Power join Nomads in PT20 final

Power CC 250-5 (20.0 overs) beat Geneva SL CC 233-7 (20.0 overs) by 17 runs
Deutweg, Winterthur - Sunday 4th October 2015

match scorecard

On a bright & sunny autumn afternoon, Geneva SL CC travelled across the country to play Power CC at Deutweg in the second Pickwick Twenty20 semi-final to decide who would play Nomads in 7 days time.
GSLCC captain Zarook won the toss and elected to field, confident that his team were capable of chasing down any total set by the big-hitting Power side.
Things started well for the visitors, Power losing both their openers in the first two overs (19-2), but continued to bat aggressively, intent of setting a large target.
Batsmen Osama & Hassan, instrumental in beating Nomads in the CSPL final one week ago, moved the score on to 81 before the partnership was broken (81-3).
Ten overs gone Power had scored 94, and Asad (103) continued to pile on the pressure, hitting boundaries off anything short. By the time Ravi took his wicket (175-4), breaking the bail in the process, the psychological 200 was well within sight and Power had taken the run-rate to above 11 an over (158-4 off 14 overs).
The Power middle order managed another 75 off the last 5 overs, setting Geneva SL an ambitious 251 target, a run-rate of 12.5, and the team woeing the five dropped catches.

After tea & cakes, Geneva SL made their intentions quite clear. Despite losing their opener in the second over on 15, the visitors were scoring at 12 an over to keep themselves in the game.
At 60-1 off 5 overs it was clear to everyone there was a game on.

Under pressure Power did not field well adding to the tension. The turning point of the game came in the 9th over when a mix up between the batsman gave presented the Power wicket-keeper with an easy run-out (111-2). With the partnership worth 96 broken, Geneva took a further blow to their cause in the 10th over, Sajid bowling out the Genevoise no. 3 (112-3), following a change of wicket-keeper.
The game wasn't over however. Geneva regrouped and took the score to 156 before the 4th wicket fell and just under 100 runs required in the last 6 overs, a run-rate of over 16 an over. Amazingly Geneva were still taking the game to Power, scoring double figures every over, thanks no least to no-ball extras and free-hits.
A further run-out (167-5) in the 15th over did not perturb GSLCC. However, despite a galant effort, the total did prove too much. The score moved on to 198-5 with three overs to go, Zarook's men adding another 17 to move the score on to 215 with twelve balls to go.
Inevitably however, Geneva SL lost two further wickets in trying to reach the total, ending their innings on 233-7, 17 runs short, but should congratulated in their part in a fantastic game of cricket.

Can the final live up to that performance. We'll find out in 7 days time!

Power CC
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Geneva SL CC

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These reports originally appeared on the Winterthur Cricket Club website.

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