CERN CC 214ao (34.3 overs) lost to GenevaCricket Club 215-4 (19.5 overs) by 6 wkts
CERN Cricket Ground, Prévessin, 18 June 2017
Depsite an obstinant peformance by CERN, Geneva won this contest by 6 wickets writes Darius Rao.
CERN won the toss and elected to bat on great, sunny day to play cricket. The match started well for the visitors. Indeed, Ali took early two important wickets (misjudged cut by Matthew carried
the ball into the safe hands of Khurram at second slip and Imtiaz bowled out by an inside edge), but opener Paul and Francis at 2 down were careful in their batting approch. Both started
accumulating many runs, thanks mostly to Paul stabbing bad balls towards boundaries and Francis rotating the strike. The whole game then changed in the 15th over. After blasting a six, Paul (59
off 48 balls) got dismissed in the following ball by a classical yorker from left-handed bowler Kashif. In the next 15 balls, a single run was scored and four wickets were taken! Anser took first
Nadeem’s wicket for (wicket maiden) and then Kashif struck again to snatch two consecutive wickets (double wicket maiden this time). The hosts went from 89 for 2 to 90 for 6 in less than 3
All seemed doomed for CERN CC, but Francis (there again) and Wasim started to give a bit of a hard time to Geneva. Francis was dropped twice. Wasim did most of the bat talking. Anser brought the momentum back by taking two wickets in one over. After 28 overs, CERN CC had 141 for 8. Elmer coming in at number 10 then started with a great sweeping shot for six. Both batsmen built up a partnership of 70 until Francis was finally bowled by Afif (69 off 58 balls). Last wicket followed suit quickly after Afif crashed the stumps with a direct hit to run out Saud for a diamond duck. The poor young fellow slipped and could not do much to save himself. CERN managed nonetheless a great feat by bringing the score up from 90 for 6 to 214 all out.
After an absolutely delicious lunch break (always a highlight of matches at the CERN), Idrees and Anser stepped in and went straight into the innings. No time to waste for Geneva CC’s openers. In ten overs, 106 runs were scored. Both made boundaries rain with crunchy off drives and thunderous pulls. It took 79 balls (including wides and no balls) for CERN CC to finally dismiss someone. Anser gave a healthy nick from Saud’s ball to wicketkeeper Matthew (46 off 41 balls). Ali joined Idrees and just mimicked him by hitting boundaries after boundaries.
After Idrees was run out following a strange miscommunication with his teammate (90 off… 41 balls!), 34 runs were required to win with 145 balls remaining. Ali was then bowled out and Habib too, but it was too late for CERN. Yash scored the winning four and gave the third consecutive victory to Geneva CC in the Swiss Premier League. Overall, it was rather a one-sided match, albeit CERN’s demonstration of great pertinacity in their innings.
Geneva’s victory now means that the oldest club in Switzerland is very close to qualifying for the Premier League’s quarter finals, while CERN has now very slim chances to reach the final stages.