Sunday 15th May, 2016 - Bout du Monde
Geneva Cricket Club 170 all out in 20 overs (Massoud 33, Aftab 3-29) beat
Cossonay Cricket Club (Yeti 47*, Anser 3-20) 129 for 6 in 15 overs by 41 runs
A difficult start of the day for the visiting team Cossonay CC as they thought the match was scheduled at 12:30… while it was supposed to start at 11:00 in the morning. Geneva CC thus won the
toss automatically and decided to bat. Despite being more than an hour late and that the following match was supposed to commence at 3pm, both teams wanted to play and agreed to have an unusual
20/15 overs match.
The first innings started off very well for openers Ankit and Saad as many wides were conceded off the first over. The batting romance would not last long, with Ankit caught behind in the second over, Saad dropped luckily at backward point in 5.1 over and on the next ball Anser bowled out by a sharp inswinger. All these resulted from mighty bowling by Vikas, who took advantage of the good swinging conditions that day.
Saad and Massoud at two down carried the weight and had to create a run-scoring momentum, crucial at this early stage of the innings. Massoud scored three consecutive massive sixes towards mid-wicket but then Saad was finally caught by keeper-n-skipper Sathya for a mishit in the twelfth over. Score at that time: 105 for 3 in 11.1 overs. Power hitter and T20 Captain Saeed Raja stepped in the crease with the objective of killing the game but had to bow down two balls after blasting a great six towards mid-wicket. Spinner Aftab showed excellent bowling skills by taking the scalps of Saad, Saeed and Saqib, and managed to put a hold on many boundaries. With Massoud out following a mishit in over 14.2 (126 for 5), the next batsmen just carried out the duty to finish the game off and added 44 runs to the tally in 39 balls. Geneva CC ended up all out in the very last ball of the innings when Aamir was caught at mid-off while trying to get a nice boundary. Bowlers Vikas, Saurabh and Aftab displayed overall excellent bowling and kept their economy rates at pretty good levels. Total score: 170 all out in 20 overs.
With 15 overs to reach the target, Cossonay had to score at least at a rate of 9 runs per over but this proved to be particularly arduous due to the efficiency of opening bowlers Ankit and Afif. Right after conceding the first six of the innings in the third over, Ankit gave Khurram his first opportunity of the season to catch a ball while standing on the boundary at forward square leg, which he did with ease. With opener Rohit out, skipper Sathya came in and aimed straight away at scoring big numbers. He was bowled out by Tariq on a free hit at 4.1 over but no second lives were given when Saad caught him comfortably behind two overs later. The run rate was then increasing, although Anser worked hard and took 3 important wickets in 9 balls. The total at the end of the tenth over was 76 for 5 after Saurabh was run out by a straight hit from Massoud.
Aside from Bernard’s 21 runs performance (who was caught by Khurram in the same place than Rohit), Cossonay’s batsmen were not really able to compile runs significantly… until Yeti came to replace Bernard in defiance to Geneva’s bowlers. Although the required run rate was perhaps too high, he proved to very deadly by hitting boundaries after boundaries. He finished the innings with a beautiful six beyond mid-wicket, with a total score of 47 not out off 17 balls (3 fours and 5 sixes) at a gargantuan strike rate of 276.47! Unfortunately not enough for Cossonay CC, which ended up losing by 41 runs after 15 overs.