Youth Awards 2020/21

Nov 27, 2021 | 2021

During the 2020/21 season, the Swiss youth cricketers were able to play outdoor cricket for most of the season. Unfortunately they were unable to participate in the usual international tours. Despite this, a Swiss national squad match day and two additional club tournaments were organised.

It was agreed between the national coaches that there was sufficient cricket to award the Bob Barber awards for the season, despite the lack of international cricket. Across the age groups it was seen that there were table topping performances in individual disciplines as well as the all-round performances that the Bob Barber awards recognise. The Cricket Switzerland Youth Development Officer has sponsored a set of awards to celebrate these performances too. The awards will be presented at a time to be announced.

Congratulations to all the winners, and we wish them well on their 2021/22 season!

U11

Bob Barber Award Winner – Anhad Sheikh (Gingins)
YDO Best Batter – Dhruv Nair (ZCCC)
YDO Best Bowler – Aaditya Batla (Gingins)
YDO Best Fielder – Jhonti Yeo (GRYCC) & Samanyu Bidhu (GRYCC)

U11 has been a very competitive bunch and alongside learning that the spirit of cricket matters the most. We had great performances by all the teams and the individual players, who raised the bar for everyone. It also reflects in the stats as well as the tournament winners, that has been evenly spread across all clubs – indeed a great foundation stone as the kids progress further.
 
Overall performance of the year award goes to Anhad Sheikh, with great performance with batting as well as bowling. He scored 215 runs at an average of 12 runs per inning and strike rate of 50. In bowling he took 25 wickets, including a hat-trick in Swiss invitational day match, and was perhaps the one who bowled the maximum number of overs while playing for U11 as well as U13. He has been one of the key pillars for his team and we wish him all the success while representing Cricket Switzerland at next levels.
 
In batting, Dhruv Nair was the topmost run getter at an average of 30 runs per inning and an impressive strike rate of 80. In last year, he not only played some outstanding knocks but also moderated his game to provide the middle order stability whenever his team needed it the most. Alongside, Tejas Gokuldas also deserves a special mention for scoring 223 runs at an average of 18 per inning and highest strike rate of 83.
 
In bowling, Aaditya Batla was the topmost bowler who took 25 wickets in entire season including a hattrick while playing Swiss invitational day match. He is a right arm spinner and has troubled many good batsmen with his flights as well as spin alike. Alongside, Vedant and Kabir deserve a special mention for taking 21 wickets each – including some standout performances in high pressure situations and tournaments.
 
In fielding, we saw some superlative performances over the entire year and it is a great grounding at an early age that fielding can be a game changer too. Especially Jhonty and Samanyu who not only demonstrated it with their individual performances and affecting 18 and 17 dismissals respectively, they also raised the bar for everyone. It is very evident from the fact that we had many players with similar statistics in fielding and we had to literally consider several parameters to find out the winner in this category and not going by the number of catches/run-outs only.  
 
It was a tough year and not everyone could play as many matches with COVID and travel restrictions. Moreover, we are also very impressed with some great debuts through the season. So, for some players the statistics may not add up to the among the top in respective categories, but they did perform brilliantly and we would like to highlight following players from each club
 
●    Suisse Romande: Edward Dann and Finn Benson
●    Zurich: Avik Srivastava and Alfie Cockett
●    Basel: Vidheya Singh, Aayansh Mehrotra

Nitin Pradhan (Swiss U11 coach)

U13

Bob Barber Award Winner – Connor Walden (BDJCC)
YDO Best Batter – Avneet Singh (ZCCC)
YDO Best Bowler – Andreas Hall (ZCCC)
YDO Best Fielder/Keeper – Owen Young (Gingins)

2020/21 saw fierce competition all season, particularly between the “Schweiz” rivals of Basel Dragons and Zurich Crickets. The Bob Barber award goes to a previous winner, Connor Walden (288 runs, avg 32.0; 19 wickets, avg 5.00) who scored consistently through the season with top order runs at a good rate, as well as a top 5 scorer in U15 cricket. His right-arm in-swing troubled players all season, and started it with a scarcely believable return of 6 wickets for no runs from the Leman Cup. He also took the gloves on a few occasions and was a top performer with them and without.

Batting Award – despite a slow start to the season, Avneet Singh (310 runs, avg 31.0, SR 150) topped the tables with his aggressive opening batting, with a high point of 50 not out during the Swiss U13 match day. He also scored an impressive number of runs in U15 cricket. A special mention to ZCCC’s Austin who finished the season with 266 runs.

Bowling Award – taking the most number of wickets by any junior, Andreas Hall (27 wickets, avg 7.48) was also the third placed bowler in U15s giving a haul of 37 in the season. His offspin troubled top and lower order players alike and his accuracy such that he made the batters play, and often deceived them with flight and turn.

Fielding/Keeping Award – Owen Young stood out with the most catches, run outs, stumpings in the season, despite also bowling a fair few overs. A special mention to ZCCC’s Fynn, who took the joint-most stumpings in the season.

Michael Hall (Youth Development Officer)

U15

Bob Barber Award Winner – Shankar Panguluri (ZCCC)
YDO Best Batter – Shankar Panguluri (ZCCC)
YDO Best Bowler – Paarth Chhabra (ZCCC)
YDO Best Fielder/Keeper – Sasha Hall (ZCCC)

The U15 age group was a strong one, and ZCCC in particular only lost two matches in the season. This was in part due to the batting performances of Shankar Panguluri (342 runs, avg 57.0; 10 wickets, avg 13.5), who shone over the course of the season with outstanding performances in all disciplines, but particularly with the bat. Combining touch and power he scored an unbeaten 50 at the Swiss U15 match day. He also competed a full season with the ZCCC’s senior 2nd team, and put in some very promising performances (over 100 runs in the season).

Bowling Award – showing that bowling straight is still very important, Paarth Chhabra (18 wickets, avg 8.50) troubled batters with his flighted deliveries and took a hatful of wickets. A notable mention for Louis Brittain (15 wickets, avg 7.27).

Fielding/Keeping Award – continuing his development as a keeper, Sasha Hall was clean behind the stumps, and taking 7 stumpings in the season. He was also the second highest run scorer in the age group.

Michael Hall (Youth Development Officer)

U17

Bob Barber Award Winner –  Max Hoegenauer (ZCCC)

Already playing his second season in the Swiss senior Pickwick T20 Cup and the CS National 40-over league, Max vice-captained his team, Zurich Crickets 2nd XI. In his wicket-keeping/batsman role already in the first CSNL match of the season he scored a fine 52 in a 2nd wicket partnership of 114. His top score in the T20 cup was a hard-hitting 40 while among the 23 clubs involved in the league he was ranked 3rd as a wicket-keeper despite only being able to play in 4 of the 6 group matches.

Patrick Henderson (National Section Committee member)

U19

Bob Barber Award Winner – Abdullah Zahir (ZCCC)

Abdullah has developed into a reliable and fast opening bowler who takes key wickets. In the Pickwick T20 league he was ranked 3rd in the group stages. In addition, he is an outstanding fielder and catcher of the ball. In the CS Premier league he was again ranked 3rd best bowler, with personal best figures of 6/33 in 6.4 overs. At the end of the season, in recognition of his achievements Abdullah was selected as a member of the Swiss men’s national squad.

Patrick Henderson (National Section Committee member)