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!