Sunday, 10 June 2007


Jay Singh, the captain of Basel CC tells us that this Hindi expression means "Well done!".

There was plenty of it today as Basel Cricket Club took on Olten Cricket Club at Bachgraben in what was our third league match this season. Olten were basically a Sri Lankan Select XI. In contrast, we were more of a multi-ethnic Commonwealth Select XI, with players from India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.

After winning the toss, Olten opted to bat. After a solid start by Olten - and our opening bowler Francois limping off after tearing his hamstring - Basel were able to make constant inroads into the Olten batting line-up and ultimately restricted them to 122 all out after about 30+ overs. Yours truly was handed the little cherry late on in the innings and proceeded to bowl out one of their better players with one of my looping dobblers. I ended up with figures of 2 overs, 1 wicket for 7 runs. Three of those runs were wides. However, I was fairly pleased with my short stint, and when I do bowl accurately I can get it right on the die.

Anyway, Basel needed 123 runs to win, and got them with 3 wickets and plenty of overs to spare. I didn't bat.

Most of the following pictures were taken after the start of Basel's innings, with both openers Shani and Sajid still at the crease. The sixth photo was taken just as Sajid holed out on the long-off boundary.

Picture of Olten and Basel players in the "pavilion" at tea.

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