2017 International Tour to Entrecasteaux

Entrecasteaux, France, 29-30 April 2017, friendly 35-over matches vs Entrecasteaux CC and Monte-Carlo CC

Geneva CC visited last weekend Entrecasteaux in South of France to play against the local team and a mixed side composed of Monte-Carlo CC players and also some players from Entrecasteaux CC. Geneva CC came with a crew of 12 motivated guys (including 3 non-players) to fight back for the miserable defeat inflicted on us a year ago by Entrecasteaux CC.

Despite not having a complete team, we managed to get our “revenge” and on Saturday, we beat Entrecasteaux by 58 runs thanks to an excellent batting performance from Habib (69 runs in 74 balls) and Ali (31 runs in 33 balls) as well as a flawless bowling work from Dalvinder (2 for 19 in 7 overs). Entrecasteaux’s captain Chaminda Perera proved to be a tough nut to crack that day, until our skipper Anser bowled him out cleanly to give the win to our team!

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

Geneva Cricket Club, 186 for 6 in 35 overs (Habib 69, Ali 31, Cliff 2-39), beat Entrecasteaux Cricket Club, 131 all out in 25.5 overs (Chaminda 59, Massoud 2-11), by 58 runs



The following day proved to be a difficult one due to nearly two consecutive sleepless (but enjoyable!) nights and too much driving around. Geneva CC played against Monte-Carlo CC from Monaco – the team also included a couple of key players from Entrecasteaux CC – only to lose by 7 runs with one wicket in hand. Habib scored again a half-century (60 runs) and Dalvinder bowled again superbly (2 for 24 in 7 overs), but this was unfortunately not enough to win. Brad Edwards and Chaminda batted too well and bowled intelligently too, which ultimately propelled the hosts to victory.

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

Monte-Carlo Cricket Club, 207 for 6 in 35 overs (Brad 78, Chaminda 50, Dalvinder 2-24), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 200 for 9 in 35 overs (Habib 60, Vishnu 3-29, Brad 3-36), by 7 runs

Kudos to our cricket debutantes Sahed for taking a tremendous catch at deep extra cover in the first match and Mehmet in the second match for scoring his very first run! Props to Afif too, as he scored 14 runs in the second match, despite having a broken thumb because he dropped a difficult diving catch off Darius’ legspinning the previous day. We forgive you Afif, as it is known for centuries that the only acceptable way to drop a catch is by breaking a bone at the same time! 😉

Unlike last time, Geneva CC did not leave with a bitter taste in the mouth because of the loss. The tour was great fun and we would like to thank again Entrecasteaux CC for their wonderful hosting.