Category: Competitions

Geneva participated in the Zuoz International Cricket Festival!

Geneva CC participated for the very first time in the Zuoz International Cricket Festival. The Zuoz festival is played in a beautiful Swiss Alps setting close to St Moritz at an altitude of 1670 meters. Teams from Switzerland, Italy and Germany took part, and even the legendary Marylebone Cricket Club, which won the tournament to no surprise.

Despite winning two games out of three (including a victory against the defending champions), Geneva CC did not qualify for the final stage because of a net run rate lower than its tied competitors from Zurich Nomads and Milan. All in all a great experience for our players for enjoyed the trip and the whole atmosphere of the tournament.

Read the report made by Cricket Switzerland here!

First match: Geneva Cricket Club 143 for 3 in 16.4 overs (Anser 51*, Massoud 38) beat Zurich Nomads Cricket Club 141 for 4 in 20 overs (Priyank 53, Ashwin 2-11) by 7 wickets –> scorecard

Second match: Geneva Cricket Club 200 for 4 in 20 overs (Massoud 81*, Ashwin 38*, Raafey 2-24) beat Zurich Crickets Cricket Club 91 for 9 in 20 overs (Khawar 26*, Anser 3-9) by 109 runs –> scorecard

Third match: Milan Cricket Club 135 for 7 in 10.4 overs (Vikas 43, Ali 2-22) beat Geneva Cricket Club 134 for 9 in 20 overs (Ankit 45, Vikas 3-11, Yogesh 3-27) by 3 wickets –> scorecard

Openers pile up 221 runs to give an easy League win

Rhône CC vs Geneva CC, Premier League, Parilly, 17 June 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 407 for 8 in 36 overs (Idrees 163, Ankit 80, Khurram 52, Charles 3-39) beat Rhône Cricket Club 233 all out in 28.4 overs (Abhishek 102, Bhavesh 40, Afif 3-64) by 174 runs

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Easy victory for Geneva CC as opening batsmen Idrees (a massive 163 off 66 balls, 6 fours and 21 sixes hit all around the park!) and Ankit (elegant and technical 80 off 70, 9 fours and 6 sixes) put up a humongous partnership stand of 221 runs in 18 overs (is that a record?). Vice-Captain Khurram was the only other batter to give another show with a composed half-century in 43 balls. As Rhône’s over rate was too slow, umpires decided to close the innings after 36 overs completed and 366 runs on the scoreboard. 41 runs were added to the total as per Cricket Switzerland’s rules, giving Rhône a tough target of 408 runs to chase.

Rhône’s innings started well too but the required run rate was to steep to climb. Openers Bhavesh and John scored 40 and 30 respectively while Abhishek survived throughout most the innings and scored a bold century. The game could have finished earlier, if Geneva’s players did not drop so many catches. Rhône managed to reach a decent score of 233 runs, giving the visitors a comfortable 174-run victory.

Bout-du-Monde taken over by GCC storm!

Geneva CC vs GESLCC and Geneva CC vs GICC, Pickwick T20 Cup, Bout-du-Monde, 10 June 2018

Geneva CC won two crucial matches in an action-packed day which saw some pretty awesome performances from many players. The first match was won by 3 wickets against a competitive GESLCC side, while the second match was more of a walk in the park as Geneva beat their International counterparts by 122 runs!

Geneva CC vs Geneva Sri Lanka CC, but on another day :s

1) First match: Geneva Cricket Club 128 for 7 in 17.5 overs (Idrees 44, Ali 33, Aditya 3-20, Idrees H. 3-26) beat Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club 124 all out in 18.1 overs (Afif 4-27, Zahid 3-18) by 3 wickets

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2) Second match: Geneva Cricket Club 268 for 5 in 20 overs (Idrees 140, Ali 39) beat Geneva International Cricket Club 146 for 9 in 20 overs (Bakir 38, Afif 3-23) by 122 runs

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The openers played a pivotal role in both victories by scoring altogether 64.5% of all runs compiled by Geneva CC that day. Idrees scored a total of 184 runs, including a whopping 140-run spree (off 52 balls) against GICC! Ali piled up 33 runs off 21 against GESLCC, followed by 39 runs off 26 versus GICC. Afif took 7 wickets in the two matches at an average of 7.1 and Zahid displayed tremendous figures of 4-1-18-3 in the first match.

Three matches are still to be played in order to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the Pickwick T20 Cup and hopefully, Geneva CC will do the work, but there is still a lot of work ahead to ensure that victory can be ours.

Captain and Vice-Captain’s 164-run partnership wins the match

CERN CC vs Geneva CC, Premier League, CERN cricket ground, Prévessin 27 May 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 315 for 9 in 40 overs (Anser 111, Khurram 65, Leo 51*, Achintya 4-51, Pardeep 3-59) beat CERN Cricket Club 112 all out in 25.3 overs (Massoud 4-21, Kashif 3-17) by 203 runs

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An amazing 164-run partnership between skipper Anser and vice-captain Khurram won the second League match of the season. After a very good start by CERN as Bilal and Pardeep dismissed the opening batsmen, the two heroes completed their feat – which included a superb century from Anser (111 off 92 balls) and a beautiful half-ton by Khurram (65 off 67 balls) – with composure and class. The partnership was only broken after 124 balls in the 31st over. A very peculiar but unsurprising batting collapse ensued. Fortunately for Geneva, Leo showed again his teeth and scored a stunning fifty while being supported by Afif. The man of the moment needed a six off the last ball of the innings to score his half-century and complied gracefully with a proper slog on the on side.

CERN started on the good foot but things turned sour when Matthew and Aaron lost their wickets. Two great catches by Leo and some tight bowling by Massoud, Kashif and Afif brought the hosts to their knees. None of the CERN batsmen scored more than 19 runs and they ended up all out with 87 balls remaining.

Getting ready for the game with a little catching practice.

Another friendly won!

Cossonay CC vs Geneva CC, friendly 40-over match at En Marche, Cossonay, 20 May 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 243 all out in 39.2 overs (Anser 44*, Idrees 36, Thileepan 3-34, Ruwan 3-42) beat Cossonay Cricket Club 167 all out in 36.2 overs (Zahid 3-19) by 76 runs

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Geneva CC went on Sunday to the beautiful ground of Cossonay to play a fun friendly 40-over game against the locals. The match was an opportunity for Vikram to play his debut and to welcome back returnees Yash and Saqib. Cossonay won the toss and elected to field. Aside from an explosive short-lived cameo from Zahid (24 in 9 balls) and a skillful performance from Anser (44 not out in 30 balls), most Geneva batsmen were not assertive enough. On the Cossonay side, Ruwan was undoubtedly the most dangerous bowler and was well supported by his teammates, in particular spinners Bisht and Thileepan. Geneva stacked up 243 runs in 39 overs, leaving Cossonay an uneasy score to chase for the En Marche ground.

In the second innings, Geneva CC displayed some varied and impactful bowling skills, which basically allowed to dismiss slowly but surely all of Cossonay’s batsmen. A record amount of extras were also conceded (more than a third of total runs!) and the fielding was a tad sloppy on a few occasions. Still, Geneva CC won by 76 runs with 22 balls remaining. A good match to prep up for the official matches to come!

Winning first League game of the season brings confidence back

Geneva XI Stars vs Geneva CC, Premier League, les Evaux, 13 May 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 317 for 8 in 40 overs (Leo 69, Khurram 66, Massoud 56*, Aamir Ali 3-46) beat Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club 143 all out in 27 overs (Raja 35, Zahid 3-19) by 174 runs

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Geneva CC won compellingly against hosts XI Stars on a cloudy and wet day. A great opening partnership of 59 runs between  Ankit and Idrees gave a good enough base to the visitors to build on, but wickets followed, leaving Geneva stranded at 124 for 5 in 19 overs. Khurram and Leo then changed the game by scoring crucial fifties each. Massoud joined the party after Khurram was dismissed and also raised his bat for his brisk half-century. Geneva CC completed the innings with a great total of 317 runs.

Leo raises his bat for his fifty

Aside from a short-lived cameo from Raja and some good batting display by Waleed and Kuldeep the second innings was more about an efficient bowling performance from Ankit, Zahid and Ali. After Ankit and Ali wiped the top order with two wickets each, Zahid turned the game upside down with a triple wicket maiden right after the drinks break (21st over). XI Stars went from 114 for 4 to 116 for 8 when Leo bowled a beautiful leg break to Aman. The match was won 6 overs later.

Overall, a great display of cricket by Geneva CC. To be hopefully repeated the next weeks!

Frail batting gives first loss in the Pickwick T20 Cup

Geneva CC vs Berne CC, Pickwick T20 Cup, Bout-du-Monde, 6 May 2018

Berne Cricket Club 156 for 6 in 20 overs (Lalit 52, Aseem 35) beat Geneva Cricket Club 118 all out in 18.5 overs (Aneesh 3-16) by 38 runs

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Genevan players lost their first Pickwick T20 Cup game of the season with only themselves to blame. Highlight of the first innings was the batting performance of the top order with great partnerships between Lalit and Tissa, followed by the former and Aseem. Geneva’s bowling efforts were only rewarded after a short drinks break at the tenth over, but numerous missed catches tainted such efforts. Geneva had to chase a very decent target of 157 to win. Nothing impossible at the Bout-du-Monde, but the whole batting lineup acted rather irresponsibly. Abundant extras gave Geneva CC the edge in the beginning of the second innings. Extras do not win matches though, and none of the hosts managed to score more than 20 runs.

Geneva CC started the season on the right foot and this loss is a splash of icy water on the face of the players, nonetheless a good reality check! Many more games are to come and Geneva need to maintain a great fighting spirit in order to have a chance to qualify for the semifinals of the main Swiss T20 tournament.

Geneva beat the Swiss champions in a friendly game

Nomads CC vs Geneva CC, friendly 40-over match, Uster, 29 April 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 304 for 10 in 40 overs (Anser 56, Ankit 52, Leo 49, Khawer 3-20, Shafqat 3-22) beat Nomads Cricket Club 143 all out in 31.3 overs (Satbir 37, Ankit 3-15, Anser 3-17) by 161 runs

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Geneva CC visited Nomads at their home ground and overcame the Swiss Premier League champions by winning with a large margin of 161 runs. Both teams played with more than 11 batsmen in view of allowing a maximum number of players to prep up for the upcoming season 2018.

The first innings was dominated by a good performance from the top order of the batting lineup. Both the skipper Anser and Ankit scored half-centuries, whilst opening batsmen Leo and Idrees scored 49 and 38 respectively (for reasons unknown to the human mind, Leo could not stop boasting about his 49, even though he scored much more on other occasions. We love you Leo ;-)). A great amount of extras as well as good cameo from Afif at number 11 helped Geneva CC to pile up 304 runs. From Nomads side, bowlers Shafqat and Khawer shone through by taking each 3 precious wickets. Shafqat showed pure legspinning class as usual.

The second innings seemed surprisingly one-sided, as Geneva’s opening bowlers swiftly swept through Nomads top and middle order. Ankit give keeper Idrees three balls to catch behind in his first two overs. Zahid dismissed Faheem with extra pace, to be followed by Aamir who took two of the following crucial wickets. Massoud, Anser and Darius took care of the rest by claiming 6 wickets altogether. Only Satbir from Nomads carefully survived through the innings, only to be taken out in the 22nd over (109-8). Viki wrapped up the game by claiming his first wicket of the season. Props to Afif and Kashif who also bowled very tightly.

Many thanks to the Nomads Cricket Club for their great hosting. It is always a great pleasure for our club to come and play with them!

Kashif’s six-for wins the final!

Geneva T20 Cup 2018, bout-du-monde, 14 and 15 april 2018

It was a rather busy weekend at the Bout-du-Monde for Geneva CC. The oldest club in the country participated in the Geneva T20 Cup 2018, organised by the Association Genevoise de Cricket for the very first time.

First match, 11:30, 14 April: Geneva Cricket Club 144 for 4 in 15 overs (Ali 46, Jasbir 3-17) beat Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club 143 all out in 19.3 overs (Lalit 35, Afif 3-25) by 6 wickets

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Geneva CC won the first match by a good margin thanks to some pretty tight and agressive bowling, which promises to be a landmark for the team this season. Losing some early wickets meant that XI Stars needed to rely on a solid middle order to pile up the runs. Kashif – he would repeat in a more explosive fashion the same scenario at the final – gave a terrific advantage by taking two wickets in his first over (the fifth one of the innings). Lalit and Mamdi then built up an important partnership of 62 runs, only to be broken by Afif. Anser stepped in and took a wicket off his first ball of the season. It could be felt that the visitors were losing control of the batting. The innings was wrapped up with three balls remaining as Idrees stumped Houmayoun off the skipper’s spinning ball.

Despite being occasionally challenged by Jasbir’s pace and Arjun’s spin, openers Idrees and Ali paved the way to victory with a solid opening stand of 69 runs. Anser and Khurram did the rest of the job and finished the game in 15 overs. This margin allowed Geneva CC to gain a certain precious advantage with the run rate, a crucial element to qualify for the final.

 

Second match, 15:00, 14 April: Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club 201 for 8 in 20 overs (Lalit 89, Massoud 3-18) beat Geneva Cricket Club 191 for 9 in 20 overs (Ankit 73) by 10 runs

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Even though the second match started with a run out off the first ball, Geneva CC did not show the same consistency in bowling and leaked a considerable amount of runs by bowling the wrong length (often too short). Lalit and Mamdi batted again through an excellent partnership of 126 runs, to be broken once more by Afif! Massoud came in the middle overs and brought back the momentum by bowling out Mamdi and dismissing Houmayoun. Khurram played a great supportive role too by giving out few runs and eliminating Aman, but the score was already quite high (176 for 6 after 15 overs). XI Stars’ tail played cautiously and managed to bring the score to a tough-to-chase 201 for 8 in 20 overs.

In the second innings, Geneva XI Stars kept the run rate low enough to put the hosts under constant pressure. Opener Ankit and Irfan at one down partnered over a crucial 81 runs from the fourth till the twelfth over (2 wickets for 107 when Irfan was run out by Waleed). Even though they laid the foundation for a potential victory, the middle order and tail could not withstand XI Stars’ efficient bowling, in particular Jasbir whose pace and line got the best of the batting order. Cameos by Kashif and Ahmad were not enough for Geneva to chase the score, leaving them 10 runs short of the target.

Geneva CC qualified for the final thanks to a positive net run rate.

Final, 15:00, 15 April: Geneva Cricket Club 124 for 1 in 14.3 overs (Ali 51*, Idrees 35) beat Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club 123 for 9 in 20 overs (Uddika 36, Kashif 6-28) by 9 wickets

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Geneva CC took fellow Geneva Sri Lanka CC by storm thanks to Kashif’s unstoppable angling inswinging yorkers! GSLCC won the toss and elected to bat on a dry, batting-friendly wicket. Idrees Hamidi and Majuran played well the first five overs, even though Afif and Ankit bowled excellently. The game all changed in the sixth over, when Kashif single handedly destroyed GSLCC’s batting lineup. The left-handed medium pace bowler took a triple wicket maiden in the first over of his first spell. Bowled ’em all out with the very same inswinger at yorker length. He bowled out again in his second over and took Majuran’s precious scalp. Kashif took 4 wickets for 11 runs in just 12 balls. A game changer. Zahid then followed his furious pace that left batsmen in awe. Kashif finished the innings by taking two wickets in the last over and nearly wrapped up with a hat-trick. He ended up with amazing bowling figures of 6 for 28, quite a sight in a T20 match.

With the target set at 124 for Geneva CC, GSLCC players had to show the same aggressiveness and impact with the ball in order to win. GCC’s batsmen just had to wait patiently for the bad balls and rotate the strike. The opening bowlers Lalantha and Noor did a pretty good job despite the situation, but a series of bad overs in the middle turned quickly the tides in favour of the title holders. Ali form Geneva CC had difficulty to pick the ball in the beginning, but made his way to his first half-ton of the season (51 not out). He was well aided by Idrees (35) and Anser (28 not out).

Geneva CC won for the second time the Geneva T20 Cup!

Many thanks to the Association Genevoise de Cricket for organising the event, which we hope will become a flagship event for the beginning of each season in Switzerland!

Victorious warm-up match for Geneva

Geneva CC vs Zurich Lions CC, 40-over friendly match, Bout-du-Monde, 9 April 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 238 all out in 34.4 overs (Idrees 62, Ankit 39, Sara 3-13) beat Zurich Lions Cricket Club 150 all out in 30.3 overs (Sumant 64, Kashif 3-13) by 88 runs

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Geneva CC emerged victorious from the first match of the season against Zurich Lions CC. The host won the toss and decided to bat under changing – but rather favourable – weather conditions. Idrees opened the batting with the skipper Anser, who started the season with a cracking cover drive for four, only to be bowled out four balls later by a cracking inswinger from left-hander Sonu. Ankit and Idrees then built up a crucial partnership of 122 runs, only to be bothered by Sonu who again broke the momentum by taking both wickets in his second spell (16th and 18th over). Idrees scored nonetheless the first half-century of the season with great touch and finesse. Viki stepped in and grinded his way through for 28 runs whilst witnessing his comrades falling to the spin bowling of captain Sara and medium pace of Khadeesh. Only Leo (18) and Afif (19 not out) managed to support decently Viki in his endeavour. Geneva were all out for 238 and could have managed to get a much larger score if it was not for some reckless batting by some of its players.

Zurich Lions had a pretty rough start in the second innings and lost 5 wickets for 25 runs in less than 10 overs. Opening bowlers Ankit and Afif bowled on fast pace, very tight lines and short lengths to wack the top and middle order in style. Afif looked so dangerous that every ball delivered promised to be concluded by a dismissal! Kashif swept the rest with his indipping, inswinging unstoppable balls and was supported by Darius – who took a wicket off his first ball of the season – and Ali with his super extra bounce. The Lions were at 65 for 8 in 17 overs, but they fought back with patience and resilience. Sumant, who came in at no 7, made the best out of the not-so-new ball and started building a precious partnership of 75 runs with Sonu. He ended up with the best score of the match with 64 runs, but was finally taken out by Ankit with a swift short ball. Ali then single-handedly wiped out the tail and brought the match to an end. Note the great start of the season of Idrees who not only scored 62 runs for the team, but showed his effective wicketkeeping skills with an astounding number of 8 catches!

Zurich Lions played bravely despite the initial setback and scored a total of 150 runs. We would like to thank them for coming all the way to Geneva to play with us and to show a great spirit in the true tradition of the game.

Geneva CC commences the season with a good, but far from perfect victory. All in all, a very useful exercise in view of preparing this weekend’s tournament against the finest of Geneva’s cricket team.

Geneva Cricket Day 2017

Last Sunday, the Association Genevoise de Cricket (AGC) organised an event with the help of two of its founding members: the Geneva Cricket Club and the Geneva Region Youth Cricket Club (GRYCC).

The AGC is trying to bring Genevan cricket clubs together and further develop the sport in the region for both youth and adult players. This was the first time that the AGC organised a sporting event and obviously not the last. The AGC hopes it will pave the way for a stronger collaboration between local youth and adult clubs.

Four youth clubs participated in the event: GRYCC, Gingins CC, La Chat CC and Cossonay CC. About 25 players, aged between 12 and 17 years, practiced with senior players from Geneva and then played a competitive and super fun 18-over match. Squad A, captained by Ethan from GRYCC, won the toss against Squad B, captained by Nikhil from Gingins. Squad B scored 72 runs in the first innings. Squad A chased the target in less than 15 overs with 4 wickets in hand. Both teams displayed great fighting spirit and some youngsters even impressed older ones, particularly with their bowling!

The junior’s game was followed by a match played between adults from Geneva CC and Onex-based Geneva XI Stars. Geneva Cricket Club, 200 for 5 in 19.2 overs (Kashif 53, Khurram 34*), beat Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club, 199 for 6 in 20 overs (Raja 57, Kashif 2-24), by 5 wickets.

Thanks to all children, parents and clubs that have come to participate in this awesome day, which will hopefully not be the only one of its kind!

 

 

Bitter finish to a good season

Last year, the Geneva Cricket Club reintegrated the main cricket governing body in Switzerland and managed quite a feat by reaching the final stages of both the national T20 cup and the national 40-over league. The same has been repeated this year, with this time higher hopes of reaching perhaps the final, or even lifting a trophy. The latest results show that hard work and further practice is still required for the young and mostly unexperienced team to fulfil its dream: put back the oldest cricket club in the country on the map!

Geneva CC lost both the semi-final of the T20 Cup and the quarter-final of the Premier League… exactly like last year… The season is not finished though and plenty of time remains for the club to refine its fine pool of talents. Thinking ahead is the motto and preparations for the next season are necessary to guarantee a larger success for the years to come.

You will find below a very short summary of the two crucial matches that took place in the last two weeks.

1) Geneva CC v. Olten CC, semi-final of the Pickwick T20 Cup in Schonau, Bern, 20 August 2017

(Click on the results below to see the full scorecard!)

Geneva Cricket Club, 79 all out in 16.4 overs (JK 3-11, Tharani 3-12, Ali 3-17), lost to Olten Cricket Club, 81 for 1 in 8.4 overs (Shahid 47*), by 9 wickets

Geneva CC first lost in an disastrous manner in the semi-final of the Pickwick T20 Cup on 20 August. An absolute breakdown of the batting order gave an easy win to Olten CC, which displayed some very fine bowling and fielding.

 

2) Geneva CC v. Olten CC, quarter-final of the Premier League in Bout-du-Monde, Geneva, 27 August 2017

(Click on the results below to see the full scorecard!)

Geneva Cricket Club, 185 all out in 34.5 overs (Anser 42, Gowree 3-25), lost to Olten Cricket Club, 186 for 9 in 37.5 overs (JK 45, Zahid 2-32), by 1 wicket

The last game on Sunday 27 August was a totally different affair. The Geneva Blacks had in mind the ruthless pace attack of Olten, therefore they had to play safely. Geneva CC started batting and went through the first 20 overs in a consistent and solid fashion, losing 3 wickets for 104 runs. Captain Anser gave a few beautiful stroked with crushing hooks and some nice cover and cut drives, but he was dismissed leg before wicket by JK in the 12th over. Ashwin looked very solid and kept his bat straight like a stick. Prospects looked pretty good, definitely not ominous like last time. The second part of the first innings was a totally different game, as the crucial wickets of Ashwin and Khurram were taken in the first over that followed the break. Panic ensued and the normally solid middle order crumbled down like a castle of cards. Nevertheless, Massoud at no 7 and Afif at the very end of the tail held up and gathered a 42-run partnership to bring the total to a low 185. Still a defendable score in Bout-du-Monde, although not an easy one to contain.

Olten CC started their batting at a very convincing run rate. They nonetheless had to take into account the great energy and fighting spirit put up by the hosts. Smart fielding positions allowed the first wicket to fall off Ashwin’s very first ball (nice regulation catch by Leo at deep third man). Ashwin and Afif both continued their amazing first spells and four wickets fell in 9 overs. A great super high catch by Habib at deep square leg and some fine wicketkeeping by Idrees – including a swift direct hit – put Geneva in a good position. Anser and Zahid then stepped up and capitalised greatly on the momentum by scalping three more Olten players. The drinks break was taken in the 15th over after Zahid hit a batsman in the helmet with a tremendous bouncer. The score was at 77 for 7 and Genevans could smell the victory in the air. The eighth wicket fell in the 19th over after Ronak gave Ali a tough ball to catch. 96 for 8. Olten CC needed 90 runs to win in 129 balls with just 2 wickets in hand.

And that is the beauty of cricket (actually a nightmare for Geneva that day!). A match that was supposed to be won slipped away slowly and steadily. JK and Sathees put up quite a fight and batted excellently, leaving all balls pitched outside the line of the stumps and putting away the bad ones. They also provided bowlers with plenty of swing-and-miss chances, but none of them gave a nick or a good enough edge to be taken. Geneva’s players did not lose their motivation, but the confidence insidiously faded away. JK was finally dismissed in the 28th over after giving a big top edge to the keeper. Olten needed 33 runs to win. Just like in the first innings, the tenth wicket partnership was good enough to add precious runs. Kudos to Olten’s batsmen who managed to reach the target in a brilliant manner.

It was quite a stunning and bitter defeat for Geneva to digest. The match should have been won, despite a rather low total. Olten showed incredible resilience and deserved wholefully to win the match. Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson and a valuable experience for the next seasons to come for the Geneva Cricket Club!

 

Geneva Blacks did it again!

Cossonay, 13 August 2017, Cossonay CC v. Geneva CC, Pickwick T20 Cup

(Click on the results below to see the full digital scorecard!)

Cossonay 116 for 5 in 20 overs (Sriniketh 35, Afif 3-25), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 118 for 3 in 14 overs (Dalvinder 51*, Ali 38), by 7 wickets

A decisive match for Geneva CC to win in order to qualify for the semi-finals of the Pickwick T20 Cup. Losing would have meant being out of the final stage. That would have been a sad cricketing disaster for the Geneva Blacks.

Thanks to an amazing bowling and fielding performance, Geneva CC managed to restrain the hosts to 116 runs in 20 overs. With numerous direct hits, good running on the field and constant pressure, Geneva CC showed their true colours. Cossonay fought well, but did not score enough to keep the favours on their side.

The first innings started excellently for Geneva CC. Afif took two amazing consecutive wickets in the third over: a beautiful catch given to Ronak at deep square leg was followed by superb tight line bowling that dismissed skipper Sathya for a classical slick catch at first slip by Khurram. To end his first spell, Afif took a mind-blowing third wicket with a killer unplayable yorker. After 5 overs, hosts were at 20 for 3. A smart decision by Anser, Geneva CC’s captain, was to bring spinners early as Cossonay’s ground is large and that runs were crucially needed. Good option indeed. Khurram came and took a wicket maiden for his first over and ended up with figures of 4-1-8-1. Anser leaked few runs except in his last over but the damage was done. Sriniketh and Vikas were scoring few runs but had a decent ongoing partnership. The pair managed to add a bit less than 50 runs to their total in the last 5 overs and Cossonay reached 116 runs in 20 overs with 5 wickets down.

After the break, the great opening pair of Anser and Ali came determined to chase with consistency, but all were left in awe when Rohit took Anser’s wicket off the first ball of the second innings. A careless shot got the best of the captain. Idrees then stepped in and got out in just two balls, giving Rohit a double wicket maiden in the first over. Geneva’s batsmen started to feel the pressure, but Dalvinder coming at 2 down struck two sixes in the following over, including the shot of the day with a super straight unstoppable six. Pressure released. Ali and DC then went on to score solid runs, with only the opening bowler Rohit giving them a hard time. Ali was dismissed in the 9th over, but only 36 runs were needed with 7 wickets in hand and 63 balls remaining. Dalvinder cruised to his first half-century of the season with a hook shot for six and scores were tied. Geneva CC won by 7 wickets and qualified for the semi-finals!

Stay tuned as Geneva CC will play the semi-finals this Sunday 20 August 2017 at 9:30 in Bern against Olten CC. If we win, we will play the final at 16:15. Let us keep our fingers crossed for a challenging and breathtaking final showdown!

Geneva CC top of the league!

Since the last time we published an article at the beginning of July, Geneva CC had two friendlies and played three victorious official matches in the Cricket Switzerland Premier League. The result: qualification to the quarter-finals of the Premier League by topping the Western Division… just like last year! Yeaaaaah! So the hardest part is yet to come: we first need to qualify for the T20 Cup semi-finals and then play the quarter-finals of the League.

You will find below the links to the scorecard of the matches played since 2 July and also a little description of our last game against Geneva Sri Lankan Cricket Club.

Bachgraben, Basel, 16 July 2017, Basel CC v. Geneva CC, friendly 40-over match

(Click on the results below to see the full digital scorecard!)

Basel Cricket Club, 92 for 4 in 15.3 overs, beat Geneva Cricket Club, 89 all out in 18.2 overs, by 6 wickets

 

Bachgraben, Basel, 16 July 2017, Basel CC v. Geneva CC, friendly T20 match

(Click on the results below to see the full digital scorecard!)

Basel Cricket Club, 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Julian 42, Aamir 3-11), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 158 for 7 in 20 overs (Leo 52), by 2 runs

 

Bout-du-Monde, Geneva, 23 July 2017, Geneva CC v. Cossonay CC, CSPL

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Geneva Cricket Club, 349 all out 39.3 overs (Anser 96, Habib 64, Vikas 2-31), beat Cossonay Cricket Club, 246 for 7 in 40 overs (Andrew 86, Sathya 59, Sriniketh 55, Ronak 5-52), by 103 runs

 

Bout-du-Monde, Geneva, 30 July 2017, GICC CC v. Geneva CC, CSPL

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Geneva International CC, 163 all out in 37 overs (Amar 44, Ashwin 3-25), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 164 for 7 in 33.1 overs (Anser 71, Khurram 33*, Pranjal 3-22, Balihar 3-34), by 3 wickets

 

Bout-du-Monde, Geneva, 6 August 2017, GSLCC v. Geneva CC, CSPL

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Geneva Sri Lankan Cricket Club, 129 all out in 37.2 overs (Anser 3-14, Afif 3-29), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 130 for 0 in 9.5 overs (Anser 66*, Ali 54*), by 10 wickets

This match was expected to be one of the most challenging game of the season, but unexpectedly ended as a one-sided contest. Last time Geneva CC played against GSLCC, the latter won in a dramatic fashion: their skipper Mounir needed to score a six off the very last ball after a hard chase to reach the target of 230 runs in 20 overs… The match on Sunday 6 August was a totally different tale.

Geneva CC’s bowling attack proved to be more than lethal. Good length balls on a tight line combined with occasional sharp bounce put the Lankans under tremendous pressure. In the first innings, Geneva CC took 3 wicket maidens and 7 other maidens. GSLCC had a hard time to score as they were confronted by the sharp pace of the opening pair of youngsters (Afif and Ashwin) backed by super fast Zahid and cunning/astute bowlers like Kashif and Ronak. Also, GCC’s skipper Anser (7-4-14-3) turned the game around with his precise offspinning skills. Fielding was also superb. Great running catches by Afif and Idrees made spectators holding their breath in awe and the wicketkeeping by Ahmad was just excellent. The poor hosts had nothing going on their way that day. Despite the fight given by Ravi and Idrees Hamidi at the tail, the batting was not enough to keep the hosts’ heads above water.

The innings finished with Idrees Hamidi giving a high loopy top edge to Ahmad in the 38th over. Final score: 129. Cricket remains cricket and any fan would know that the target of 130 runs was still a defendable one. Geneva CC players came on the field with a serious advantage. They nonetheless had to take into account the agressive bowling from Idrees and swinging balls from Lalantha and Wadood. It therefore came as a surprise that most of the balls bowled by GESLCC players were too short, too wide and too predictable. Opening batsmen Anser and Ali wiped out the opposition one by one, hitting balls all around the park. Ali was dropped twice, but Anser looked solid like a rock. Both reached their half-century and brought Geneva CC to a quick victory in just under 10 overs. Geneva CC won by 10 wickets with 181 balls remaining.

This victory has put Geneva CC at the top of the table of the Western Division of the Cricket Switzerland Premier League. Since Geneva CC joined back the main governing body of cricket in the country, it has been able to top the ranking in the western part of the country.

Now, this means that quarter-finals will be played at home against an unknown opponent (for now) on 27 September. Stay tuned for more cricket!

Aamir’s five-for and Ali’s half-ton bring victory to GCC

Bout-du-Monde, Genève, 2 July 2017, Pickwick T20 Cup Geneva CC vs Rhône CC

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Geneva Cricket Club, 99 for 2 in 11.2 overs (Ali 71*), beat Rhône Cricket Club, 97 all out in 15.2 overs (Aamir 5-19), by 8 wickets

Geneva CC came out victorious from a rather one-sided battle against opponents from the Rhône Cricket Club of Lyon. A wet field and overcast skies rendered the playing conditions far from being ideal. Having won the toss, Geneva CC decided therefore to field first. The game started off amazingly for the opening bowling pair. In the second over, Aamir did not lose motivation after his third ball was imprudently dropped at mid-on. Indeed, three wickets came out of the three consecutive legal deliveries (c. Afif, c. Yash†, wide, lbw) with a little wide preventing the hat-trick. But let’s just say it was still a hat-trick! Aamir went on to finish his quota of four overs and claimed two other crucial wickets to register the first (long awaited) five-wicket haul of the season for Geneva CC (Aamir 5-19 with an economy rate of 4.75).

The visitors were at 40 for 5 in 6 overs and went on to continue losing their wickets. RCC captain’s Peter Antony’s resilient innings combined with three expensive overs and too many extras led Rhône CC to an accumulation of 97 runs in 15.2 overs (all out).

With a rather small score to chase for the Bout-de-Monde, Geneva CC’s batsmen walked on the field with a relaxed attitude. The start of the innings was slow. Ali was dropped on 6 by the keeper and went on to score 71 runs not out. It actually took 8 overs for the hosts to accelerate, especially after two wickets were wasted away. Dalvinder lended Ali a useful hand and both batters reached the target after 11.2 overs. Geneva CC won by 8 wickets.

Now, the team’s next objective in the T20 Cup is to win the last group phase match against Cossonay CC on 13 August. With hard work and a bit of luck, Geneva CC will qualify for the semi-finals!

Ticking boxes: another victory for Geneva CC

CERN Cricket Ground, Prévessin, 18 June 2017, Premier League match CERN CC vs Geneva CC

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CERN Cricket Club, 214 all out in 34.3 overs (Francis 69, Matthew 59, Kashif 3-37, Anser 3-45), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 215 for 4 in 19.5 overs (Idrees 90, Anser 46), by 6 wickets

CERN won the toss and elected to bat on great day sunny day to play cricket. The match started well for the visitors. Indeed, Ali took early two important wickets (misjudged cut by Matthew carried the ball into the safe hands of Khurram at second slip and Imtiaz bowled out by an inside edge), but opener Paul and Francis at 2 down were careful in their batting approch. Both started accumulating many runs, thanks mostly to Paul stabbing bad balls towards boundaries and Francis rotating the strike. The whole game then changed in the 15th over. After blasting a six, Paul (59 off 48 balls) got dismissed in the following ball by a classical yorker from left-handed bowler Kashif. In the next 15 balls, a single run was scored and four wickets were taken! Anser took first Nadeem’s wicket for (wicket maiden) and then Kashif struck again to snatch two consecutive wickets (double wicket maiden this time). The hosts went from 89 for 2 to 90 for 6 in less than 3 overs.

All seemed doomed for CERN CC, but Francis (there again) and Wasim started to give a bit of a hard time to Geneva. Francis was dropped twice. Wasim did most of the bat talking. Anser brought the momentum back by taking two wickets in one over. After 28 overs, CERN CC had 141 for 8. Elmer coming in at number 10 then started with a great sweeping shot for six. Both batsmen built up a partnership of 70 until Francis was finally bowled by Afif (69 off 58 balls). Last wicket followed suit quickly after Afif crashed the stumps with a direct hit to run out Saud for a diamond duck. The poor young fellow slipped and could not do much to save himself. CERN managed nonetheless a great feat by bringing the score up from 90 for 6 to 214 all out.

After an absolutely delicious lunch break (always a highlight of matches at the CERN), Idrees and Anser stepped in and went straight into the innings. No time to waste for Geneva CC’s openers. In ten overs, 106 runs were scored. Both made boundaries rain with crunchy off drives and thunderous pulls. It took 79 balls (including wides and no balls) for CERN CC to finally dismiss someone. Anser gave a healthy nick from Saud’s ball to wicketkeeper Matthew (46 off 41 balls). Ali joined Idrees and just mimicked him by hitting boundaries after boundaries.

After Idrees was run out following a strange miscommunication with his teammate (90 off… 41 balls!), 34 runs were required to win with 145 balls remaining. Ali was then bowled out and Habib too, but it was too late for CERN. Yash scored the winning four and gave the third consecutive victory to Geneva CC in the Swiss Premier League. Overall, it was rather a one-sided match, albeit CERN’s demonstration of great pertinacity in their innings. Geneva’s victory now means that the oldest club in Switzerland is very close to qualify for the Premier League’s quarter finals, while CERN has now very slim chances to reach the final stages.

Breathtaking contest between two great rivals ended up in unexpected victory

Bout-du-Monde, Genève, 11 June 2017, Premier League match Geneva CC vs Geneva XI Stars

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Geneva Cricket Club, 257 for 9 in 40 overs (Leo 78, Kashif 64, Asghar 3-57), beat Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club, 233 all out in 36.4 overs (Arjun 80, Ali 3-29, Afif 3-39), by 24 runs

Matches between Geneva CC and XI Stars are always a treat to watch. This one was no exception as the hosts snatched a victory from nowhere! Indeed, Geneva CC went from a desperate 70 for 6 in only 18 overs to an inspiring 257 for 9 at the end of their innings. After 18 overs, the visitors had scored 83 runs and had lost 3 wickets. Geneva CC went on to bowl them out with 20 balls remaining and won by 24 runs!

XI Stars started on the good foot by dismissing hard hitter Ali for a duck in the first over of the match. Opening bowlers Jasbir and Asad put immense pressure from the very beginning, a pressure that Geneva’s top and middle order could not withhold. Bowling contributions from Asghar and Raja were outstanding too, thanks also to a super effective performance from wicketkeeper Pappu (great catches by the little power-stacked man!). Wickets fell repeatedly and the only tough man to stand was Viki (14 off 48 balls), witnessing his comrades falling one after another. It is only when Kashif came after Khurram was dismissed at 70 for 6 that the innings started to change for Geneva. Clean hits and powerful hits on the leg side propelled the team with 70-odd additional runs. The outlook somehow looked bleak as Kashif (64 off 35 balls) was lbw’ed by Arjun in the 29th over (152 for 8). But Leo, the man of the day with 78 runs from 41 balls, was there to show that the tail could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. With Dalvinder on the other end, the 9th wicket partnership accumulated an astounding 90 runs. Leo was dropped by Jasbir but continued to show pure ruthlessness on the pitch. Dalvinder finished the innings on a high by blasting 3 sixes and 1 four off his last seven balls.

XI Stars came to bat with confidence, despite that they lost the opportunity to trash their adversaries in one fell swoop. The target of 258 was reachable with patience and smart technique. Opener Raja was dropped straight away by Leo in the first over, although he redeemed himself by catching him on the next over… only to be ruled out by the umpire as the ball seemingly touched the ground. Next ball, Ali caught-and-bowled a dolly given by the President of XI Stars. Afif and Ali continued their dominating streak and did not give much leeway to Waleed and Aman. The breakthrough came when Afif took the second and third scalp in the fourth over of his first spell. Aman was caught one-handed by Kashif at mid-off (hard straight hit!) and Kuldeep went out for a bronze duck thanks to an awesome tight line and superb catch by wicketkeeper Habib. With the scoreboard displaying a grim 25 for 3, Arjun (80 off 60 balls) stepped in and showed class by taking his time to watch the ball and put away the bad ones. The change of pace did good to the bowling side. Skipper Anser came to pitch a few offbreaks and combined with fast-paced deliveries from Dalvinder. Waleed retiring hurt for cramps at 15.4 overs came at an opportune time as his strike rate was not good enough to keep up with the required rate of +8 (Waleed had 12 off 44 balls when he retired).

Lalit was then dismissed by Khurram’s second valid delivery thanks to an outstanding diving catch from Ali. Arjun’s dismissal in the 27th over was crucial. Dalvinder thanked gracefully Afif for finally concretising his awesome bowling with a tight catch. The game was slowly and steadily slipping away from the visitors, but the batting depth of XI Stars was not to be taken lightly. 93 runs were required off 13 overs (78 balls), a mission not-impossible for big hitters such as Pappu and Houmayun. The die was cast when Kashif took out the dangerous Pappu (35 off 20 balls). 212 for 7 in 32.3 overs. Divine judgement ultimately struck in the 36th over. Ali took two consecutive wickets, including the precious one of Houmayun. 24 runs were required to win in 20 balls. Waleed came back on the field but could not help much. He faced two balls and left the strike to number 10 Asad, who got expelled lawfully from the ground by Afif’s slick bowling.

Geneva players let out a big roar and celebrated a deserved victory coming from the brink of a catastrophe. XI stars definitely had the upper hand, but lost their cool and gave it away to a fighting side. We are all looking forward to seeing other matches like this in the Premier League this year!

Compelling victory for the first Premier League match

Parc de Parilly, Vénissieux, France, 4 June 2017, Premier League match vs Rhône CC

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Geneva Cricket Club, 357 all out in 39 overs (Idrees 88, Viki 70, Leo 68, Khurram 50, Syed Ahmed 5-58), beat Rhône Cricket Club, 147 all out in 23.1 overs (Jenil 48, Afif 2-17), by 210 runs

Geneva CC started the 2017 Premier League on the right foot. The oldest club in Helvetia moved to the Lyon area in France to play against the newcomers in the Swiss championship, the Rhône Cricket Club. After a somewhat erratic start of the season with jaw-dropping victories and losses, it was crucial to kick off in a positive manner.

In the first innings, Geneva CC’s middle order proved essential in accumulating runs that pushed the team to the top. A stellar performance by Idrees (88 runs in 43 balls with 9 sixes and 5 fours) assisted by sensitive strike-rotating skills from the vice-captain Khurram (50 runs in 47 balls) and an awesome 124-run partnership between Viki and Leo (70 off 58 and 68 off 43 respectively) gave the visitors a strong total of 357 runs to defend. Viki and Leo both registered their first half-centuries of the season and hopefully not their last!

The second innings concluded quite early, with only 139 legal deliveries bowled. Geneva CC’s bowling was not economical, but outstanding fielding efforts gave a great advantage to the visitors. Indeed, two players with broken fingers (Idrees and Afif) took brilliant one-handed catches; Khurram took a one-handed diving blinder at point; and Ali received a super swift ball in the palms of his hand while staying at first slip. Please note that our skipper Anser and Yash took a wicket on the very first ball they bowled too! In the end, Rhône CC were all dismissed in the 24th over with 157 runs in hand.

Plenty of work lies ahead for Geneva CC to improve its game. We are looking forward to our next match next Sunday against XI Stars at home!

Strange day for Geneva CC with an astounding record, broken fingers and a disappointing loss

 

Lex Evaux, 28 May 2017, Pickwick T20 Cup vs XI Stars and XI Stars Seniors

Last Sunday, Geneva CC visited les Evaux to play against the two T20 teams of Geneva XI Stars. The day promised to be exciting, but the excitement abated as soon as the hosts displayed how slick they are in circumventing the Spirit of Cricket.

First match vs XI Stars Seniors

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Geneva Cricket Club, 400 for 3 in 20 overs (Idrees 119*, Ali 105, Anser 95), beat Geneva XI Stars Seniors, 98 all out in 16.4 overs (Aamir 3-15, Kashif 2-2), by 302 runs

Indeed, the first match was to be played at 11:30 against XI Stars and the second match at 14:30 against XI Stars Seniors. It was unfortunately not a surprise for us to quickly realise that only players from the latter were here before the toss. As per the Cricket Switzerland Twenty20 rules, XI Stars should have forfeited the first match. Our team asked the neutral umpire to take a decision, but such thing was ultimately left in the hands of the teams’ captains.

With the decision upon us, we could only act the way we tend to do: in line with the Spirit of Cricket and by giving everybody a chance to play. Our lenience towards unprofessionalism and laziness might have costed us the second match, but we were here to play cricket and have fun. We thus accepted to play the first match against the weaker GXI Seniors (which, by the way, was composed nearly exclusively of youngsters that day, but that is irrelevant), even though we were aware that such outcome would undoubtedly favour the main XI Stars team.

The whole mess was not over yet… the first match started late because four players from GXI Seniors were not wearing the same jerseys. The masquerade lasted 9 overs and until then, only 7 players were fielding! Furthermore, GXI Seniors played with an unregistered player, underlining again the lack of consideration that the hosts have for rules.

The game ended up being the most one-sided match we have ever witnessed in a Swiss national competition. Exactly 400 runs were scored in the first innings, thanks to two roaring centuries from Idrees (119 not out) and Ali (105) and a authoritative 95 runs from our skipper Anser. It is the largest known score ever recorded in a Pickwick T20 Cup match. Idrees also equaled Ali’s record of scoring 100 runs in 29 balls! From 300 runs reached in 16.4 overs, the ultimate score of 400 runs was reached only 20 legal deliveries after!!! Crazy stuff

It was very obvious that many of the GXI Seniors’ players were not regular cricketers and had plenty of difficulties on the field, with the bat and the ball too. Despite the insane scoring, the bad organisation tainted the feeling of victory and left a bitter taste in our mouths.

Second match v XI Stars

The second match was a totally different business as XI Stars aligned with their main players. Despite our team fielding two players with broken fingers, two others with neck and back injuries and despite also the fact that six of our players were fasting that day, we came on the field convinced that we could win this match. Challenge was taken!

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Geneva XI Stars, 213 for 8 in 20 overs (Raja 78, Houmayoun 49, Afif 4-41), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 157 all out in 15.5 overs (Kashif 48, Raja 4-26), by 56 runs

Geneva CC started with the bowling and Afif took two superb wickets in the first over by crashing Kuldeep’s leg stump for a golden duck and tricking Mamdi into a missed slog that ended up in Kashif’s hands at mid off. Lalit at no 4 fell in Afif’s second over (21 for 3 in 4 overs), leaving Raja and captain Houmayun with the difficult task to build up their innings. They did so beautifully, with Raja hitting big shots out of the park. The two built up a great partnership, only to be broken in the 12th over by Dalvinder who took a nonchalant catch at deep square leg from Ronak’s bowling. Despite Ali’s great spinning efforts and a very decent fielding performance, Geneva CC’s bowlers could not properly stem the flow of runs of the lower middle order. Moreover, Ronak broke his left thumb while attempting to take a return catch. Another victim to the hard ball!

XI Stars reached a good score of 213 runs for 8 wickets. Definitely chaseable on that ground. Nonetheless, the second innings proved to be too much for some of our players who simply could not play their natural game. Empty bellies and a scorching sun took the best of our own stars. We cannot take away the intelligent bowling performance from XI Stars though. By bowling slow on a pitch that is already fast like a snail, our main batsmen fell quickly. Four wickets fell in the first four overs. Leo and Kashif then started to chase the score slowly but steadily, to the point that the over comparison with XI Stars’ innings was holding. No bleak outlook at this stage, but the only issue was that too many wickets were down. With Leo and Kashif dismissed, Raja guillotined the team in the 14th and 16th overs by taking four wickets. The hosts won by 56 runs.

Now, there is only one thing left for us to do: practice and work hard to ensure that our two last games in the Pickwick T20 Cup can be won!

 

Crazy match, crazy loss!

Bout-du-Monde, Genève, 21 May 2017, Pickwick T20 Cup vs GESLCC

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Geneva Cricket Club, 229 for 9 in 20 overs (Idrees 65, Ali 48, Uddika 3-36), lost to Geneva Sri Lankan Cricket Club, 230 for 8 in 20 overs (Majuran 98, Krishanta 52, Afif 4-26), by 2 wickets

A crazy match indeed. GESLCC needed a 6 off the very last ball of their innings to win and Mounir provided them with that amazing delight!

Geneva CC started very strongly. Great batting efforts from the top and middle order helped reaching the amazing score of 229. At some point, even a +250 score seemed attainable, if wickets did not fall repeatedly from the 14th over.

The hosts (GESLCC) started their innings in an equally strong fashion. The first, third and fourth wicket partnership totaled 174 runs together and the game went to a nail-biting finish with 11 runs required off the last over to win. Even though skipper Anser took a wicket, the following ball was dropped and “just” a six was required to win the match. Nothing more. Mounir on strike went on and hit as hard as he could to dispatch the required six off the last ball to grasp a jaw-dropping victory.

Congrats to GESLCC for their ruthless batting. Geneva CC’s fielding and bowling errors proved too costly but nothing is too late to correct those mistakes!

The Pickwick T20 Cup promises to be very exciting this year. Make sure to join us next Sunday at les Evaux as Geneva CC is facing both teams from Geneva XI Stars.