Geneva XI Stars CC 259-5 (20 overs) beat Uprising CC 154-7 (20 overs) by 105 runs
Geneva XI Stars played their first Pickwick T20 match against last years semifinalists Uprising cricket club on 15th May at their home ground in Onex and marked a big win with a margin of 105 runs.
After winning the toss on a sunny day, captain Kuldeep Rawat chose to bat, and sent Vipin Paviithran and Houmayun Ali Sherzai to open the innings for the Stars.
It was clear from the first ball of the innings that Vipin Paviithran was in the mood to send the new shiny ball out of the fence and his partner in crime Houmayun sherzai expertly helped him by rotating the strike while punishingany bad balls on offer. Reaching his half century just in the 5th over vipin scored his fastest half century with a strike rate of almost 300.00 .
Uprising after trying different bowling combinationsbrought in experienced Bhaskar Chakravarthy to bowl the 9th over, which immediately brought them success by picking the wicket of Vipin who missed out on a hundred. He scored a magnificient 90 of just 36 balls with eight massives sixes. The scorecard looked ominous for Uprising CC reading 151/1 in 9.4 overs.
Next batsman in was Arjun Singh Bisht , who played sensibly and initially rotated strike to let the settled Houmayun face the bowling. Bhaskar however continued bowling with guile and got Houmayun out in the very next over caught excellently by Nelson Burrell on mid wicket fence for a well made 46 in just 31 balls.
With the team score at 164/2 in 11.3 overs, in came Geneva XI stars captain and an excellent aggressive batsman Kuldeep Rawat, however it was not his day and ghe managed only 14. Arjun on the other end continued his excellent form by scoring yet another half century in just 27 balls before being caught at midwicked by TM Mohammed.
XI Stars reached 200 in 14 overs and finally fury of runs in the last few overs brought the score to 259 thanks especially to the power batting by Mounir Barone who scored an impressive 30 of just 12 balls and massive 260 runs was set as a target for Uprising CC.
After the break Qaiser Qayoom began the proceedings with the new ball, and was extremely unlucky not to get a wicket of his very first ball when Uprising CC power player Amir Khan was dropped. Uprising openers batted well to keep on track with the required run rate, but the chase started unraveling when first wicket fell down at 76/1 in 8.4 overs. Aamir Khan was the first to go, scoring 34 from 27 balls with two 4's and two 6's caught by Arjun of Aamir Ali. Next batsman S Singh was immediately out to an impressiveHimank Anand . K Chaitaya was the next target of Aamir Ali who was caught by Vipin on the mid wicket fence when he was playing on 39 from 35 balls , with Uprising CC team score on 91/3 from 10.2 overs.
Amandeep Singh next chipped in with the wickets of dangerous Nelson Burrell and F.Mian relatively quickly and the writing was on the wall with Uprising well behind the eight ball at 114/5 in 14 overs, still needing massive140 runs in 6 overs.
Mounir Barone then picked up the wickets of Bhaskar and Pardeep Kumar with the team score reading 116/7. Next batsmen in, Malik and R.Rasanayagam managed to get 38 runs in the rest of the overs and Uprising fell short of the target by 105 runs. A big win for XI Stars over last year semifinalists and a big bost to their NRR in a very tough group.
Geneva XI Stars take on Geneva International CC in their next Pickwick Cup T20 game on 22 May at Bout du Monde starting at 3pm. The game will be scored live on CricHQ.