by Alex Mackay
Two individual half centuries saw Olten to a second comfortable CSPL home victory.
Olten captain Ali won toss and had no hesitation in batting on a glorious sunny Sunday at Obergösgen in Solothurn County at the rather earlier 11am start time.
It started well for the visitors, in the second over the Olten opener caught well at square leg off Krishna's bowling. A couple of overs later Krishna bowled a full toss catching the Olten opener
firmly on the foot in front of the stumps, umpire Alex Mackay with no hestitation in awarding LBW. And after a drop catch in the field the mistake was rectified a ball later, Olten going from
15-2 to 81-3 to stage a mini-recovery.
The recovery continued and Freiburg had to wait until the 34th over of the game before catching the next Olten Freiburg wicket, caught behind. In fact two in one over in the opener Saghir's second spell moved Olten on to 192-5, and the first of two hat-trick opportunities in this innings.
Ali (94) already having notched up a half century was then joined by Shane (50), both losing a ball in the process, Olten eventually finishing the innings at 248-9 off their allotted 40 overs.
The wind picked up in the second innings amidst fears of a storm arriving from the west. No reference was made to the excellent prawn curry served between innings.
In slightly more difficult conditions Freiburg took to the crease. Olten got the start they wished for, Freiburg losing 2 wickets in the second over to opener Shane, who did not involve any of his team mates as the first was caught & bowled, the second straight bowled (FNCC 5-2).
Perhaps it was the slow playing outfield so typical of Swiss cricket fields, but Freiburg weren't able to stage a come-back get little value for money from shots that at Seepark would run along the artificial grassed outfiled. They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, almost exclusively caught in the field, crumbling to 74 all out in 24.4 overs and a defeat by a massive 174 runs.
It will be interesting to see how Olten play up in Freiburg in the Mr. Pickwick Twenty20 later in the year. Meanwhile, this was a convincing victory for olten, their second home win of the season, that will undoubtedly send them to the tip of the CSPL Eastern Division.