At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 27th February 2016, Cricket Switzerland welcomed Geneva Cricket Club, the oldest cricket club in Switzerland, as affiliate members of the association.
Hascal Gollop writes...
"lts give me great pleasure to see the Geneva Cricket Club excepted in Cricket Switzerland and the occassion to play properly organised cricket.
Geneva Cricket Club is the oldest cricket club in Switzerland, was founded by J.B.Heath on 16 April 1872 and even had its own cricket ground between 1886 to1897, provided by a wealthy Englishman Mr.Barton. Today, where that ground is now occupied by villas and appartment blocks.
The club was dissolved during the first world war but reactived in 1952 where we played at Stade de Richmonde sharing the ground with the hockey players. When I started playing for the club in 1973 there were three teams in Geneva: Geneva CC, CERN CC and the Indian Association.
We played all friendly games and most of our cricket was against visiting teams from England (the pound was worth Fr. 10.-); RAF teams that were based in Germany; and we also travelled to play in
Paris and Milan where we had the pleasure to play against Ted Dexter who was playing for the opposition.
Another famous cricketer the club had the honour to play against was Glenn Turner, the New Zeland international cricketer. He came over with a visiting team from England, the good old days.
The club has been on tours to Kenya, twice to Barbados, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Holland and several tours to the U.K.
Geneva Cricket Club now play their cricket at the Stade de Bout de Monde in champel. The ground was provided for us in 1991 by the Geneva Sports Authorities which we must say a big thank you for
And we look forward to enjoying our first season with Cricket Switzerland.