Power CC 191ao (29.5 overs) defeated St Gallen CC 170ao (32.3 overs) by 21 runs
Gründenmoos/St Gallen, Saturday 11th July 2015
by Asvin Lakkaraju
A warm and sunny Saturday at Gründenmoos provided the perfect environment for a tight contest between bat and ball that resulted in a tight victory for Power CC.
Winning the toss, Power had no qualms about batting first in the glorious sunshine. Their openers Osama and Sajid started cautiously and dispatched any loose offerings. Osama was in particular very severe against anthing pitched wide and kept on piercing the long off boundary time and again. After 50 run partnership Power lost opener Sajid and soon immediately also lost Shahnawaz to Noman. This led to the beginning off a collapse with Osama fighting a lone hand on the other end. Osama played brilliantly and scored 83 before holing out at the long on boundary missed out on what seemed like century for taking. Rest of the Power batting could not withstand good bowling of St. Gallen and folded for 191 runs in only 29.5 overs.
At lunch everyone realized that this was an under par score on a small ground. St. Gallen CC came out to bat with aggressive intent and Naresh provided the perfect start dispatching the second ball of the innings way over the square leg boundary. Just when he started looking dangerous, Afzaal came into the attack and bowled a full toss, which was missed by Naresh, and was caught in front of the wicket. His wicket was followed by two other quick wickets and panic started to set in St. Gallen batting. Nasir, who was Switzerland hero in the last week’s game against Czech republic, set about building a partnership. His wicket right on the stroke of drinks break changed the direction of the game. Waqar played valiantly and took the game close. As the target got closer, in a stroke of genius, skipper of Power brought in Butt as their sixth bowler. With St. Gallen trying to hit their way out of pressure, his yorkers proved to be the game changers and he ended up with a bag of five wickets, four of them bowled. St. Gallen lost their last 5 wickets for 6 runs and collapsed to 170 all out.
Power now moves up to the top of table with 34 points. St Gallen on the other hand are yet to open their account in CSPL.