Cresta Cricket Club 104-3 (20 overs) lost to St Moritz Cricket Club 108-3 (18.2 overs) by 7 wkts
A hot air balloon had used the field earlier that week for a photo-shoot. Unfortunately, the covers had not been replaced by the land crew and the rain of recent days had soaked the pitch, to the extent that the game had been on the verge of being called off. However, Bart the resident groundsman, had performed wonders in ensuring that the game could take place.
Earlier that morning Chris Lodge had painted the creases, and so it was that the Cresta Cricket Club won the toss and decided to bat on a rather slow and very green grass wicket. Due to a precarious weather forecast, the start time for the Cresta Cricket Match was brought forward one hour to 1pm.
The game began in overcast conditions, but remarkably both innings were mainly played in glorious sunshine, and only during the end of day ceremonies, did a short, light shower threaten to spoil the festivities.
The conditions certainly favoured the batsmen and that was reflected in a game that only saw 3 wickets for each side, both sides having to retire batsmen that reached 30 runs and despite great effort in the field from both teams, not excluding Rolf Sachs putting down a very difficult catch, diving forwards at silly mid-off in the first innings.
In an uneventful first innings Cresta Cricket Club amassed 104 for the loss of their three wickets, St Moritz using no less than 9 bowlers in the process.
After an excellent barbecue lunch and ample refreshments, the bowling proved very much tighter from the Cresta team.
However, wickets were very hard to come by. Following an unbeaten 31 from Nick Benson, St Moritz were 55 at the halway stage, requiring 49 off the remaining 10 overs. With the match in the balance, Silvano Vitalini (34*), ably supported by Chris 'nudger' Lodge (29 of 33 balls), took the game to the line. The scores were tied at 104-2, when in the penultimate over Chris Lodge was caught in the slips by the the young Alex Benson. St Moritz although still favourites with 7 wickets in hand, had two new batsman at the crease and just 11 balls to go. Anything can happen in cricket, but on this occasion didn't. Kurt scored the winning runs with a boundary four off the next ball, St Moritz winning by a flattering 7 wickets, and with 10 balls to spare.
Stephen Bartley & Alexander Boller presented the individual player trophies and Alexander Mackay (President, Cricket Switzerland) presented the rather impressive Cresta Cricket Match Trophy.
Thanks were expressed to all those that participated in the game and the organisation, in particular the groundsman (Bart), the umpires (Alex Mackay & Brian Strong), the scorer (Miriam Lodge), the organisers Stephen Bartley & Alexander Boller and our host & sponsor Rolf Sachs.
Further information regarding the Cresta Cricket Match is available from Stephen Bartley or John Hallam.