Geneva XI Stars Snrs CC 200-4 (20 overs) beat Rhone Cricket Club (192-9 (20 overs) by 8 runs
On Sunday 16th April 2017, Geneva XI Stars Snrs beat newcomers Rhône Cricket Club by the slimmest of margins in the first match of the 2017 Swiss Mr Pickwick Cricket Twenty20 League in Onex.
W.Saleem starred with the bat for Geneva XI Star seniors with a solid 69 before being run out as they put on a total of 200 for the loss of just 4 batsman.
Rhône Cricket Club came to within 8 runs of the total in an exciting finish to the opening match in this competition.
With both teams in their debut season a tough content was on cards and the early chill of the season set up perfect setting in lush green Onex.
Rhone CC skipper won the toss and elected to field first. XI Stars seniors opened the batting with skipper Waleed Saleem and Vithurasan, with the later being the aggressor during the first six overs power play. Waleed settled down quickly with some thunderous boundaries and set in for a long haul. Knowing how difficult it is to set a target on the fast scoring Onex ground, Waleed ensured that the momentum is maintained and provided for the platform for the team to score as many runs as possible
At the end od 10 overs the scorecard read 89/2 and the good old slog was on to ensure that the the host team then pushed on to score 200 in the allotted 20 overs,which they eventually did on the last ball of the innings thanks not only to some great stroke making, but also due to some early season rustiness in bowling and fielding from the visitors. Waleed top scored with 69 and was ably supported by Javed, Dinesh and Ameer who all displayed some clean hitting clearing the field.
Rhone CC then began their innings on a disastrous note, losing two wickets in the very first over to Vithurasan, who also took a third wicket in his second over, to leave Rhone tattering.
However, Iyer and Talukdar then got together to consolidate and kept Rhone in the chase. The partnership was then broken as Talukdar hold out at mid-on to a brilliant catch taken by Dinesh.
However, early season rustiness once again ensured generous bowling and fielding which was taken advantage by the middle and lower order of Rhone meant that the visitors only needed 16 off the last over with 1 wicket in hand. XI Stars. Vithurasan who has been excellent through out the match with his bowling took the responsibility and bowled a great last over to give the hosts the victory by 8 runs in a thrilling match.
From a cricket perspective, a great start to the season with a high scoring thriller.
Both teams next play again in May.