Report by Andrew Lovell
by 25 runs
Each year Berne CC play a memorial match in honour of Peter MacLaverty, a long standing member of the Berne club, also very active in getting cricket known and played in Switzerland.
Peter passed away 3 years ago. This year Cossonay were invited to play in this years match which was player last Sunday 30th June.
The game was scheduled for an 11.30 start, Cossonay lost the toss and were put in to bat by Berne.
We had a bit of a slow but steady start to the game. As we’d expected, the bowling attack was quite formidable, and the opening batsman Aidan Andrews & our captain Andrew Ryan took their time and waited for the loose balls to knock around.
Our first wicket (Aidan) went when down in the 10th over with the score at 48/1. Andrew was joined at the wicket by Jai Sinh, pushing the score along nicely when in the 17th over Andrew was
trapped LBW 80/2. Jai was joined by Sathya Narayanan, they pushed the score along into 22nd over, when Jai was the next casualty caught out in the deep. 107/3. Waseen Javaid came in to join
Sathya, who was beginning to accumulate runs. In the 29th over Waseem was also caught out at 145/4. Next man in was James Whittingham, Sathya was starting to push the score along with some mighty
4’s & 6’s. James played a superb supporting roll, giving Sathya the strike when possible. The two batsman moved the score well over 200 runs. In the 37th over James was stumped out, with the
score on 214/5. Rohit Ramesh joined Sathya at the wicket, Sathya was hitting the ball well, until he was caught in the deep in the 38th over having scored a splendid 91 runs 230/6. Vikas
Bhat was next man in, but Rohit was the next to fall in the 39th over 230/7, which brought Rhett Andrews to the wicket, where he and Vikas saw out the last over, in which Rhett hit a superb
4 off the last ball to close the innings at 235/7.
There was a half our tea interval where both teams enjoyed a delicious chicken curry served up by the Bern team.
After the tea interval Cossonay took to the field, with opening bowlers Vikas & Rohit, who quickly made an impression. With the first ball of the 3rd over Vikas struck with Sharif caught
behind by wicketkeeper Waseem 12/1. In the 5th over the 2nd opening batsman Qadeer was run out by Nathan Whittingham 20/2. In the 9th over, Vikas struck again bowling Tanveer, taking his second
wicket 39/3. The game progressed slowly and there were some bowling changes made, Aidan Andrews and Bisht came into the attack and later Jai Sinh and Nathan Whittingham. It wasn’t till the 21st
over the next wicket fell. Thirukumaran was caught behind by Waseem off of the spin bowling of Bisth 87/4. in the 28th over Aidan came back into the attack, taking the wicket of Imran Kaker, with
a fine catch from James Whittingham 143/5. in the 32nd over Aidan struck twice, Aseem caught by Rohit and Nazar caught by Sathya 166/7. In the 36th over Aneesh on a score of 90 runs was caught
behind by Waseem taking his 3rd catch of the day, off a ball by Rohit 197/8. 37th over saw Nathan back in the attack taking the wicket of Keramat, caught by Jai Sinh
202/9. it was getting tight as Bern last batsman can, but it was all over in the 38th over. Vikas came on to bowl and with the last ball of the over took the wicket of Imran Miskeen, with a catch
by Aidan210/10. The game was over Cossonay had won.
(as this match was a 40 over match, the result will count towards the CSPL National league, which means we still hold 2nd place in the CSPL Western division).
After the game there were speeches made honouring the life and memory of Peter MacLaverty by one of his colleagues from Bern CC, Alex MacKay from Cricket Switzerland the trophy was presented by Mrs Sarah MacLaverty to the winning team captain Andrew Ryan.
It was a superb afternoon, a very memorable game of cricket, and the best part of the whole day was that COSSONAY CC had won the trophy.
On behalf of Cossonay CC, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Bern CC for hosting us on Sunday and for inviting us to play for the Peter MacLaverty Trophy. Also to Alex MacKay & Tom Polich for umpiring the game, but the biggest thanks of all goes to the valiant Cossonay players who braved to searing heat throughout the day and made the club President very proud.
Cossonay Cricket Club