Year: 2018

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

Scorecard

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

Scorecard

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

Scorecard

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

Scorecard

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

Scorecard

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

Scorecard

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.

2018 Annual General Meeting and Family Dinner

On 25 February 2018, the Geneva Cricket Club held its Annual General Meeting in the afternoon, followed by the Annual Family Dinner in the evening! You can find the agenda and minutes of the Annual General Meeting by clicking here (only in French).

Anser Mehmood, Captain and Club Manager of Geneva CC, distributed beforehand his 2017 Annual Activity Report summarising the season 2017.

Darius Rao, Secretary-Treasurer of Geneva CC, also shared with members the 2017 Club accounts, the 2017 balance sheet and the budget for the year 2018.

Priceless trophies for the best players of the season!

At the Annual Family Dinner, Club members were thrilled to share a hearty and spicy meal together with families and friends. Everyone seemed to be looking forward to an exciting 2018 season !

Trophies were distributed to the best players of the season:

Best player of the 2017 season

Khurram Alvi

Best batsman in 2017

Anser Mehmood

Best bowler in 2017

Afif Khan Khattak

Best fielder in 2017

Khurram Alvi

Khurram emotionally moved by his award and, of course, Leo in the background coming late, as usual

Also, a very new and special award was given to our lovely mascot, Massoud Kabir, who received the SUPER DUCK TROPHY 2017 for scoring the best ducks of the season

Massoud received the best trophy of the evening, hands down!
Awesome food for awesome people
Poor seniors of the Club have to listen to Darius trying really hard to be serious, which seldom happens
Our precious President Hascal giving Ronak departure gifts. Farewell Ronnie! You will be missed!
Classic photobomb to conclude a great evening