The Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL) got off to a sensational start with Swiss Colts, containing exclusively of Swiss U19 National players, registering a convincing victory over favorites Uprising CC in the first game of Western Division.
On a bright and sunny day where the temperatures reached 25°C, a rarity for early May in Switzerland, Swiss Colts won the toss and elected to bat first. With a good start, Swiss Colts were on 89 for 2 after 20 overs. A very good start for the Colts and expectations of a big score were imminent.
However, Uprising CC fought back with some tight bowling and despite having 8 wickets in hand, the Colts could not capitalize on the good start and were eventually bowled out for 167 in 36.1
overs. Jai Sinh top scored for Colts with an elegant 50 followed by Aidan Andrews (36) and Ashwin Vinod (34), both of whom made important contributions to set up a competitive total.
For Uprising CC Ankit Sharma (2-26 of 7.1 overs) was the best bowler followed by Ranjeet Singh (2-17 of 3 overs).
The second innings of the match began with Uprising playing aggressively and scoring runs at a very good run rate. However tight bowling and fantastic fielding from Colts resulted in Uprising falling short of the target by 25 runs and were all out for 142 runs in 24 overs.
Ruan Kruger bowled a sensational spell of fast bowling and captured 4 wickets for a meager 37 runs. Jai Sinh and Ashwin Vinod continued from where they left off the previous years and bowled consistently quick hurrying the Uprising batsmen and captured two crucial wickets each.
For Uprising CC Khan Muhammad top scored with with 36 runs followed by Kamran Dar with 25 runs.
With the season off to a bright start Swiss Colts will be looking to rattle more cages along the way and try to qualify for the elusive knock out phase.