Sizzling Hot Start to the U15 Catterfly Cup

May 19, 2022 | 2022

The U15 Catterfly Cup 2022 got underway in Basel with Basel Dragons hosting a double header against Zurich Crickets and Gingins. The sun was shining and players were enjoying the brand new nets at Bachgraben. Away from the cricket, a charcoal grill allowed parents and players to socialise and enjoy lunch together.

Basel Dragons vs Zurich Crickets

ZCCC 122-2 (Avneet 46, Shankar 28*; Aaron 1-0-2-1, Pratyush 3-0-22-1) bt BDJCC 121 a.o. (Pratyush 34, Sai 30; Shankar 5-1-5-2, Andreas 6-0-18-2, Abid 2-0-11-2) by 8 wickets

The Dragons won the toss and chose to bat first, and got underway watchfully – keen to bat the overs. A combination of this and good fielding meant runs were hard to come by, but the openers saw off the opening bowlers. Shankar brought himself on and immediately had Lasse caught behind with an outswinger. A switch to off-spin and left-arm orthodox saw the next 11 overs fizz by, with another 3 wickets taken including Sai (30) who was starting to free his arms. The third-change pace bowlers also saw success with Abid having George P caught at slip and then bowling Neil. The hattrick ball was negotiated safely however. Pratyush (34) started to accelerate and hit 4 fours in total, before succumbing in the penultimate over. A run out on the last ball of the innings saw Basel Dragons finish on 121 all out.

The Zurich reply got under way quickly enough but Pratyush struck first having Sasha pop the ball to mid-wicket. Avneet and Shankar took advantage of full-tosses to get their scoring underway with sixes, and kept the scoring rate at over six-an-over. Connor brought himself back on and exerted some good control, Aaron did the same the next over and it worked – Avneet ran past a ball and was stumped just 4 runs short of 50. Unfortunately for Basel, Abid came in with intent and hit fours and sixes and ended up getting the runs with a massive straight six.

Basel Dragons vs Gingins

BDJCC 115-5 (Connor 34, Vignesh 17*; Hugo 6-2-14-1, Alexander 5-1-17-1) bt Gingins 114-9 (Alexander 41, Hugo 17; Pratyush 5-0-14-2, George P 5-0-15-2, Lasse 4-0-19-2) by 5 wickets

With the pitch showing very little signs of decay after the tournament’s first game, Gingins won the toss and chose to bat. Connor, then George, had immediate success with the ball, leaving Gingins in early trouble at 2-13. In response, Alex and Hugo built a solid partnership and while both were at the crease a big total was on the cards. The partnership ended when Hugo chopped on and Basel were back in the game. Alex batted well for his 40, before being undone thanks to an excellent short ball from Lasse. Each of the Dragons’ (10!) bowlers hit their lengths proficiently, meaning that while Gingins managed to bat all 30 overs, some tremendous bowling kept them to 114.

Basel started well, reaching 0-20 from the first four overs, until Hugo bowled an absolute jaffer, getting one to nip back and take Lasse’s off stump. A cracking Connor cameo (better than a-run-a ball 34) threatened to end the game early, until Saurav held his nerve with the ball and Fin took a quality catch over his shoulder. Quality seam bowling from Hugo and Alex, successive wickets and a neat run out from Michael, meant that Gingins went to drinks with thoughts of an unlikely win. Such hope was extinguished by a calm and well-measured sixth wicket partnership from Vignesh and Neil.