Pickwick Twenty20 weekend round-up

(Switzerland, 12 July 2015)

Here is a round-up of all the Cricket Switzerland Pickwick Twenty20 results from Sunday 12th July 2015.

For details of all the results to date and league table, plus all the fixtures still to come, refer to the PT20 webpage on the Cricket Switzerland website.

XI Stars emerge victorious against GICC

On Sunday the 12th of July, the Geneva XI Stars took on the Geneva International Cricket Club in the Pickwick T20 competition at Onex.
Having lost their last two league matches, the XI Stars knew that this match was an important one for them to not only increase their chances of advancing to the next stage of the Pickwick competition, but also to get back to winning ways.
On a sunny afternoon, the XI Stars bowled first and two wickets by the XI Stars’ senior bowler Asad Shah in his very first over gave the Stars just the start they wanted. Despite a 60 run partnership between Balaji and Ricky from GICC, XI Stars bowlers kept things tight with the ball and didn’t let the batsmen score freely. With GICC trying to boost the run rate, the XI Stars bowlers stuck to their plans and bowled well to take regular wickets and restrict the opposition’s scoring. Asad Shah (4-0-28-2) and Ali Saleem (4-0-21-2) took 2 wickets each. Amandeep Singh (2-0-7-1) and Arjun Vinod (4-0-17-1) took 1 wicket each. Arjun especially bowled a very good spell of off-spin bowling, including the very first over of the game. Qaiser (4-0-18-0) also bowled with good pace and aggression, and was unlucky not to get a wicket. There were also 2 run-outs as a brilliant direct hit by Arjun caught Hemant out of his crease and a good throw from the deep by Chandan accounted for the run out of Thomas. GICC ended their innings on 108-8 from their allotted 20 overs, an under par score at Onex where a score of around 160 is the norm in a T20.
Waleed Saleem and Raja Hafeez started the chase for the XI Stars, however Raja lost his wicket in the very first over with the team score on 9. Humayun then lost his wicket with the score on 29. Arjun joined Waleed at the crease, and the pair took the score to 48, before GICC struck twice in quick succession to remove Arjun and Aman. Ali Saleem joined Waleed at the crease with still about 60 runs to go and only 6 wickets in hand. Waleed took the aggressor role and dispatched any loose ball to the boundary, before getting out caught behind for a good knock of 32. Vipin joined Ali at the crease, and the two of them sealed the match for the Stars with 3.4 overs to go. Vipin finishing with 26 not out and Ali finishing with 16 not out. The Stars won the game by 5 wickets, making it a much closer affair than they would’ve liked given the target.

Olten win one, lose one

Olten played a double header of Pickwick Cup T20 games against St Gallen CC and Nomads CC winning one and loosing the other.

Game 1: Olten CC vs St. Gallen CC
The first game of the day saw both teams bowling excellently but Olten prevailed over St. Gallen in a very close encounter.
After winning the toss on a bright and sunny day, Olten had no hesistation in deciding to bat first on a good batting surface and got off to a solid start scoring 25 runs in the first five overs before losing their first wicket. This was followed two more quick wickets Olten looked in trouble at 31/3 at the end of 9 overs in face of some excellent quick bowling from St. Gallen. Middle order of Olten battled through the rest of overs and managed to reach 83/7 in 19 overs. A score below 100 looked on cards but the last over resulted in a mammoth 19 runs and Olten finished on 102/7 in their allocated 20 overs. The runs scored in the last over indeed had a huge bearing on the final result of the game.
After a quick break, St Gallen came into bat and straight away were pushed onto back foot by Olten CC opening bowlers Tharani and Ali. Ali especially was quick and let ball speak on the wicket.  The second over of the innings resulted in 3 wickets for Ali, all bowled, pushing St. Gallen onto backfoot straight away. At the half way mark St. Gallen were struggling at 35/5. However, a 40 run partnership between Naseem and Noman titled the scales once againt into the favor of St. Gallen. With 31 runs to get from final five over, the game was once again in balance and it was St. Gallen who lost the nerve and finally the match and finished upat 96/9 in allocated 20 overs, 6 runs short. For Olten, Ali was spectacular picking up 5 wickets and winning the man of the match.

Game 2: Olten CC vs Nomads CC
In the second game of the day, both the finalists of 2014 take on each other. It was once again Nomads who prevailed on the day winning big against Olten.
Winning the toss, Nomads had no hesitation in inserting Olten CC into batting first. The second ball of the game resulted in the loss of first wicket for Olten CC and started a spectacular collapse, which no one was expecting. At the end of 7 overs Olten slipped to 37/6 and in danger of being bowled out for less than 50. However, Murali battled hard and scored a well made 38 out of the entire team total of 60/10 in 12.4 overs.  For Nomads CC; Farid Din was the star performer with the ball taking 4 wickets and also contributing 4 catches in the field including a spectacular one handed catch on the long on boundary.
After a quick break, Nomads CC openers Faheem and Asvin set about chasing the target of 62. Nomads quickly lost Faheem in the second over to an inswinger from JK. With score on 10/1, Nomads CC set about building a partnership. Kannan and Asvin batted sensibly without taking any risks and sniffed out any chance Olten had in the game. Nomads managed to win the game by 9 wickets in 11.1 overs. Kannan finished on 36 not out and Asvin on 16 not out. This victory by Nomads CC left the group wide open for the two available qualification spots with four teams vying.

Uprising continue the winning form

Uprising remains unbeaten in th PT20 competition and their latest victim was the new entrants GESLCC.
After winning the toss Uprising CC had no hesitation in batting especially considering the form their openers are and they did not disappoint once again but giving the team a quick start. Although GESLCC got the danger man Idrees out for only 12. Inspite of loosing another wicket, Anser and Pardeep set about rebuilding and Anser was especially harsh any loose offerings. This aggressive approach maintained a good run rate and a third wicket partnership of 107 laid down a platform for the last 5 overs. Uprising managed to score 75 runs of the last five overs with Anser scoring a maginificent 103 before getting out. Uprising finished on 205/6 in their allocated 20 overs.
After a quick break GESLCC set about chasing the big score and they got off to a good start scoring 68 runs in the first 8 overs without the loss of any wicket. Once the openers were out panic set in the ranks of GESLCC and lack of patience cost them dearly as they managed to end up only on 156/7 in 20 overs despite the rollicking start given by openers.  The chief run getters for GESLCC were Dugal (34) and Sanjeewa (31). For Uprising CC, Waseem picked up 4 wickets and Pardeep 2 wickets.
Uprising now lead the Western Division table and all the set for qualifying into the knock out phase of the competition.