Zurich Nomads 242-9 off 40.0 overs beat Winterthur CC 116-10 off 32.1 overs by 126 runs
by Asvin Lakkaraju
Winterthur CC's quest to qualify for the knockout phase of the CSPL took a setback after losing to Zurich Nomads, who made it two victories in two.
On a slightly damp outfield after overnight rain, WCC captain Tom Mampilly won the toss and decided to put the hosts in, a decision vindicated immediately by young Ruan Kruger,who enticedFaheemNazir to nick an outswinger only to be pouched by Tom behind the wicket. Lakkaraju and Shafqat then set on building up a partnership to stabilize the innings. They put on 78 runs before Lakkaraju was caught brilliantly on the cover boundary by Hewitt for a well made 38.
Shafqat continued batting well and with the help of Waqas, who made a quick fire 41 provided the perfect launch pad for the middle and lower order. At 150/2 in 30 overs, the ante was upped and last ten overs yielded 92 runs. In their quest for runs Nomads CC kept losing wickets howeverNoman Khan was particularly harsh on the bowlers scoring a quick 29 of just 9 balls. Finally Shafqat was out in the 37 over for a brilliant 92 Nomads finished with a good score of 242/9 in their allocated 40 overs. For WCC, Ramanathan was the best bowler with 5/30.
With a place in quarterfinals on line, WCC began their chase with young Nic Henderson and Deesh but were quickly put on back foot with the loss of Deesh who pulled a half tracker straight to the throat of Sudath at square leg. Nic was next to go followed immediately by Prafull and WCC were in trouble at 12/3. Tom walked and smashed the second ball out of the park but nickedFaheem to the wicket keeper in the next over ending any semblance of a fight back.
Lakmal provided some needed resistance, however he too did not last long and was out bowled by Sudath. With wickets falling at one end Sara decided to anchor the innings and kept on batting till the end. No other player provided any support to him and wickets kept falling the other end. WCC were finally bowled out for 116 and were short of the target by massive 126 runs. For Nomads, Farid Din and skipper Azeemwere pick of the bowlers by taking two wickets each.
For Nomads, the caravan now moves to Obergosgen where they will take on Olten in a crucial CSPL game on 10 July whereas WCC are set to play their must win final CSPL game against Power on the same day.