October 2 & 3, 2021- Bout-du-Monde, Genève
Zurich Crickets U15s dominated the U15 Romande Cup 2021 by winning all three of their matches and be declared winners of the competition.
Geneva Region Youth Cricket Club (GRYCC) hosted the U15s Romande Cup at Bout-du-Monde and saw Zurich (ZCCC) prevail over teams from the Swiss Romande (consisting of players from GRYCC, Cossonay and Gingins), Basel (BDJCC) and Gingins.
Many thanks to GRYCC for hosting the tournament and Zubair from The Turmeric for the delicious food!
In the tournament opener, in a tightly contested match that went down to the wire, the Swiss Romande team edged-out Gingins by 3 runs. Batting first, Swiss Romande scored 128/10 and then restricted Gingins to 125/7 in the their allotted 25-overs. For Swiss Romande Jai T scored 27 runs while Shaunak K (3/11) and Rayon S (2/10) were the top wicket takers. The key performers for Gingins include Hugo E (24* runs), Owen Y (20* runs), and Harris M (3/26).
In the second match, Gingins beat BDJCC by 24 runs. Gingins scored 115/8, batting first, helped by Isa A (19* runs) and Hugo E (19* runs) while Connor W (2/24), Lasse A (2/18), and Anikait M (1/7) put in creditable performances with the ball for BDJCC. While chasing Basel got themselves into a strong position, thanks to Lasse A and Sai K (14 runs each), but then lost 8 wickets for 30 runs to finish at 91 all-out. Samuel B (0/2), Harris M (7/2), and Isa A (2/11) were the pick of the Gingins bowlers.
The final match of Day 1 was saw Zurich scrape through to a win against Swiss Romande in a nail-biter with two balls to spare. Helped by runs from Hugo E (21* runs), Dev T (16* runs) and Jai T (16 runs), Swiss Romande scored 98/7. Zurich’s bowling efforts were led by Austin J (1/3), Avneet S (1/4) and Alex P (1/6). In their reply, Zurich were on track for an easy win reaching 90/4 in 16 overs – primarily due to a rapid innings from Shankar P (30* runs) ably supported by Arya K (18 runs) and Alex P (16* runs) – but were pegged back by three quick wickets from Hugo E (4/6). Despite this set-back and some tight overs towards the end by the Swiss Romande bowlers, Zurich managed to hold their nerves and get over the line. Hassan M (1/5) and Badri N (1/13) were the other notable bowlers for Swiss Romande.
Zurich and Basel kicked off proceedings on Day 2 of the competition. Batting first ZCCC complied the highest score of the tournament, scoring 173/7 from their 25-overs. Shankar P (27* runs), Danyal A (18 runs) and Sasha H (17* runs) were the key contributors for Zurich with the bat, while Sai K (3/23) was the standout bowler for Basel. In their reply, Basel were restricted to 125/5 – Lasse A (22* runs), Alexander D (25* runs), Sai K (18* runs), Arya K (1/11) – handing Zurich a 48-run win.
The fifth match of the tournament was played between Gingins and Zurich. In a keenly contested game, Zurich overcame a fighting GCC by 15 runs. Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Gingins reduced Zurich to 82/7 (Shankar P – 23 runs, Avneet S – 21 runs) through a combination of fine bowling and spirited fielding (Samuel B – 2/7, Michael B – 2/11, Hugo E 2/11), but some gutsy performance form Zurich’s lower order pushed their total to a competitive 114 all-out. Despite some fiery and disciplined bowling backed-up by excellent fielding from ZCCC, Gingins got themselves in to a fine position to win the game reaching 48/1, largely through the efforts of Alexander D (22*runs) and Owen Y (13 runs). However, Zurich picked up wickets at regular intervals thereafter, led by Avneet S (2/7), Andreas H (2/8), and Alex P (2/1), to bowl-out Gingins for 99 runs.
The final game of the tournament, between Swiss Romande and Basel, was abandoned due to persistent rain. ZCCC, by winning all three of their matches, were declared winners of the tournament.
Best Batter: Shankar P
Best Bowler: Samuel B
Best Fielder: Alexander D
Spirit of Cricket: Hugo E