ODI Tri-Nation Series

Warsaw, Poland - 3rd to 5th July 2015

Match 1: Czech Republic 216 ao (48 overs) lost to Switzerland 217-9 (45.3 overs) by 1 wicket

Match 2: Czech Republic 253-9 (50 overs) beat Poland 171 ao (41.3 overs) by 82 runs

Match 3: Switzerland 203 ao (42 overs) beat Poland 184 ao (36.5 overs) by 19 runs

Switzerland won the Central European Development League ODI Tri-Nation Series in Warsaw with wins over fellow visitors Czech Republic on Friday 3rd July & against the hosts on Sunday 5th July 2015.

All matches were played at the new Polish Cricket ground, Gminny Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, situated about 15kms from Warsaw city centre in Stare Babice, from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July.

Game 1: Czech Republic vs Switzerland (Fri, 3 July 2015)

Czech Republic 216 ao (48 overs) lost to Switzerland 217-9 (45.3 overs) by 1 wicket

scorecard

From the verge of defeat, Switzerland's Nasir Mahmood and Vaibhav Singh put on a 100 partnership to beat Czech Republic by 1 wicket.

On a glorious sunny day at Warsaw's new cricket ground, Gminny Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, situated about 15kms from Warsaw city centre at Stare Babice, Switzerland's captain Afzaal Sikander won the toss and put the Czech team into bat.

The Czech's played a very patient and mature game, each batsman contributing to a good score of 216 ao, just two overs short of their allotted 50.

Switzerland began well, but they lost the first of their openers in the second over, just two overs later, losing the second. This trend was to continue as Switzerland, although 8-10 overs ahead of the run-rate at every stage of the game, continuously lost wickets and at 117-9 after just 26 overs, even the umpires could be forgiven for thinking that an early beer was inevitable.

However, the 10th wicket partnership of Nasir Mahmood (54*) and Vaibhav Singh (30*) had other ideas. They batted for 19.3 overs and accumulated 100 runs exactly as the 10th wicket parnership took Switzerland across the winning line, 4.3 overs before the allotted 50 overs.

Game 2: Poland versus Czech Republic (Sat, 4 July 2015)

Czech Republic 253-9 (50 overs) beat Poland 171 ao (41.3 overs) by 82 runs

scorecard

On the second day of the tournament the Swiss were treated to day off and an opportunity to visit the city of Warsaw, while Poland and the Czech Republic battled it out on another scorching sunny day at Gminny Ośrodek.

The Czechs were put in to bat by the hosts, this time setting a target of just over 5 an over of 253-9 in their allotted 50.

Things started badly for Poland, their number 2 opening bat dismissed for a diamond duck on the first ball of the game and seconds later losing their second wicket, Poland were 2-1 off just the fisrt 6 balls. The ship was steadied by the middle order, but a tail-order collapse left Poland fell well short of the required total, 82 runs short in fact, dismissed for 171 in 41.3 overs handing the Czechs a 82 run victory.

Game 3: Poland versus Switzerland (Sun, 5 July 2015)

Switzerland 203 ao (42 overs) beat Poland 184 ao (36.5 overs) by 19 runs

scorecard

Winterthur's Tom Mampilly scored 73
Winterthur's Tom Mampilly scored 73

Switzerland had to win the final game in order to win the tournament, the Poles could only achieve this on Net Run Rate.

And so the stage was set.

Switzerland lost the toss were to put into bat.

The Swiss started well and it took until the first drinks break before Poland got the first break through (55-1), just a few overs later the second (68-2), both bowled.

Winterthur's Tom Mampilly (73) led the Swiss to 104-3, until a mid-oder collapse put Poland firmly back in to the driving seat (132-6). The Swiss continued to add to the total but lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually ended their innings 8 overs short of thier 50 on 203ao.

Before the second innings began it was established that the Polish team had to reach the Swiss total in just over 22 overs in order to win the tournament on Net Run Rate.

Poland quickly got to work with some agressive batting but the needed wicket did come in the 5th over (28-1). At 35-2 there might have been some doubt whether they could reach the total, but the Polish confidence was restored. Poland lost more wickets either side of the drinks break at 69-3 and 74-4. The game was in the balance as the score reached 82-5, just one over later. Despite the Polish middle order standing up well, at 108-6 after 16 overs, they were unable to keep up with an ever increasing run rate.

Poland realised this and appeared to abandon the plan to win the tournament and instead concentrate to winning the game. At 157-7 anything was possible, but the tail wasn't able to wag sufficiently to win the game, Poland eventually all out 19 runs short of the total at 184ao, albeit after only 36.5 overs, Tom Mampilly stumoing the Polish number 11 off a wide delivery.

Polish Cricket Board
Czech Cricket
Cricket Switzerland

Match schedule

Date                      
Match                                                                     
Time          
Venue

Friday 3rd July


 

Match 1:
Czech Republic 216ao (48 overs) lost to
Switzerland 217-9 (46.4 overs) by 1 wkt

10.30am


 

Gminny Ośrodek

 


Saturday 4th July



Match 2:

Czech Republic 253-9 (50 overs) beat

Poland 171 ao (41.3 overs) by 82 runs

11.00am



Gminny Ośrodek



Sunday 5th July



Match 3:

Switzerland 203 ao (42 overs) beat

Poland 184 ao (36.5 overs) by 19 runs

10.00am



Gminny Ośrodek



 

Table







runs/over


Pos. Team P
W
T
L
For Against NRR Pts
1. Switzerland 2
2
0
0
420/096.4
400/100.0
+1.098
6
2.
Czech Republic
2
1
0
1
469/100.0
388/100.0
+1.209
3
3.
Poland
2
0
0
2
355/100.0
456/100.0
+0.778
0


Venue

All matches were played at the new Polish Cricket ground, Gminny Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, situated about 15kms from Warsaw city centre at Stare Babice:

 

Gminny Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji Stare Babice
ul. Zachodnia 2, Zielonki-Parcele
05-082 Stare Babice

Accommodation

Players & umpires are being housed at the Hotel Splendor situated on the outskirts of Warsaw and just 2kms from the ground

 

Hotel i Restauracja Splendor****
ul. Warszawska 197e
Babice Nowe, 05-082

There are 2 buses operated which take you to the centre and within 5kms from the hotel there is shopping malls and a lot of options for food etc..


The transportation to and from from the hotel to the ground for the umpires is all arranged on all match days.

Switzerland squad

No. Name                                     Club                    
1. Afzaal Sikander* Power
2. Sajid Safiat Power
3. Shahnawaz Muhammad Power
4. Tariq Khan Berne
5. Rod Sherrell Winterthur
6. Vaibhav Singh Cossonay
7. Tom Mampilly+ Winterthur
8. Ali Abbas St Gallen
9. Nasir Mahmood  St Gallen
10, Idrees Ul Haque
Uprising
11. Prafull Shikare  Winterthur
12. Matthew Martin CERN
Coach
Chris Lodge  

 

If you are interested in representing Switzerland at national level contact Cricket Switzerland's International Match Manager, Mr. Chris Lodge.

Read the Swiss International Qualification Criteria.

Tournament regulations

Available on request.

Officials

Mr. A.Mackay & Mr. P.de Boeck (both internationally qualified umpires) will officiate in each game.

More information

Further information on the Central Europe ODI Tri-Series is available from Cricket Poland's Mr. Tarun Daluja (+48 505 483 888 or skype: tarund1).

 

You can also view photos of the Central European ODI Tri-Nation series. and read Dan Casey's article on the Cricket Europe website or Miram's Lodge account of the weekend in a German language version.