Winterthur CC played two Pickwick T20 games on Sunday 28th June at Sportpark Deutweg, against St Gallen CC and Olten CC.
Winterthur CC won the first game against St Gallen CC with just 5 balls to go, but were well beaten by Olten CC by 92 runs later that afternoon.
St Gallen CC 111ao (20 overs) lost to Winterthur CC 115-6 (19.1 overs) by 4 wkts
WCC met St. Gallen CC in the first of two Pickwick Cup Twenty20 games on Sunday 28th June 2015.
Tom won the toss, St. Gallen batted first on a bright and sunny day that promised good cricket weather. St. Gallen sported a familiar look to WCC as they were led by ex-winterthurian, Nasir Mahmood and also had long time WCC member, Waqar. In a nice change of strategy, Tom opened the bowling with Rod and Sara and the SGCC openers struggled to put some runs on the board with the sharp bounce and pace of Rod and the unerring accuracy of Sara pegging them back. Rod soon got the wicket of Waqar with a catch that WK and skipper Tom greedily plucked out of Hasta's reach :) .The opening bowlers completed their spells unchanged and picked up a wicket apiece while being miserly with the runs. At this juncture, Nasir and Waqar had gotten together and were trying to build a partnership that could have been dangerous for WCC. The change bowlers Pradeep and Jagath also exerted good control and kept the runs in check increasing the pressure on the batsmen. Pradeep proceeded to pick two more wickets in an excellent display of bowling. Tom then introduced Hasta who immediately produced a wicket maiden and increased pressure on Nasir, the lone remaining recognised batsman. Nasir was threatening to score big when Hasta lured him into one shot too many. The innings folded soon after with Pradeep and Hasta picking 3 wickets each and Dipi and Jagath also picking one each. WCC was left to chase a meagre 112 off 20 overs but we have faltered before for these small totals. The highlight was the catching of WCC who picked difficult chances and did not drop much and Tom had four catches to his name.
In reply, WCC started badly losing Callum almost immediately. However Prafull joined Jagath in the middle and they endured a pacy opening spell picking off singles and cracking the odd boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking. Praful was in murderous intent and had a point to prove to both his own team members and also to a couple of the opposition players. Once Jagath was out, Praful started dictating terms to the opposition bowlers scoring boundaries at will. However, there was not much support from the other end as Mahmood, Sara, Tom and Rod making quick exits for not many runs. The innings was heading to a tense finish with almost 40 runs required off the last 6 overs. Pradeep provided able support to Prafull and scored a couple of crucial boundaries while Praful continued his dictating form and the pair scored the required runs by the 20th over leading to big celebrations as it was the first win of the season in a competitive fixture (not counting the all important Zuoz win, of course.). Prafull top scored with a great knock of 60 not out to add to his 2 brilliant catches and would be the Captain's man of the match.
Olten CC 192-9 (20 overs) beat Winterthur CC 100ao (19.3 overs) by 92 runs
WCC played Olten CC in their second game of the day.
Fresh from their victory in the first game, WCC made four changes in the team to accommodate players from their big squad. The toss was won by Olten CC and they elected to bat. WCC opened the bowling with Hasta and Asghar. Hasta promptly started with his usual quota of consistent wides :-D (6 in the first over!) but also managed to pick up a wicket of the opening batsman. Asghar repeated the act at the other end with 3 wides, a boundary and six being gifted but he too picked off the other opener. This brought together the batting mainstays of Olten, Murali and Ali who proceeded to start hitting the boundaries of the next overs of Hasta and Asghar. Pradeep and Jagath managed some control and were able to restrict the batsmen for a bit but then the batsmen started scoring at will again. The next set of bowlers, Jico and Dipi were also carted around for a handful of runs. Hasta bowled another over in his second spell and dropped a straightforward caught and bowled chance of Murali in the first over. This proved expensive as the batsmen scored 18 runs off the remaining 5 balls. At this stage, there was huge frustration as Olten looked set for a score well in excess of 240. In desperation, Tom turned to Prafull who delivered with the two wickets of the set batsmen. After this point, WCC rediscovered their bowling mojo with Pradeep, Dipi and Jagath bolwing well and restricting the remaining batsmen to only 30 runs off the remaining 6 overs. Olten finished with 192 runs for 9 wickets with Prafull picking 3 wickets with Pradeep(2) and Dipi, Jagath, Hasta and Asghar with one wicket each. The fielding and catching were appalling from WCC and the line that was bowled during the first half of the innings allowed the batsmen to cart the bowling around for easy runs.
It was always going to be a difficult chase but Callum and Jico scored a few good boundaries and kept the scoreboard moving. The pace of the opening bowler of Olten, Shane was too hot to handle for our batsmen and hence, Callum (11), Zico(11) and no:4, Rohan got our in quick succession. Prafull tried to hang in there and replicate his form from the previous game but did not succeed despite a long stay in the middle. Jagath, Tom and Mohammad also fell cheaply and WCC was left with an impossible chase with very few overs and wickets left. The asking rate suddenly became more than 15 runs an over with only 3 wickets in hand. There was not much life left in the game but Pradeep and Dipi played entertaining but contrasting knocks of 20-plus each. Once Dipi was out, Hasta and Pradeep tried to ensure we werent at least all out before 20 overs. But then Pradeep and Asghar got out in quick succession to end the innings for only 100 runs. It was a very mediocre batting performance but with the bowlers having given away so many runs, there was never really much chance for WCC.
That brings us to the end of the report on an eventful day of contrasting fortunes for WCC. But, as they say - you win some and you lose some :). Hopefully by the end of the season, we would have won more than we lost.
These reports originally appeared on the Winterthur Cricket Club website.
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