Power 315ao (39.4 overs) beat St Gallen 152ao (25.3 overs) by 163 runs
Gründenmoos, St Gallen (Sunday 10th August 2014) report by Alex Mackay
Alex Mackay (umpire) has written this account of the McGee's 40 over league match played between St Gallen & Power at Gründenmoos in St Gallen on Sunday 10th August 2014.
The start time had been bought forward to 11.30am in an effort to avoid any thunderstorms forecast for later that evening and on a quickly drying outfield Power captain Mubarak won the toss and
decided to bat, but not before the short boundary behind the wicket-keeper was redrawn with flags.
The openers, a combination of the Power captain Mubarak (who can be be described as approaching his senior years) & partnered by the young colt Osama, took to the crease in glorious sunshine and immediately got to work. Power were pushing the run rate along very nicely, but in doing so also riding their luck. Fortunately however, nothing went to hand, instead between or over the slip fielders for a boundary 2 (local rule applied due to the short boundary behind the 'keeper).
St Gallen broke the opening partnership when Mubarak was run out, setting off early and being sent back by his partner in the fifth over (25-1), but it wasn't until shortly before the drinks break in the 19th over that the next fell (142-2), quickly followed by Ashfaq, judged LBW to one of Ali's quicker balls (146-3).
Power were in control. Some good running between the wickets was forcing some fielding errors and on occasion a finger injury while backing up a run out attempt. But the bowlers were rewarded for their perserverance with some great catches, one stunning catch on the boundary from Nazeem and one taken by Ali, having been launched high into the air - the ball that is, not Ali!
The big hitting continued until the 8th wicket fell (309-8), the first bowled of the game, & Power were eventually dismissed soon after, all out for 315 off 39.4 overs, two balls short of their allotted 40 overs.
With 316 as the target score, St Gallen had a massive task on their hands. And a superb curry lunch certainly provided the energy required to do so.
St Gallen took to the field and in the third over it was the Swiss national captain Afzaal Sikander who struck first blood, bowling the first opener (7-1). Osama, who had performed so well for Power with the bat, took the second in the next over with a wicket maiden. Oddly, both the two openers played on to their wickets, the first an inside edge, the second inside edge on to the trailing foot and onto the stumps. It didn't appear to be St Gallen's day, already 7-2, and little prospect of those thunderstorms coming to their rescue! A good catch by in the sixth over left St Gallen on 26-3 and already into the middle order and another 290 runs required for victory.
Power's line & length approach worked well. Some brave batting, not least from one batsman who took a nasty knock to the side of the face, only to return and hit a six, wasn't able to prevent Power from taking wickets on a regular basis to prevent anyone from St Gallen to settle and put together a good innings. No less than seven catches and Power bowler Zahid just missing out on a hattrick, was what it took to dismiss a brave St Gallen for 152ao off 26.3 overs and to post a win by 163 runs.
That certainly won't do Power's chances to qualify for a semi-final play-off any harm, although it does depend on Nomads beating Olten on Sunday 17th August in order for them to do so. And this result did end St Gallen's chances of qualifying on their debut season.
|Fall of wickets||
|Power CC||25 (ro)||142 (c)||146 (lb)||176 (c)||236 (c)||259 (c)||283 (c)||309 (b)||314 (c)||315 (b)|
|St Gallen CC||7 (b)||7 (b)||26 (c)||45 (c)||64 (c)||70 (c)||103 (c)||132 (c)||132 (c)||152 (b)|