Uprising CC 125-7 (20.0 overs) lost to Nomads CC 127-0 (9.3 overs) by 10 wkts
Vernier, Geneva - Sunday 6th September 2015
Defending champions Nomads CC qualify for the Finals of Mr Pickwick Twenty20 Cricket Cup on the back of a brilliant semifinal victory against Uprising CC at Vernier.
On a day when the sun playing hide and seek behind the clouds and with a chill in the air, Nomads CC travelled from Zurich to the busy Stade de Vernier in Geneva. Everything was set for an intense and close semifinal, with both teams playing good cricket in the qualification phase to qualify for the semifinals.
Uprising CC were particularly ruthless in their campaign by winning 6 out of 7 games and demolishing oppositions by posting huge scores.
With the Uprising wicket known for its unpredictability, Nomads CC skipper Sangam won the toss and decided to field first. Uprising CC opened with inform Anser Mahmood and Saad Khan and both openers began cautiously against the experienced bowling duo of Azeem Nazir and Farid Din. The batsmen were put under the pressure by good line and length bowling and the first six overs resulted in 26 runs. With acceleration being the need of the hour, Saad Khan tried to launch Kamran Idrees out of the ground and was duly caught at long off by Farid Din and Anser Mahmood was caught in front of the wicket by a ball that kept low, the very next delivery. With the score board reading 29/2 after 7 overs, Uprising CC were in trouble. Nelson and Nadeem Khan moved the score to 56 after 12 overs before Nelson was bowled off Shafqat. With the scoreboard going nowhere and pressure building Nadeem Khan showed the way forward by attacking the opposition with good strokes. His strategy paid off and the last 8 overs yielded 70 runs. He scored a brilliant unbeaten 64 off just 44 balls, which included 3 sixes. Uprising CC finished their innings on 125/7 in their allocated 20 overs. For Nomads CC, Kamran was the pick of bowlers with 2/23 in his 4 overs and Farid Din was the most economical bowler with his 4 overs only costing 16 runs. At the break, one felt that Uprising CC were 20-30 runs short on that wicket.
After the break, Nomads CC started their innings with Faheem Nazir and Asvin Lakkaraju and got into the chase straight away with Asvin hitting the first two balls he faced for couple of fours off the bowling of Afif. The chase was then taken by the scruff of the neck by talented Faheem, who proved why he is considered as the best cricketer in Switzerland. He began his run count by a scorching cover drive followed by pull shot. Uprising CC tried to change bowlers and field settings, but nothing was going to stop Faheem in this mood and he cracked 7 huge sixes and 9 majestic fours on his way to an unbeaten 90 off just 38 balls. Asvin on the other quietly supported his partner and remained unbeaten on 25. Nomads CC managed to overhaul the target in just 9.3 overs without losing any wicket and recorded a splendid victory. Everyone present in the ground including Uprising CC players were in awe of Faheem Nazir’s batting and he was duly declared Man of the Match.
Nomads CC will now wait for the winner of the second finals to play in the final of Mr Pickwick Twenty20 Cricket Cup scheduled for Sunday 11th October in Winterthur.
These reports originally appeared on the Winterthur Cricket Club website.
For enquiries about the Swiss Mr Pickwick Twenty20 competition, contact Asvin Lakkaraju.