After two disappointing friendly matches ending with no result because of the rain, the weather conditions this last weekend were again threatening to delay or simply cancel matches. Beautiful sunny weather during working days and gloomy cold rainy ones in the weekends… This is hopefully a trend that will discontinue in the next months!
Two matches of the friendly Geneva T20 cup were supposed to take place on Saturday 30 April. Only one did in the early afternoon, with Geneva Sri Lanka CC winning by a large margin. The match planned against CERN CC was cancelled due to increasing rains. The next day, Geneva CC fought hard to win the first official match of the season and wiped out their adversaries.
Bout-du-Monde, 30 April 2016, Geneva T20 Cup
Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club, 211 for 7 in 20 overs (Majuran 62, Uddika 54, Anser 3-38), beat Geneva Cricket Club, 121 for 9 in 17 overs (Saad 39, Kumar 2-10, Uddika 2-15), by 57 runs (Average Run Rate method)
GCC won the toss and elected to bowl on a very cold and humid day. With a wet field and pitch, conditions were far from ideal to play a great game. Nevertheless, that did not prevent Sri Lankans to display their batting power by hitting the target to a huge total of 211 runs with 7 wickets down. Majuran and Uddika showed their class by both scoring a half-century. They were helped by useful lower scores from Wadood, Ravi and Lalantha, which altogether allowed GESLCC to begin with a strong advantage. The first innings was not one-sided though, with opening bowler Afif showing excellent bowling skills with only 12 runs conceded in his first 3 overs (including a maiden on the first over). Clever placement and a spinning ball allowed Geneva CC’s skipper Anser to take 3 important wickets, including a tight stumping by wicketkeeper Saad. In the end, this was not enough for Geneva CC to stop their fellow GESLCC opponents.
Geneva CC’s innings started under even worse conditions, with a drizzling rain which slowly became consistent rain in the middle of the innings. Openers Ankit and Idrees started with a bang by targeting boundaries, but early wickets of Idrees in the second over – bowled out by Uddika – and Anser in the fourth over – caught behind by Zarook the wicketkeeper who was overall impeccable and sharp – brought down the chances of winning. The downfall continued in the sixth and seventh over when the middle order could not resist Wadood and Lalantha. Only Saad at n°4 managed to keep his wicket for some time. He scored 39 runs to be finally caught at the boundary at 13.2 overs. Only then Saqib (not out) managed to keep a decent run rate but it was not sufficient to chase the high score. Moreover, Geneva CC was unluckily playing under the rain during its whole innings and the match was finally suspended at the 17th over. The victory was finally awarded to GESLCC by 57 runs (Average Run Rate method).
Prévessin, 30 April 2016, Geneva T20 Cup
CERN Cricket Club v Geneva Cricket Club – Match abandoned due to the rain