|Date||29-05-2022, 12:00pm CEST|
|Toss||Cossonay Cricket Club, CCC won the toss and elected to Bat|
|Ground||En Marche, Cossonay|
|Match Type||David Barmes Memorial Trophy 2022 – 40 Overs|
|Match Officials||Yateendra Sinh, Chris Lodge|
On a bright sunny Sunday 29th of May 2022, the “David Barmes Memorial Trophy 2022” was played between Cossonay Cricket Club, the reigning Cricket Switzerland Premier League Champions and a Swiss Men’s Select XI from the National Training Squad at En Marche, Cossonay, Switzerland. After winning the toss, Cossonay CC opted to bat first. Cossonay CC were determined to put up a good show, whereas an equally solid Swiss Men’s Select XI was expected to come hard for the trophy. In what was an enthralling day of Cricket, Cossonay CC came out flying when they won the match by 64 runs; putting up an excellent all-around performance.
Batting first Cossonay CC scored 264/9 in 40 overs. Waseem (87 runs, 12 fours &1 six) & Jai (66 runs 5 fours & 4 sixes), shone for CCC in batting, whereas Lavan (4/43), Senthil (2/35), Keeran (2/38) & Roshan (1/43) were the pick of the bowlers for the Swiss Men’s XI. Chasing the target of 265 runs in 40 overs, the Swiss Men’s select XI put up a valiant effort, but fell short by 64 runs. Ankush (88 runs, 12 fours & 1 six) & Captain Anser (22 runs) had a solid partnership for first wicket but CCC came back superbly to wrap up the middle and lower middle order of the Swiss Men’s XI for a total of 200/10 in 31.5 overs. Arjun (3/25), Ravi (3/26), Ashwin (2/23) and Rokhan (2/25) were amongst the wicket takers.
* Ankush Lal from Swiss Men’s Select XI was the best batsmen of the match for his 88 runs.
* Lavan from Swiss Men’s Select XI was the best bowler of the match for his 4/43.
* Waseem from Cossonay CC was adjudged “Man of Match” for his all-round performance (87 runs, 3 catches & 1 Stumping)
Match Report (as it happened):
First innings: After winning the toss, Cossonay batters Waseem & Uday opened the innings, allowing Lavan from the Swiss Men’s Select XI to strike in the very first over when Uday was caught for 0 by Roshan. Arjun joined Waseem in the middle and the duo had a solid partnership of 40 runs for the second wicket, before Arjun was out LBW off the bowling of Keeran. Jai joined Waseem and both of them played sensibly thereafter, being respectful to the good balls and scoring on the bad ones. They were going nicely and started to settle. After 10 overs, the score was 80/2. Waseem hit some brilliant ground shots. Some of Jai’s sixes were proof of his brute force and both continued to score fluently. Captain Anser of the Swiss Men’s XI then brought on the spinners and they were able to slow the run rate down. In 20 overs, CCC reached 138/2. Waseem and Jai both reached their 50* soon after one another. After 25 overs, the score was 175/2 at a rate of 7 runs per over. Having been given the control of the game, CCC were cruising and were anticipated to post around 300 runs. However, the break came when off-spinner Roshan trapped Jai LBW when the scoreboard read 189/3 in the 28th over. Jai scored 66 (71 balls, 5 4s & 4 sixes). Ashwin came to the crease and joined Waseem. Both were expected to change gears in the last 10 overs. Ashwin got caught by Khalid in the gully off Lavan when the scoreboard read 204/4 in the 30th over. The Swiss Men’s XI came back strongly as Lavan got Waseem trapped LBW; he made 87 runs (81 balls, 12 4s & 1 six). What came in the next over was an excellent display of fielding, where Ankush Lal took a screamer which went miles up in the air and he dived to perfection at long off to give Lavan the wicket of Bharat and the scoreboard was now at 208/6 in the 32nd over. This will go down as one of the best catches we’ve witnessed for a long time. Cossonay CC’s lower middle order batters Ravi & Andrew did really well to keep the scorecard moving. Ravi got out to Senthil’s bowling in the 35th over. They added 28 vital runs for the 7th wicket as the board read 236/7. In the last 5 overs CCC scored 28 crucial runs as lower order batters kept the runs coming. Andrew made 16*not out and Vikas got 11 runs. What would irk the Swiss Men’s Select XI is the extras they bowled (a total of 54 – 48 wides, 6 leg byes), not only the runs but having to bowl those extra balls. However, the wind did not help their cause either, gusting strongly across the pitch. Cossonay CC ended up with 264 runs/9 wickets in their 40 overs. Lavan (4/43), Senthil (2/35), Keeran (2/38) & Roshan (1/43) were the pick of the bowlers for Swiss Men’s XI.
It would take all the grit, determination, and patience for the Swiss Men’s Select XI to chase down this total of 264 runs to win the memorable “David Barmes Trophy 2022” against a disciplined Cossonay side.
Players had their lunch, savories, tea, and much needed drinks. With the weather being nice, the game was evenly poised for a wonderful chase.
Time for a break – 30 mins. Second innings to start.
Second innings: The openers from the Swiss Men’s Select XI were out in the middle with Idrees taking guard to open and Ankush as his partner. Ashwin started with a quiet first over which went for only 1. Jai was equally controlled from the other end. There were a few edges that went to third man and some crisp shots by both openers, who moved the Scoreboard to 28 runs after 5 overs. Idrees got caught by a good low catch by Vikas from Ashwin’s bowling and the score was on 28/1. Captain Anser joined Ankush, and both were looking to see off the swinging new ball. They were cautious, but also aggressive, where Ankush hit some crisp and beautiful cover drives, square cuts and boundaries. Anser did what he does best: played second fiddle to the aggressor and kept the runs flowing. After 10 overs, it was 53/1. The duo kept moving along nicely and scored when the opportunity presented itself. The scoreboard kept ticking over nicely until the 20 overs break. The board read 20 overs 120/1 at a run rate of 6 runs per over. More often than not, after the drinks break, a lapse in concentration does occur. Anser, trying to hit the in-swinging ball from Ravi, nicked it to the keeper, but not before a good contribution of 22 runs, and a solid partnership of 102 runs. The scoreboard read 130/2 from 21 overs. Noorkhan joined Ankush in the middle. Ankush carried on playing nicely, some of his shots were straight from the textbook. He then fell to a pull shot from a pacey delivery by Rokhan. Ankush had scored 88 runs (74 balls, 16 4s & 1 six). He missed a well-deserved century and now the Swiss Men’s XI needed a partnership to steady the ship. The scoreboard read 145/3 from 23 overs. However, the change in bowling from Cossonay CC worked well for them, as short pacey deliveries from Ravi & Rokhan were tough for the new batters. Noorkhan got out to Ravi, making 7 runs with the scoreboard at 155/4 from 24 overs. Cossonay CC managed to put the brakes on the innings of the Swiss Men’s XI as wickets kept falling. Ali Khan fell to Rokhan cheaply with the score at 158/5. Needing just over run-a-ball 100 odd runs from 15 overs the Swiss Men’s XI desperately needed a partnership. Roshan & Senthil tried to rebuild the innings but Senthil was trapped by Ravi when the scoreboard was at 171/6. Roshan needed someone from the lower order to stay with him; but the chase was fading away from the sight of Swiss Men’s XI, as the Cossonay bowlers kept tight lengths and in order to manufacture shots, the lower order of the Swiss Men’s Select XI perished. Roshan made 18 runs (2 4s), but the last 4 wickets fell for 30 runs and eventually the Swiss Men’s XI were all out for 200 in 31.5 overs. Barring 32 extras (15 wides, 4 byes, 13 lbs) Cossonay had put in an all-around performance to win the trophy by 64 runs. Arjun (3/25), Ravi (3/26), Ashwin (2/23) and Rokhan (2/25) were amongst the wicket takers.
Post-match both the coaches/umpires, Chris and Yeti again thanked all the players for their participation. Both the teams and spectators were reminded of the immense contribution of Dr David Barmes to cricket in Switzerland and Cossonay CC were presented with the “David Barmes Memorial Cup 2022”.
Briefs: Cossonay CC (Waseem 87, Jai 66; Lavan 4/43, Senthil 2/35) won by 64 runs against Swiss Men’s Select XI (Ankush 88, Anser 22; Arjun 3/51, Ravi 3/26)
Cossonay CC: 40 overs 264/9 (Waseem 87, Jai 66, Andrew 16*, Ravi 13; Lavan 4/43, Senthil 2/35, Keeran 2/38, Roshan 1/43)
Swiss Men’s Select XI :40 overs 200 all out (Ankush 88, Anser 22, Idrees19, Roshan 18; Arjun 3/51,Ravi 3/26, Ashwin 2/23, Rokhan 2/25)
I hope you enjoyed reading this match report as much as I did writing it. Stay safe and take care.
On behalf of Cricket Switzerland