Players from Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club and schools in the town got a taste of international cricket when West Essex under-13s took on their Switzerland counterparts
Players from Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club and schools in the town got a taste of international cricket when West Essex under-13s took on their Switzerland counterparts.
They went up against the Swiss side – who are on a Surrey-based tour and wanted competitive matches in the Herts and Essex area – in two T20 contests at Jobbers Wood on Saturday, with the visitors taking the spoils on a memorable day for all the players, coaches and parents.
West Essex captain Luke Adams lost the toss in the opening match and his side were asked to bat first as they compiled a below-par 82-8.
The big ground and slow outfield meant the hosts, who were made up of under-12s and under-13s, could only muster a couple of boundaries.
Udaiveer Atwal batted steadily for a top score of 20 while Alfie Jessey, from The Bishop's Stortford High School, added 11. Credit must go to the Swiss team who bowled in the right areas and showed some exceptional fielding skills.
In reply, the Swiss team, who had a couple of under-15s in their ranks, reached their target in the 13th over but continued to bat and ended on 113-1.
Finley Higgs was the pick of the bowlers with 1-14 while fellow spinner George Jessey, of TBSHS, also bowled brilliantly to concede only eight runs from his four overs.
West Essex put out a different team for the second game and were captained by TBSHS student and Bishop's Stortford CC player Daniel Laskey.
The same fate befell him as his team were put into bat after losing the toss and they lost two quick wickets, but Charlie Hoyle hit a commanding 23 and Cameron Krauth (BSCC and Bishop's Stortford College) struck 15 to up the run rate to almost eight an over.
Krauth's clubmate and school colleague Felix Boyne made 11 before skipper Laskey made an unbeaten 22 batting with the tail to get his team to 115 all out.
Bishop's Stortford College students Dexter Williamson and William Hodges, who play for BSCC and Saffron Walden respectively, and Sachn Theivendra claimed two scalps apiece as the Swiss team lost wickets in clusters.
The visitors required 16 runs off the last two overs and Hodges' two wickets came in a nerve-wracking final over as it went down to the very last ball. The tension got too much, however, with a waist-high no ball being dispatched to the boundary as the Swiss team just edged a thrilling match.
The West Essex squad were looked after by coaches Fred Hussain and Will Lambert on the day as head coach Brad Oakes was on under-15s duty as they too took on Switzerland. They would like to thank TBSHS for providing the ground and facilities as well as the parents who organised the teas and helped with umpiring.