuoz?” ask starry-eyed kids each year. Families new to our Club hear of this place of pilgrimage and wonder at the enchantment it generates amongst our members. Eight hours by bus and almost directly east of Gingins, you can’t travel much further and still be in Switzerland. Yet for the past three years, Gingins’ families have made the long journey to Zuoz – by car, train, bus, some even by motorbike - to compete in the annual Swiss National Junior Cricket Championships.
Our cricketing calendar orients itself totally around Zuoz. Yes, other tournaments and matches are important, especially our own Indoor National Championships, but Zuoz is to Gingins what Wimbledon is to tennis players, it’s the tournament we must compete in; our players and coaches prepare solely for that long weekend at the end of May.
In our Club’s short life, we have done pretty well at Zuoz, producing strong performances of which the Club can be proud. In our three appearances to this year, we had participated in five age group championships (U11s three times, U13s twice), winning twice and runners-up twice. Not bad! In truth, for us it’s not the winning or losing by which we measure ourselves, it’s our participation and the way the Club represents itself that’s most critical. We always tell our players and parents – and they’re not hollow words – that we don’t care whether we win, lose or draw, what we care about is participating in the true Spirit of Cricket, we care about playing as a team. Of course, the kids step onto the field every time to give it their all and there have been tears when results don’t go as planned, but without fail we remind the kids that this is Zuoz, it’s special. This focus produces not only great cricket but a sense that Zuoz and the cricket festival the Swiss Cricket Association hosts there, is something outside the ordinary, it’s a life experience we’re grateful for; a gift, and thus one that must be cherished, something to remember.
This year was like no other for our Club. Until now, our largest Zuoz delegation consisted of 16 players and another 20 or so parents – given the journey to get there, impressive enough! But this year, an incredible THIRTY ONE Gingins’ players and SIXTY of their family members packed their kit bags and travelled, many again by bus but others by car and train, to Zuoz, to give it plenty in the annual Junior Championships.
And what an experience!! Played over three days this year, it was something that none of the participants will ever forget. Great cricket, beautiful surroundings, hearty cheering – thousands of kids, it often seemed, running hither and thither, playing, watching, dreaming cricket in a mountain playground far removed from anything you could have possibly imagined.
Teams from across Switzerland participated – Geneva, Cossonay, Basle, College du Leman (near Geneva), Gingins, Zurich and the hosts, the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. Up for grabs were trophies at U11, U13, U15 and U17. We don’t know how many kids were playing altogether but we know that there were many and that our Gingins kids participated in five different teams and played in 25 different matches in the U11, U13 and U15 Championships. Exhausting!
It had been a huge logistical effort just to get us there – massive and enormous thanks right up front go to Monica Winckel and Karen Vlassopulos for organizing the bus, the meals, the hotels – for beautifully organizing the lives of 91 people! With those ladies behind us, coaches, kids and parents could focus on the cricket. THANK YOU Monica and Karen.
And what of the cricket? First thing to say is “enjoy the photos” here in the article but also on our Teamsnap page. What an incredibly beautiful location! The Lyceum has three all-weather pitches and a fourth coconut matting strip – Swiss cricket heaven! The weather was great the first day but turned a little funny on the Sunday/Monday; a fresh, sometimes forceful wind alternating with sunshine and hints of raindrops seeing players, umpires and families putting layers on, taking them off, putting them on, taking them off.
No problem though! We were there for cricket and cricket we certainly had in abundance! Here’s a summary of how the kids went:
Under 11 Championship Notes:
Eleven of our thirteen participating U11 kids were experiencing Zuoz for the first time. The kids participated in the Gingins U11 team but also in a composite “Wanderers” team with kids and coaches from Zurich Crickets CC. Our kids did a great job! The Gingins U11s came in third, behind winners Basle and runners-up Zurich and the Wanderers, featuring many U9s from Zurich and Gingins, finished a commendable 6th. For most of our kids, this was their first outdoor tournament let alone first Zuoz so they’ll be better placed next year to build on those experiences. As in previous years, we’ve written a paragraph below about each of our kids and how they performed.
Here’s how they went:
Ricky Bucheli: First trip to Zuoz! Keen little fella Ricky, he’s U9 but we wanted to get him a game or two in the Wanderers team, thinking it a great place to start his Zuoz experience. Ricky ended up playing in 5 of the Wanderers games, bowling, batting and fielding as if his life depended on it. Smiles all round for this little bloke as he had great support from coaches, his family and his GCC teammates.
Leo Clairs: Another first timer to Zuoz, Leo had his whole family with him, including his Nan over from Australia! Leo got 3 wickets in his first Wanderers match and also had a game with the Gingins CC U11 team. Leo has a great batting technique, front foot determinedly forward, and bowlers struggle to get him out. In 6 innings, he was not out 4 times – great stat. Next challenge is to hit the ball that bit harder to clear the field and amass the runs. Good job Leo!
Charlie Martin: What to say about Charlie? Knee high to a grasshopper, Charlie too was experiencing his first Zuoz. He had his whole family with him and after his games for the U11 Wanderers, Charlie had the whole of Zuoz behind him. Great little bowler and keen little batsman, Charlie was looking to impress at his first go to see if he could be picked for the Gingins U11 team. No flies on Charlie. Great little cricketer of the future!
Gregor Wellard: His first Zuoz and a graduate from our Nippers program, Gregor, like all our players, gave it his heart and soul. With dad and coach Simon alongside, Gregor had a great tournament, rich in experience and will be a big contributor to the U11 squad next year. Good on you Gregor!
Dylan Cleaveley: First Zuoz and one of the highlights of the tournament, Dylan was nominated keeper for the U11 Wanderers but the U13 Wanderers needed a keeper so we asked Dylan if he was keen. Rat up a drain-pipe, the little bloke went for it and did a great job! He also played for Gingins U11 and for the U11 Wanderers. Upon arrival back in Divonne off the bus, Dylan did 6 laps of his mum’s car with the joy of it. Miracle of miracle, he went the whole time uninjured, perhaps a turning point in his life!
Archer Martin: First Zuoz and find of the tournament Archer. Opened the batting and bowling for Gingins U11 and fielded like a champ too. Look up “unassuming” in the dictionary and there’s a picture of Archer. A pleasure to have in the team, Archer has a keen cricketing brain. Smashed the ball to all corners of the field in the run-chase in our last game vs Basle 2 to secure a nail-biting tie
Alex Bucheli: First Zuoz and another keen little bloke. Played in the Gingins U11s and bowled with distinction. Bats with good technique but needs to get those shoulders working to hit the ball harder. Did so in the last game, hitting some great shots, but was unlucky to get caught. Almost took the catch of the tournament of Basle’s hard-hitting Will Clayton, popped in, popped out again. Good work Alex.
Sebastien Wood: First Zuoz, Sebastien opened our batting with distinction in the Gingins U11 team and was the standout keeper in the U11 tournament. Not easy when balls are flying around – got to work to bowl fewer wides -, he took a couple of good catches behind the wicket but beat himself up unnecessarily when he dropped one. Great team player Seb!
Luca Poynton: Luca’s fourth Zuoz, though only second as a player, he captained the Gingins U11 team well, drawing praise for the way he encouraged his teammates from a number of coaches. After a good first match, he had a shocker with the bat – unlucky to be probably the only U11 player ever to be given out for hitting the ball twice; it just didn’t go Luca’s way. He bowled OK and fielded well. He lost his mojo at some point but came back well and had a great time with his mates
Matthew Shaw: First trip to Zuoz for Matty Shaw, a keen little competitor this bloke. Great fielder, bowler and batsman, Matty contributed well to the Gingins U11 team. Matty made strong contributions throughout, especially with his fast bowling and fielding. Matty gets that steely determined look in his eye and you fear for the opposition sometimes. Like all the kids, great to have him on our team.
Mattia Uras: The second “Matty”, it gets confusing for Mattia and Matthew to know who the Aussie coaches are talking to when we shorten everyone’s names! Mattia’s first trip to Zuoz too and he made a really great contribution in the field, taking an absolute screamer at fine leg off the tournament’s best batsman. He did well with his bowling too, taking a number of key wickets. Like others, he left feeling as though his batting could have gone better but hey ho, that’s the way it goes and overall, a good solid performance.
Ayoush Srikanth: Ayoush’s second Zuoz and again a solid contribution, like last year, with his bowling, taking some key wickets and keeping the number of wides down. Like the other boys, Ayoush struggled with his batting – except in the last game - and fielded well. As always a happy kid who buoys his teammates and makes a good contribution to the team.
Aiden Anderson: First time to Zuoz for Aiden too and he had a good all round performance with both bat and ball. Like all our kids, struggled a bit with wides but can hit it hard and will make more runs in the future once we get him in our new nets and in front of the bowling machine.
Overall, the U11 kids had a fine time of it. There were tears on occasion and disappointment when expectations of defending the trophy won last year didn’t materialize. Some of the kids felt a bit disappointed with some of their performances but hey, that’s cricket and universally all agreed that they had had a good time and all are looking forward to coming again next year; the true measure of success!
Some special mentions:
Individual prizes are given in each age group, decided by the coaches from all the participating Clubs. We were very proud when three of our U11 squad were rewarded for their performances:
Charlie Martin received the Coaches Award for his great effort. Not much higher than the stumps Charlie, he batted with determination and bowled really well too. All U11 coaches recognized Charlie as a bright little talent and were pleased to give him the Coaches Award to encourage him to keep developing his skills.
Sebastian Wood: Though down in the mouth about his keeping at the end of the tournament, Seb did a great job in the coaches’ eyes and was duly rewarded with the Best Wicketkeeper award. Throwing himself left and right, taking balls on the body and never shirking, Seb took two excellent catches and saved loads of byes. A constant encouraging voice to his teammates, Seb was a worthy winner – keep up the good work Seb!
Archer Martin: 10 wickets and very few runs from his bowling, Archer was rewarded with the tournament’s Best Bowler award. Nothing much more to say really – Archer is a terrific little cricketer and we look forward to watching his development.
Under 13 Championship Notes:
Our U13s had an absolute blinder! There were four teams competing for the U13 trophy – Gingins, Zurich, CDL and a Wanderers composite team featuring Gingins and Basle players. Altogether we had eleven of our kids competing in the two teams.
The Under 13 squad comprised encouragingly of a broad range of experienced players as well as players who were new to Zuoz, and in some cases new to Gingins!
Our Gingins U13 team went through all their games undefeated; crushing main rivals Zurich in their round robin match, before a strong win against Zurich again in the Final. The U13 lads were undeniable – look up focused in the dictionary and there’s a picture of our U13 team. All the boys worked super hard in the nets between games and looked after each other terrifically on and off the field. The lads won many friends for the way they played. Great individual performances and strong team spirit saw them easily come out as the strongest team for the tournament. It was a super, focused, terrific effort...really.
Our U13 Wanderers had a great time of it too. They came in 3rd, beating CDL twice and putting up a good show against both Gingins and Zurich. The Wanderers team comprised a good mix of Gingins and Basle players and it was great to see these kids playing and gelling together. Again, it was a great experience for all our Wanderers and this taste of serious tournament cricket will help them challenge for positions in the main team going forward.
Our whole U13 squad – Gingins and Wanderers - did the Tournament and our club proud by making it a point to play in the spirit of the game and yet play hard and competitive cricket.
Here are the notes for each of our U13 players:
George Colville: George continued in Zuoz where he left off at coaching this year, in that his hard work paid off! Bowled and fielded excellently throughout and for the Wanderers excelled in all areas, showing that his cricket has really come on. Rewarded for his hard work by being called up to the Gingins team for the Final and taking two crucial wickets at the right time. A real team player and a pleasure to coach! Seeing George at the team dinner the night prior to the final said it all, as his face lit up on being told he had made the team for the Final!
Anna Colville: Anna was the only girl playing in the whole tournament...the WHOLE tournament across ALL age groups. That’s not easy but Anna didn’t let it stop her playing some top cricket. She showed her great competitive spirit and skills, especially in the bowling and fielding departments, taking the catch of the tournament against her school, CDL – good on you Anna! We hope that following Zuoz Anna can kick on with her cricket and continue to show an improvement in her skills.
Devansh Sachdeva: Devansh is new to the club and slotted in really well, following out team plans and his captains and showing the desire to compete and win. Managed to get some good flight and show that in time he will be able to trouble many more batsman with his “back of the hand” spinners! He gained a lot of experience and we look forward to more from him this coming season and next
Leo “Raffles” Vlassopulos: Leo’s hard work paid off as he managed to translate his passion into some good performances, obtaining his highest score of 17 in a match for the Wanderers – good on you Leo! Always a team player Leo bowled some good lines and was able to show us all that he has much to offer going forward
Iain Macdiarimd: Iain worked hard throughout and through his athleticism and enthusiasm earned a place in the Gingins team for the Final. Played a blinder against CDL, top scoring for Gingins with a fantastic knock that took the game away from CDL. His fielding was tight and bowling pretty economical. Though he did not get the chance to bat or bowl in the Final, his fielding was exceptional, saving a bag of runs and putting serious doubt into the batsman’s minds every time the ball went near him. Iain will have gained loads from the Tournament and we expect him to develop into a regular this and in future seasons.
Thomas Allen: Thomas opened the Tournament in blistering style with three wickets! Batted as if his life dependent on it (great!) and played the shot of the tournament at Under 13, a cracking square cut for 4! Hit the winning run with a top edge four against Zurich and narrowly missed out on the Bowler of the Tournament Award. His spell against Zurich, taking two wickets in the Group game, allowed others to bowl with little pressure and much effect. It restricted Zurich to a paltry total of around 40, which was chased down by Gingins with relative ease. A real role model for the team and someone who really has developed his game – it shows, so well done Thomas!
James Allsop: Mr Cool as we should call him now, James managed to get his timing well and truly sorted as witnessed by his impressive innings against CDL and Zurich on both occasions. In the Final he managed to hit some rasping drives. Backing that up with some tight fielding and bowling and Mr Cool had a great “coming of age” tournament, an experience that puts him in a great place as he moves to our Under 15s team
Rohan Jain: Rohan captained the Gingins team in a professional and sporting way, having the respect of his team and the opposition. Rohan lead from the front, taking 6 wickets with his bowling and batting solidly throughout, being there at the end in the Final with Thomas. We all knew there was no way he was going to let that Final slip away from Gingins! Was the most economical bowler in the competition, with batsman struggling to judge the bounce and variations. Fielded tightly, and took a blinder of a catch and was able to implement very effectively our team game plans.
Jelle Veenstra: 10000% passion from our Under 13 South African! What a tournament for Jelle, bowling quick and aggressively (knocking over a few established batsman with his trademark short one!), as well giving away nothing in the field. Jelle’s batting was a joy to watch, with him filling the role of pinch hitter brilliantly, setting up Gingins for many a victory. Clearly enjoyed the role of opening with James. Sent a clear signal to Readers that he loves their bats! Great job Jelle!
John Cumberland: The keeper of the Tournament John, who had many a coach talking about him. Stopped numerous runs and went about his business in his normal busy way! Did not get too many opportunities to bat but when required stepped up and followed team orders and kept the scoreboard ticking over. A real team player, John showed us all that hard work in practice can be turned into great performances in matches. Well done John!
Will Robinson: Find of the Tournament! Will amazed us all, not least himself, with his great results. He was quite simply, amazing! With his perfect throwing arm he saved numerous runs down at backward of square on the leg side. He topped that with a tight spell of bowling in the two games against Zurich, as well as some top and powerful hitting in all games, dispatching the bowlers to all parts! Fantastic attitude and a real joy to have in the team, Will clearly benefitted from his approach to the game.
Again, some special mentions:
We were very proud when three of our U13 squad were rewarded for their performances:
Anna Colville – Best Fielder of the Tournament which given the super high quality of skills on display really was no small feat! We’ve already mentioned that Anna was the only girl in U11, U13, U15 or U17 and we shouldn’t underestimate the added pressure that puts on a young player. Really – well done Anna, we were very proud of your grit and determination!
Rohan Jain – Bowler of the U13 Tournament for the second year in a row! Brilliant really from Ro who has added steel to his attitude this year and is producing great results. His caught and bowled was one of the magic moments of the U13 tournament.
Jelle Veenstra - What to say about Jelle? Dedication and hard work at training paid off in buckets. Jelle challenged for the Player of the Tournament award for his lethal bowling and strong fielding but his batting was the standout – aggressive yet patient, steely eyed focus and determination producing runs galore. No surprises when he picked up the Best Batsman of the U13 Tournament award. Well done lad!
Dylan Cleaveley - Dylan didn’t win any official award but he gets a “No Flies” Award from his Gingins coaches for two key reasons. We mentioned above that Dylan put his hand up for the U13 Wanderers keeper role and the first reason for his No Flies award is that he did a cracking job the little bloke. The second reason is – again mentioned above – that Dylan managed to avoid hurting himself throughout the tournament – an incredible achievement really – for goodness sakes, keep it up Dylan!
Under 15 Championship Notes:
Lastly, the U15s. Our seven Gingins U15 lads were joined by Ruwan Jayakody from Basle U15s. Ruwan is one of the best U15 cricketers in Switzerland, excellent with bat, ball and in the field, so he was a very handy addition to the team.
There were three U15 teams – Gingins, Zurich and Cossonay – and the format was that each team played each other twice with the winning team then playing an invitational game vs the U17 Lyceum team.
The U15 lads were superb. They battled hard against tough opposition the whole time – there were no easy games. They won 3 of their 4 games and their loss to Zurich goes down for many of us as their best game. Again, again, again it was the Gingins team spirit combined with hard fighting skills that saw us win through. That was probably best exemplified in that loss to Zurich. All our boys fought and battled, not giving in and forcing the Zurich lads to work overtime for their victory. Over all of the matches, each and every Gingins player contributed and that determination saw us win both of our matches on the second day to clinch the Tournament trophy – so proud of the lads.
They then went on to score a good win over the U17 Lyceum team – another great result! Each of the U15 lads can feel well proud in their achievement.
Here are our player notes for the U15 lads:
Vince “Graeme Smith” Williamson: Vince started the tournament well on the first day but soon developed a fierce temperature. By the 2nd game he was as sick as a dog with a temp >40. He had a “Graeme Smith” moment though when he said “stuff it” and went out to play nonetheless, keeping and bowling well and being our last batsmen in with Simon, fighting hard to deny Zurich the win. Inspiring stuff from Vince and though he and Lindsey travelled home Sunday morning, they were with us the whole way in spirit and via Twitter. Great team player Vince, soul of the team.
Simon Pearce: Simon’s batting – when he wasn’t getting run out – shone during the tournament. His fighting 16 no vs Zurich in the 2nd game (the one we lost) was played against super bowling. Simon never looked like getting out! Tight in the field and though he bowled few overs, again, Simon, like Vince is a key part of the U15 team – Simon epitomises the Spirit of Cricket!
Abhishek Srikanth: Never short of a word Abhishek, he is constantly encouraging team mates and building our great team spirit. Didn’t get much chance to bat or bowl but when he did he fought hard. Catching practice in order Abhishek but full marks for the spirit in which he plays and the support he constantly brings to the Club.
Ruwan Jayakody: What to say about Ruwan? How we wish he lived in Gingins! A terrific young lad, humble but with excellent cricket skills – batting, bowling and fielding – Ruwan put on a great display in all aspects of the game. His catch to dismiss Jai Singh in the Cossonay match up there with the best catches of the tournament. Took five wickets and scored a large bag full of runs, Ruwan was a great addition to our squad.
Aidan Andrews: Young Aidan! Despite something odd hanging from his left ear, how Aidan has come on as a cricketer! Batted beautifully in opening the innings in each game, he scored 52no to retire in the first match vs Cossonay and a bag full of runs in every other game too. Bowled well – a little short on occasion – and contributed well in the field too. Just a pleasure to have on our team; loved by all his team mates.
Ale Poynton: Ale captained the team with distinction, especially given he had a very bad back injury throughout the tournament. He was severely limited in his ability to move but played each game, fielding well and most importantly, bowling beautifully, very few wides while taking 7 crucial wickets in the tournament and another two in the game vs the Lyceum. Batting was a downer but a key part of our great team spirit.
Floris Winckel: Floris is an U13 player but stepped up to play U15s. He struggled to get consistency in his bowling but batted beautifully and under great pressure – which is when he thrives – in the second game vs Cossonay which we held on to win by a single wicket. Again, as always, fielded well and as always, made a strong contribution to the team spirit.
Alasdair Macdiarmid: Alasdair played for CDL in the U15 tournament last year so he has now won two U15 titles in a row! Alasdair played a vital role in all our games, alternating the keeping with Vince and bowling his tricky left arm pace. Batted really well with Simon in that losing game vs Zurich, setting the tone for our strong fighting loss. A quiet, unassuming bloke, Alasdair, like all our team, plays in with the Gingins spirit and contributes strongly to the overall team spirit that plays such a strong part in us achieving beyond expectations.
Special mentions for the U15s:
Ruwan Jayakody, with 5 wickets, about 130 runs and some superb fielding duly won the Player of the Tournament award. Thanks for your contribution Ruwan.
Aidan Andrews – Best Batsman award. Aidan batted beautifully throughout the tournament and in two games since he’s retired not out to have an average of 105! New nickname – the Don!
Ale Poynton – Best Bowler. Ale’s 7 wickets came despite real pain in his back. He was unlucky not to get more with some dropped catches off his bowling. He got good swing, bounce and turn and got two more wickets vs the U17s.
We should also mention Rohan Jain and Thomas Allen who stood in with Vince’s absence. Both lads made strong contributions in the games they played – Ro hitting the winning run with one wicket left vs Cossonay and Thomas, after a nervous first over, bowling well vs Zurich. James Allsop gets a mention too for fielding for one over whilst Ale was getting treatment on his back!
So...that’s the story of the cricket and the cricketers.
The real story of the weekend was the togetherness we all experienced. On the Saturday and Sunday evenings we all had dinner together. Saturday was a bit difficult as the U15s finished late but Sunday evening was a real celebration for the Club. The U15s had won their tournament by then so we gave them all many rousing cheers – remembering Vince and Lindsey too!
The U13s were psyched for their Final on the Monday and the U11s were just having a fine time. The parents were all together and the girls did us a dance as did, surprisingly, the boys. It was just a great family experience for everyone.
With the cricket all done for another year, we all headed home; bus, train and car. We were too many to all travel together and next year more folk might prefer the train/car option as the bus takes a bit long. But the time spent together in Zuoz really was magic. 31 cricketers, 60 family members, 25 matches, two Championship trophies, 9 individual awards, smiles all around. It doesn’t get any better and quite simply, we can't wait until next year to make the journey again.
Win, lose or draw, Zuoz is buzz, it is fizz, it is special, it really is magical. 91 Gingins players and family members will testify that the pixie dust was scattered in abundance and our lives are the richer for it – not one of our participants will want to miss going again in 2013.
Wallow away people; it was a great weekend; well done everyone!
Gingins U13 player, Thomas Allen, is setting off on a marathon 800 km hike to raise money for the Chance to Dream Foundation.
Thomas is starting his walk on the Atlantic at St Jean-de-Luz on June 24th and will cross the highest peaks of the Pyrenees to end on the beach on the Mediterranean ay Banjul.
The Haute Route des Pyrenees is an “installment” walk and Thomas will complete the first week (approx. 110 km) this year, picking up at the exact same place next year to continue the trek. It will take 5 years to complete. A GPS tracker will monitor his progress for all sponsors whom he would like to thank in advance for their support to the Chance to Dream Foundation.
We are very happy to announce that we have signed our first ever sponsorship deal!
The Crowne Plaza Geneva, a wonderful hotel near Geneva Airport (click on the hotel logo to visit their Homepage), has agreed to be our Gold Sponsor for season 2012. The hotel has agreed to contribute CHF5,000 in season 2012 toward new equipment. We will use this money to buy two sets of nets for the Gingins Centre Sportif. The sponsorship deal also includes a new "We Play as a Team" banner, 8 nights accommodation for visiting coaches and 4 Board room hires for our Committee meetings.
The Crowne Plaza Geneva sponsorship means that we can use our pre-existing funds to buy a rollout wicket and other much needed equipment. In short, it's terrific!
The Crowne Plaza has provided great support to our GCC raffle in the past two years by offering a dinner for 2 in their La Recolte restaurant, a very fine dining experience. When I thanked Cypert Schwartz, the hotel General Manager, for his support to the raffle, he said "Well, we could do more" and that was all the encouragement we needed to open discussions around a possible sponsorship arrangement.
Those discussions led to this great deal and we hope that it can be a win:win for the Club and the Hotel. We hope that all of our parents who work in the Geneva region will consider sending business to the hotel - room nights, events, meals - to send them the message that we really appreciate their support.
The Club would like to thank the Crowne Plaza Geneva for this very generous sponsorship and we look forward to wearing the Hotel logo on our Gingins CC shirts this year!
Gingins CC 3rd Annual Awards Event
Sunday December 11th saw the GCC host its 3rd Annual Awards event at the La Chat Sports Hall. Play kicked off just after 2pm with some keen lads turning up to get some practice aboard. Other players trickled in and by 5pm, when the awards ceremony officially got going, there was a great racket emanating from the Hall as the kids challenged each other with bat and ball.
This is the 3rd time the Club has held an Awards event and it has become a great way for us to finish our year and to reflect on what we’ve achieved, where we could do better and to look forward to the year ahead.
This year we broke the awards into 4 categories:
· Under 9s
· Under 10s
· Under 11s and
· Under 13s.
We didn’t take the recent Indoor tournament performances into account; the players’ efforts there will be considered in the 2012 Awards. Nor did we consider players who had recently joined the Club – again, they’ll be eligible for Awards in 2012.
In choosing the Award winners, we look for performances in matches, efforts and attitude at training and the overall approach with respect to the Spirit of Cricket. With so many kids playing at the Club it wasn’t easy but because it’s not a Beauty contest, we didn’t feel obliged to pick a single winner in categories where more than one player warranted acknowledgement. In fact, with some Awards, such as the Spirit of Cricket Award, we took the chance to recognize a number of players who had held true to the values of the Club and the spirit in which the game should be played.
Before we gave out the Awards, we presented the U11 team from Zuoz with the Zuoz Cup. They had not been given the Cup when they won the Tournament in Zuoz earlier this year - last year's winners had managed to lose it - and so we bought another Cup and presented it to the lads who were happy to finally raise it to much cheering!
Here’s a list of our winners:
Best Newcomer: Wilf Chisolm
Best Young Star: Gregor Wellard
Best Bowler: Charlie McKellar
Best Batsman: Luca Poynton
Spirit of Cricket Award: Matthew Shaw
Best New Player: Sebastien Wood
Best Emerging Player: Anna Colville
Best Fielder: John Cumberland
Best Bowler: Rohan Jain
Best Batsman: James Allsop
Spirit of Cricket Award: Oliver Roux
Milton Valentine Coaches Award:
Hawthorn Trophy Player of the Year:
Best Fielder: Ale Poynton
Best Batsman: Floris Winckel
Best Bowler: Aidan Andrews
Spirit of Cricket Award: Vince Williamson
Milton Valentine Coaches Award:
Hawthorn Trophy Player of the Year:
The Milton Valentine Coaches Award is a special award given to selected players, not necessarily because they’re the best players but because of the whole approach they bring to their game. Milton Valentine was an exceptional youth basketball coach but sadly died of cancer in 2009. Each year the Award is announced with some words that Milton penned before he passed away. Here is an excerpt that explains the idea behind the Award:
The Coaches award is in my opinion the Award to win. It is about the player who has made a commitment to him/herself and his/her teammates to put the team first. They are the person who is always at training, always gets to the game on time, always focused on what is happening both at training and in games and practices the drills at training so that in the game situation it is an automatic response. Most times they are the people who go home and practice in their own time as well to fine tune their skills, they will be prepared to try something new and will be there to pat a team mate on the back when he “drops a sitter” or is given out “to a howler of an LBW decision”.
We also had some special awards to recognize the great support given by our Gingins parents.
Mark Steele received his very own yellow Gingins CC t-shirt for all the great work he’s done with the Nippers this year. Dean McKellar also received his own fine yellow T for his great support at training and for his work coaching the U11s in the Indoor tournament.
And Manoj Parmer, our wonderful coach from the UK donated a new, special award to recognize the efforts of one of our parents. This year we couldn’t split Lindsey Williamson and Andy Cleaveley so both Andy and Lindsey have their names engraved on the lovely plate that Manoj donated – thanks Manoj!
Lastly, we wanted to give all the players a special “prize” that could sit on their desk to remind them of the spirit of the Club and to help them think about “Letting go” of the dreams that reside, sometimes deeply, within their young scones.
Each player received a mounted picture by Michael Leunig, an Australian cartoonist/philosopher and were reminded that if they had it in their heads that they wanted to do something, then they should set the dream free and just get out there and go for it.
With the year ahead looking so exciting for the Club, it was a great way – we thought – to end proceedings.
And really lastly, our parents and kids presented Manish and I with a great gift for which we were very grateful. Vince Williamson made a terrific speech.
So we take this opportunity to again congratulate all our Award winners for their achievements during 2011. We wish everyone involved with the Club a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2012 and to continue to grow the Club and to provide a safe, fun and learning environment for all our kids to enjoy the great game of cricket.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! See you in 2012!
Gingins CC U11/U13 player Rohan Jain won the Inaugural U11 Bob Barber award earlier this year. The award ceremony was in October but Rohan and Manish were unable to attend so the award was given to Rohan as part of the ceremony at the recent Gingins Indoor Tournament.
Robert ("Bob") William Barber (born on 26 September 1935 in Manchester) is a former English cricketer who played first class cricket for Cambridge University, Lancashire and Warwickshire from 1954 to 1969.
Bob Barber played 28 Test matches for England. He was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1967.
A hard hitting batsman he is perhaps best remembered for an innings of 185 against Australia on the 1965-66 tour.
Barber was also a big-turning legspinner who averaged one and a half wickets per Test with his 42 victims.
After retiring from the limelight of the cricket field Bob Barber settled in east of Switzerland. For some years he has actively supported junior cricket.
The Bob Barber Award, presented by Bob Barber, is awarded annually to the Swiss junior player, who has made the most outstanding contribution to junior cricket in their age group (U11, U13, U15, U17 & U19).
The criteria:At the Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 levels the award will be presented to a Swiss national player who takes part in both national tournaments (e.g. indoor competitions, the Zuoz Tournament) and international matches and tours – with the emphasis on competitive cricket.
Cricket is a game that requires players to be skilled at multiple disciplines – To take wickets, to score runs, to take catches, to effect run outs. The value to a side of a genuine all-rounder cannot be underestimated, especially at these younger levels.
Here the Player of the Year will be decided, in addition to the above criterion, by combining a player's overall individual performances using a formula which would include the following: Batting + Bowling + Fielding + CaptaincyHere's the citation for Rohan's award:
Rohan Jain is the worthy recipient of this inaugural U11 Bob Barber Award. Rohan was the standout performer at U11 this past season. He got away to a flying start by captaining the Gingins CC U11 team to victory in the Swiss National Indoor Tournament hosted by Gingins last November. Rohan won the Player of the U11 Tournament award by virtue of excellent bowling (both wickets and economy), batting and fielding with Gingins winning a tight match vs. Luxembourg in the Final. Rohan also made a major contribution to the Gingins U13 team in the same Tournament. Rohan bowled beautifully in all matches, contributing a number of key wickets at a great economy rate; he batted soundly and safely and contributed some terrific fielding, especially in the Final when it really mattered, where he got 2 key run outs and 2 key wickets to help the U13 team lift the trophy.
In the outdoor season, Rohan again played an important role at both U11 and U13 in matches against local teams for Gingins but his next excellent success was at the annual Zuoz tournament. There Rohan played in the Gingins U13 side. He bowled brilliantly throughout the 3 matches, picking up 9 wickets including a 5 for in the vital, must-win match vs. Basel, the reigning champions, as well as a number of key wickets in a nail-biting game against Zurich. His economy rate was again second to none – all batsmen struggled to get him away, unsure of which way he’d spin it - and this for a young 10 year old who had only started bowling leg spin 12 months previously. Rohan used great flight and variation throughout to leave even the best batsmen struggling to fend deliveries away and was a worth winner of the U13 Tournament Best Bowler Award. Rohan batted solidly throughout the tournament, coming in twice in difficult situations, batting sensibly to help the team post a competitive score. Rohan made a major contribution to the U13 side winning the Zuoz tournament.
Rohan then captained the Swiss U11 side in Austria where again his tight bowling and strong batting saw the Swiss team beat an overage Austrian team as well as administer sound thrashings to Munich and Bratislava.
Rohan then participated in the Swiss U13 tour to the UK. Whilst he didn’t get the results he wanted, Rohan gained great experience against tough opposition.
Rohan is a keen young cricketer who devotes many hours to practice. He is a wonderful young lad who always plays in the spirit of the game, respecting team mates, opposition, coaches and umpires. We’re very much looking forward to seeing Rohan continue to develop his leg spin and as he gets older and stronger, to seeing his wonderful batting footwork and stroke play convert more of his fine shots into runs.
Congratulations then to Rohan Jain, a stand out winner of this year’s U11 Bob Barber Award.
Gingins U11s Make it Two out of Two, U13s go close
Gingins CC hosted the 2nd Annual Swiss Indoor Championship at the La Chat Ecolint campus on November 26th and 27th. Visiting teams from Basle, Cossonay, College du Leman, Zurich and Luxembourg played against our Gingins kids and competition was fierce indeed!
Having won both age groups in the inaugural tournament last year, hopes were high amongst our U11 and U13 teams for a repeat performance. Our 2nd U13 team, a development squad, were thrilled to be able to participate and get some much appreciated match practice.
The results were terrific!
Our U11 squad, comprised predominantly of kids relatively new to the game, far exceeded expectations. We knew they’d be competitive but we didn’t expect them to go on and win the tournament! But that’s exactly what they did!!
A good win over CDL in the group games was followed by a setback in the second game, being beaten quite convincingly by Basle. This placed them 2nd in Group A, meaning that they had to face the Group B winners – Zurich – in the semi-final.
Shirts tucked in and looking like a cricket team, the kids went out and put on a great performance. Zurich got early wickets with the ball but our batters hung in there to post a respectable yet easily gettable score. Zurich’s batters came out and the runs flowed but one key difference – our kids weren’t bowling wides or no balls so the Zurich lads had to fight for every run. And they didn’t come easily as our kids fielded as though their lives depended on it. Having said that, they dropped three relatively simple catches off Zurich’s best batsman and the match seemed to be slipping away. But they got him in the end and wrapped up the game with runs to spare, earning themselves a position in the Final.
For the second year running, the U11 Final was Gingins vs. Luxembourg. What a cracking match it turned out to be. Gingins batted first and kept the scoreboard ticking over and over throughout the innings, posting a very strong 86. Then – what a bowling and fielding display! Hardly a single wide was given away and the Luxembourg team found it a real struggle to get any momentum going. Great fielding restricted their batters who had to hit out to try to stay up with the required run rate. That led to batsman taking risks and getting out. Our straight bowling saw us bowl a number of their players, we took some catches and ran out their big hitting No. 4!
In the end the brave Luxembourg squad fell short, our kids celebrating as though they’d won the lottery with the final catch to dismiss their last batsman.
What a great achievement by our U11 squad! They were:
Luca Poynton (c), Charlie McKellar, Matthew Shaw, Ayoush Shrikanth, Alex Buchelli, Kian Power, Sebastien Wood, Dylan Cleaveley, Tanish Patil and Mattia Uras
And to add icing on the cake, two of our lads were recognized for great individual performances. Ayoush won the Best Bowler award and Matthew Shaw won the Player of the Tournament trophy for an all round great effort on bowling, batting and fielding.
All our U11s were great but well done Ayoush and Matthew for really excelling.
The U13 tournament was just as tough! We fielded two teams – U13 Gingins Green, our main team; and U13 Gingins Gold, our development squad.
The Gold team had a hard time of the group matches but nonetheless there were some good performances and our players took heart and benefitted strongly from the match practice. They eventually played off for the 5th vs. 6th decider and beat CDL to win their first game at U13, a really great effort. Our Gold team comprised:
Anna Colville, George Colville, Rahul Venkatrum, Oliver Roux, Max Miller, Sam McKellar and with participation from U11s Matthew Shaw, Kian Power, Alex Buchelli and Charlie McKellar.
The Green team had a tough time too. Like the U11s, they won one and lost one in the group games. They beat CDL in their first game but lost to Luxembourg in their 2nd. This saw them face Group B winners - the surprise packet of the tournament, the combined Basle/Cossonay team who had beaten Zurich and Gingins Gold to top their group.
The semi was the match of the tournament for us. Our boys lost the toss and were put into bat and made quite a mess of it; scoring nowhere near enough runs to be really competitive. But the match was by no means lost and our lads picked themselves up and duly went out and wiped out the Basle/Cossonay batsman. Floris Winckel took two early wickets and Rohan Jain and James Allsop kept the pressure on, taking wickets, restricting runs. Slowly, slowly, the lads tightened the noose and finally ran out strong winners – a match the stats said they should never have won - to secure their place in the final. It was a terrific effort from the Greens but one they weren’t able to replicate in the Final vs. a very strong and capable Zurich team. It was no pushover but the Zurich lads won comfortably in the end. Our lads were pretty upset – they had set themselves a tough target of again winning the tournament but though they fell short, as coaches, we were thrilled with the way they’d fought so hard to reach the final and to be competitive in that game too. It was a great effort.
Again, one of our lads was rewarded with an individual award. Floris Winckel got more runs and had a higher average than any other batter in the tournament by far and duly won the Best Batsman prize – well done Floris.
But the team, comprising: Rohan Jain (c), Floris Winckel, James Allsop, Jelle Veenstra, Thomas Allen, John Cumberland, Leo Vlassopolus and Iam Macdiarmid did a great job and should be proud of their achievement. We were and we look forward to seeing the lads train that much harder now to give the Zurich lads a real go at the Zuoz tournament.
It was yet again a wonderful tournament experience for all our players, made so by the great effort of our terrific Committee but also with help from all our families who bought food and drink in for the visiting teams throughout the two days of the tournament. And we cannot fail to mention our magnificent U15 players! They were super keen to play of course but as they'd all gone beyond the age limit, there was no opportunity for that. And yet they still wanted to be part of the proceedings and helped out - in their terrific yellow GCC t-shirts = by welcoming and supporting the visiting teams,helping kids pad up, consoling kids when tears were flowing and just generally being there to help the mums and organizers. Well done those lads:
Alex Marr, Ale Poynton, Simon Pearce, Vince Williamson, Alasdair Macdiarmid, Aidan Andrews, Abhishek Shrikanth, Floris Winckel and Amrik Jhand
We held a successful raffle and a Tournament Dinner as well as a great awards ceremony at the end where David Woods, Director of the La Chat Campus came and presented the trophies and medals to the players and winning teams.
We had great feedback from the visiting teams and cemented our bonds of friendship with the teams from all over Switzerland as well as the terrific squad from Luxembourg. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again in 2012!
Jelle Veenstra and Thomas Allen, two Gingins CC U13 players, represented Switzerland this weekend past in the U13 Rugby World Cup which was held in Provence, France.
We posted some Twitter reports from Mark, Thomas' dad, on our Twitter feed over the weekend - the results and the boys' magic moments - so will not repeat it all here. But the boys had some great games against South Africa, Wales, Northern Ireland and were competitive in all their games, losing by 1 try only in a few matches, winning and drawing others.
Here's a great photo of the two ruffians and we post it here to celebrate their achievement.
Well done Thomas and Jelle!
May 29th: Picture this:
Fighting for our chance to win the Championship, we’re playing reigning champs Basle, we MUST win and we must win convincingly to stand any chance of taking the trophy because it’s going to come down to net run rate.
Rohan Jain is traumatizing the batsmen with his leg spin. He has 4 for and he’s coming in to bowl. The ball seems to be sliding down leg side, but wait, it kisses the leg stump on the way through, almost caresses the bail off and Basle are all out. Rohan celebrates, careering off on a looping run, arms raised above his head, through the covers…7 boys of 5 different nationalities chase him, catch him and hug him, celebrating together, mates! A 10 year old, small of stature. Indian boy, sometimes given a hard time because of his calm, gentle and polite approach to life, cart-wheeling across a cricket field, his team in tow and a crowd inspired by the site….THAT was my magic moment!
There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you achieve a goal you had set for yourself. Easy goal, tough goal, unimaginable goal – it doesn’t matter. Looking back at the mountain you’ve just climbed, amazed in wonder that you actually did manage to drag yourself all the way up there, to those dizzy heights, there are few words that can capture the fullness of feeling, of wonderment and amazement, that washes around you during that moment of reflection.
Setting targets and working hard to achieve them is a major part of life. Sport, of course, in that it is part of life, is no different. All sportsmen and sportswomen set goals. Unimaginable goals (winning an Olympic goal medal), tough goals (your team winning a major championship), easy goals (getting to practice on time) or personal goals (running a PB in next week’s race); sport is a great prelude to the tougher challenge of survival in an ever competitive world.
Because of that, sport is great for kids. Any sport – team or individual – opens kids’ eyes to the journey required to succeed, to be a good person; because it really is a journey. Even those gifted with rare natural talent have to work hard to reach their goals. Nothing comes easy; there are no free lunches. Sports people learn early the heartfelt pain of defeat, the physical pain of injury, sometimes the pain of not being able to continue their chosen sport because something somehow happens to derail their journey. We, as spectators, love sport because we can watch these things unfold before our eyes. Sport and cricket in particular, captures so many emotions in a single game – that moment of competing for the trophy - will he catch it, has she trained hard enough, will they choke? “If only he’d have…!” How terrific it is that we have sport and the great game of cricket to enrich us!
When those emotions come from watching our own kids – well, how our hearts jump into our mouths each time they go out there to bat or bowl - how intense can those feelings be! Worried for their hearts in case they lose or mess up somehow, you almost wish that they would just stay in their room and read a book – it would be much safer! But you know that that will only teach them so much, it will likely not fulfill them and so out they go, helmets on, bat or ball in hand, to have a go. You sit there and can only mutter a choked “Good Luck!” or “It doesn’t matter if you don’t win” when you know very well it matters to them more than anything.
So when the Gingins CC first travelled to Zuoz to compete in the Swiss National Junior Cricket Championships in June 2009, we realized that here was a worthy goal.
Organized by the Swiss Cricket Association – and a thousand thanks to Patrick Henderson for giving us the gift of this goal - the Zuoz Championship really is the showcase for Swiss Junior Cricket. Played at 1,800m at the Lyceum Alpinum School in the beautiful Engadine region, snow capped mountains all around, Zuoz is about as far as you can get from Gingins and still be in Switzerland. Teams compete in 8 per side, 18 over matches at U11, U13 and U15 levels.
In 2009, we were in only our second season and had played only a handful of competitive games against other Clubs. When we took our U11s to compete in our first Zuoz Championship, we had few expectations of winning. Yet we came 2nd and – very proudly – were awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award for the way we played. If that wasn’t enough to stir the competitive juices, nothing would.
So we thought to ourselves – this would be a terrific tournament to win! We set that as a Club goal and we trained hard and prepared like crazy for the 2010 tournament. Our U13 team had a huge challenge that year because most of our lads had only being playing cricket for two years and were up against serious and much more experienced talent. Nonetheless, they fought hard and achieved respect from the opposition.
Our U11s that year went ever so close. We’d won our first two matches, beating the excellent and experienced past champions the Zurich Crickets in the process. We came up against Munich – who had also won their two games – in the final match and took them to the wire. We took 6 of the 7 wickets needed but their experienced players hung in there. We gave them a few lives to boot so that in the end, we travelled the 6-hour journey home cradling not a trophy but the dreadful pain not only of defeat, but of having had victory snatched from our grasp.
Every match and training session since that moment the Munich lad smashed the winning run has been dedicated to preparation for the 2011 Zuoz Championship.
The physical journey to get there each year is a logistical challenge in itself. Our parents, having travelled there separately by car and train in 2009, and then together by train (with 5 changes!) in 2010, decided this year that we’d hire a bus, everyone travelling together, to generate that magical team spirit we believe is so important to everything we do in Gingins CC.
Departing on time at 1455, we were stuck in traffic near Bern for an hour and as the weather turned bad and night settled in, we received text messages from those ahead of us, already in Zuoz, that snow was falling in the valley. Notwithstanding the concern this raised for the safety of our journey over the 2,200m Julier pass, it really made us fear that the Championship would be called off and we’d not get the chance to compete.
The bus driver got us there safely around 2330, not without some nervous moments. All parents and kids were thankful that the bus had a video we could watch to deter our attention from what was happening outside – there really was snow everywhere up there. Our iPhone-wielding parents had dialed up the forecast for Zuoz the next day and it seemed that yes, it would be sunny so we went to bed feeling hopeful we’d get the chance to have a go after all.
Indeed, Saturday dawned majestically (see left). Cold, but with sunshine and snow almost right down in the valley, off we went to the fields to prepare for our first match – Gingins CC U13s against a composite Swiss Wanderers team made up of lads from Cossonay and a few other Clubs (including Abhishek Srikanth from Gingins).
How dreadfully we played! The Wanderers batted first and scored a total of 58 runs – 47 of them coming from wides and no balls from our wayward bowling! We were horrified! All that training for this? “Come on lads!”. Worse, our normally robust batting slipped badly and we ended up 6 for 50, with our last man in. A nail-biting run chase that should have been a lot easier became a fight for survival in the tournament. The lads made it – phew! – so we had a win on the board but we needed serious improvement from then on with the past champions Zurich and current champions Basle ahead of us.
Attention then turned to the U11s. Only one of our players had played in Zuoz before so we had a new squad that was full of hope and expectation but thin on results to prove their credentials. Playing against the Basle Dragons, we had an easy win in the end because the Basle lads were, like us in 2009, quite young and new. But it was a great game played in an excellent spirit; a good confidence builder for our boys.
Our next game turned out to be the game of the Championship - Gingins CC U13 vs. Zurich Crickets CC. Zurich won the toss and elected to bowl; a good choice as we were playing on the coconut matting strip and the ball was keeping low at times. We got off to a very rocky start and before we knew what was happening, were 2 for 5 and then 3 for about 10. This was bad! But our experienced lads worked on through and eventually posted a score of 73; likely 10-20 runs short of where we’d have liked to be after our 18 overs, but a total we felt we could defend.
Zurich are no slouches though and are full of experienced lads. But they found scoring a challenge too and we rotated our bowlers sensibly and carefully. Wickets came but then there were periods of run-getting so the emotions waxed and waned as the game unfolded, Zurich creeping closer to the target, Gingins fighting hard, not giving anything away. Then a flurry of wickets!!! Coming into the last over, they needed 5 runs, we needed 2 wickets. Singles taken of the first few balls – WICKET! The crowd, swelled by spectators from other fields, cheered and rallied their favourites. Last ball, 2 runs needed. A wide would hand them victory, but no, a tap, run, a rushed single, a throw at the stumps – NO! Overthrows! Zurich steal victory in a brilliant match by a single run off the last ball of the match!
Phew! Breathing out, calm…coaches, parents consoling distraught players. Zurich elated, what a game, played in an absolutely brilliant spirit! But heads up lads, you’re not out of it yet – if you beat Basle tomorrow, it will be Zurich 2 wins (they’d lost earlier to Basle and beaten the Wanderers), Gingins 2 wins and Basle 2 wins so it would come down to net run rate. You’re still in it!
Meanwhile….the U11s had their second game. This time against College du Leman (CDL) playing their first ever Zuoz Championship, our lads played a super game. They’re no slouches either at CDL but we put on a score over 115 and had them all out for 49. So the U11s went off to dinner that night on a high whilst the U13s, many of them the same boys who had tasted that oh-so-close defeat against Munich the year before, were more pensive, worried but still positive.
The weather during the first day had improved progressively so that the Sunday dawned a magnificent sunny day. Sunscreen required all around, especially given the altitude. The scene was set for an enthralling day for the Gingins lads. The U11s still had to beat the Zurich lads to seal the Championship and the U13s not only had to beat the reigning champions and highly capable Basle team, but had to do it sufficiently well to end up with the best net run rate. Zurich U13s were up against the Wanderers team so were expected to win comfortably – the odds were stacked against us.
The U13s were up first. Winning the toss (excellent!) we decided to bowl and how beautifully we did! Seven of the 18 overs in and Basle were 2 for 14 (or 14 for 2 if you’re a Pom!). We fielded like our lives depended on it, dismissing their most attacking batsman with a cracking catch! Some excellent batting took them to 59 but this was a good total for us, one we thought we could certainly chase.
The wheels fell off our chase a bit – our number 3 going out cheaply – but the rest of the Gingins lads clenched their jaws around that total and slowly, progressively chewed their way there; aggressive and terrific shot making at the end taking us to a really brilliant, hard fought victory.
The U13s had done all we could ask. They hadn’t had a brilliant Championship but they’d fought like tigers, there was no choking here. Some players were up in some matches, or in some facet of their game, down in others. Other players stepped up to fill the space. No one took a backward step and everyone was so proud of their achievement – regardless of whether they’d done enough to win the Championship – because they had truly exemplified our team spirit – “We Play as a Team!”
The U11s were up next and they bowled first. Another terrific bowling and fielding effort saw them restrict a strong Zurich batting line up to 59. The best thing about the bowling was that it wasn’t the experienced strike bowlers who got the wickets; our new younger lads took 5 of the 7 wickets and that was terrific. Getting 60 runs still represented a mountain to climb though because the Zurich lads can bowl. Sure enough, we lost both our experienced and high scoring openers very cheaply and as runs dried up to near desertification levels as the overs ticked by we were in trouble – serious trouble. We worried that our new U11s would feel the pain of defeat all the way home too as had their predecessors in 2010 after having put themselves in such a good position to win. But no way, not on your Nellie!
The U11 lads worked hard and batted carefully, keeping wickets intact and scoring slowly and progressively; there were even some cracking aggressive shots. The Zurich lads bowled well but eventually wides started to come (2 runs for a wide or no ball) and with some good shots and good running between wickets, we edged our way to the total. Tension! With two runs needed to win, the six young non-batting players lined up on the sidelines. “Wide!” “Game Over!” and onto the pitch they ran to greet their mates and celebrate winning the U11 trophy! They’d done it! But not without a struggle, the hard work making the win so much sweeter.
So we had one trophy in the bag – brilliant – but had to wait to hear the U13 result. Coaches and mathematicians had been poring over the Basle, Zurich and Gingins score-sheets to determine the net run rate and thus the results.
Had they done enough? Players, parents, coaches gathered to hear the result. No one (save the coaches who had verified the run rate calculations) knew the deal. We only knew: Basle 2 wins. Zurich 2 wins. Gingins 2 wins; Swiss Wanderers 3 losses.
Announcing 4th place - the Swiss Wanderers. OK, so no surprises there.
Announcing 3rd place - Gingins boys and all the other boys from the other teams heads in hand, no one daring to look – long pause - ”Zurich!!”
“We’re still in it!”
Announcing 2nd place, and by default the champions -
Very long pause - ”Basle!!!”
We’d won! The boys had done it! Our lads looked at each other in shock and uncontained happiness, almost hyperventilating with the excitement – it meant so much to them.
Announcing 1st place, Zuoz Champions 2011 – Gingins CC! Absolutely fantastic!
So…great emotions all round. The mountain climbed – not once but twice – we had come to give it our best and challenge for the Championship. We’d had a tough time of it, we’d had to fight hard and face disappointment and yet we’d come through. Two teams, two Championships! Unfortunately for the U11s, last year’s winners (Munich) have misplaced the trophy so there was only one cup on the bus ride home but we hope to have it here with us soon.
Some readers will find it odd that I’m a long way into the article and haven’t yet mentioned a single player by name. That’s deliberate and the reason is that these were two quite brilliant efforts by our TEAMS.
We say in Gingins “We Play as a Team!” It’s what defines us, how we see ourselves and this Zuoz Championship really, really showed the power of it. We had players who performed really well but few did so in all games and in all aspects of the game. What defined this tournament for the us was the way each and every player stepped up at some point in the tournament; each player made some contribution. Each player fought back after a disappointment. Each player wanted to bat, to get out there, to have a go. Each player wanted to bowl. In the field, they wanted the ball to come to them. We didn’t drop a single catch and indeed took some beauties. Our shirts were tucked in; we LOOKED like a team. We had our new team banner and we took a thousand photos in front of it – because it had our logo on it and it said “We Play as a Team” and there’s is nothing we’re more proud of than that!
On the bus home we all spoke about our Magic moments – our own personal magic moment, a fellow player’s magic moment and a team magic moment. Our kids came up with a hugely long list and we will post it here on the website soon.
We look forward to our next challenge. Defending the Indoor Championship trophies at U11 and U13 levels that we won last November is likely our next goal and then defending Zuoz after that.
I personally had many magic moments, both watching the U11s and the U13s and I know that Manish and our other parents and coaches did too. My best one was watching Ro and the U13s celebrate that Basle 5 for but the U11s running onto the field together when they’d won the trophy was special too. So, in an odd way, was the tears of the lads when they lost that thriller to Zurich – what passion they have! And how easy to comfort them when they’d given it absolutely everything. It would have been a harder job had they bottled it.
We must also thank many people:
Monica Winckel organized the bus and hotel logistics for us and that was NOT an easy task. But everything went brilliantly so many thanks to you Monica.
Lindsey Williamson organized all the players for the team and kept everything on that front moving forward so good on you Lindsey.
Brian Pearce organized all the scoring and the boys love to look at stats so that will be valuable in the future.
Mark Allen, Rhett Andrews and Arun Srikanth were excellent with the boys, coaching them in the nets and keeping their minds focused on technique.
Patrick Henderson, as already mentioned, is the key Championship organizer and he had strong support this year from three Zurich parents for each age group so thanks to Patrick, Paul and Radovan for the support to the U11s and U13s where we competed.
Thanks also to Mark at the Lyceum Alpinum - simply brilliant organization, great food, and a great atmosphere.
Our bus driver – great job!
All the parents who made the journey – TERRIFIC support!
And of course – all the players!
We did have three stand out performers and they do deserve a very special mention because we do also recognize exceptional performances:Rohan Jain took 9 wickets in three games including that wonderful 5 for against Basle and was the most economical bowler of the tournament. Ro batted well too and hung in there with Floris in the tough game against Zurich, helping us to a competitive total. Against Basle he was in there with Aidan when the winning runs were scored and almost took the catch of the tournament at deep square leg. Ro easily won the U13 Best Bowler award – and he’s only 10 years old! A brilliant performance.
Floris Winckel’s batting saved the U13s three times in three matches. The number of runs against a batsman’s name doesn’t always tell the complete story. He did take the catch of the U13s tournament – dismissing Basle’s most attacking batsman for zero with a screamer off Aidan’s bolwing. Floris’ maturity and calmness in a crisis saved the day and he also deserves credit for a brilliant tournament.
James Allsop in the U11s team won the Best Batsmen Award but bowled well and fielded brilliantly – a stunning catch and a brilliant run out lifted the whole team. This was James’ first major outdoor tournament and he played like a real champion.
But the rest of our lads were heroes too, all of them. Here’s a description of how they went. Pat them all on the back the next time you see them.
Ale Poynton – Captained the U13s with great leadership. After the first 2 overs in the first match Ale bowled beautifully and was unlucky not to get more wickets. He had a shocker with the bat and has some work to do there but fielded well as always and led with determination.
Vince Williamson – Vince changed the whole nature of the Championship for us with his bowling in the first game. We’d been bowling rubbish and Vince came on, cool as a cucumber, and took two wickets in his first over, turning the tide and bringing belief back to the boys’ faces. Vince’s bowling against Zurich was simply excellent, ice-cool in the final overs.
Simon Pearce – Simon beat himself up as the lad who threw the overthrow that allowed Zurich that extra run that cost us the match. It shows just how passionate Simon is about his cricket and Gingins CC. Simon bowled brilliantly in that Wanderers game as well, helping Vince to steady our ship. As always, his fielding was spot on and it wasn’t his fault the ball went for an overthrow – the backing up was there, but everyone missed it, C’est la vie!
Aidan Andrews – our brilliant new South African! Aidan had a terrific Championship. Still has issues hitting across the line but carried his bat through the Basle innings having bowled beautifully in that game to take their best batsman’s wicket. Batted and bowled well in the Zurich game too and was also unlucky not to get more wickets. Aidan typically fielded brilliantly.
Theo Deurden – an under-believer in his own ability, Theo was part of the trio of bowlers (along with Simon and Vince) who turned not only the Wanderers match, but the whole tide of our Championship by helping the U13s get their belief back. Batting with little confidence but grim determination, Theo hung in there as last man in with Floris to secure the runs needed for victory against the Wanderers. Typically active in the field, Theo saved a bag of runs behind the keeper.
Ed Deurden – our keeper! Ed doesn’t get to training so often so lacks some technique but he makes up for that by throwing himself into his cricket. Ed had to face some wayward bowling in the first few overs against the Wanderers and got hit with the ball a few times but fought back, got some run outs through the other games and made a terrific contribution to the team.
Abhiskek Srikanth – played in the Wanderers team and initially was coming to Zuoz only to cheer on the U13s which shows great values. Abhishek got a run with the Wanderers which is good experience and will stand him in good stead for next year when he plays for Gingins. We couldn’t get him out when we played the Wanderers and he carried his bat until at least the 10th over.
Jelle Veenstra – has been with the Club since its inception and captained the U11s beautifully. Struggled a bit with the bat but bowled terrifically and was unlucky not to get more wickets. Jelle fired up his team mates and inspired them through his energy to victory – a natural leader.
Thomas Allen – new to the Club, Thomas has worked like crazy during the winter season and it shows in his cricket. Batting and bowling were excellent – needs to work on his running between wickets – but overall a terrific lad who made a huge contribution to the team victory.
John Cumberland – good mates with Thomas, John is also new and made a massive contribution to the team by keeping to Jelle, Thomas and James; easily the three fastest bowlers in the Championship. John never took a backward step and we didn’t see too many byes either. John batted well too and fought through a nasty blow to the foot. John was out there with James when the final run was secured to win the Championship; I bet that’s a feeling he’ll not forget for a while.
Ayoush Srikanth – very new to the Club Ayoush’s skills have developed rapidly and he took some good wickets with the ball. Ayoush contributes a lot in the field, chatting away and lifting his team mates. Specialises in excellent celebrations whenever the team takes a wicket!
Luca Poynton – has been to Zuoz the past two years to watch his older brother play but was excited to be on the field this year. Bowled a few wides but then really got it together in the final game against Zurich, taking two important wickets. Secured the Club’s first ever Diamond Duck in the game against CDL when responding to his partner’s call so had that disappointment to live with but batted like a champion in the Zurich game, strongly supporting James in the successful run chase. As ever, fielded well and just missed a couple of great run outs with throws from near the boundary.
Patrick Lynch – our new Kiwi lad who likes to smash every ball he faces. Patrick had contrived to go out first ball in his last 4 visits to the crease which isn’t a bad effort considering it’s a rare thing for an U11 bowler to bowl at the stumps so often, and he went out cheaply in his first innings. But he fought back, scored some runs and felt good about his batting by the end. He bowled well and took at least one wicket and fielded well too, fighting through the pain of being hit in the leg.
Leo Vlassopulous – keen as mustard Leo and whilst we need to work on his batting, his bowling really improved, especially in the last game where he took 2, maybe 3 wickets and missed the stumps by a whisker – could have been a 5 for! A little powerhouse of inspiration, Leo constantly urged his team mates on and made a huge contribution of positive vibes to the team.
For more stunning photos (there are 175 of them - with thanks to Sarah & Brian Pearce, Sarah Cumberland, Monica Winckel & Karen Vlassopulos) visit this web album:Zuoz 2011 Photo Album
May 15th 2011:
Gingins CC members had a terrific experience this weekend past. Craig Hogan, Jersey National Team Coach, travelled to Switzerland for the weekend to deliver an intense two-day training session to over 60 GCC players! The two-day session, held in the new Sports Hall at the La Chataigneraie campus of the International School of Geneva, saw 25 kids participate on the Saturday and 52 participate on the Sunday.
By Sunday afternoon, kids, coaches and parents alike were revelling in the spirit of cricket as Craig took the kids through a series of exercises and great fun games that bought huge smiles to many faces.
Craig represented Australia at U19 level and played for the NSW Colts. He also played alongside Allan Border in his early years though we have some work to do at Gingins because most of our kids didn’t have a clue who Allan Border was – slightly embarrassing!
But they certainly knew who Craig Hogan was by Sunday afternoon! Craig has many years teaching experience and as National coach in Jersey, he works at many levels of the game, right across Europe. Craig has been very involved in junior coaching for many years and our kids really responded to Craig’s terrific approach – you could have heard a pin drop as he was explaining this or that technical skill.
Batting, bowling, fielding, running between the wickets drills – the kids soaked it all in and enhanced their technical skills in the process. They worked on their fitness levels too, playing loads of games that had everyone puffing and cheering their team in a tremendous competitive atmosphere.
It wasn’t just about the technical and the physical though as Craig introduced the concept of team work, strategy and the mental side of cricket. All the kids will remember how flummoxed they were when the stick they were trying to lower to the ground instead kept getting higher and higher!
Even our Nippers group participated!! Our Nippers comprise little players of age 5-7 years and Craig spent over an hour getting them going on some fun new games.
For our advanced players, Craig showed detailed video analysis of bowling and batting techniques. Immediately our kids could see where they could improve. Craig spent over an hour and a half early on Sunday morning – before the main group arrived - in focused one-on-one sessions with our advanced U13s. Most critically, he made it clear to them – and our participating coaches – that it was our collective responsibility to share these insights with our less advanced players.
These new skills were immediately put into practice in real cricket games held side by side in the wonderful Hall after we’d dropped the curtain to form two “fields”. Our U11s formed two teams and they went hard at each other - as did the U13s - for a good hour at the end of each day. Playing tip-and-run cricket, they learnt the responsibility of looking after your teammate, bowling and fielding tightly and scoring runs to win the game.
We have had loads of very positive feedback from our players and parents. Our coaches have learnt so much just watching the various drills, looking at the video analysis, and listening to Craig’s words to the kids.
It was terrific to be able to do this just for our Club and we must thank Craig very much indeed for taking his time out to join us. We must also thank the International School of Geneva La Chataigneraie campus for allowing us to use the unrivalled facilities.
Craig’s course comes on top of a similar one held at La Chat two weeks ago for the Swiss U11 and U13 teams (see below story). Manoj Parmer, another very experienced coach, travelled from the UK to run the two-day coaching session for the Swiss U11 and U13 squads. In late April, the Zurich Crickets CC had two coaches from Hampshire come to run a weeklong session for their kids so as we prepare for the annual Swiss Cricket Association Zuoz Junior Tournament, we can be sure that Swiss Junior Cricket is in rude health. Zuoz should be a cracking event this year as so many kids from all across Switzerland line up to put their new skills into practice.
On top of this, don’t forget that Gingins CC will this year continue its great relationship with Cricket Victoria. We will run our 3rd Annual Cricket Victoria Gingins Coaching Camp Aug 21st, 22nd and 23rd. As in previous years, an experienced Cricket Victoria coach from Australia will lead players from all over the “Western” Swiss Romande region for 2.5 days of cricket development sessions.
It really was a pleasure watching Craig in action this weekend but most of all it was great seeing exhausted players bouncing out of the Hall, huge smiles and happy faces, discussing new techniques, talking about how they’ll whip the competition next time they play. Thanks once more to Craig Hogan and we look forward to continuing our junior cricket development program in Gingins in association with our fellow Clubs in the Swiss Cricket Association.
We have a link to all the photos that were taken over the course of the two days. Here it is and please feel free to download any shot you like:Craig Hogan Course Photos
This article was written for the Swiss Cricket Association website and is repeated here for information for our Club members.
On the weekend of 30 April the Under 11 and Under 13 Swiss squads hosted Manoj Parmer for a weekend of extensive coaching. Manoj is an experienced professional player who has played first class cricket in India as a batsman/keeper for 11 years and been a player/coach for 26 years in total, with spells at professional clubs in India, England and the US. He has played competitive matches in India, England, Africa, Dubai, Scotland, the US and Holland, and is now a highly regarded professional coach in the UK. It was during his spell as a professional in the UK that he set up MP Sports in Thame, Oxfordshire in 2008.
The two-day event took place at the International School of Geneva’s excellent facilities in Founex, Vaud. In total the event was well attended with 24 budding cricketers, representing most of the current Swiss squad, attending the event. The current squad reflects the diversity of the junior game and the nationwide appeal of cricket with children attending from clubs including Zurich, Basel, Cossonay, Geneva, CDL and Gingins.
The event was structured as an introduction to what it takes to truly excel in cricket with Manoj starting by engaging with the squad on what, in his experience, are the five factors to success in cricket, namely:
The group embarked on numerous exercises all relating to one of the central factors above. These ranged from mental challenges to basic technique demonstrations and tactics tests. Manoj related experiences from critical points of matches he has been involved in and passed on invaluable tips on how to deal with pressure and how to navigate through matches with tactics that work. He mixed into this approach a healthy dose of technical skills, demonstrating a wide array of batting shots, bowling variations, and fielding technique by giving simple tips on how best to execute them and in which match situations these would be best employed. It was clear to all that the junior players gained tremendously from Manoj’s passion, experience and engaging approach towards the game of cricket.
Following the success of this event, Manish Jain and Scott Poynton, the current national coaches for the Under 11 and Under 13 teams, are investigating options of engaging with Manoj on a more regular basis, both for the national team as well as the club side they run, Gingins Cricket Club, in the Vaud area of Switzerland.
In summary, the junior Swiss Teams gained a great deal from the event. An added benefit was that the Swiss junior coaches present learnt some useful technique insights and match relevant tips to help their players in the future.
Manish Jain / Scott Poynton
Swiss Under 11 & Under 13 National Coaches