Division 1 Denmark U13s lose to spirited Switzerland

Fri, Aug 13, 2010 10:41 AM

Switzerland's Under 13 squad travelled to Copenhagen at the beginning of August for a 5-match tour, playing a Zealand XI, which included 7 of the national team, three times before challenging the national team in two matches at the impressive Svanholm national ground.

With 3 big wins, one loss and a draw the Swiss minnows, whose squad was a mixture of experience, newcomers and some still very young players not yet out of the U11s, can be more than delighted with their overall performance against a country with vastly superior resources, playing numbers and experience. In fact the young Swiss team will be virtually unchanged next year with only 2 players leaving the U13 team.

strong>Monday 2nd August. Result: Switzerland won by 8 wickets The tour kicked off with a 40-over match at Svanholm against Zealand on a superbly prepared grass wicket. On an overcast morning the hosts elected to bat first, but were soon regretting it when Switzerland's Ruwan Jayakody claimed his first five-for in his first bowling spell of 4 overs (5-13). With none of the Danish batsmen able to halt the onslaught and build a partnership the hosts were bowled out cheaply for 64 after just 17 overs. The Swiss strode confidently to a morale-boosting 8-wicket first match win.

Monday 2nd August. Result: Draw In the afternoon, the second match, a T20, saw the Swiss bat first. An aggressive and confident 68 by opener Henderson enabled the Swiss to post a decent 110 total. He was ably assisted by Palmiero in a 4th wicket blistering stand of 49 in just five overs.

Unfortunately, the rain was to stop the match during Zealand's reply, which with 77 runs on the board after 13 overs was threatening to go dangerously close in the final few overs. The steady rainfall meant the match had to be abandoned and it ended in a draw.

Tuesday 3rd August. Result: Switzerland won by 52 runs At the huge Glostrup ground Switzerland were put into bat against hosts Zealand. With such a large outfield it was going to be difficult to find the boundary and batsmen were going to have to do a lot of running. In fact, all match only one boundary was scored. Although Switzerland had made every effort to put runs on the board, our total of 115 nonetheless looked a little undercooked, but the tight bowling and fielding ring of steel ensured that Zealand never got anywhere close and they were bowled out for just 63.

Wednesday 4th August. Result: Switzerland won by 67 runs With the team's confidence ahead of the 40-over encounter at Svanholm against the national U13 side at an all-time high Switzerland opted to bat first. Already in the first few overs Denmark was clearly making hard work of their encounter against underdogs Switzerland. Inconsistent and poor bowling was immediately punished by opener Favotto who quickly marched to 58 before being run out.

The damage had been done and with the bat the Swiss U13s then showed considerable maturity and staying power in batting out their overs. In the final 15 overs Swiss batsmen launched an aggressive sustained batting assault on the bowling that was to add 100 runs to the total.

The Danes were asked to chase down 190. The task looked daunting, and was not helped by the loss of early wickets. There was initial resistance by captain Uddin, but the Swiss bowlers were on fire and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Denmark were all out for 122 after 32 overs and Switzerland had recorded an historic victory, one that the players will relish for a long time and rightly so.

Thursday 5th August. Result: Denmark won by 35 runs The final match against the national Danish side saw Switzerland win the toss and put the hosts in to bat for their 40 overs. The Danish openers meant business and were clearly keen to make amends for the defeats of the previous few days. Swiss bowling lacked penetration in the early stages and the Danes were able to knuckle down. A first wicket stand of 65 put the Swiss bowlers under pressure, but once they had been removed the wickets once again fell regularly. After 16 overs the Swiss gave little away as the scoreboard ticked along quietly to 148 after 35 overs when they were all out.

The Swiss reply was immediate with openers Favotto and Sinh yet again rising to the occasion, this time with a 49-run partnership. However, the chase then faltered, getting bogged down by some tight Danish bowling, and despite some resistance the Swiss suffered a mini-collapse at the end, leaving the batting side 35 runs short.

Our thanks go to the Danish organisers for inviting and hosting us, in particular Simon Talbot, to Svanholm CC, and the umpires who readily gave helpful advice to our young players.

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