XI Stars 136 all out after 29.1 overs lost to GICC 138-5 after 20.3 overs by 5 wickets
Bout du Monde, Sunday August 4th 2013
Geneva International kept their playoff qualification chances in the SCA league alive with a crucial win over neighbours and last year's league winners, Geneva XI Stars on Sunday 4th August at the Bout du Bout in Geneva.
On another hot & sunny Swiss summer's day XI Stars won the toss and elected to bat and with concerns over high temperature and potential thunder storms developing the start was brought forward to 11.20am.
Whilst the heat throughout was oppressive, both teams were offered additional drinks break by swissFOCUS umpire Clive Denney, and the sky remained cloud free ensuring an unbroken day of cricket.
The XI Stars innings was pretty much uneventful; the batting performance rather lacklustre. With the loss of early wickets (21 for 3 after 5), XI Stars were always on the defensive and time and
again failed to make the almost obligatory boundaries that batting on this tiny ground demands. The innings closed at 1.47pm with the last wicket falling at 136 after 29.1 overs.
Best of the GICC bowling was opener Ankit, with figures of 4 for 12 off 5.1 overs, and first change (from the same end) Ahmad with 3 for 38 off 6.
The GICC innings opened at 2.20pm, and again saw a couple of early weeks go down (12 for 2 after 3), however, the 3rd wicket pairing (GICC Captain & Ahmad ), batted patiently. In picking off and despatching the inevitable 1 or 2 bad balls per over, over the short boundary, by the 5th over GICC were ahead of the run rate and quickly began to close in on XI Stars total.
As their hearts & hopes of defending their 2012 title began to fade, aided by some indifferent bowling (particularly in the latter stages), the game proceeded to an early conclusion with only half of the 2nd innings' overs being bowled.
Meanwhile, elswhere in the Romandie, Berne Cricket Club became the first team to qualify for the SCA league semi-final playoffs after beating CERN by 41 runs at Prevessin on Sunday 4th
The result effectively ended CERN's chances of qualifying, though they will still decide who finishes as runners-up when they play Geneva International on Sunday 11th August.
In the only other game this weekend in the SCA western division the young Swiss Colts ensured a mid-table finish, their best finish since joining the league some 5 years ago, when they beat their ground sharing hosts Cossonay Cricket Club at En Marche, Callum Hirst carrying his bat for the visitors and scoring a hard worked half century in the process.
There were no games in the still, very open,Eastern division. The qualifiers from this group will be decided this month and at the moment it is only Royal that cannot qualify.