Pickwick Twenty20 Match Report

Geneva CC V Geneva International CC

Sunday 15th May, 2016 - Bout du Monde

Geneva Cricket Club 208 for 6 in 20 overs (Ankit 91, Kashif 37*, Balaji 3-32) beat

Geneva International Cricket Club (Balaji 25, Afif 3-29) 121 all out in 20 overs by 87 runs
Match scorecard

While Cossonay gave a hard time to Geneva and battled like lions, the second match was more one-sided, with Geneva CC reaching a comfortable 208 for 6 in 20 overs.

The toss was won by GICC and they decided to bowl first. The final result proved this decision to be a mistake as batting conditions were rather good.

Captain Thomas opened powerfully the bowling with fast-paced deliveries. This however did not prevent openers Ankit and Saad to comfortably dispatch sixes towards both the off and leg side. Saad was cleanly bowled by Thomas on the 12th ball he was facing and here came Anser with the objective of scoring hard just like Ankit. The latter seemed to be on another planet that day. Not only he left out intelligently a number of dangerous balls pitching on the off side, but he timely rotated the strike and scored boundaries whenever the opportunity arose. A very complete batsman on that day (and bowler as you will see later)! In the tenth over, Anser was caught behind by wicketkeeper Hemanth following a good ball by Sikander. The scoreboard at the end of this over: 87 for 2.

Ankit reached again a comfortable half-ton in 36 balls with a nice mid-on drive at 11.1 overs. Old school not-to-be-fooled-with Kamran came on the wicket to and played beautifully with leg glances and powerful drives until he was tricked by Balaji (caught by Hemanth again) at 16.1 overs. Big big problems ensued for GICC as Kashif – on his debut for Geneva CC – squeezed the game tightly in his own hands. Sixes after sixes, Kashif cruised till the end of the innings. “Fours are for kids, sixes are for Kashif”. He actually did not say that but that is what we thought! Khurram and Massoud just played a supporting role and faced only 6 balls together while Kashif took care of the rest. From 153 runs in the 17th over, Geneva CC’s total amounted to 208 for 6 in 20 overs, thanks to Kashif’s 37 runs not out… in only 14 balls.

GICC then came to the crease with immense pressure to perform dazzlingly. At a +10 required run rate, the target was difficult – but not impossible – to reach. The word impossible became possible when Ankit and Afif set the tone: only 22 runs conceded in the first 5 overs and 2 beautiful wickets taken between the two opening fellows. Afif bowled out Sanket at 1.6 overs followed directly by a nice catch by himself thanks to Ankit’s tremendous swing and pitching placement. With the run rate oscillating between 5 to 6 runs per over, GICC batsmen were not able to sustain the chase and lost their wickets at a regular pace. Captain Saeed Raja gave the chance to 9 players including him to bowl and nearly everyone took at least one wicket (say cheeeeese Kashif, Anser, Massoud and Tariq!). Special honours to Khurram for taking out Balaji – who showed patience and good batting skills – and off-breaking Sikander for a golden Daffy Duck as the man was slogging it hard. Vice-Captain Khurram finished with 2 for 2 in just 6 balls and also took one tremendous diving catch.

Afif bowled the 18th and last over with the objective of dismissing all batsmen. Indeed, scorer Darius gave him commanding orders to which he complied with authoritatively: get ’em all out! Both tail-enders Vivian and Jibran were bowled out classically by Afif, with Jibran surviving until the very last ball of the match. Mission accomplished. Geneva CC won by 87 runs with GICC all out for 121 runs in 20 overs.

Two games = two victories! The Geneva Cricket Club played brilliantly its first matches of the season in the Mr Pickwick T20 Cricket Cup. With its consistency in both batting and bowling, the old Genevan club is now undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing world of Helvetia.