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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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