Power qualify for Pickwick semi-final

Power 154-7 (20.0 overs) beat Olten 132-8 (20 overs) by 22 runs
Obergösgen/SO - Sunday 30 August 2015

Power took on Olten CC in the last of the scheduled Pickwick Twenty20 matches and the semi-final berths hinged on the result of this game. With both teams needing a victory to qualify for the semifinals, a classic encounter was expected and the teams did not disappoint their supporters.

Winning the toss in this crucial game, Power had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. In form openers Osama and Sajid provided them with an aggressive start with the scoreboard racing to 40 off just 5 overs. Two wickets in an over at this stage pegged them back and at 10 over stage the scoreboard read 78/3. Acceleration was on cards in last 10 overs with 7 wickets in hand. However disciplined bowling from Olten CC did not let Power get away with the game by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Power managed to finish on 154-7 in their allocated 20 overs.  At the break Power must have thought they are 15 runs short on this wicket and Olten must have fancied their chances.

After a quick changeover, Olten CC openers started the chase brightly. The openers started carefully and ensured no quick wickets were lost. On the other hand Power bowlers stuck to their lines and did not give an inch to the Olten openers making run scoring difficult. At the 10 overs, Olten were 58/0 and with 96 runs required off last 10 overs they needed to shift gears. The requirement for quick runs presented Power with chance of wickets and they gleefully accepted any chance that came their way. At 14 over stage Olten were 88/4 requiring further 67 runs to secure semifinal berth. Loss of 3 wickets in the 15 over however killed any chances Olten might have had to chase down the target. In spite of late order hitting Olten only managed to finish at 132-8 off the allocated 20 overs and lost the game by 22 runs.

A clinical batting and bowling display from Power in a critical game ensured them a place in semi-finals against Geneva Sri Lankan Cricket Club and the winner of this game will face Nomads CC in the finals of Pickwick Twenty20 Championship scheduled for Sunday 11th October at Sportpark Deutweg.

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