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Bern CC V CERN CC in Bern on Sunday 6th May 2012

The storm clouds gathered over Switzerland this weekend as a CERN XI travelled more in hope than expectation to Bern for our first league game of the season. Despite the gloomy weather forecast the sun shone and Captain Elvin won the toss and put Bern into bat on a damp, soft and tricky wicket. Early success came as D'Mello had the Bern captain caught by D. Ahmed in his second over. This was to prove the only success in the first 20 overs as BERN made light of the pitch and the CERN attack to go into the drinks break on 108-1. CERN came storming out after the break with Elvin making the breakthrough to dismiss the Bern number 2 for 74. D'Mello then came back into the attack and ended up with 4-34 as CERN held their catches and fielded well. Chauduri was in fine form and stormed in to take 3-27. Elvin was tight and economical until he went for 23 in his final over but D. Ahmed mopped up the tail with 2-16 in a fine 4 over spell. CERN's fielding was excellent and a total of 207 even on the tricky Bern pitch did not look too daunting.

What followed however was akin to watching a car crash in slow motion as CERN failed to adapt to the pitch and ended up being bowled out for just 13 (the lowest score in CERN Cricket history!). Five players failed to trouble the scorer and a combination of tight bowling and poor shot selection led to an afternoon that many players will want to forget. Many thanks to all those players who made the trip to Bern, and to Bern for hosting us so well. The neutral umpire from Cossonay failed to turn up and so both sides had to umpire, which was a great success, and the game was played in the right spirit by both sides.

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