Category: Competitions

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.

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

 

First Official Match of the Season, Records Broken!

Bout-du-Monde, Genève, 14 May 2017, Pickwick T20 Cup vs GICC

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

Geneva International Cricket Club, 150 for 9 in 20 overs (Sanket 35, Ali 3-12, Kashif 3-25), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 154 for 0 in 10 overs (Ali 104*, Anser 43*), by 10 wickets

Geneva  CC has started  the official 2017 cricket season with a blast! A big victory was taken versus home rivals Geneva International CC with Ali scoring the fasted century we know of in a T20 match.

Hosts GICC won the toss, decided to bat and started strong despite losing a couple of wickets. 100 runs were reached in just 67 balls, with batsmen assisted by undisicplined bowling and a couple of dropped catches. The slow over rate (nearly 3 overs late) contributed to Geneva CC’s nervosity, but it was not too late to have a strong  comeback, which actually happened for the “visitors” thanks to great bowling pressure from Ali and Ronak. Ali dismissed both set batsmen Bakir (11) and Sanket (35) in his first spell with glorious fielding efforts of Kashif and Dalvinder. Geneva CC bowlers continued bowling on a tight line and ultimately, GICC managed to score 150 for 9 wickets in 20 overs.

Geneva CC thus finished the first innings with a positive attitude thanks to effective work on the field as well as making up for the lagging over rate.

The second innings was just out of this world. A totally different business with the two opening batsman showing great batting skills and absolute relentlessness. Captain Anser and Ali went for a decent target, not seemingly too hard on the high scoring ground of the Bout-du-Monde. Both batsmen started with a positive and relaxed attitude. Ali in particular got into the game really hard and quick by hitting sixes out of the park. On the other end Geneva CC’s skipper rotated intelligently the strike to find his way into the innings. At the end of the fourth over, both teams shared the exact same score (GICC had nonetheless lost two wickets at that stage), but Ali got into the fifth over by blasting 4 consecutive sixes. Ali completed his fastest century (104*) ever with a match-winning six on the last ball of the ninth over. All of this done in… 29 balls, with 14 sixes, 3 fours and an astounding strike rate of 358.62. Anser scored 43 runs in 31 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. GICC bowlers were totally out of line and had a very bad day on the field, especially after dropping both openers… but it was too late to rectify the misses!
Geneva CC is looking forward to continuing scoring many many runs for the upcoming matches and wishes GICC better luck for the season. Special thanks to the Cricket Switzerland umpires Paul and Philippe, as they conducted the game with the best spirit possible.

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

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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.

Two important victories in two weeks

Geneva CC started the season on the right foot by lifting the Geneva T20 Cup. It became very clear too to our players that it was also important to win the first friendly in the 40 overs format.

Bout-du-Monde, 16 April 2017, friendly 40-over match vs ZLCC

Geneva Cricket Club, 207 for 6 in 21 overs (Idrees 44, Viki 34*, Ravi Sankar 2-32), beat Zürich Lions Cricket Club, 206 all out in 40 overs (S Naren 71, Afif 4-34), by 4 wickets

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

On 16 April, Geneva CC won two friendlies against Zürich Lions CC at the Bout-du-Monde. It seemed that this was the very first match of the Zürich Lions against another Swiss team since the foundation of the club at the beginning of the year.

Even though too many wickets fell, Geneva CC chased the score with ease and reached the target in only 21 overs. Plenty of time was left therefore captians from both teams decided to play a fun 10-over match too!

Geneva CC scored 189 for 4 in 10 overs and Zürich Lions made 92 for 6 in 10 overs, beating thus the Lions by 97 runs. Ali Shah made a very special innings with 102 runs in 32 balls, which is quite an astounding feat for just an innings of 60 balls!

Bout-du-Monde, 23 April 2017, friendly 40-over match vc GICC

Geneva Cricket Club, 279 all out in 37.2 overs (Massoud 118, Khurram 56, Farooq 4-48, Richard 3-19), beat Geneva International Cricket Club, 262 all out in 39.2 overs (Bakir 51, Zahid 3-40), by 17 runs

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

GICC hosted a 40-over match on a (again!) beautiful and sunny Sunday which promised to deliver some good stuff for cricketers. Overall, it was a very good match of cricket with plenty of emotions. Geneva CC were straight away constrained by a great opening bowling partnership of Richard and Jibran. Wickets fell way too early with three batsman dismissed in 7.2 overs for just 26 runs. That is when Massoud stepped in and changed the innings. in 20 overs, the score was then at 107 for 4 and continued to rise consistently. The Lion of Panjshir went to score a blasting century in 55 balls thanks to solid contributions from his partners Parit and Dalvinder. He of course reached the benchmark with a blasting six over deep square leg.

The hosts took the advantage back with Farooq taking a crazy hat-trick in two separate overs. Skipper Khurram put the bowling momentum on hold with the young Zahid and went to add a 50+ partnership to the tally. Aamir and Darius helped Khurram reaching his half-ton before he was finally caught at cover.

GICC had to chase a defend-able score of 280 to win the match in 240 balls. The start of the game was not as slow as Geneva CC’s but more wickets were put down thanks to a solid performance by opening bowler Aamir. DC and Zahid contributed too, despite conceding too many extras. This problem actually spreaded amongst nearly all Geneva’s bowlers… who gave out a total of 41 wides. Hopefully the last time this season!

After the drinks break, GICC had 101 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Bakir and Richard put up a strong fight and partnered for nearly 90 runs together. Right after scoring his fifty, Afif caught a superb catch behind off Zahid’s ball and things started to slowly unravel. With only one wicket in hand, Ajay and Farooq scared Geneva a bit by hitting boundaries to boundaries in the last overs, until Zahid wrapped it up by crashing the stumps with 4 balls remaining. Kudos to captain Khurram for his outstanding catch at long off while unintentionally slipping and for a super difficult direct hit that dismissed Jibran from point.

Geneva CC is victorious again and hopes to continue winning when they will be in South of France next week!

We won the Geneva T20 Cup!

Bout-du-Monde, 8-9 April 2017, Geneva T20 Cup

Click on the results to see the full scorecard!

First match

Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club, 182 for 8 in 18.3 overs (Krishanta 53, Idrees 2-15), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 180 for 7 in 20 overs (Idrees 71, Khurram 49*, Uddika 3-21), by 2 wickets

Second match

Geneva Cricket Club, 143 for 4 in 15.5 overs (Ali Shah 37, Asghar 2-32), beat Geneva XI Stars, 141 for 9 in 20 overs (Lalit 45, Kashif 3-35), by 6 wickets

Final

Geneva Cricket Club, 122 for 5 in 12.2 overs (Idrees 35, Hans 2-18), beat Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club, 120 all out in 16.2 overs (Krishanta 36, Dalvinder 2-19, Zahid 2-19), by 5 wickets

 

The 2017 season started pretty well for the oldest cricket club in Switzerland. For its third edition, Geneva CC finally won the trophy of the Geneva T20 Cup!

After a difficult start tainted by a disappointing loss against GESLCC, Geneva CC retook the advantage by defeating XI Stars thanks to a very consistent performance from batsmen and tight bowling. The same approach was adopted in the final, which started very strongly for GESLCC (30 runs in just 2 overs). 26 runs and 22 balls later, three crucial wickets went down, which ultimately paved the way for a proper batting collapse.

GESLCC were all out with 22 balls remaining to defend a not-so-high score of 120. The target was chased in just 12.2 overs to give a 5-wicket victory to Geneva CC.

The beautiful thing of this tournament is that everybody contributed to build up the innings and bring the trophy home. Props to our skipper Anser for his awesome captaincy and great decisions on the field with the Vice-Captain Khurram. Kudos to Idrees, Khurram and Ali for their outstanding batting with the best scores of 71, 49 not out and 37 respectively and good contributions from Leo and Kashif.

Amazing bowling efforts from youngsters Afif and Zahid, as well as from the more experienced Ronak, Leo and Dalvinder. Kashif ended up with a total of 6 wickets in the competition, including 3 killing yorkers against the best batsmen of XI Stars that day.

The fielding performances were also spotless, with Ashwin as the wicketkeeper, taking 6 catches and smashing wickets twice with direct hits. Khurram took 4 catches in the final, including an amazing one at third man and we also saw some pretty damn good caught-and-bowled from Dalvinder, Leo and Zahid.

For the statistics of the Geneva T20 Cup, click here!

All in all, a deserved victory for a tough competition. We hope that this bodes well for the season 2017!

 

Geneva CC ends the season on a high!

Bout-du-Monde, 24 and 25 September 2016, GICC Cricket Festival – T20 tournament

For the last tournament of the season, Geneva CC waved goodbye with a smile and finally lifted a well-deserved trophy after a hard-fought season. The Geneva International Cricket Club gracefully organised an action-packed cricket festival lasting two days over a very beautiful and sunny weekend. A great initiative, well appreciated by all cricket lovers in the region. Aside from a few injured ones, nearly all players of Geneva CC contributed to the victory. Moreover, the Genevans displayed a wonderful team spirit, definitely something that must be perpetuated till the next season and beyond! Check below the brief summary of the matches played that weekend.

 

First match, 24 September

Geneva Cricket Club, 201 for 7 in 20 overs (Ahmad 57*, Ankit 45, Idrees 40, Bilal 4-22), beat CERN Cricket Club, 155 for 7 in 20 overs (Claston 39, Paul 32, Ankit 2-14), by 46 runs

Quite to the contrary of the usual pattern in most competitions, the games went from harder to easier. Indeed, the first match against CERN CC proved to be a tough one for Geneva CC , which saw another total collapse of its middle order – a trend this season –, save Ahmad who batted with a loud bang (57* not out with 6 fours, 5 sixes plus… one single and a double!). Geneva CC batted first and thanks to him, they reached an excellent total of 201. A difficult target for CERN to chase. Their lack of power-hitters that day did not allow them to be competitive enough to get past the average +10 run rate required to win. Special honours to Geneva CC newcomers Dalwinder and Zahid who both bowled pretty well in the first innings.

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Geneva CC v CERN CC – 1st innings
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Geneva CC v CERN CC – 2nd innings

Second match, 25 September

Geneva Cricket Club, 196 for 8 in 20 overs (Idrees 39, Saad 37, Girish 3-31), beat Geneva International Cricket Club, 130 all out in 17.5 overs, by 66 runs

The second match on the following day was definitely less tense than the previous one, thanks this time to a more-than-decent batting display from the top and middle order. As GICC lost the previous day by 12 runs against CERN, the former had no choice but to win in order to qualify for the final. A fierce fight was thus expected. And the game actually started very well for them. GICC commenced with the bowling, and only 3 runs were conceded in the first 3 overs, with one wicket down too. The whole situation changed rather quickly when Idrees and Aamir were able to put their eyes on the ball. In the first innings, nobody passed the half-ton mark but scores were consistently good for a T20 format (Idrees 39, Aamir 28, Ankit 25, Saad 37, Zahid 30, Ahmad 18). Geneva CC managed again to score enough runs to feel confident for the second innings, which to some extent, reflected very much the first match against CERN CC. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the scorecard nor to the notes about the second innings, so comments here can only be a bit limited. Overall, GICC players fought well but lost early wickets, which jeopardised seriously their victory. Sharp fielding and bowling by Geneva proved to be decisive. Props to Zahid who saved a boundary six while jumping in the air, took marvelous catches and bowled swift short balls. Further miscommunication between batsmen led to three run outs and GICC were all dismissed with 13 balls remaining.

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GICC v Geneva CC – 1st innings

Final, 25 September

CERN Cricket Club, 79 all out in 19 overs (Faysal 28*, Zahid 3-10, Massoud 3-18), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 80 for 1 in 9.3 overs (Idrees 45, Bilal 1-17), by 9 wickets

As the visitors did not unfortunatey have their best team that day, the final was clearly a one-sided game. CERN won the toss and elected logically to bat. The match started with a maiden from Afif, followed by Paul’s wicket in the next over, scalped by Ankit. Wickets then fell about every couple of overs and none of CERN’s batsmen could stay on their crease for long. The only noticeable performance was from Faysal who scored 28 runs not out. CERN did not have their best team on the field that day but. The Afghan bowling pair of Zahid and Massoud took 3 wickets each, followed in the figures by the well-known opening bowlers Afif (2 for 7) and Ankit (2 for 14). CERN was all out before they could face the last 6 balls and had gathered 79 runs to defend.

The second innings was played in a rather nonchalant way by Idrees, Dalwinder and Saad. The first stayed until the end, the second was caught behind in the fourth over, whilst the third simply accompanied Idrees until the end. The target was reached in less than 10 overs, thanks also to a large number of extras conceded. Kudos to the kid Arsalan for bowling with a very good line and giving out few runs. Geneva CC won by 9 wickets with 63 balls remaining. A great way to end the season!

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Final: Geneva CC v CERN CC – 1st innings
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Final: Geneva CC v CERN CC – 2nd innings

 

Good victory against GICC

Bout-du-Monde, 11 September 2016, 40-over friendly match

Geneva Cricket Club, 257 for 9 in 40 overs (Aamir 63, Khurram 61*, Richard 3-42), beat Geneva International Cricket Club, 234 all out in 37.2 overs (Vipin 62, Tariq 3-38), by 23 runs

One of the last match of the season took place on a bright day in Bout-Du-Monde. Geneva CC faced their fellows from GICC in a tight match, which was ultimately won by tail-ender Aamir and skipper Khurram. While the latter was suffering from a constraining lower back ache, the pair still scored a +100 runs partnership which propelled Geneva CC to victory. GICC had to reach a decent target of 258 runs to win and nearly did so if Vipin at one down was not dismissed with 62 runs in his tally. Tariq finished the match with the best bowling figure of 3 for 38, while Richard from GICC started very strongly by conceding no runs and taking two wickets in his first three overs. Congrats to Geneva CC for their good victory against GICC and kudos to GICC for putting up a hard chase.

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Geneva CC innings
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GICC innings

And now exit from the Pickwick T20 Cup…

Buchholz, 4 September 2016, Pickwick T20 Cup Semi-Final

Nomads Cricket Club, 115 all out in 19.2 overs (Waqas 21, Massoud 3-13), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 83 all out in 17.3 overs (Anser 24, Faheem 3-2), by 32 runs

Full scorecard

High stakes for Geneva CC as they could have gotten into their first major final since 2014! It was overall a great season for the Genevan club. Too bad that it ended with a bitter loss which could have been avoided. Again and again, Geneva’s batting lineup did not hold up and did not manage to chase successfully a rather easy total. Nonetheless, this does not take away the hosts’ impeccable performance in terms of bowling. As expected, Nomads were outstanding with the ball and excellent on the field too. For spectators and players, it was a thrilling semi-final!

A sky leaden with overcast and mild temperatures provided decent conditions for cricket. Nomads won the toss and decided to bat, confident that their renowned bowling attack would wipe out the opponent in due time. It then all started very bad for the visitors: in just 5 overs, 57 runs were conceded by the opening pair of Afif and Idrees, as well as Ronak in the fifth over. Two wickets were put down though. Ball-magnet Saad caught Faheem’s hit at long off and Ronak bowled a killing full length inswinger to dismiss Waqas.

The next 15 overs proved to be a totally different innings though. Indeed, the run rate for the first five overs was at 11.40, while it was at 4.05 in the last 15 spells! To put it into a different perspective, just 58 runs were scored after 5 overs… Nomads were all out at 115 with 4 balls remaining, thanks to an amazing comeback from Ronak and Afif, as well as some precise bowling by Anser and Khurram (and a pretty cool direct hit from short third man by Idrees to run out Noman for a diamond duck, the second of the season!). The bowling medal should go to Massoud who took 3 wickets in 5 consecutive balls (all nicks caught behind by keeper Ahmad). He basically destroyed Nomads’ middle order and finished with a great figure of 3 for 13. What an amazing turnaround for Geneva CC!

Geneva’s hopes to win the match and qualify for the final were pretty high then. All were conscious that Nomads’s bowling attack is perhaps the best in Switzerland and that it could damage us pretty hardly. Nevertheless, none expected that our main run scorer this season, Idrees, would go out off the second ball for a strange duck (after hitting the pad, the ball rolled to hit the stumps). While sustaining a back injury, Khurram followed suit in in the fourth over after a tremendous one-handed catch by Sudath. Although few runs were grabbed after ten overs (42 for 3), Geneva CC “only” required to score 74 runs off 60 balls to win. Easy peasy in a T20 right? But one hast o take into account the fierce bowling quartet of Sudath, Shafqat, Faheem and Farid.

Anser and Ronak, at no 2 and 5 respectively, started to build up a partnership that could have been the winning one, but Ronak got run out for a non-existent run at 10.5 overs and Anser was lbw’ed by offspinner Sudath at 12.1. The five remaining wickets then fell nearly every over. Visitors clung to a glimmer of hope when Massoud started to time his hitting and scored 15 runs in the 17th over. Too litttle and too late as Faheem concluded the bowling dance with two successive wickets in the 18th over. He finished the match with figures of 3 for 2, so more wickets taken than runs conceded. Just wow! Geneva CC were thus all out in 17.3 overs with 83 runs.

Geneva CC would like to warmly thank Nomads CC for the fantastic hosting and delicious lunch provided after the match (that syrupy baklava was finger-licking!). It was overall a great semi-final and Geneva CC is looking forward to new challenges for the next season. Cheers!

Exit from the Premier League!

Bout-du-Monde, 21 August 2016, Premier League Quarter-Final

St Gallen Cricket Club, 203 for 9 in 40 overs (Nasir 114*, Anser 3-18, Ronak 3-67), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 176 all out 36.4 overs (Idrees 49, Anser 44, Nasim 4-39), by 27 runs

Full scorecard

What a great feat for Geneva CC to reach the quarter-finals after being away for such a long time! Unfortunately, the oldest cricket club in Switzerland fell off the competition after another weird batting lineup collapse. The crumbling down of the middle order has become a trend this season that finally proved to be fatal. Quite amazing how this match mirrored the one Geneva played against Cossonay, with the notable difference that we were not victorious this time… Overall, it was nonetheless a great match in which St Gallen’s skipper Nasir propelled the team to a good total with his stellar score of 114 not out. The visitors’ bowling attack excelled too and took wickets at very opportune times. Geneva’s opening batsmen and bowlers also displayed some nice batting and swinging skills, although they were not consistent enough to pass the mark. A pity, as the match could have been won, if it were not for the huge amount of extras conceded and the collapse of the middle order.

A beautiful bright day in Geneva on the bouncy and pacy wicket of the Bout-de-Monde set the tone for the day. Given the short boundaries and the soon-to-be-dried wet field, St Gallen won the toss and logically elected to bat. Afif and Aamir started the bowling attack and it did not took too long before St Gallen lost a wicket. At 3.2 overs, Sweeper Saad moved quickly to long on to catch a good ball by Aamir. In the next over, Afif damaged further the visitor after Naresh mishit the ball for a bowled-and-caught.Wickets then fell regularly and brought St Gallen to the edge. At the drinks break (20 overs), the score was at 67 for 6 with nearly a third of the score conceded through wides… Noteworthy was Ronak’s sharp outswinging balls which crashed twice in the same fashion against the stumps and Khurram’s super sharp boundary catch at forward square leg off Anser’s action. Two overs later, Bajwa’s wicket at number 8 fell for a slight top edge thanks t Anser. The only man to look unshaken and imperturbable was the skipper Nasir, who kept blocking the ball, scoring singles and ticking few boundaries here and there. Excellent batting from the visitors side’s captain.

At this stage, SGCC looked in real trouble. The score after 22 overs was 70 for 7. Then the same scenario that the one in Cossonay happened. Nasit stayed on the crease and started building up a good 53-run partnership with Niroj off the eighth wicket. Things started to accelerate dramatically after the 100 runs mark was passed after 31 overs. Niroj was bowled out by Ronak at 33.2 and Waqar was eliminated by Idrees at 36.1 (crazy diving catch by Khurram, fielder of the day), but nothing could stop Nasir who then started to blast the ball for sixes and fours all around the place. In 9 overs, the score went from 101 to a total of 203. Tremendous that is. While SGCC could have been stopped at about 100 runs, the perseverance and patience of the captain allowed the team to reach a more than decent score.

The second innings started quite well for Geneva CC. At the drinks break, the score was at 117 for 2 compared to 67 for 6 for St Gallen, which seemed promising. Idrees allowed the tally to go up quickly thanks to his usual aggressive batting and Anser commenced slowly, only to shift gears after having faced enough balls. Idrees was unfortunately caught behind just before scoring another half-ton and Anser followed suit in the same fashion just before the drinks break with 44 runs in his pocket. St Gallen’s bowlers bowled with fiery pace and sometimes swing. Khurram at no 3 and Saad at no 4 were setting themselves well on the crease when they got dismissed by Nasim who just shattered the whole middle order. Indeed, Nasim dismissed number 3, 4, 5 and 6 and sealed the deal with just 28 balls bowled. In just 11 overs, Geneva lost the 6 following wickets, as if batsmen lost completely hope to win the match, despite the very comfortable score at the drinks break. Reckless batting, useless slogging and lack of concentration got the best of the rest of Geneva’s battign order. Niroj put the cherry on top when last man Tariq was bowled out at 36.4 overs. SGCC won by 27 runs with 20 balls remaining.

There are no doubts that such loss could have been easily avoided, but that is how cricket goes. Geneva CC is now hopeful that its players will learn from their mistakes and develop their batting techniques further. All in all, it is a great achievement for Geneva CC to reach the quarter-finals after a +6-year hiatus in Swiss cricket, but a lot work is still required to ensure that the team can lift trophies again. Geneva CC will now play the T20 Swiss semi-final on 4 September and hope to improve and adjust in the meantime.

Go GCC!