Swiss Under 11 teams dominate Danish tournamentc
wo Swiss under-11 teams demonstrated the rapid strides being taken in the country’s youth development system by dominating a recent tournament in Denmark. The enthusiastic and skilful boys and girls from Zurich and Geneva powered their way to the final in Copenhagen in early July, with the more experienced Geneva side clinching overall victory.
The Swiss teams were competing with six local Danish sides in the under-11s tournament: Køge, KB, AB, Svanholm, Camp xl (Esbjerg/Herning/Husum/Skanderborg) and Zealand Mix (Glostrup/Albertslund).
The matches were played at three different grounds in the Copenhagen area: Svanholm, which is also the national ground, Glostrup and Ishøj. In four days of cricket each team was scheduled to play eight matches of 20 overs per innings, with bowlers restricted to three overs and batsmen/women retiring on 25 runs.
Most of the matches involving the Swiss teams were held at Svanholm which boasts a truly magnificent expanse of green, which accommodates three adjacent pitches, fine net facilities and a clubhouse that even includes a perfectly stocked cricket shop - much to the delight of the players.
The competition and standard of play improved significantly as the week progressed and there were a number of close games - most noticably Geneva’s nail biting match against Camp XI that witnessed a monumental run chase in pouring rain.