CERN CC in the 20/20 Tournament
at the
on 11th/12th September

CERN played Nestlé in the first semi-final on Saturday. Nestlé were bowled out for 82 in the 20th over, thanks to excellent bowling by Campbell (4 overs, 3 for 9), D’Mello (4 overs, 2 for 14, including a beautiful C&B), Onions (4 overs, 2 for 20), Elvin (4 overs, 1 for 29) and Ahmed (4 overs, 1 for 16). Campbell (44 no) and Osborne (25no) made short work of the total, ably assisted by any number of wides, reaching the target in the 9th over.

On Sunday, CERN played GICC in the final. This time batting first, CERN made 196 for 7 thanks mainly to a partnership of 124 runs between D’Mello and McNaught (whose two previous scores were ducks) that ran into the 16th over. D’Mello hit a superb and quick-fire 69 in 47 balls, including 8 fours and 3 sixes. It included sumptuous straight sixes from both ends. (Anything which ends up in the adjoining football fields or tennis courts has got to make you happy right?). McNaught played a more circumspect, watchful and supporting role, scoring 57 in 34 balls, including 8 fours and 2 sixes. 196 looked a good score for the tournament but GICC had depth of batting and possessed no inhibition to come out hitting. GICC played fine attacking cricket and maintained a rate in excess of 10 an over until the 10th over. So it said a lot for CERN that we didn’t buckle in response to it. Instead, the team responded by catching absolutely every chance in order to regularly stem an onslaught. Ahmed (4 overs, 1 for 24), Onions (4 overs, 3 for 29), Elvin (3 overs, 1 for 36, and a superb reflex catch at cover to remove top-scoring Ravi), D’Mello (3 overs, 1 for 19) and Campbell (4 overs, 2 for 38) contained the GICC innings. Special mention must be made of Chatoo’s literally blinding catch to a high ball, long on-ish. In concentrating so hard not to lose sight of the ball he’d stared directly into the sun for so long that he saw stars long afterwards. After 15 overs it looked as if GICC would win but in the end they were bowled out for 153 in the 19th over, CERN thus winning the trophy for the first time.

A more complete match report, plus a report of the away weekend against Milan CC at the end of August, can be found on the web site at

by Cricket Club