Geneva Blacks did it again!

Cossonay, 13 August 2017, Cossonay CC v. Geneva CC, Pickwick T20 Cup

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

Cossonay 116 for 5 in 20 overs (Sriniketh 35, Afif 3-25), lost to Geneva Cricket Club, 118 for 3 in 14 overs (Dalvinder 51*, Ali 38), by 7 wickets

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A decisive match for Geneva CC to win in order to qualify for the semi-finals of the Pickwick T20 Cup. Losing would have meant being out of the final stage. That would have been a sad cricketing disaster for the Geneva Blacks.

Thanks to an amazing bowling and fielding performance, Geneva CC managed to restrain the hosts to 116 runs in 20 overs. With numerous direct hits, good running on the field and constant pressure, Geneva CC showed their true colours. Cossonay fought well, but did not score enough to keep the favours on their side.

The first innings started excellently for Geneva CC. Afif took two amazing consecutive wickets in the third over: a beautiful catch given to Ronak at deep square leg was followed by superb tight line bowling that dismissed skipper Sathya for a classical slick catch at first slip by Khurram. To end his first spell, Afif took a mind-blowing third wicket with a killer unplayable yorker. After 5 overs, hosts were at 20 for 3. A smart decision by Anser, Geneva CC’s captain, was to bring spinners early as Cossonay’s ground is large and that runs were crucially needed. Good option indeed. Khurram came and took a wicket maiden for his first over and ended up with figures of 4-1-8-1. Anser leaked few runs except in his last over but the damage was done. Sriniketh and Vikas were scoring few runs but had a decent ongoing partnership. The pair managed to add a bit less than 50 runs to their total in the last 5 overs and Cossonay reached 116 runs in 20 overs with 5 wickets down.

After the break, the great opening pair of Anser and Ali came determined to chase with consistency, but all were left in awe when Rohit took Anser’s wicket off the first ball of the second innings. A careless shot got the best of the captain. Idrees then stepped in and got out in just two balls, giving Rohit a double wicket maiden in the first over. Geneva’s batsmen started to feel the pressure, but Dalvinder coming at 2 down struck two sixes in the following over, including the shot of the day with a super straight unstoppable six. Pressure released. Ali and DC then went on to score solid runs, with only the opening bowler Rohit giving them a hard time. Ali was dismissed in the 9th over, but only 36 runs were needed with 7 wickets in hand and 63 balls remaining. Dalvinder cruised to his first half-century of the season with a hook shot for six and scores were tied. Geneva CC won by 7 wickets and qualified for the semi-finals!

Stay tuned as Geneva CC will play the semi-finals this Sunday 20 August 2017 at 9:30 in Bern against Olten CC. If we win, we will play the final at 16:15. Let us keep our fingers crossed for a challenging and breathtaking final showdown!

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