Geneva XI Stars 197ao (29 overs) lost to CERN CC 201-7 (27.5 overs) by 3 wkts
Onex/Geneva, Saturday 19th July 2015
by Asvin Lakkaraju
CERN CC maintained their unbeaten record and qualified for the semi finals of 2015 edition of Cricket Switzerland Premier League with a big win away to Geneva XI Stars.
On a hot and bright sunny day, CERN travelled to Onex, Geneva to play their important fourth CSPL match against Geneva XI Stars CC on Sunday 19th July, in the knowledge that a win would put them in semi finals. Host skipper Amandeep Singh won the toss and elected to bat.
XI Stars began aggressively and and reached a total of 73 in 10 overs due to some big hitting by Raja Hafeez. CERN got the first wicket when Raja went for a suicidal second run and got out, with
his personal score at 50. This was the turning point of the game and CERN gained control for the rest of the innings by picking up wickets at regular intervals and got the entire team of XI Stars
for 197, a below par score on the notoriously high scoring ground in Onex. CERN were excellent in the field and special mention goes to the brilliant catches held by Benjamin Percival, Waqar
Ahmed, Imtiaz Ahmed and Partha Paul off his own bowling. Paul was the most successful bowler for CERN, claiming 5 wickets for 39 off six overs.
After a nice lunch arranged by XI Stars, CERN CC started batting confidently with Chris Onions and Francis Ward (35 in just three overs before he threw his wicket away). Waqar (63 not out) was as solid as usual (although he should have been caught off a straightforward chance first ball) and together with powerful hitting by Paul (42) took the CERN score safely to 149 when Paul played on. CERN managed to chase the total of 197 losing four more wickets and won the match by three wickets to claim the top position in the Western Division league table.
CERN CC now just need only one point from their last game to win the group and secure home rights for the semi finals against the runners up of Eastern Division.
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