Geneva XI Stars optimal start to defence of SCA league title


Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club
Geneva XI Stars CC

On Sunday 28th April 2013, the reigning league Champions, Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club began their defence of their SCA league title with an emphatic victory against Cossonay Cricket Club.

 

Geneva XI Stars won by a whopping 152 runs in their opening match of the 2013 Swiss league championship, demonstrating that they are a force to be reckoned with in the 2013 Swiss league championship. 

Geneva XI Stars in action
Geneva XI Stars' opening bowler Raja Hafeez in action

It started well for the champions as they won the toss and elected to bat first on a cold day in Cossonay, and though they lost two early wickets, Ali Saleem and Mohammed Ali came up trumps in a pulsating display of traditional cricket, first settling themselves up by taking singles and rotating the strike and, once they developed a partnership, then went on the attack, the opposition at times looking helpless to contain the barrage of clean hitting from the two batsman who went on to make a partnership of 192 runs in a final score of 254-6. Mohammed Ali scoring a stylish 116 runs and Ali saleem an equally important 55.
With the momentum of the game against them, the Cossonay innings did not get off to a good start. Their top order batsman were both dismissed in the first 10 overs for a score of 32. It was always going to be a tough ask for Cossonay to topple the opposition and they finally were all out for 102 runs in 28.4 overs against a very accurate attack from the champions with Mounir and Sudath taking 3 wickets each and Ali saleem and Parth Patel taking 2 a piece. 

Result & scorecard

Geneva XI Stars CC 254-6 (40 overs) beat Cossonay CC 102 ao (28.4 overs) 

GXI Stars:  Muhammad Ali (116), Ali Saleem (55);  Raja Hafeez 11no; Asvin Lakkaraju 11;

                    Mounir Barone 3-13; Sudath Jayaratne 3-34

Cossonay: Lalik Kumar Duley 35: Yateenfra Singh 21; Sriniketh Srinivasan 15;

                    Jasbir Singh 2-30 

Venue: En Marche, Cossonay
Toss won by Geneva XI Stars CC

Official(s): Mr. Shahzad Muzaffar (CERN CC)

 

Full match scorecard is available at play.cricket.com.

 

SCA league

The 2013 Swiss Cricket league championship is underway. Thirteen clubs are competing in two groups to qualify for a place for the knock out stage of the semi-finals, due to take place in September.

 

Details of fixtures, results & tables are available from the SCA website.