RCC 159-8 (27 overs) beat CERN CC 157-10 (33.0 overs) by 2 wickets and 14 overs to spare
Rhône Cricket Club registered their first victory in this tournament on Sunday 21st May as they beat CERN CC in a low scoring nail biting match.
It was a beautiful Sunday with bright sunshine, CERN CC captain Imtiaz won the toss and decided to bat first. The start was steady and solid from the opening pair Aditya and Matthew added 56 run in 10 overs without losing any wicket. The partnership was broken by Fazlur with two quick wickets and both the openers were back in pavilion at the end of 11th over. Then the experienced captain Imtiaz walked in and builds a partnership with Claston. Both these batsmen steadily rotated the strike and gave resistance to RCC attack with 88/2 on the board at the end of 20th overs. RCC fought back on right time and took successive wickets after drinks and by next 10 overs the score was 137/7. The tail of CERN CC could not stretch the scoreboard further and within 3 overs with 157 runs on the board all wickets were down. The leading run scorers from CERN CC are Pardeep Kumar and Matthew Martin and pick of the bolwers from RCC are Fazlur Rahman and John Trinite
RCC came on to bat after lunch following the easy looking target of 158 to achieve in stipulated 40 overs. The openers started the innings with maturity, scoring 43/2 in 10 overs. CERN CC strike back by getting rid of the top order of RCC in the next 10 overs with 99 runs on board and 5 wickets back to pavilion. CERN CC did not allow the opponent to build partnerships and except Adnan (31) most of the RCC top order batsmen could not contribute significantly to tackle the attack. At this point the match reached to an interesting juncture where RCC batsmen were struggling to score when they were 110/7 and the saviour Saif-Ur came into bat in 22nd over. Saif-Ur (41* in 18 balls) decided to counter-attack with only boundaries by hitting successive 6s and 4s. Within the next four overs he seized the game into the pocket of RCC with a six to cross the line. Pardeep ended up with the leading bowling figures of 3/38.