Another beautiful day in St Moritz. The venue the very picturesque St Moritz Olympic Stadium. The sun blazing, a few clouds but nothing to worry about. The cricket event everyone had been waiting for, generously hosted by Mr Rolf Sachs.
The day started with a beginners warm-up, where various cricketers supported beginners to learn the basics: how to hold the bat; how to hit a ball; how to bowl, etc. Inspite of the clouds coming over a little, everyone was really enjoying themselves and after a fine barbecue, the day’s game started.
The secretary’s eleven started the fielding, whilst the president’s eleven, in the shape of Nick Benson and John Hallam started the batting line-up. They both quickly retired following the match rule of compulsory retirement at 30, and it looked as if the president’s eleven were going to post a big total. Quick wickets fell and tactical retirements followed, allowing all players to bat, which meant that the final total of 121 off the 20 overs was a competitive target to aim for. The best batter with the top order was John Hallam retiring at 30, and the lower was supported by the fast hitting Stephen Holden, who scored 19 off 10 balls, before being caught by Dino Boller. The best bowling figures were from Houston Morris: 3 overs, 2 wickets for 17 runs, including the key wicket of Henry Shepherd.
The tea break was kept short to ensure the game didn’t finish too late, and the secretary’s eleven, with Alex Kefalas and Chris Lodge started their chase. Several quick wickets fell due to John Hallam backing up his excellent batting with impressive figures of 16 for 3 off 3 overs. With the secretary’s team struggling at 54 for 4, Alex Benson put on a quick 37 in 16 balls and Kat Kovakova held up her end until being caught by the “champagne moment”-catch of Bart Davey in the slips. This was enough to settle the ship, and with Gary Lowe, the secretary, swapping players quickly for everyone to get a bat, the score ticked along nicely. The winning run was scored by Giuseppe Apaugus in the 17th over.
At the end of the game, the secretary was presented the trophy, and the traditional Cresta firework was performed, ably led by Harry Shepherd.
View photos of the Cresta Cricket Match from Sunday 9th July 2016 in the gallery.
For more information on the Cresta Cricket Match please contact Mr. Stephen Bartley or Mr. John Hallam.