by Anser Mehmood
On Wednesday 28th December members of Geneva Cricket Club took cricket to Annemasse in France to play a short indoor cricket match against refugees & show the sport to local
The session came about after Mme Tamimount Sammar (volunteer with the association AncrAges) contacted Cricket Switzerland proposing a cricket match against refugees, mainly teenagers from Afghan and Pakistan, at their base in Annemasse, just across the border in France.
Geneva Cricket Club immediately embraced the challenge and traveled with a team of cricketers to play an 8-a-side 10-over indoor cricket match to play a team & demonstrate the game to the local French authorities, show samples of cricket equipment and provide some well earned relief from the difficult situation many find themselves in.
Geneva won match quite easily (GCC 78-4 beat Annemasse XI 38-6 by 40 runs), but some players demonstrated excellent talent and all a shared passion for the game.
After the presentation of Swiss chocolates, it was agreed that another cricket event would be planned immediately after the New Year, allowing time for the local authorities to publicise the event.