PT20 Match Report

Nomads win Pickwick Twenty20 Final

Geneva XI Stars 108-8 (20.0 overs) lost to Zurich Nomads 113-4 (16.3 overs) by 6 wkts

Match Officials: A.Mackay & C.Lodge

Match scorecard

LA Schönau, Sunday 2nd October 2016

by Cricket Switzerland

Zurich Nomads beat Geneva XI Stars in a low-scoring affair at LA Schönau in Berne on Sunday 2nd October to become Swiss Mr Pickwick Twenty20 Cup champions 2016.

Pickwick Cup Final 2016 action at LA Schönau in Berne (2.10.2016)
Pickwick Cup Final 2016 action at LA Schönau in Berne (2.10.2016)

Both teams and officials arrived at the venue on Sunday afternoon to be greeted by some light showers. A let up in the rain shower provided the chance for the toss and Nomads skipper Azeem won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first. With the rain arriving immediately once again, the match had to be delayed by 30 minutes.
Finally rain relented and the match was given the go ahead by the officials.

 

XI Stars opened the innings with reliable Arjun and power hitter Vipin. Both players started cautiously and found it difficult to score. Tight lines especially from Noman and Faheem ensured that the first 8 overs only produced 34 runs, albeit XI Stars did not lose any wickets. The 9th over from Sudath saw Vipin smashing two huge sixes and it looked like the momentum was shifting in favor of the Stars. But Faheem discussed of Vipin in the very next over and the introduction of the leggie, Shafqat made it even more difficult to score runs.

Arjun and Lalit perished trying to up the scoring tempo. At 17 overs with the scorecard reading 81/4, XI Stars were in a big danger of not reaching triple figures. However, Kuldeep with the help of lower middle order ensured that the final over of the innings produce 20 runs and setting Nomads CC a target of 109 runs. Kuldeep remained unbeaten on 20 runs. For Nomads, all the bowlers had a good day out and once again the strong bowling attack restricted XI Stars to an under par score.

Rik Busker (r), Manager Pickwick Pub Bern, presenting the winning trophy
Rik Busker (r), Manager Pickwick Pub Bern, presenting the winning trophy

With less than 6 runs required, Lakkaraju began Nomads innings began with a bang taking 12 runs of the first over bowled by Jasbir. The second over saw Waqas nicking behind off the bowling of Ali Saleem for 1. Lakkaraju and Shafqat continued playing aggressively and breached the 50 run mark in 8 overs. Lakkaraju was caught at point of Arjun going for one shot too many and Shafqat was run out the very next ball. At 51/3 the game was in balance. Kannan along with the Nazir brothers first stabilised the innings and then produced some stunning strokes on the offside to take Nomads close to the victory. The finishing touches were provided by skipper Azeem, whose consecutive sixes in the 17 over finished the match leading to an eruption of celebration in the Nomads camp. Kannan remained not out on 32 and earned a well-deserved man of the match trophy.

President Alex Mackay thanked all those involved on staging this final, in particular the tournament sponsor, and awarded to the winners' and the runners-up medals.

The winner’s trophy was presented by Mr. Rik Busker, manager of Mr. Pickwick Cup Pub, Bern.

Zurich Nomads, Pickwick T20 champions 2016
Zurich Nomads, Pickwick T20 champions 2016
Geneva XI Stars, Pickwick T20 runners-up 2016
Geneva XI Stars, Pickwick T20 runners-up 2016