The CSPL saw the two teams from Winterthur (Winterthur CC and Power CC) facing defeats against strong teams from the centre of the country, Berne and Olten CC.
On a bright and sunny day Winterthur’s skipper Tom Mampilly won the toss and inserted Bern CC in on a slow and sluggish wicket at Schonäu, where no-one knew what a good score would be. Tight bowling lines and good fielding from Winterthur CC pushed Bern CC on the back foot straight away.
At one point Bern CC were 24/4 and in serious danger of being bowled out for a below par score. A valiant fighting, middle order partnership of 53 runs and some resolute batting by lower order
ensured that Bern CC ended up with a respectable total of 138 ao in 30 overs.
At many other venues around the country this would be an easy target to chase down, but not on this one at Schonäu and so it proved.
Winterthur never managed to gain any momentum through out the game and lost their first five wickets with only 36 runs on the board. With a battery of spinners, Berne CC turned the screws further
and Winterthur batsmen could not find a solution and were ultimately bowled out for 98 runs ensuring a comfortable 40 run victory for Berne CC.
Summary Scores: Bern CC (138/10 in 30.2 overs) defeated Winterthur CC (98/10 in 32.2 overs) by 40 runs.
In the second match of the day played at Olten, last year finalists Power WCC lost to Olten CC.
Power CC won the toss on a newly laid wicket at Olten and inserted the hosts into bat. With the ball coming on nicely onto the bat, Olten CC got off to a good start and their first 20 overs yielded 118 runs for only the loss of 3 wickets and a big score was looming large. Power regrouped after the drinks break and started picking up wickets whenever Olten looked to break free.
Olten CC finally ended their innings at 197 in 37.5 overs and fell short of a score above 200.
An excellent start by Power CC after the break, set them galloping at 6 runs per over for the first five overs. Olten came back strongly into the game by picking up wickets at regular intervals and not letting the big hitters of Power CC to explode as they did against Nomads in the Pickwick Cup game played earlier in the week. Power could not cope with the incisive bowling coupled with excellent fielding and folded up for 99 runs in 27.5 overs.
A big win for Olten CC, who will play their next game against Winterthur CC at Deutweg on 31 May.
Summary Scores: Olten CC (197/10 in 37.5 overs) defeated Power WCC (99/10 in 27.5 overs) by 98 runs