On 14 and 15 April 2018, some of Geneva’s cricket finest gathered to play the season opener of the region: the Geneva T20 Cup.
Organised for the first time by the newly-founded Association Genevoise de Cricket, the 2018 edition of this competitive and thrilling tournament proved to be an awesome spectacle!
Four teams participated over two bright and warm spring days: CERN Cricket Club, Geneva Cricket Club, Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club and Geneva XI Stars Cricket Club.
In order to allow clubs to play as many matches as possible in one weekend, the teams were divided into two groups, where they played a knockout tie in a two-legged format. Winners of each group ended up in the final and runners-up played a third-place match.
See the results of all matches here!
On Saturday, the first group consisted of a battle between CERN and GSLCC at the CERN cricket ground. GSLCC won both two matches in a rather one-sided fashion by chasing not-so-high scores (80 runs in the first and 110 in the second). GSLCC’s batting lineup proved very efficient and bowlers were ruthless. But as we will see later, CERN did not say its last words and showed some amazing fighting spirit the next day.
The second group witnessed a double clash at the Bout-du-Monde ground between Geneva and XI Stars which was decided on the run rate. Indeed, Geneva won the first match with a good margin (victory by 5 wickets with 5 overs remaining) but lost the second match by 10 runs. Suspense over the outcome of the latter lasted until the very last balls, although it was already too late for XI Stars to reach the final.
On Sunday, despite the supposedly “lack” of stakes, the third-place match was quite the show, with the fate of the match decided in the very last over. CERN piled up a bold 164 for 7 thanks to a tremendous batting performance from their skipper Imtiaz (79 runs in 47 balls), whilst XI Stars demonstrated some serious composure to snatch victory with just a few balls remaining and only one wicket standing. A great spectacle to be followed by an explosive final.
The final between Geneva CC and GSLCC was nearly decided in one spell. GSLCC won the toss and elected to bat. In the sixth over, Kashif Ashfaq stepped in and took a triple wicket maiden off his first over (all bowled out!), followed by three other crucial wickets later.
Total score of 123 for 9 for GSLCC. Game over? Not really as bowlers started pretty well in the second innings, giving out few boundaries and keeping the run rate low. But the lack of wickets proved to be fatal, and Geneva CC chased the target with 33 balls remaining and 9 wickets in hand.
The Geneva Cricket Club thus raised the trophy and won the CHF 200.- prize for winning the tournament. Many thanks to Cricket Switzerland for their support, and also to the umpires and
participants of the tournament who altogether made this weekend a memorable one. Thanks also to the local TV Léman Bleu for helping us promoting the game. See you next year, as the Association
Genevoise de Cricket is looking forward to organising a better and improved tournament.
Champion of the tournament: Geneva Cricket Club
Player of the final: Kashif Ashfaq (Geneva CC)
Player of the tournament: Idrees Hamidi (Geneva Sri Lanka CC)