Olten 81 ao (18.4 overs) lost to Nomads 83-5 (18.4 overs) by 5 wickets
played at LA Schönau, 3007 Berne on Sunday 12th October 2014
In a low scoring but close encounter at the LA Schönau, the new Berne Cricket Ground, Nomads beat Olten by 5 wickets and just 8 balls to go to become the Mr Pickwick Twenty20 Cricket Champions and complete the Cricket Switzerland double.
Olten won the toss on a slow drying outfield that caused a short delayed start.
Olten started confidently, despite losing a wicket LBW in the first over (5/1) moved the score to 34/2 by the 7th over. Boundaries were hard to come by but Olten managed to move the score to 66/3 before a mid-order collapse ensued. From 73/4 Olten went on to lose their remaining 6 wickets for just 18 runs to complete the innings on 81 ao.
The afternoon sunshine never appeared to assist Nomads in their chase of the conservative score set by Olten. And Nomads found it no easier to find the runs. This wasn't helped by an unsure start. Again it was an LBW decision that claimed the first wicket (4/1) in the second over, followed by an excellent caught & bowled one over later to claim the second (5/2). And in the 5th over Nomads were languishing at 10/3. Game on it seems. And it was.
Most teams would be forgiven in trying to hit their way out of trouble. But not Nomads. They played a mature and calculated game, Captain Sangam finding the boundary with just 8 balls left to win the Mr Pickwick Twenty20 competition by 5 wickets, Nomads completing the innings on 83/5.
After the game the Cricket Switzerland Competitions Chairman Abraham Koshy thanked the sponsor Mr Pickwick Pubs for their continued support of cricket in Switzerland. He also thanked Berne CC for being the hosts. Neha Maheshwari (Womens' Cricket Development Officer) presented Berne captain Tissa de Zoysa with their third place prize cheque. Olten were awarded the runners-up prize cheque and Nomads the winning cheque, but more importantly, the Mr. Pickwick Pub Twenty20 winners’ trophy.