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Review - Switzerland Under 11s UK Tour to Surrey: May 2016

Robin Maslin, Twenty20 Cricket Company’s International Director and Head Coach of our International Academy, reviews last weekend’s Tour to the UK by Switzerland Under 11s

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our friends from the touring party of the Swiss national Under 11s team to the UK and Surrey for their Tour.

The touring party are here in Surrey from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th May with a busy schedule lined up for them during their stay, including a fixture with the Twenty20 Cricket Academy.

Having established a great relationship with cricket in Switzerland in recent years, Twenty20 Cricket Company’s International division coaching staff have had the privilege of several visits to Switzerland and in particular to Basel in the last few years,

Our latest get together saw 15 boys selected for the next round of training, who in turn formed the squad to travel to England for a busy four days of cricket, which included a total of six matches.

The tour action got under way with an opening win for the Switzerland Under 11s over the Twenty20 Academy. Match report and scorecards here

And the rest of tour just went from strength to strength with non-stop cricket from there.

Friday saw the boys return to Ruxley Lane and Deando Ruxley Cricket Club for a mammoth training session with Mazza, Chris and Tom.We were treated to more intense sunshine, as the team went through a series of fielding drills, batting workshops and training matches.

As the sun kept beating down, the boys were acquitted themselves brilliantly, physically and mentally. The long session gave us a chance to introduce lots of ideas that would help them get used to the English conditions (very different to the artificial surfaces at home).

After a short break, it was back to the pitch for match no. 2 at Farnham where another solid team performance saw the Swiss win again!

As the matches went by, the players simply continued to grow in stature with three more victories coming over Effingham, Thames Ditton and Cranleigh.

The annual fixture against prep school Rokeby - now a showpiece event for both teams - was the only game Switzerland failed to win....but even then, it took a brilliant bowling performance by the School to defend their modest 90.

The future

Every boy will return home to their local clubs a more confident, talented and independent cricketer.

Highlight were numerous, but to name a couple, 9 year old Sasha Hall's hat-trick, and 10 year old Greg Veal holding his nerve for a last ball victory against Effingham, stood out.

These two boys were just a couple of many in the squad still playing a year up from their age group. This experience will make certain that the 2017 U11s squad will be at least as strong as this year.

Everyone who toured is just starting out their journey in cricket. And on evidence today, it is sure to be a successful and exciting one.

Finally....a personal note

Congratulations boys, managers, parents.....everyone who made both training weekend, and the UK tour a success! It was our pleasure to both visit and host you, and we all hope to see you again soon!