The first games of the 2014-15 Season were played last Saturday against new opposition in the shape of 10 very able players from Geneva Regional Youth. It was good to see Marc G and his son Oliver again and see the good work he has done at GRYCC since we did our level 1 coaching together almost 3 years ago!
We decided to go ahead on a very rainy morning after training had already been cancelled. Luckily Pete’s lucky sunglasses once again worked as we played 2 games over a total of 74 overs, scoring more than 400 runs and more than 30 wickets falling. Rightly honours were even as both sides won 1 game and the large and noisy crowd went home entertained and happy!
Game 1 Highlights (20 overs per side):
Geneva batted first and scored a total of 94 runs. Marc (3), Ethan and Euan all starred with the ball and all took wickets. All bowled well with Findlay, Archie and Charlie all bowling well. George and Krithik also both bowled their first overs for the Dragons off a reduced length.
In reply, Dragons started strongly with Ethan and Max racing away past 30 off 3 overs. However then followed a headless 10 minutes reminiscent of brazils collapse to Germany in this Summer’s World Cup! Firstly Max was run out, this time losing out to a gamble on a direct hit. This brought Greg to the crease earlier than expected and he was bowled round his legs first ball. GRYCC had at least 2 bowling right arm round the wicket and this angle seemed to trouble the Basel batsman with Marc then falling LBW and Ray, after hitting the first ball for a super on drive, tired the same again and got bowled. After Ethan retired, Archie, Ali and Euan were then all run out by some poor calling and mix up running (that’s on the agenda for next training session). This brought Findlay and later Krithik to the crease with the Dragons in desperate trouble on 44 for 7, and both really rose to the challenge. With a few wides; Krithik defending well and Findlay dispatching a couple of loose balls for 4, the total started to climb. Krithik was then retired, bringing last man George to the crease. He too defended well, scoring his first Dragons run. At 87 for 7, Findlay was bowled for an excellent innings, bringing Ethan back to the crease, with 4 runs needed to win. At 90 for 8, George was out bringing Krithik back. Ethan scrambled a run form the non-strikers end but miscalculated – it was the last ball of the over, bringing Krithik on strike against one of their best bowlers. Third ball, he was given out LBW to give GRYCC victory by 3 runs.
Game 2 Highlights (17 overs per side):
This time Basel batted first and with Max and Marc opening, made steady progress. After 5 overs they started to accelerate with Max getting most of the strike and retiring on 21 including a huge 6 over cover point into the tennis courts! This brought Ethan on strike and after Marc was caught at fine leg for 7, he was joined by Ali. Ali was then caught behind by Louqmaan off the bowling of Oliver. Ethan then upped the pace being joined by Ray. The pair hit five 4’s before Ethan was bowled by Theodore with score on 73 for 3. Ray was joined by Euan before being run out going for a quick single. When Ray was then caught by Oliver bowled by Own for 12, Basel were on 106 for 5. Charlie made 2 quick runs and Krithik was stumped, leaving Findlay, one of the stars of the first innings not out and the score on 110 for 7.
In reply Geneva reached 13 before Marc bowled Theodore with a great Yorker. Ethan continued bowling Louqmann next over for 5 and leaving GRYCC on 13 for 2. Two new batsmen and bowling changes allowed Geneva to work their way back into the game and when Alistair and Aaathar both retired the score was on 70 for 2. Unfortunately the Basel bowling was not as accurate as the first innings and extras began to mount up, making the total look very chase able. Ray then bowled Oliver and Anirudh retired bringing Ben and George to the crease. Some sensible batting and more extras took Geneva very close. Marc bowled the penultimate over and after 5 dot balls, the balance seemed to be in favour of Basel, but Geneva hit a 4 off the last ball, leaving 3 to win off the last over. Ben (17) and George (5) were both then retired, bringing Aarit and Finian in to bat the final over. Ethan bowled Aarit for 0 first ball brining in Owen in a pressure situation. Basel needed dot balls, not wickets and Ethan bowled a lovely line just outside off stump, swinging away, for the next 5 balls (a wicket maiden!) which Owen could not get a bat on. This meant Basel won the second match, also by 3 runs!
Pete Veal Oct 14