Switzerland February 4, 2008

Eccentrics on ice

While European cricket, outside some die-hards in the southern regions, is in its winter hibernation, The Times reports that there is one festival celebrating

While European cricket, outside some die-hards in the southern regions, is in its winter hibernation, The Times reports that there is one festival celebrating. For in St Moritz it is the 20th anniversary of Cricket On Ice.

The British are credited with bringing most of the sport and tourism to St Moritz and, inadvertently, one distinguished Brit is responsible for the dottiest activity of all.

In 1988, David Gower - soon to be made England captain for a second time - played here in an inaugural game on the lake. It was a marketing ploy, a picture opportunity, but Gower characteristically provided more publicity than planned by sinking his car on a thin patch of ice. They talk about it to this day.

Soon after Gower’s car sank into the murky depths, Daniel Haering rounded up enough British friends to get a team together for another cricket match against his former school. It was the start of an eccentric institution.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • Michael Bailey on February 6, 2008, 16:55 GMT

    Cricket in Europe does not hibernate... Its volunteers are busy taking coaching/umpiring/scoring courses and playing indoor cricket, as well as carrying out many of the administrative tasks that come with the game! For example, in Austria, Switzerland's co-host at this summer's European Football championships there are tournaments in Vienna and Graz - not to mention continued club trainings and youth development work!

  • Michael Bailey on February 6, 2008, 16:55 GMT

    Cricket in Europe does not hibernate... Its volunteers are busy taking coaching/umpiring/scoring courses and playing indoor cricket, as well as carrying out many of the administrative tasks that come with the game! For example, in Austria, Switzerland's co-host at this summer's European Football championships there are tournaments in Vienna and Graz - not to mention continued club trainings and youth development work!

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  • Michael Bailey on February 6, 2008, 16:55 GMT

    Cricket in Europe does not hibernate... Its volunteers are busy taking coaching/umpiring/scoring courses and playing indoor cricket, as well as carrying out many of the administrative tasks that come with the game! For example, in Austria, Switzerland's co-host at this summer's European Football championships there are tournaments in Vienna and Graz - not to mention continued club trainings and youth development work!