After a convincing win against Geneva XI Stars CC on Sunday 2nd August, Uprising CC are almost certain of securing their first ever Pickwick Twenty20 semi-final. Meanwhile, Geneva SL CC are on the verge of joining them after two back-to-back victories over Swiss Colts & Cossonay.
Uprising CC 203-9 (20 overs) defeatedGeneva XI Stars 129-9 (20 overs) by 74 runs
Uprising CC continue their winning streak with a thumping victory over Geneva XI Stars in their final league game and in the process are on the cusp of ensuring home rights for the
Winning the toss, Uprising had no hesitation in electing to bat first, however XI Stars drew first blood by picking up an early wicket. This did not stop Uprising from playing attacking cricket and were on59 in only 6 overs before they lost the second opener Idrees. A strong third wicket partnership of 70 runs in quick time provided the perfect launch pad for the middle and lower order. A strong finish ensured that Uprising finish on massive 203/9 in 20 overs.
Chasing a stiff target XI Stars got off to a bad start losing their first wicket in 4 over with just 27 runs on the board. Uprising continued picking up regular wickets ensuring that XI stars had no momentum in the chase. Lack of any meaningful partnerships for XI Stars, ensured that any hopes of their victory and qualification into knock out phases were quickly evaporated. XI Stars finished on 129/9 in their allocated 20 overs falling short by 74 runs.
Uprising CC with their hugely superior NRR are on the verge of ensuring their first ever home semi finals.
Cossonay CC 124-7 (20 overs) lost to GESLCC 126-3 (14.3 overs) by 7 wkts
Led ably by stand in skipper Lalantha Sirisenage, SLCC Geneva recorded two back to back victories in formidable fashion at Cossonay on 2 August in the Pickwick Cup T20 tournament.
In the first match against Cossonay , GESLCC were able to restrict Cossonay to just 126 runs in 20 overs with Wadood claiming 2 for 13 . GESLCC then knocked off the target with ease in just under 15 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets. Uddika Bandaranayake top scored with a hard hit 40 runs after a solid opening partnership between Dugal Janz ( 24) and Sanjeeva ( 11) laid the platform for a successful run chase. Ravi Thamotheran and Majuran also chipped in with useful contributions remaining unbeaten to seal the victory.
Swiss Colts 131-8 (20 overs) lost to GESLCC 132-5 (15.5 overs) by 5 wkts
In the second match against a young Swiss Colts side, GESLCC were again in sparkling form to chalk up a 5 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.
Swiss Colts were restricted to 131 for 8 in 20 overs with skipper Lalantha bowling a nagging line and length to capture 3 for 18 in his allotted 4 overs. In reply GESLCC scored the runs with ease
in spite of a spirited performance by the young Swiss Colts. For GESLCC Uddika again batting well to top score with 35 not out to see the team through. Sanjeeva , the sheet anchor of the
side scored 22 whilst Majuran hit some lusty blows to score 18.
It was a great all round performance by the team superbly led by Lalantha. These two consecutive wins will put the GESLCC in strong contention to clinch a semi-final berth in the Mr. Pickwick T 20 tournament.
These match reports contains small modifications from the original match report published on Geneva SL Cricket Club website.
For details of all the results to date and league table, plus all the fixtures still to come, refer to the Pickwick Twenty20 webpages on the Cricket Switzerland website.