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!