Bout-du-Monde, Genève, 14 May 2017, Pickwick T20 Cup vs GICC
(Click on the results below to see the full digital scorecard!)
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.