Category: Competitions

Geneva lost the semi-final by a small margin

St Gallen CC vs Geneva, Pickwick T20 Cup semi-final, Schönau, Bern, 26 August 2018

St Gallen Cricket Club 119 for 7 in 18.5 overs (M Nasim 32*, Anser 2-13) beat Geneva Cricket Club 116 all out in 15 overs (Idrees 40, M Nasim 4-15) by 3 wickets

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Geneva lost against St Gallen CC in a super exciting and tight semi-final in Bern last Sunday. An amazing bowling and fielding performance from Genevans was not enough to defend the low total of 116 runs. Idrees (40 off 21) and Ankit (22 off 22 balls) at the top of the order built up strong foundations for the rest of the lineup to follow on. After 10 overs, Geneva had a good score of 92 for 3, but when Ankit was dismissed by Musa in the 11th over, it only took St Gallen 26 balls to wipe out the rest of the batsmen! Geneva lost a ridiculous amount of 7 wickets for 21 runs with 5 full overs to spare… Another batting collapse cost us again a sweet spot in the finals. Bravo to St Gallen’s bowlers Musa and Nasim for taking a great advantage of the peculiar Bernese wicket by snatching 8 wickets for 35 runs altogether.

The second innings was a treat to watch thanks to Geneva bowlers showing their best. Ankit, Afif, Ashwin, Anser and Zahid displayed some beautiful variations and changing speeds, but the total was reached (not easily) with 7 balls remaining. The 8th and 9th wicket partnership between Nasim and Fletcher starring was the final nail in the coffin. St Gallen won by 7 wickets and then beat Bern CC in an anti-climatic final. You can check out the Cricket Switzerland’s report here!

Geneva cannot just get across that semi-final benchmark in the national T20 tournament and this has been a very frustrating occurence for the boys. Our club shall never give up though and will continue fighting to bring trophies, whether this year or the following years. Hard work and great sportsmanship shall pay one day or another!

Qualified to the T20 Cup semi-finals!

Geneva CC vs Cossonay, Pickwick T20 Cup, Bout-du-Monde, 12 August 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 182 for 8 in 20 overs (Ali 66, Ankit 39, Aidan 3-23) beat Cossonay Cricket Club 162 for 5 in 20 overs (Thileepan 65*, Hitesh 44*, Ashwin 3-48) by 20 runs

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Geneva CC beat Cossonay on Sunday and secured a spot in the semi-finals of the national T20 competition, the Pickwick T20 Cup. The victory was brought by a superb 100-run partnership off 60 balls between Ali (66 in 41 balls) and Ankit (39 in 30 balls), an important batting cameo by a in-form Afif (23 not out off 9 balls), as well as economical bowling between Kashif (1 for 15 in 4 overs) and Afif (24 runs in 4 overs including a maiden) and crucial wickets from Ashwin (3 wickets for 48 runs).

Geneva CC will play the semi-final against a yet-to-be-known adversary in Bern on 26 August at 12:30!

7/7 wins for Geneva CC!

Geneva Sri Lanka CC vs Geneva CC, Premier League, Bout-du-Monde, 5 August 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 266 all out in 40 overs overs (Idrees 94, Afif 67, Zahid 63, Uddika 8-1-43-3, Mounir 8-3-17-2) beat Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club 158 all out in 30.3 overs (Zakir 57, Ashwin 6-1-26-3, Kashif 4-0-26-3) by 108 runs

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Captained by Khurram, Geneva CC eliminated the Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club off the Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL) by beating them with a margin of 108 runs. This has put Geneva CC on top of the standing table with seven victories out of seven matches. Geneva CC will play the quarter-finals of the CSPL on 2 September against Power Winterthur CC!

GSLCC won the toss and decided to field on a heatwave-hit day with temperatures wavering around 35°C. GSLCC started with a serious disadvantage because of a missing player (only 10 took the field). Geneva CC’s innings was in the beginning a one-man show. Idrees (94 off 43 balls) single-handedly took the task to score the runs for the team, but a great bowling partnership between the deceiving pace and good length of Mounir and the spin of Uddika brought the momentum to an end. The pair bowled an uninterrupted spell of 8 overs each that started in the 16th over at 110 for 2 and finished in the 32nd at 170 for 7. Until the 7th wicket fell at 25.4 overs, they took 5 wickets for 28 runs only. Zahid thus came for the 8th wicket and started to build up a partnership with Afif. The latter displayed some real cricketing skills by patiently leaving good balls, rotating the strike and putting away bad deliveries with stylish boundary-bound cover drives and many other great shots of the book. One of the best innings of the season so far. On the other side, Zahid was resilient and accelerated hard towards the end of his innings (he hit four sixes in a row in the 36th over!) Afif and Zahid put up a stellar partnership of 107 runs off 75 balls. In other words, Geneva would have been dead without the performance of those three batsmen!

To some extent, GSLCC’s innings mirrored GCC’s, as a great 104-run partnership off 73 balls between Zakir and Krishanta put some serious pressure on Geneva. The lack of stability in the top order was the big difference though. Ashwin opened the bowling with Afif and got quickly rid of the three highest batters in the lineup. This is when Zakir and Krishanta played excellently throughout nearly 16 overs. The middle overs bowling by Kashif, Aamir and Raafey were good enough to keep up the required run rate, but it was Khurram who changed the innings by finally slashing the partnership with a gushing offspinner (Krishanta bowled out at 24.2). When Mounir was bowled out by Kashif (152-5 in 28.3 overs), it then took only 12 balls for the latter, Raafey and Darius to wipe out the tail.

Geneva CC takes top spot in the League!

Geneva CC vs GICC, Premier League, Bout-du-Monde, 22 July 2018

Geneva Cricket Club 135 for 5 in 27.5 overs (Idrees 38, Balihar 2-21) beat Geneva International Cricket Club 133 all out in 28.2 overs (Ashwin 4-9) by 5 wickets

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Geneva CC takes the top spot of the Western Division of the Cricket Switzerland Premier League after comfortably defeating GICC by 5 wickets. The Genevan cricket powerhouse is surfing on a winning streak of six games out of six in the League, with one match left to hopefully complete a full circle of victories. Grabbing the first position in the Western Division means a home game in the quarter-finals against the fourth-placed team of the Eastern Division, that is, a good opportunity to capitalise on and reach higher skies.

Prior to the match against GICC, Geneva beat some of the strongest teams of the season. On 8 July, Geneva went to Berne and won by 79 runs on a tough wicket thanks to a terrific bowling and fielding performance by the whole team, in particular Ankit who took a precious five-for (5 for 18 in 5 overs). The following week, Cossonay CC were defeated by a quite similar margin of 82 runs in a rain-affected match. Fifties by Ankit (54 off 56 balls) and Kashif (68 off… 21 balls!) as well as some very tight bowling (2 for 17 in 5 overs) by the latter took the best out of the hosts.

Beautiful conditions for a cricket game

 

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

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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

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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

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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.