Geneva International CC

Sunday, 30 August 2009
Geneva International Cricket Club, Geneva
Geneva International Cricket Club 211 all out (T Maby 3-18, P Cook, 3-28) Butler XI 120 (S McCormack 32). Geneva International win by 91 runs.

Another sunny day in Geneva, another team of young subcontinentals wishing us a pleasant stay and proceeding to give us a short sharp lesson in all round cricket. Yet once again we took all their wickets in 34 overs, Paul Cook taking two caught & bowled and Tim Maby mopping up the tail with some shrewd use of pace and flight. If we’d taken just a couple of the dozen catching opportunities, it could have been better still. Anyway, their total of 211 certainly seemed more achievable than the previous day.

Somehow our batting failed to ignite. Steve made a wilful 32 but otherwise only Andy Sharples (with 10) made it into double figures. Each wicket was a dagger to my heart, as my 100 per cent winning record as captain this year (two out of two) came to its inglorious conclusion.

If we had more experience playing on artificial wickets, we’d probably get a lot closer to the standard of these guys, because we could certainly take wickets, but found scoring on such an unfamiliar surface was more or less beyond us.

Everyone agreed that the tour was fantastic, with perfect weather, beautiful scenery, a sumptuous barbeque at my uncle’s place up the coast one night and an uproarious fondue meal on the last night. Here’s to many more in the same vein.

Man of the Match: 
Tim Maby
Champagne Moment: 
Tucker’s catch on the long off boundary
Bad Behaviour Award: 
Graham Crabb’s butter fingers

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