Reporter: Arjun Vinod
CERN 173-10 (19.1 overs) lost to Swiss Colts 176-6 (19.5 overs) by 4 wkts
The Swiss Colts emerged as winners in a Pickwick Twenty20 thriller against CERN at Prevessin on Sunday 2st June 2015.
CERN CC won the toss and elected to bat first on what seemed like a slow outfield against Swiss Colts who were playing their third Pickwick game of the season. Ashwin V and Jai S opened the
bowling as usual with pace and bounce but were unable to break the opening partnership. Unfortunately in the third over of the match, CERN CC’s opening batsman Mathew M got badly hit on his left
arm, which forced him to retire hurt.
Jai S got the first breakthrough getting Nawaz D to hit the ball straight back to the bowler’s hands. Soon after Ahmed I was caught in the deep by Aidan A from a good slow ball by Jack D. Ahmed W and Kippax S started to accelerate and their partnership grew bigger in the intention of setting up a huge target. However, Jack D was brought back into the attack and he obliged the captain by picking up regular intervals denting any momentum CERN had. Ahmed W scored a blistering 70 including nine 6s and Kippax S scored a quick 41 from just 18 balls. CERN CC finished their innings with 173 on board. For Swiss Colts, Jack D registered amazing figures of 6 for 24 in 4 overs and well supported by Jai S (4-0-22-2) and Ashwin (4-1-21-1).
With the confidence of victories under their belt Swiss Colts were quietly confident of chasing 173. Their chase however got off to a bad start, losing 3 wickets in quick succession and by the end of the fifth over they were 25 for 3. Ashwin V and Ruan K just looked to build a partnership without bothering much about the run rate. After the eighth over, captain Ashwin V decided it was time to change gears and boundaries started to flow regularly. Ruan K, who played an important supporting role by rotating the strike regularly, fell for a well deserved 19. Two more wickets fell soon after with some good fielding from Cern CC to run Nicolas H and Floris W out. At this stage Swiss Colts needed another 65 runs from 5 overs with only 4 wickets in hand. Winning looked extremely difficult, however Ashwin V and Jack D had other ideas. The 18th and 19th over went for 22 and 14 runs respectively with some amazing hitting from Ashwin V clearing the boundary regularly and Jack D smashing three 4s in an over. Swiss Colts were left with 12 runs of the last over which was bowled by Kippax S. Jack D facing the first ball was expected to give the strike to the in form batsman, however a wide off the first delivery followed by a boundary helped the Swiss Colts reach closer to the target. Ashwin V facing the fifth ball of the over with 4 runs to win, was playing on 97 and he hit the ball out of the park to register an unbelievable victory for the Swiss Colts and brought up his maiden century in grand style. He hit nine 6s and five 4s to bring up his ton in just 58 balls.
This victory puts Swiss Colts back in frame for the knock out phases.