The hosts Poland won the Euro T20 Cup in Warsaw (11-14.8.2016) beating Sledgehammer (India) CC in the final, while Switzerland had to be content with third spot, beating Latvia in the 3rd/4th place play-off match.
|Match schedule for the 4-nation Euro T20 Tournament in Warsaw, Poland (11-14.8.2016)|
Latvia 73-8 (20.0 overs) lost to
Switzerland 74-0 (4.5 overs) by 10 wickets
Poland 188-6 (20.0 overs) beat
Sledge Hammer 177-6 (20.0 overs) by 11 runs
Poland 250-9 (20.0 overs) beat
Latvia 135-9 (20.0 overs) by 115 runs
Sledge Hammer India 152ao (20.0 overs) beat
Switzerland 151ao (19.3 overs) by 1 run
Latvia 72 ao (19.5 overs) lost to
Sledge Hammer India 73-1 (4.3 overs) by 9 wkts
Poland 203-6 (20.0 overs) beat
Switzerland 83ao (13.1 overs) by 120 runs
3/4 place: Switzerland 186-6 (20.overs) beat
Latvia 83ao (20.0 overs) by 103 runs
Final: Poland 162-8 (20.0 overs) beat
Sledge Hammer India 142-6 (20.0 overs) by 20 runs
Switzerland won their 3rd/4th place play-off match against Latvia to finish 3rd in the Euro T20 Cup (Warsaw, 11-14.8.2016).
Report by Chris Lodge
Third Place Playoff
Despite the disappointment of not being in the final, the Swiss team were at the ground bright and early, warming up and doing fielding drills. They won the toss and elected to bat against the Latvian side, hoping to post a strong score and sweep the dissatisfaction of the last few days out of their heads.
The innings started well with IdreesUlHaque (20) hitting a 6 off the first ball and Matthew Martin (17) hitting another in the next over, showing their intent. The openers put on a partnership of 38, only to fall within 5 balls of one another, causing slight concern to appear on the face of the manager and coach, Chris Lodge. A third wicket partnership of 72 between Aneesh Kumar (36) and Arjun Vinod (33) steadied the ship and the Swiss side didn’t look back. Captain for the day, PrafullShikare (27), continued the run feast and when SajidSafiatullah (39 no) came in, it was clear a good score would be posted. Unfortunately the end came a ball or two too quickly, and Switzerland finished just shy of 200 on 197 for 6.The best bowling figures came from Vijay Ojha and ParitoshManocha with figures of 36 for 2 and 39 for 2 off their respective four over spells.
The Latvian openers started their chase against the bowling of Ashwin Vinod (17 for 0) and Rod Sherrel (20 for 1), with the latter bowling Vijay Ohja out for just one run. The Latvian’s all-rounder ParitoshManocha (19) then came in, and although the Swiss bowling and fielding remained tight, the Latvian pair put on a solid partnership of 41 for the next wicket.When the tournament’s ‘best bowler’ Aneesh Kumar (12 for 3) came on, wickets did start to fall. Bowlers Adam Pratt (7 for 1), Arjun Vinod (11 for 1) and the national captain AfzaalSikander (6 for 1), ably assisted by the wicket keeper Tom Mampily (a stumping, two catches and a run out) closed the innings off.
The final score of 85 for 8 was not enough to trouble the Swiss score and the Switzerland team were awarded a well-deserved third place finish to the tournament.After the game, the team jointly thankedJuli Pratt for her dedicated work as the team physio and Miriam Lodge for her scoring.
At the award ceremony, Aneesh Kumar was awarded a trophy as the ‘best bowler’ for the tournament, taking 9 wickets in the four games. After being given the certificate for the third place finish, PrafullShikare thanked the organisers for their hard work in organising an excellent tournament, and the other teams for their participation, and congratulated Poland on the tournament win.
Switzerland lost out to hosts Poland in their third match at the Euro T20 Cup and will now face Latvia in the 3rd/4th place play-off.
Report by Chris Lodge
Switzerland’s last chance?
With a place in the final at stake, the Switzerland team warmed up and got themselves ready for a good game against Poland. A win would see Switzerland through to the final, but might knock Poland out, but a win for Poland would mean out for Switzerland.
Poland won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a flying start, scoring 18 off the first over, and never looked back. The first wicket only fell with the score on 61, the opening pair of Noushad R Babu (43) and Maaz Sheikh (49) scoring four 6s and eight 4s between them. The Swiss continued to find the going difficult, with the Poles ready to swing the bat. The final score of 204 for 6 was quite a target in 20 overs.
Switzerland have a strong batting side, but with their heads down, early wickets fell. The usual opener, Matthew Martin, was carrying a slight injury, so dropped down the order, and unfortunately everyone in the side was suffering a bit from playing a third game in three days. Key wickets fell quickly and no one was really able to come to grips with the strong bowling from the Polish team. Ashwin Vinod (21 no) tried to help the tail wag, but the end came quicker than hoped. The final score of 85 all out in 13.1 overs was well below par for this side.
A good strong performance by Poland to see them through, and Switzerland now face a third place playoff against Latvia.
Switzerland lost their second match to Sledge Hammer India by one run in the most controversial of circumstances.
After being awarded 6 penalty runs for a slow over rate Switzerland required 13 off the last over with one wicket in hand. Shahnawaz Mohamed (Power) and Adam Pratt looked up to that task but fell one short when Adam Pratt was 'mankaded' on the third ball of the last over. Switzerland dismissed by Sledge Hammer India for 151.
Report by Chris Lodge
On day two of the tournament, Switzerland played the afternoon match. Having seen Poland beat Latvia, they knew they needed to win to go through to the final, Sledgehammer India had already lost
to Poland the previous day, so were hungry for a win. What lengths would each go to?
Sledgehammer won the toss and opted to bat. Some good bowling and a much improved fielding display by Switzerland, led by Aneesh Kumar with some great stops, meant that Sledgehammer India had only scored 54 for 4 off the first ten overs. However, they managed to up the run rate, particularly in the crucial penultimate over, which went for 27, ending their innings with a total of 152 for 5. Their best bat, NirwanAtri, scored an unbeaten 63. The best bowler, the captain AfzaalSikander, got 2 wickets for 20 runs off his 4 overs.
After the break for the change of innings, the successful opening pair from the previous game, IdreesUlHaque and Matthew Martin, took to the pitch; the chase had started. Everything was looking good, with the score on 23 without loss after only two overs, but new bowler, SumitSinghal struck decisively in over 3 taking two wickets in that over and the important wicket of IdreesUlHaque in the fifth over, leaving Switzerland reeling at 41 for 3. Runs were readily scored, but wickets were also regularly falling. Sportsmanship was on Switzerland’s side, with two of the Swiss batsmen walking on caught behind decisions, thereby showing the way they expected the game to be played. Although PrafullShikare (34) and AfzaalSikander (15) tried to steady the ship, the Swiss side saw themselves 13 behind at the end of the 19th over, with only one wicket remaining. Due to the slow over rate of the fielding side, the umpires awarded the Swiss team 6 penalty runs, therefore the target was 7 off of 6 balls to win. With Shahnawaz Mohammed scoring a 4 off the first ball, followed by a wide, everything looked to be going Switzerland’s way, when controversially, the Sledgehammer bowler IdrishSaifi knocked the bails off as he was running past them to bowl. The umpire had no other option, but to give Adam Pratt out, as he did not have his bat grounded.
A sour taste was left with everyone watching, but Sledgehammer India won the game by one run.
Switzerland won their first match in Warsaw with an easy 10 wicket victory over Latvia on day one of the Euro Twenty20 Cup.
Latvia won the toss and chose to bat on an overcast and occasionally windy morning, but a fine bowling & fielding performance limited the Latvians to only 73 in their allotted 20 overs.
Switzerland's openers knocked off the total in just 4.5 overs, well before the 6 over batting power-play ended, without loss, to win by a convincing 10 wickets.
Report by Miriam Lodge
The day started in overcast weather with a strenuous warm-up, including fielding and catching practice, and the Switzerland side were ready for their match. After winning the toss, Latvia chose
to bat, but found the Swiss bowling difficult to get away. Although the team gave away 12 extras, Switzerland bowled consistently, giving Latvia very little chance to get the score rate up.
Paritosh Manocha and Sai Prudhinset themselves up well for a fight back, before Sai was given out LBW for 10 and Paritosh was bowled for 20 both by outstanding wicket taker for Switzerland Aneesh
Kumar, with 4 wickets for 20 runs off his four overs and taking a catch in the outfield.
After a short break for the change of innings, Switzerland started their pursuit of the total. IdreesUlHaque and Matthew Martin wasted no time, with an aggressive start, posting 18 off the first over, a 4 scored off the first ball. The run rate continued to be impressive, Idrees scoring a match-winning 51 off only 17 balls, including a 6 to reach the total.
With most of the team staying to watch the afternoon match the Swiss team were in no doubt that today was a good performance, but it would need to improve to beat the impressive Indian touring side “Sledge Hammer” in the game on Friday.
All matches were played at Gminny Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, situated about 15kms from Warsaw city centre at Stare Babice:
Gminny Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji Stare Babice
ul. Zachodnia 2, Zielonki-Parcele
05-082 Stare Babice
1. Afzaal Sikander *
2. Adam Pratt
3. Sajid Safiatullah
4. Tom Mampily +
5. Matthew Martin
6. Aneesh Kumar
7. Idrees Ul Haque
8. Ashwin Vinod
9, Shahnawaz Mohammad
10, Rod Sherrel
11. Arjun Vinod
12. Prafull Shikare
Team coach/manager: Chris Lodge
Team physio: Julie Pratt
Team scorer: Miriam Lodge
Hosted by Warsaw Cricket Club and run in conjunction with the Polish Cricket Board, the tournament is being run under the auspices of T20 International's Twenty20 Cricket Development League, in which Switzerland currently rank 9th.
Originally the Euro T20 Cup was planned as a 6-nation tournament, but Hungary, Russian & Ukraine had experienced difficulties in attaining tourist visas and/or financial support.