Here is a summary of all the action from the closing stages of the Cricket Switzerland Premier League 40 over competition played in August.
GICC 163-6 (25.0 overs) lost to Geneva XI Stars 169-5 (18.4 overs) by 5 wkts
Bout du Monde, Geneva - Sunday 9th August 2015
Geneva XI Stars CC played against hosts GICC at Bout du Monde. With heavy rains lashing the grounds before the start time, the match had to be reduced to a 25 over affair. Winning the toss GICC decided to bat and got off to a good start. An opening partnership of 88 runs in just 13 over set the innings rolling for GICC and they ended up with a competitive total of 165/7 in 25 overs. After the tea break Geneva XI Stars started the chase in a spectacular fashion with the first over going for 28 runs. Raja Hafeez scored a quick fire 41 of just 9 balls. Even after losing his wicket, XI Stars continued their attacking vein and chased down the required target in 18.4 overs with 5 wickets to spare.
Olten CC 162ao (39.0 overs) lost to Nomads CC 95-2 (17.0 overs) by forfeit
Buchholz, Uster - Sunday 9th August 2015
In the second match of the day played in the eastern division defending champions Nomads CC took on Olten CC at Buchholz. Winning the toss Nomads decided to field first in the face of predicted
rain in the afternoon. Olten began their innings by losing a wicket in the third over and in the face of good bowling from Nomads, they never got going. A middle order collapse meant that Olten
could only secure 162 runs in 39 overs for the loss of 10 wickets. After the break Nomads CC started their innings in aggressive style scoring 95 runs of 17 before the game was forfeited by
Berne v St Gallen - No Result (rained off)
Schönau, Berne - Sunday 16th August 2015
Cossonay v GICC - No Result (rained off)
En Marche, Cossonay - Sunday 16th August 2015
16 August saw all the scheduled games washed off because of torrential rains. Points were split between Berne and St.Gallen in eastern division and GICC and Cossonay in Western division.
Swiss Colts 187ao (40.0 overs) lost to GICC 190-7 (30.2 overs) by 3 wkts
Bout du Monde - Saturday 22nd August 2015
On a sunny Saturday GICC took on Swiss Colts at Cossonay in a mid-table fight. After winning the toss, Colts opted to bat first and got off to a decent start scoring 28 runs of the first five
overs. At break, Colts were placed in a decent position with 88/3. However, they lost crucial wickets after the break and lost any momentum they had and only managed to muster 187 in their
allocated 40 overs. After the break GICC set about chasing the competitive total. An opening partnership of 70 runs in just 11 overs ensured that the nerves were settled down. GICC however,
managed to loose crucial wickets at regular intervals and were placed in a delicate situation at 130/7 in 22 overs. The 7 wicket partnership then showed the way to rest of the team as to how it
is done. They managed to overhaul Colts without losing any further wickets. This loss meant Colts were now out of reckoning for the semifinals spot even if they managed to win against XI
Uprising CC 257-8 (40.0 overs) defeated Cossonay 188-10 (37.5 overs) by 69 runs
Vernier, Geneva - Sunday 23rd August 2015
On a cloudy afternoon Uprising CC took on Cossonay CC in their last league which was a winner takes all game. The winner would qualify for CSPL semifinals with the loser out of the
Uprising Skipper Pardeep won the toss and decided to bat first. But the decision was quickly challenged when Cossonay took two early wickets of inform openers Ankit and Idrees. This brough it in the big Jamaican Nelson Burell, who used all his experience and built a huge partnership with Anser (70). Nelson himself scored a classy 72. Uprising CC finished on 257/8 in their allocated 40 overs and finishing touches were provided by a quick fire 36 off 20 balls by skipper Pardeep. For Cossonay Himank took 4 wickets followed by Lalit who captured 3 wickets.
After Lunch, Cossonay set about chasing the big score on a difficult Vernier wicket. The pressure of the chase was too much to bear for the batsmen of Cossonay and the lack of partnership hurt their chances. They ultimately folded up for 188 runs and fell short of qualifying for semi finals. Bernard was the top scorer with 44 and for Uprising CC Ankit was the pick of bowlers with 3 wickets, followed by Anser, Pardeep and Wasim who all managed to pick up 2 wickets each. With this victory Uprising managed to qualify to the semi finals of CSPL for the very first time. They will now take on Power Winterthur CC on 13 September at Deutweg in semi finals.
Swiss Colts 213ao (39.0 overs) defeated GXIStars 97ao (18.4 overs) by 116 runs
En Marche, Cossonay - Sunday 23rd August 2015
The Onex ground has been one of the only grounds where the Colts never managed to register a victory in many previous attempts. This time a determined Colts team took on Geneva XI Stars with a hope of changing the history. Winning the toss, Colts decided to have a bat on the fast and high scoring Onex ground. The openers for Colts provided the perfect start adding 69 runs for the opening wicket. Sustained partnerships in the middle of the innings propelled Colts to 213 runs. After the break XI Stars set about chasing this modest target on a high scoring ground. What followed was something not even Colts would have expected. Brilliant fast bowling aided by excellent catching ensured a massive collapse from XI Stars and they folded up for just 97 runs resulting in a huge victory for Colts.
The result put Colts in 3rd position on the table, the highest they ever managed in any of the season they competed.
St Gallen 238-8 (40.0 overs) defeated Winterthur 188-10 (37.2 overs) by 50 runs
Deutweg, Winterthur - Sunday 23rd August 2015
In an eastern division game, Winterthur took on St.Gallen at Deutweg with both teams hoping to open their victory account in CSPL 2015.
Winning the toss, ST. Gallen had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Good partnerships throughout the innings assisted by magnificient 87 from skipper Nasir Mahmood, ensured that St. Gallen
reaches a good total. They finished up with 238/8 in their allocated 40 overs. After the break Winterthur CC set about chasing the target with a hope of breaking the losing streak in CSPL. They
however, did not manage to build steady partnerships and finished up with only 188 on the board. This loss meant that Winterthur CC could not muster a win in their five outings whereas St Gallen
managed their first one in their penultimate game.
St Gallen 54ao (18.4 overs) lost to Nomads 58-1 (5.1 overs) by 9 wkts
Buchholz, Uster - Sunday 30th August 2015
The last game of the league season saw defending champions Nomads CC taken on St Gallen with the knowledge that only a win would ensure their qualification into the semifinals.
Winning the toss, Nomads decided to field first and the captain’s decision was justified by excellent opening spells from Farid Din and Azeem Nazir who removed the top and middle order in first
12 overs aided by excellent catching in the slips. At one point the field resembled a test match with 4 slips and 2 gullies waiting for the nick. The finishing up job was done by Shafqat and
Faheem Nazir. Only Nasir Mahmood showed any resistance and remained unbeaten on 34 in a total team score of 54. After the lunch Nomads started quickly and needed only 5.1 overs to
overhaul the target for the loss of only one wicket courtesy of a run out.
With this huge win Nomads CC qualified for the semifinals of CSPL and will play against CERN CC on 13 of September.
For details of all the results to date and league table, plus all the fixtures still to come, refer to the CSPL league pages on the Cricket Switzerland website.